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How do I use EBSCOhost Web?

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EBSCOhost Web is a collection of research databases that you can use to locate articles and electronic books.  You can search the databases individually or together as a group.  When selecting a database from the EBSCOhost Web landing page, first select "EBSCOhost Web" from the list of EBSCOhost products.  Then select which databases you would like to search.  You can select all of them, or select individual databases by clicking on the checkboxes.  Academic Search Complete is the largest database and a good one to use for finding information for research paper assignments.

Selecting a database in EBSCOhost Web


Basic Search Screen

Once you've selected your databases, you will be taken to the basic search screen.  You will see a search box at the top of the page, where you will type your search terms.  You can select a specific search mode, or set limits before searching.  We recommend you search for items that are full text.  This means that your search results will only show you articles and books that are completely available to you, and not just show you parts of articles that you can't fully access.

Conducting a basic search in EBSCOhost Web


Search results

After you do your search, you'll arrive at the search results page.  From here, you can set additional limits by using the facets on the left side of your search results page.

-At the top (on the left), if you haven't already done so, you can limit your search results to "full text" only.  You can also limit it so that only articles with references available and/or ones that are peer reviewed (scholarly journal) show up in your results list.

-Below that, there is a slider tool for you to select a range of dates.  This will update your results to only show you articles that have been published within the desired timeframe.

-Source types:

You can also limit your results list so that it only shows you a certain type of article: academic journal, magazine, and/or newspaper articles.

Search results screen in EBSCOhost Web


Subject terms & controlled vocabulary

One other important thing to pay attention to on the search results page are the "Subject: Thesaurus Terms."

When you do a search, for example, on "changing jobs," you'll notice that many of your search results might have something to do with jobs, but maybe not quite the aspect you are looking for.

Your options are to either redo your search using different search terms, scroll through the results list until you stumble upon an article that looks worthwhile, or, you can try to use different subject thesaurus terms.

Subject thesaurus terms are an example of controlled vocabularyControlled vocabulary terms are pre-established search terms that the people who maintain the database assign as the "official" search terms for an idea or concept.  Articles are "tagged" with this "controlled" subject term.  So for example, articles about changing jobs will only get tagged with the pre-established controlled search term, which may not be "changing jobs."  We searched "changing jobs," and we certainly understand what the concept is behind it; but in reality EBSCOhost calls it something different.

The boxes on the left side for "Subject: Thesaurus Term" show you the controlled search terms for "changing jobs."  "Job hunting," "career development," and "career changes" are just three subject terms that sound a lot like "changing jobs."  These are the controlled terms.  You can click on those boxes and update your results and see if you get some better matches.

Search facets on the EBSCOhost Web search results page


Reading an article

Select an article to read by clicking on the title.  It will open on your screen.  Full text articles in EBSCOhost Web come in two different formats: HTML and PDF. HTML is a "plain text" version of the article.  The PDF format is a replica version of the article—exactly the way the article appeared in the print publication it was printed in. 

You can print the article, save it to your flash drive, or email the article to yourself—right from the article's screen.

On the right side of the article, you will notice a pannel of tools.  From here, you can print, save, or email the article to yourself.  The fourth icon (the golden piece of paper) is the citation tool.  Clicking this will bring up a list of different citation styles for your article, including MLA and APA.

If you need help using Academic Search Premier, please contact the library.

Reading an article in EBSCOhost Web

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