Using EBSCOhost Database
For your proposed research topic, write a
list of keywords or search terms you might use to search for information
about this topic. Locate articles on your particular topic by selecting
EBSCOhost from the
"Quick Links" pull down menu on the library home
page. On the resulting page, click "Academic" and
select Academic Search Premier.
Conduct initial searches using the
keywords and terms from your proposed list.
- The default search setting for
Academic Search Premier is a basic
search. Begin a basic search by entering keywords. Separate
multiple terms with Boolean operators such as AND, OR,
NOT. For a more precise search, click the "Advanced Search"
tab on the top bar. The "Advanced Search" screen allows you
to combine terms, search in specific fields and offers several limiting
options (e.g...limits by publication type, language, journal or
document). To fully appreciate the richness of this database and
to search it more efficiently, click the "Help" tab.
- List all the terms searched, and the number of relevant
For example, "I used the advanced search - green
buildings AND college - to find information about
green buildings on college campuses." This search yielded
numerous relevant articles.
- Locate at least five of these articles
by viewing the PDF or HTML full-text online, or by
clicking the orange "Search for Full Text" icon and
following the prompts to locate the article texts. How many of
your articles are available via full-text online? How many of these
articles are located in Ramsey Library's collection? Are any of the
articles available from ASU or WCU?
- List bibliographic information for five articles that you might want to use for your research.
Provides practice in using
an electronic periodical index to access information.
Teaches the mechanics of searching.
Provides practice using a bibliographic
To complete this assignment,
it will be helpful to review the following information:
Adapted from Memorial
University Libraries Ideas for Library/Information Assignments,
Memorial University of Newfoundland, (c)2004.
Confused about searching
the EBSCOhost database? Ask a librarian for help at the Research Support Desk