Searching for Magazine and Journal Articles using EBSCOhost Databases
Planning your Search
Plan your search strategy. Use the Get Ready to Research [pdf] worksheet to refine your search strategy for more effective results.
Access the EBSCOhost databases. From the Articles tab on the Library's home page click on the EBSCOhost databases link.
Select the database(s) you wish to search. Read the database descriptions to see which one(s) will work best for your research needs.
Searching for Articles and Reviewing the Results
The following steps describe the search process:
The topic for the example is: “How effective are meth abuse treatment programs?”
Resources needed: academic journal articles
Database selected: Academic Search Premier. This large, multi-disciplinary database has thousands of publications indexed. Most are academic/scholarly journals. Information about a particular article includes abstracts, subject headings, and often the entire text of the article.
Use the Basic Search form and type your keywords for your search topic in the text box. (The Advanced Search form has more features and may also be used, but it is not discussed here.)
In this example we will use the search phrase "meth* abuse." Adding the keywords "treatment" and "iowa" will help narrow the search results. Depending on your topic, you may need to adjust your keywords to be more specific or to be more general.
Asterisk *: Use the asterisk * to truncate (expand the endings). However, be careful when doing this as you can get what is called "false hits" – results that have nothing to do with your topic.
Meth* will return articles that have the terms: methamphetamine and methamphetamines, besides just plain meth. But meth* may also give you articles that have the words: method, methods, and methodology.
Search Terms and Phrases: The EBSCO databases are set up to automatically insert an AND in between every word, you do not have to type AND between your search terms and phrases.
Use quotation marks around words you want searched as a phrase.
The results for: meth* AND abuse will be different than for the phrase "meth* abuse" which will be more specific to the search topic.
View the results list. The information in the illustration below includes the:
Retrieving the Full Text version of the article.
Refining your Search Criteria
On the results list screen, in the left column, click on "Refine your results." You can choose one or all of the following options:
Hawkeye Library: Limits your search results to only articles from Hawkeye Library's subscription publications.
Full Text: Limits your search results to only display Full Text articles.
Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals
On the results list screen, in the left column, click on "Publication Type" and select "Academic Journal."
Change your search terms in the search text box at the top of the screen.
Set up limiters on the original search form before you do the search.
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