Searching the EBSCO Databases

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In the Scott Community College Library, the EBSCO databases are the workhorses.  For most research areas, EBSCO is a great place to start searching for journal articles—both for scholarly journals and popular magazines.

To get to the EBSCO databases, log in to EICConnect and click on Library under the Menu icon in the upper left of the page.  Click on Electronic Resources to see all of the databases available to you from your computer or mobile device.  If you’re using one of the computers on campus, you can access these from the Library home page (click on “A list of electronic resources can be found here”).

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Click on EBSCO to see the different options.  If you’re on a mobile device, you might try the mobile profile or the ebook mobile app.  If you’re on a computer, you can get to articles through the first link, EBSCO (magazine and journal articles).

Entering the databases from here, you automatically search across all of the EBSCO databases at once, including Academic Search Elite, Business Source Elite, the EBSCO ebook collection, Health Source, and more.  If your assignment requires that you use scholarly articles, select Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals under Limit your results.

In the search boxes, enter keywords related to the topic you’re researching.  Databases work best when you separate search terms into separate search boxes, unlike search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo.

For example, if you’re searching for articles on nutrition in cancer, databases will give better search results if you put nutrition in one search box and cancer in another search box, rather than putting nutrition cancer together into one search box.  Take a look at the sample searches below—they are identical except for breaking the search terms into separate search boxes.  Breaking up search terms resulted in the database retrieving over 10 times as many articles!

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One last tip: once you get your search results, look at the limiters on the left-hand side of the page.  You can use these to select article publication date, limit to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals if you missed checking that box on the search page, select the type of source such as newspaper or ebook, or search for articles that aren’t available in Full Text in our collection but can be requested through interlibrary loan.

Need help searching?  Ask a member of the library staff!

 

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