Q. How do I find EBSCO database?
You can search or browse databases on the library homepage (see “Databases” tab) or on our Databases page. If you search "ebsco" in either place you will retrieve a a long list of databases. This is because:
EBSCO is actually not a database but a provider of many databases, each of which includes different articles and resources. EBSCO databases all use the same interface/web design, so they look the same even though they are searching different collections of information.
These are some examples of EBSCO databases:
- Academic Search Premier (large, multi-disciplinary database great for searching many different topics)
- Business Source Premier (subjects covered: econ, finance, management, etc.)
- CINAHL (nursing and allied health)
- ERIC (education)
- GreenFile (human impact and the environment)
- PsycINFO (psychology)
- and many more
Searching more than one EBSCO database at once
You can also search multiple databases at once. In the screenshot above, you can see a "Choose Databases" link next to the database title. When in an EBSCO database, if you click this link you will pull up a list of all EBSCO databases available to USD students. Click the checkbox next to any additional databases you would like to search. (If you're unfamiliar with a database, scroll over the little yellow comment bubble to see a description.) However, some caveats from UCLA library:
"While searching multiple databases at once can be useful, by definition it's lowest-common denominator searching. None of the advanced search techniques available in individual databases will be available. Some pitfalls to watch out for:
- Your search results may mix apples and oranges... or, less figuratively, things like articles and dissertations.
- Subject headings won't be consistent.
- Databases with full-text searching may be over-represented in your results, simply because they have more words to match on.
- Relevancy ranking doesn't work well."