You can enter each subtopic of your search in a separate Find: box, using OR within each box to provide alternative ways of saying the same thing.
Use an ‘*’ at the end of word stems to find all possible endings.
ERC: Finding the Right Keywords
If your search doesn’t have many results, you may trying changing ‘Select a Field’ to ‘TX All Text’ in your Find box. This will search the entire text of articles that are available in full text, not just titles, abstract, and subject terms.
Or, you may need to try different words…
To find the ‘right’ words for your topic, you can use the topics listed at the left under “Narrow Results by Subject” to get ideas of words the database uses to describe your topic.
Add these words to the appropriate find box in your search with the term OR in order to give the database the most options.
For example, one of the suggested subjects for a search of First Year College Students is ‘College Freshmen’.
Another option would be to use the thesaurus…
To find ‘proper’ subject headings, you can also use the thesaurus (on the green bar above the search boxes.)
Type your term in the Browse For: box (not the Find box) to find it or a related term in the thesaurus, check relevant terms, then Add them to your search. Finally, click Search.
ERC: Using the Thesaurus
Enter term here.
Click Add when you’ve selected terms below.
‘ Explode’ will include all narrower terms.
Related Terms may also be relevant.
ERC: Limiting Results
To narrow your search results, you can set Limits on the initial search screen or by clicking the Refine Search tab.
In addition to publication date and number of pages, you can limit to Scholarly (peer reviewed) Journals with a check box.
I wouldn’t recommend using the Full Text limiter (more on full text later), or References Available.
Unlike ERIC, to limit by grade level in the ERC, you should do a thesaurus search for subjects such as ‘elementary schools’ or ‘colleges and universities’ and combine it with your search… there is no Limit option.
ERC: Results List
The results list will give a brief citation, with your search terms in bold italics . Click on a title for the full record, including an abstract (summary) and all subject headings.
Newest articles are first, but you can also Sort by: Relevance.
ERC: Results, Full Record To see the Abstract on the Results List instead of needing to go to the Full Record, use the Preferences at the top of the screen to set your Results List to Detailed. Click on an author’s name to see more by the same author. Click on subject heading to see other items with the same subject, or use Find More Like This to find articles with all subject terms.
ERC: Locating an Item
Some articles in the ERC have the full text attached in either PDF or HTML format. Full Text designations will appear after the citation in the Results List or near the top of the Full Record.
Use the button in the Results List or Full Record to see your options for finding the item in print or electronically.
For journals, this may link you to electronic full text or tell you if the journal is subscribed to by the University of Toledo libraries. Using the “Full Text” limit on the Refine Search screen will not automatically limit to these full text articles, only the ERC full text described above.
For books, Find It! will look up the item in the OhioLINK Catalog.
More information on Find It! (a.k.a OLinks) is available here .
ERC: Using the Folder
To store records in a list so that you can print, e-mail, or save them to a disk, you can mark records by:
Clicking on the Add button the right of the record in the results list.
Clicking on the Add to Folder link near the top on a Full Record
Clicking on Add (x-y) in upper right of the Results List (to see more results per page, use Preferences)
Click the Folder Has Items or Folder button at the top of the page to see all export options.
ERC: Using the Folder (cont.)
From the Folder Contents page, you can review your list (and remove items if necessary).
Export options include:
Saving to your computer
exporting to bibliographic management software.
Exporting from ERC includes the full text from EBSCO, but not full text found using Find It!/OLinks.
If multiple full text formats are available, you’ll be given a choice of which to include. PDFs are sent as separate e-mails to avoid large messages.
You can choose to have your results formatted in one of several popular styles as well, including APA.
ERC: Simultaneous Searching
One unique benefit of searching the ERC is the ability to search multiple EBSCO databases at once.
Click on the ‘Choose Databases’ tab near the top of the screen to select other related databases, then Continue.
Suggested databases may include ERIC, Academic Search Complete, and Newspaper Abstracts, or related subject databases such as SOCIndex, Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection, etc.
Subsequent searches will be performed in all selected databases, with the results interfiled and duplicates removed. (To re-run a search you’ve already done this session, click on the Search History/Alerts tab, and then Rerun.)