All the bells and Whistler's Mother: tips and tricks to fully using EBSCOhost
What you (hopefully) already know…
• EBSCOhost is available through Pioneer
– Can be accessed from any computer
• At home, school or elsewhere
• EBSCOhost is a collection of databases
– About 35 separate databases which includes full text
for 1800 publications including newspapers,
magazines and journals
– Reliable sources without commercial ads or other
But did you know…
All the basic EBSCO databases have the same look. If
you can search one you can search them
Or EBSCO also has specialized databases that are
formatted specifically for younger students
with resources they enjoy
and that teachers can use in the classroom.
There is also a tween and teen friendly one
for middle or high school too!
There are also databases with the traditional EBSCO
look for Elementary through High School
And databases for educators to advance their learning too!
• Academic Search Premier
a multi-disciplinary database that provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly
3,900 peer-reviewed titles.
• Computer Source
provides researchers with the latest information and current trends in high technology. This database offers full
text for nearly 300 publications
the Education Resource Information Center, contains more than 1.3 million records and links to more than
323,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966.
• Professional Development Collection
designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high
quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles.
Click here to
review all 28
You may have noticed…
When you search in EBSCOhost you can drop items into
a folder to look at later…
…but when you log off the computer all your saved
files are gone! You have to start over! Or you print
out things that you may never use.
So you know all this already?
Well, did you know about…
Creating an account has its advantages!
By creating your own EBSCO account you can save your
search results, create custom folders, share folders, and
much much more!
To create an account : go to the top
right of the EBSCO window in the blue
banner where it says Sign In
Fill out the form and you are ready to go! It’s
so easy a student could do it. In fact,
I suggest they do…
When you return to the search page you will see
the MyEBSCOhost banner in the corner -
Now when you find an article
you like and add it to the folder
it is there to stay
until you delete it!
To create a custom folder…
Once you add items to your folder they will show
up first in the right-hand sidebar and can be
removed with the click of the mouse if you change you
mind. Once you start adding articles they can all start to
run together so adding custom folders for different
projects or classes can be helpful.
First go to the top of the page next to the Sign In is the
Folder option or at the bottom of the list on the right
hand side. Click there…
All of the articles you selected now
show up in My Folder
Now you can start to create
custom folders for your
articles. Click on New next to
Name your folder and add a
description if needed.
A description can be helpful when
sharing folders to give the other(s) info
about the folder or what it is going to
be used for.
Class, choose one of these articles to
review for your DinoTimes newspaper
report. Don’t forget to cite your source.
Use the handout I gave you.
Now you can copy or
move your articles
into the folders you
The next time you
select articles to save
you will have a
You can place the
article into a
personalized folder or
into the general folder
and sort them out later
Remember: This only works if you are signed in!
What does this mean for you?
• When you find an article, you don’t have to print it out right away.
• You can save different articles in different folders for different
• When you log off your classroom computer you won’t lose all your
• You can access these articles from any computer, anywhere,
anytime, when you go through the pioneer website: http://pioneerlibrary.org/
• You don’t have to re-research every time. Save the articles you
used this year and then next year you can sort out what you want to
keep, get rid of outdated information and add new without
starting from scratch!
What does this mean for your students?
Students can create folders
for their own research
for class projects.
This option is available in all the EBSCO databases
When they feel comfortable using the databases
they can create folders for their own interests
and save items for personal reading rather than just
Googling for information.
When looking at your folders, if you
click one it will give you the options of
Editing or Sharing your folders.
Click on share and you
can enter as many
email addresses as
needed and add a
message or instructions
for the shared file.
Class, read the articles to review for your class discussion on the
25th. Don’t forget to write down 3 questions about things that
you want to know more about.
Also I want you to try to find one more article to bring to class
for the swap. 2 page minimum, 4 page maximum.
The person who will be sharing the email will
get a passcode. They sign in to their own
EBSCO account, click the ADD option
in the Shared By section and enter the
passcode into the box and click SUBMIT.
You will see not see who has input the
passcode but they will see who has shared the
file with them and the file and articles being
Why Share Folders?
• It is a great way to work collaboratively with other teachers in your
grade level or content area.
• It is great for group work!
– Create a folder for each group and have them contribute the articles for
a project. This gets them using the databases and allows you as the
instructor to monitor the quality and content of their choices to help
guide their research.
• Get the parents involved.
– If parents are able to access the folders too they can help keep students
on track with course readings or research. Remember they can start their
research at school and continue it at home. Access anywhere, anytime!
– Also, parents like to know about what is going on in the classroom and
what their students are learning about. This way they can get on and
read the articles too.
Ever have a time when you are in the middle of researching and you get
interrupted or run out of time. Now you don’t have to start over when
you come back with this little tip.
When you have done your search click the Search History option
under the search field. Select the search you want to save and then click
the Save Searches option
add a brief
You also have
to save the
search permanently or
temporarily. Also you can
save searches as alerts and
have EBSCOhost e-mail you
with any new results.
Now your search shows up in your My EBSCOhost folder view.
But wait! There’s more!
Okay, just a couple more things that I love that EBSCOhost
offers…first, the Journal Alert!
If you have a particular journal that you frequently read, whether for
your own research or articles for students, you can create a
journal alert and EBSCO will notify you when the latest volume
Even better, students can set alerts (with the help of a teacher or
parent) to know when their favorite magazine becomes available.
Libraries can’t afford print copies of everything students want to read,
but the journal alert will keep them going and since most are in PDF
format it is like reading the actual magazine.
Here’s how to set a journal alert:
If you or a student find an article you like, then click on the
title. This opens a page with more information about the
journal or magazine article.
By clicking on the SOURCE (Journal/ Magazine/Newspaper Title, you
will be able to see the type of publication, how much of it is available in
full-text and what kind of publication it is.
Use the link at the top
right to set a journal
alert and every time a
new issue comes out you
will be alerted via email!