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How-To Guide for Research

Searching in EBSCO Databases

  • Enter keywords into the search boxes at the top of the search screen.
  • As you type, suggestions will actively come up.  Keep using your own keywords or click on any suggestions to use that as your search instead.
  • The default Select a Field option will searching everything. Use the dropdown menu to search in specific fields. 
    • For example, to narrow your results you can search just the Titles or Subject Headings.
Animated GIF showing the Subject option in EBSCO's Advanced Search mode

Navigating Results

EBSCO Limit to box

  • Search results will look the same across all EBSCO databases like Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, CINAHL, etc.
  • The Refine Results column on the left displays available filters.  The most useful are:
    • Limit to Full Text
    • Limit to Peer Reviewed
    • Filter by Publication Date
    • Filter by Subject