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Help with Ebsco Databases

Below are instructions for searching and printing when using the Ebsco Research Databases interface. 



Use an asterisk (*) to search for all terms which begin with a basic series of letters.   Example: journalis* will search for journalism, journalist, journalists, journalistic, etc.

Combining Terms

You may use and or or to combine search terms.

The search page is set up to enable you to find entries containing two or more search terms by connecting search lines with and

Example:  advertis* [AND] women*.

You may want to use the word OR to search for synonymous or near-synonymous term.

Example:  advertis* [AND] (women OR sexis* OR gender)

You may search for a multi-word phrase by enclosing the words in quotes.  

Example:  "vernacular architecture"

Search Fields

The search page is set up to automatically search for keywords in all entries -- title words, subject terms, words in abstracts, etc.  You often can focus a search by using the drop-down "Select a field" menus to label search terms as "SU Subject Terms," "GE Geographic Terms," "AU Author," etc.


Please note that below the search boxes are option which allow you to limit your search to peer-reviewed journals, to full-text articles, by publication date, by type of publication, and/or other options.


Once you retrieve a list of search results, you can focus on entries with certain characteristics by using the "Narrow Results" options in the column on the left.


Once you can view an individual citation or entry, look for a HTML Full Text link and/or a PDF Full Text link to see the entire document.   Otherwise, look for the WebBridge icon (explained here) to find out what possibilities exist for getting the article.


Once you are able to view an individual entry, there will be options above the text to

  • Print 
  • E-mail  (to yourself or someone else)
  • Save  (to your own files)
  • Export  (save citations in one of several bibliographic management systems, including the library's RefWorks account)
  • Add to folder (create a list of citations to save)   This list will be deleted when you leave this Ebsco database unless you create your own Ebsco account.

Additional assistance is available in Ebsco database Help page.  There is a link in the upper-right corner of each Ebsco database page.