In this tutorial you will learn to find articles in the EBSCO database. Every database is different, but many of the skills you learn in this tutorial can be applied to other databases as well.
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About This Tutorial
This tutorial presents information and instructions on the left side of the screen, while the right side is a live feed from a website.
This is an interactive tutorial that works best when you test the database and try out the examples.
You will be asked questions that may require you to explore and test the database to find the answer.
To access EBSCO:
1. From Library homepage, under the search box, click Article Databases
2. From the Article Database page, in Select a Database by Name area, click E-F
3. From the alphabetical list, choose EBSCO multiple database search.
EBSCO is actually a meta-database. It searches many other databases. For this tutorial we will use the defaults, but later on you may need to add or subtract databases from your search.
To choose databases:
By default, only some databases are selected. What does this mean for your search?
For this example, leave the default databases selected.
To search for articles:
1. In top search box, enter search terms sesame street
2. Click Search button or Enter key.
Looking at the results page, which number is closest to the total search results
Now let's look at how many more results we get if we select all databases.
1. Above search area, click Choose Databases
2. From pop-up, at top, click Select/Deselect All
3. Click OK
4. Search for sesame street
Searching all databases finds a lot more results.
Filtering is a great way to narrow your results. Perhaps you only want the most recent materials, or perhaps you only want results from academic journals.
EBSCO has a lot of useful filtering options on the left-hand side of the results page.
Scroll down page and expand categories, like Publication and Subject to explore the filters. When you expand categories EBSCO shows you a few top results, but there are even more available if there is a Show More link. Test it out yourself.
Add a filter of you choice. Notice that when you select a filter, it gets added to the Current Search box at top-left of results page.
Now remove a filter by clicking the X next to the filter name in Current Search box.
You can pick multiple filters from each category. They are not mutually exclusive.
Filtering by subject can be a really great way to narrow your options.
Filtering by one subject, then filter further by another subject is the same as picking the two filters at once.
All results are from academic journals.
There are some other really useful filters to try out.
Often it is very useful to limit the date range. Additionally, selecting Full Text will give you results that you can preview and read right away.
Articles that do NOT have Full Text there will be a button labeled Find it
Use this button to access the article in other ways.
The library has many ways to get your article.
You may be able to access the article through another database, or through Western's print copy, or from another library by using the ILLiad internlibary loan system.
That's it for this tutorial.
You have learned to find articles in the EBSCO database.
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