How Do You Use EBSCOhost for Student Research?


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To use EBSCOhost, access it through an academic or public library access portal. The simplest way to search for resources on EBSCOhost is to use the Basic Search function that appears on the front page. Place quotation marks around any exact phrases.

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Use the AND operator to search for more than one term simultaneously, and use the OR operator to produce search results that include either term.

An advance search feature is available by clicking Advance Search under the Basic Search box. Doing so causes three search boxes to appear with several types of criteria: TX (full-text or keywords), AU (author), TI (title), SO (source) and SU (controlled subject vocabulary). Additional pull-down menus offer more sophisticated AND and OR limiters, as well as a NOT limiter that excludes results containing the specified keyword. If desired, limit searches to peer-reviewed and scholarly journal articles, full-text articles or articles published during a certain date range.

The search results page includes an icon to the left of each result that shows what type of document it is, such as an academic article, magazine article, conference proceeding or case study. Each search result also includes information on how to obtain the full text. A sidebar provides options for filtering search results by publication date, peer-reviewed status and full-text availability.

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