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Using EBSCO databases


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Using EBSCO databases

  1. 1. UsingEBSCOhost Databases
  2. 2. About this Tutorial Students: This tutorial will help you: • Access and perform research in EBSCOhost databases. • Narrow search results to find needed information. It should take you about 20 minutes to complete.Faculty:• This tutorial was made using Microsoft PowerPoint 2007.• This tutorial will help students – Broaden their research abilities. – Learn to use online research tools. This tutorial meets the following ACRL standards: 1.1c 1.4b 1.1d 2.3c
  3. 3. What to watch for…Notes – These are to let you know there is important information you need to know about what is being covered.
  4. 4. What is EBSCOhost?• EBSCOhost is a service provides access to the full text of over 6,000 journals and periodicals in the fields of education, business, health, law, and other academic disciplines.• Linscheid Library subscribes to more than 90 EBSCOhost databases.• Access to EBSCOhost is a project of the Oklahoma Library Technology Network and is funded with state and federal funds through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.
  5. 5. How to Access EBSCOhost DatabasesYou can access the electronic resources by clicking on the „Articles &More‟ icon. This icon takes you to a page with tabs across the top. Most of the tabs are letters of the alphabet which that take you to lists of databases that start with that letter. The rest of the tabs allow you to find resources by type (such as newspaper articles) or by subject ( „Resources by Major‟).
  6. 6. E-Resources by Title Click EBSCOHost Web Search to search multiple databases at the same time. OR Click on any of the tabs to find lists of individual database titles which you can search individually.
  7. 7. Searching Multiple Databases To use the databases: 1. Click the boxes next to the database(s) you want to search. 2. Click “Continue” when you have selected all the databases you want to search.Remember this: All EBSCOhostdatabases look the same and havesimilar search functions. If you canlearn to search one of them, youshould have no trouble using all ofthem.
  8. 8. Input your search terms and limit your results. Limiting the results of your searches will help to narrow your topic. You can also limit your search from your results page. This will be covered in the next few slides.
  9. 9. Additional search terms can help narrow a search. Too many results! It would take a lifetime to sort through all that information! The search term is too general. By adding elementary to education and math as the specific subject in education that you want to research, the results are much more manageable. Still, 14,000+ hits is a lot to go through. Let‟s learn how to narrow this even more. Using quotation marks around a phrase tells the computer that you only want results that have those words if they appear next to each other in an article. So instead of searching elementary and education, which would return over 70, 000 hits, you have much better results as seen above. (Parentheses) can also be used. Using an asterisk * tells the computer you want the results to include any words that have math in them, such as math, mathematics, mathematician, etc. This is called a truncated or wild card search. For more information check out the help option within EBSCOhost.
  10. 10. To narrow your results further you have several options.On the left side of the results window you can narrow results by… • Source (or format) • Subject • and many others depending on the databases and the searchIf we limit the results to just periodicals here is what is left:Less than 1,000 of the previous 14, 000 are from periodicals(journals and magazines). The rest are fromnewspapers, books, and other materials.Still, over 800 results may be a lot to look through. We cannarrow it further. Let‟s narrow by subject also.
  11. 11. In the initial search we used elementary education and math* as search terms. These search boxes are the same as doing a keyword search in the library catalog. It searches for these terms everywhere in the record. Then we narrowed the search by source or format.If we add a subject search to narrow our results even moreyou may notice that a lot of the same terms that we used forthe keyword search are there too.But this time those terms are the ones chosen by an author orpublisher as important subject topics in the article. It is not thesame search and will narrow the results even more to onlythose articles that have the chosen terms as subject topics.
  12. 12. keyword search source or formatNow let‟s look at the result of a subject search if we chooseone of the options shown at the left.Now we only have 58 articles left to look through. Muchmore manageable! And if you find that the results are toonarrow you can go back to a previous results list by clickingon the X to remove search terms.
  13. 13. There are other options available to LIMIT your results too. Let’s take a look. CATPAC limits the search to ECU library items. Full Text means the whole article is available online to view, save, or print. Scholarly or Peer Reviewed Journals narrow the search to articles written by experts in the field. You can move the sliders or type the dates you want into the boxes to limit the articles to specific publication dates.
  14. 14. Take a moment to review.Selecting CATPAC limits the search results topublications for which at least some of the copies arein the library.The library may not have the specific issue that you are looking for.Check the library catalog to be sure. Full text limits the search results to only those articles that are available in full-text format. There are a lot of good articles that EBSCOhost may only an abstract for, but if you plan ahead you can order these articles through interlibrary loan. Limiting the results to scholarly or peer reviewed journals returns only results written by experts in the field. You can also limit the results to a specific time span by sliding the cursors to indicate the year or by typing in the year you want.
  15. 15. Using the same search, and limiting the results by choosing scholarly journals published in the last 10 years, this is the result:From 10 million to 26 by narrowing and limiting your results. Not bad for just a few clicks. You can undo any of these limiters if the results are not what you wanted or it returns too few articles.
  16. 16. This is an example ofwhat your list of resultslooks like.Remember:PDF Full Text meansthat the full article canbe viewed, instead ofjust an abstract.This CatPac logo means thatLinscheid Library owns someissues of this journal title.Click the logo to find out ofthe library carries the specificissue you are searching for.
  17. 17. There are two types of full-text articles available onEBSCOhost: PDF Click here to print HTML Click here to print
  18. 18. Thank you for viewing this tutorial onUsing Ebsco Databases.