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Using EBSCO Host to search databases
This tutorial shows how to search multiple databases, do advanced searches, limit and refine search results and how to use your search history. It also shows how to customize preferences on My EBSCOHost and how to save articles.
Using Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)
Academic Search Premier is one of the best databases for general information because of the wide variety of information and articles available. It is an excellent starting point for finding relevant articles.
Using the Thesaurus
This tutorial shows how to use the EBSCO thesaurus to find relevant articles.
Using Google Scholar
This tutorial shows how to use Google Scholar to find relevant journal articles.
Types of Sources
This video presents the different types of sources you can use in your research.
Tips for searching databases
1. Identify key terms for your topic
2. Select appropriate search fields for your terms
3. Use Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT) to broaden or narrow your search
i. AND is used to NARROW your search, combining two or more search topics
ii. OR is used to BROADEN your search results
iii. NOT is to ELIMINATE unwanted search results
4. To narrow your results further, explore the different databases and to find where you can adjust the date, request only peer-review articles, etc.
5. To include all variations of a word in your search, truncate terms by placing an asterisk (*) after the common root
i. For example, famil* would search for family and families.
For more information on Boolean Operators, check out this tutorial!