You’ve probably used EBSCOhost, but how much do you really know about it? Did you know you can search in a database just for art? That EBSCO can format citations for your bibliography? That you can do cited reference searching, save search and journal alerts, and explode numbers of search results by searching within full text? Here are some tips on these and other things you might not know about EBSCO, so you can get the most out of it this fall.
Use subject-specific databases. If you click on the EBSCO link on the library’s home page, you will be searching a database called Academic Search Complete. While it is EBSCO’s biggest database (with over 8,000 full-text journals), it is far from complete! Use the “Choose Databases” link above the search box to get to the full list of over 70 databases the library has from EBSCO, and be aware that searching Academic Search Complete does NOT search them all! Hover the cursor over the dialog box next to each one to read its description, then choose the ones that best suit your research needs.
Format citations. When looking at the description of an article in EBSCO, you will see a list of “tools” on the right side of the screen. One of these is “cite.” If you click on this, EBSCO will make a citation you can paste into a bibliography. Just choose the format you need! Also useful are the “email” and “permalink” tools – the latter generates a url that will get you right back to that article from on or off campus.
Save search alerts. If you create a “My EBSCOhost” account (using the “sign in” link at the top of any EBSCO screen), you can save search and journal alerts, which will automatically send you an e mail whenever new content from a particular journal is added to EBSCO or periodically execute a particular search and email you the new results. This is a great tool for graduate students, so you can always stay up to date on the latest publications in your field! Watch these 2-minute YouTube videos to learn how to set up journal and search alerts.
Advanced search options. If you choose “advanced search” underneath the EBSCO search box, you will find a lot of powerful search options!
- Limit to parts of a citation – use the drop-downs next to the search boxes to search in title words, journal title (source), and subject
- Also search within the full text of articles – this checkbox will explode your search in databases that include full-text journals
You can also limit your searches by date, availability of full text, scholarly publication status, language, and more.
Cited reference searching. While Web of Science and Scopus are the best sources for cited reference searching, you can also search for articles that cite a particular book or author in EBSCO. Click on “Cited References” at the top of any EBSCO screen and fill out the information for the reference you’d like to see cited.