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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.

  • Access EBSCO and choose databases
  • Find articles effectively and efficiently
  • Use filters to limit results
  • Use Find It! and ILLiad when EBSCO doesn't have full text



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About This Tutorial

This tutorial presents information and instructions in a separate window, while the original window 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.


Access EBSCO & Choose Databases

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To access EBSCO:

1. From Library homepage, under the "INFORMATION & SERVICES FOR..." heading, click Article Databases 

2. From the Article Database page, click E, to filter databases beginning with an E

3. From the alphabetical list, choose EBSCO Multi-Database Search

Access EBSCO & Choose Databases

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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: 

Choose databases in EBSCO


By default, only some databases are selected. What does this mean for your search?

Find Articles

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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.

Find Articles

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Looking at the results page, which number is closest to the total search results

Find Articles

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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 checkbox at top, click Select/Deselect All

3. Click OK 

4. Search for sesame street

Searching all databases finds a lot more results. 

Use Filters

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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.  

Filters are on left side of results page 

Use Filters

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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.

Use Filters

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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.

Use Filters

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You can pick multiple filters from each category. They are not mutually exclusive.

Use Filters

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Filtering by subject can be a really great way to narrow your options.

1. From filters, click Subject to expand
2. Click Show More
3. Check box next to alphabet
4. Click update button.
You should now have around 160 articles if you are searching all EBSCO databases.
Filter further  
1. From Subject filter, choose educational games 

Use Filters

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So now you should have a list of about 10 items with the terms sesame street, about the alphabet and educational games. These results will all be about both subjects because we filtered first by alphabet, then by educational games.

Use Filters

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Filtering by one subject, then filter further by another subject is the same as picking the two filters at once.


Use Filters

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All results are from academic journals.


Use Filters

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Most articles will have many subjects in the database.
Click the title of any article and you will find detailed information about the article.  This information includes subject terms - which are hyperlinks that allow you to find other articles with that same subject term.
If you follow the subject hyperlink from the article, you should notice something interesting.

Use Filters

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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.

Find it

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Articles that do NOT have Full Text there will be a button labeled Find it

find it button

Use this button to access the article in other ways.

The library has many ways to get your article.  


Find it

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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.

You have learned to:

  • Access EBSCO and choose databases
  • Find articles effectively and efficiently
  • Use filters to limit results
  • Use Find It! and ILLiad when EBSCO doesn't have full text


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