Trocaire College Libraries
What is the EBSCOhost Database Guide?
This guide will show you how to use EBSCOhost to find journal articles for your assignments. Many of the things you learn from this guide can be used in our other library databases.
You will be given search strategies, and other helpful hints, for searching in EBSCOhost before starting your own searching. There is a short quiz at the end to see how well this tutorial worked for you.
The best way to find journal articles for your assignments is to use the library's databases.
While just Googling is quicker, you cannot always verify the accuracy of a website...or worse, you may be asked to pay $$ for limited use of an article you find online that you could be getting free from the library!
To find EBSCOhost, and all of our other databases on our website, select Article and eBook Databases from the Research drop down menu. Then select Databases A to Z.
You can also select Library Resources by Subject to find specific resources related to your program or coursework.
You can scroll down the screen until you reach EBSCOhost.
Click here to access EBSCOhost to access the database and start your search journey.
If you are off-campus, you will need to login with your Trocaire network ID and password.
What is EBSCOhost?
EBSCOhost is a collection of databases on a variety of topics. There is a description of each database below the title.
Some of the databases in the library's subscription of EBSCOhost include:
- Academic Search Elite - covers a variety of topics
- CINAHL Complete - articles on medical conditions
- eBook Clinical Collection - medical eBooks you can search and use along with your journal articles
- eBook Collection - general eBooks you can search and use along with your journal articles
- ERIC - articles about education issues
- Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition - articles on health and workplace issues
- MEDLINE - more citations and abstracts on research vs. articles. Use to find links to articles on the latest medical research
You can click directly on a database to search it individually.
To search multiple databases, click on the box next to the database's title.
Tips to improve your search:
- Peer Reviewed - limits search to scholarly journal articles
- Published Date - limit the date range for your search (3 years, 5 years)
- Publication Type - limit to a certain type of article such as case studies, periodicals, newspapers, magazines
It is recommended to keep Full Text unchecked because your search will show all articles available for your topic.
If the article is not in full text, it may be available in other Trocaire databases or through Interlibrary Loan.
You only want to use the main points of the topic as your keywords.
Keywords are the words you enter into a database or search engine to find information on a topic.
Keywords are critical for effective database searching. They...
- help you focus on a topic.
- help you focus your research.
- eliminate extraneous articles.
- are better for Internet searching too.
- Use academic or professional language in order to find the most scholarly materials on your topic.
- Avoid unnecessary words like effect, affect, study, research or journal when searching library databases.
- Put quotation marks around your words to search as an exact phrase.
- “climate change“
- Use an asterisk to search for words with similar endings.
- teen* would find teen, teens, teenage, teenager, teenaged
- Use a question mark or hashtag symbol to search for similarly spelled words at the same time.
- woman and women (wom#n, wom?n)
- Databases tend to use the question mark; search engines the hashtag symbol.
- Use AND to combine your main keywords together. This happens automatically in search engines.
- “Lake Erie” AND “climate change”
- Use OR in databases and web searching to search for two words that can be used interchangeably.
- neonate OR infant OR newborn
- Use NOT to eliminate a word or topic from your search. Many search engines use a minus sign (-) to eliminate words.
- vaccines NOT autism
Abstract or Article?
The abstract is a summary of the journal article. Reading it can help you decide if the article works for your research project.
A journal article contains an abstract, plus the full article and references at the end. There are also often datasets, charts and graphs. This infographic can help you decide if you are looking at a journal article or just an abstract.
Your instructors want full text journal articles not abstracts.
- Articles in HTML Full Text look like a webpage. These have great features:
- a translator from English to another language
- text-to-speech reading of the article
- Articles in PDF Full Text look like a scan of the original article in the printed journal.
Tools in EBSCOhost
The most commonly used tools are:
- Cite (APA, MLA)
- Save (home PC, H:drive or flash drive)
You may also be redirected to a page advising you the article is not available in our databases.
Click on Request an Interlibrary Loan to send us a request to get the article from another college.
Within the ILL Request Form:
- Enter your contact information
- Enter the year the article was published
- Scroll down and press Submit
Most articles are delivered to your Trocaire College email in 2 - 72 hours.If it will take longer than that, we will contact you.