Quick guide to using EBSCOhost
October 27, 2009 Leave a comment
1. Choose which database(s) to use.
At the moment we subscribe to two: ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials and PsycARTICLES. PsycARTICLES, as might be guessed from the name, contains full-text articles related to psychology. ATLAS covers a wider range of subjects, but is a mix of full-text and abstracts. You can search the databases separately or simultaneously—just check the box(es) next to the database(s) you’re interested in and click “continue”.
And this is probably the part where you all say “Yes, but how, exactly? There are an awful lot of menus and tickey-boxes and such.” Believe it or not, those are all there to make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for.
The top section is the actual search box(es), into which you enter the term(s) you’re looking for, and it allows you to be very precise: this word but not that, or titles or authors or subjects. Or don’t select a field and search through everything.
The lower sections allow you to further limit your search—to just full-text articles, for example, or certain years of publication. That way you don’t have to scroll through forty-two pages of results for just one article.
3. Pick an article.
Clicking on an article title will take you to a citation page that contains a permanent link and a bunch of icons for doing various things such as print or email the citation page. If there’s a PDF or HTML icon, that means you can read the article online. If not, check our online catalog to see if we have it. Anything we don’t have, we should be able to get within a week or so through an interlibrary loan.
4. And that’s pretty much it.
If you have any problems that aren’t covered in this quick guide, please feel free to email or call us (800.235.4021 ext. 123).