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Navigating an EBSCO Database

The EBSCO collection of databases all have the same look and feel, but can contain different types of information. This tutorial provides a generic overview of the features found inside all EBSCO databases.

Boolean Searching

Advanced Search features allow you to use Boolean operators to adjust your search settings

Boolean searching allows you to include or exclude specific terms from your search to help you more easily locate materials. This is done by using the Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT. These dropdowns are available at the top of your search results. A brief explanation of each Boolean operator:

  • AND – Pulls resources where all of your search terms appear. AND makes your search smaller.
  • OR – Pulls resources where one or the other or both of your search terms appear. Using OR makes your search larger.
  • NOT – Excludes a word from your search. Using NOT makes your search smaller.

Using a series of dropdown menus, you can also select which specific fields of an item’s record that you want to search, such as title or author.

Refine Results

The Refine Results panel contains numerous ways to narrow down your search results. Among this list you'll find:

  • Limit to
    • Full Text- Items available instantly
    • References Available
    • Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals- Items written by experts
    • Publication Date- Type in or use the slider bar
  • Source Type- Select specific types of materials.
  • Subject, Thesaurus Terms or general subject categories 
  • Publication- Titles of larger publications which contain items from your results list.
  • Publisher- Filters results by publishing company.
  • Company- Filters results that are associated with specific companies and corporations.
  • Language- Limit to a specific language.
  • Geography- Limit by geographic location (country, state, etc.).
  • NAICS/Industry- Limit by association to a specific industry or by the North American Industry Classification System.

*Librarian Tip: Use "Show more" to unfold additional options from the Refine Results menu.

Using the Tools Menu

Access the Tools menu by clicking on the title of an item in your search results list. The following image shows the tools menu on the right side of the screen:

the image focuses on the tools menu with options to save to google drive, add to folder, save, print, email, cite, and share features


This menu allows you to easily save, print, or share a resource, along with several other options.