The name of the specific EBSCO database(s) you are searching can be found just above the search box. Use "Choose Databases" to add, remove, or change databases.
The basic search option in EBSCO databases provides one search box and options to limit your search to full text and limit to peer-reviewed sources. This is the search option that you will see when you click on a link to the database.
The advanced search option in EBSCO databases provides multiple search boxes (and options to add more) and access to additional options to limit your search by publication date, publication type, document type, location, language, and more.
Subject Terms (also called subjects or controlled vocabulary) are the database’s “official” keywords assigned to topics. When searching with subjects, your results will most likely be more precise and relevant.
When you click on "Subject Terms" (or similar phrase) at the top of the page, you will be able to browse or search for subject terms to add to your search.
The thesaurus (or other controlled vocabulary lists) used in databases uses a hierarchical system. After clicking on a term, there may be other information and terms such as:
Check the boxes next to the term(s) you want to use and click "Add". This will add the subject term to the search box at the top of the page.
Limits are tools to limit your search results based on multiple criteria. Limits can be selected from the Advanced Search page, or added/updated on the search results page.
Options generally include:
Full Text (only shows sources you can access immediately)
Source Type (Academic Journals, Books, Newspapers, Magazines, Trade Publications, Reviews, and others)
Subject: Thesaurus Term (terms from the database's thesaurus)
NAICS/Industry (mostly used for business research)
Specific EBSCO databases may have additional or different options, depending on the subject.
Database records include all kinds of information that can be useful when evaluating a source to determine if it meets your needs, such as:
The record page also includes information you may need for creating your citations, such as:
When viewing a record page, tools for saving, exporting, and citing will be in a column on the right side of the page. When you select a tool, a box will pop up above the record (but below the search box).
Options for viewing full text (PDF or HTML) and downloading PDFs are on the left side of the page.