EBSCOHOST

TO ACCESS

1. Begin at the Drain-Jordan Library's home page: http://library.wvstateu.edu/.
2. Click on Mag/Journal Indexes with FullText Articles.
3. Click on the EBSCOHost on campus or, if you are searching from home, on the Off Campus link. (If you are off campus, you will need the library bar code number on the back of your WVSU ID to enter as your password). The link takes you to the second Ebscohost screen where you "select service"; most people should select the first choice "EBSCOhost Web". If you have an older computer, older browser or are using software to voice the screen, you may need to use the second choice "EBSCOhost Text Only - for Netscape 4.0 or IE 4.0".

TO SELECT A DATABASE

The next screen lists individual databases available in EBSCOHost. The first choice is Academic Search Premier, which is a general database; subject specific databases are listed below. Most of the FullText periodical articles are in this database which provides FullText to nearly 4700 periodicals; when you search one of the abstract/citation databases (without fulltext) and also checkmark "Academic Search Premier", the result list will crossLINK to any articles available to "Academic Search Premier".
You can search individual databases by Clicking on their blue link (for example Academic Search Premier),
OR, choose several databases by "checkmarking" their squares and then pressing the "Continue" button above (and below) the list of databases.

TO SEARCH BY SUBJECT

If you are searching for a current topic, such as "road rage" or "mountaintop removal," a keyword search is the best starting point. However, limiting your search to the Subject field is useful when your topic is broad, like "schizophrenia" or "depression." To search by Subject:

  1. Click on the third choice in the top green line that says "Subject Terms." This will open the "Subject Terms"  screen, which looks slightly different than the default keyword search screen. 
  2. After you press the Search key, a list of subject headings related to the subject will appear.
  3. Check mark the index terms you wish to in your search. These are the terms the EbscoHost databases use for "cataloging" the articles in their system.
  4. You can search multiple terms using a boolean "and" or "or" or "not" by selecting from the pulldown box and using the "add" button to include additional terms.
  5. Press the "search" button across from the "find" label to retrieve records (citations and/or articles)

TO PRINT

While viewing an individual citation with its abstract OR a full text article, you have the option of printing it.

  1. Click on the blue PRINT button, located at the top (or the bottom) of the screen. This will open the "Print Manager" screen.
  2. Select the format by clicking on a radio button.
  3. Then click on the blue Print button. A gray Print box will open.
  4. Click the OK button in the gray Print box.
  5. To return to the citation or full text article, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on the blue Back button.

TO EMAIL

Also, while viewing an individual citation with its abstract OR a full text article, you have the option of emailing it.

  1. Click on the blue EMAIL button, located at the top (or the bottom) of the screen. This will open the "E-mail Manager" screen.
  2. Select the format by clicking on a radio button.
  3. Click in the text box, and type in your email address and the subject of your email.
  4. Then click on the blue EMAIL button. A screen with the message, "Your email has been sent...." will open.
  5. Click the CONTINUE button.
TO LIMIT

Before performing a search, you can limit your results to only articles with text, by clicking (and checking) the box next to "Full Text." Also, you can limit your results to only articles from peer reviewed ("scholarly") publications, by clicking (and checking) the box next to "Peer Reviewed."


Robert Tout
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