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The McKillop Library has added EBSCOhost’s Academic Search Premier as our comprehensive database resource providing access to articles. Academic Search Premier is the world's largest scholarly, multi-discipline, full text database designed specifically for academic institutions. With the most valuable and most numerous collection of peer-reviewed, full text journals, Academic Search Premier offers critical information from many sources found in no other database. This resource contains full text for nearly 3,200 scholarly publications. Academic Search Premier includes full-page images as well as color embedded images. This scholarly collection provides full text journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study - including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies.
Academic Search Premier is accessible at all computers in the McKillop Library. It may also be accessed on- or off-campus from the library homepage (http://library.salve.edu/) under Databases. For off-campus access you must set your computer's browser for Proxy Services. See Off-Campus Access on the library homepage or call the Reference desk at (401)341-2289 if you need assistance.
CHOOSE THE EBSCOhost ACADEMIC SEARCH PREMIER DATABASE
To choose Academic Search Premier from the McKillop Library, click on the EBSCOhost platform and then link to Academic Search Premier by clicking on the title. Although there are other databases available through EBSCOhost, each one should be searched individually for optimal results.
Looking for an article from a scholarly journal? - Once you’ve chosen Academic Search Premier, at the bottom of the Search screen you may choose to limit your search to Peer Reviewed journals. If your assignment is to find an article in a scholarly journal, limiting your search to Peer Reviewed journals will ensure that your results will meet your professor's requirement. Peer review is a rigorous process in which an article that is submitted for publication to a professional journal is reviewed by an editorial board or by individuals who are scholars in the field. Content is scrutinized and revisions are often suggested to guarantee that the final published article meets the standards of the journal.
SEARCH BY WORD
A Basic Search is performed by entering one or more keywords or phrases related to your topic, separating each with the word “and”. Place quotations around phrases, that is longer than two words.
Use the asterisk (*) to search for words containing a common word root, with any number or combination of characters following the root.
Use the question mark (?) to search for a specific number of characters, in any combination. Use one ? for each character that you are unsure of.
By checking off on a box below your search window, you can either limit or expand your search. To limit, choose one of the following:
To expand your search choose either:
Guided Search and Expert Search provide help in constructing a precise search. These options give you more control by allowing you to limit to specific search fields and date ranges. You may also combine search word and phrases by selecting the appropriate search operator from the drop-down menu. It also gives you the option to limit or expand your search with additional options.
SEARCHING THE SUBJECT INFORMATION INDEXES
Subject Search - The file is indexed according to the following categories:
Journal Search - You can also search by publication name or browse through a journal list presented in alphabetical order. This option is at the top of the screen under Journal Search. You may enter the complete title, or just a word within the title, in the basic search field. By choosing alphabetical listing, Academic Search Premier will display the journal’s that begin with your keyword search. If you choose relevancy rank, Academic Search Premier will display all the journals that best match your search terms. Click the publication that you want and Academic Search Premier displays a brief summary including available dates.
Company Directory - First, enter your search criteria in one or more of the following fields:
Then, click Search after entering your search terms; or click Clear to enter new terms. You can also use the Search All field to search for a word or name in all the fields listed in step 1.
Click one of the following:
Image Collections - The EBSCOhost Image Collections contain photographs and other images licensed from a variety of sources. Some images are of people, some of places or objects, and include photographs, maps and flags. You can focus your image search by using the categories available on the Search Window:
You can select more than one of these categories (for example: Maps and Flags). When no specific category is selected, all categories are searched. The images that you access on EBSCOhost can be saved or printed using your browser's Save and Print functions.
When Academic Search Premier performs a search, a Result List opens. This is the information retrieved from the databases that are searched. Search results can be citations, document summaries or abstracts, and can include links to full text.
At the bottom of each citation are a series of icons representing the graphical formats in which the article can be displayed.
To view the full record for an article, click on the highlighted title of the article or on a format icon. The full record contains the complete citation to the article as well as the abstract and the full text (if available). Your search words will be bold. On top of the screen are navigation tools to take you through the list of articles and a link to refine your search if you are unsuccessful.
PRINT DOWNLOAD OR E-MAIL YOUR RESULTS
Once you have found a useful article,
you may e-mail yourself the citation, abstract, and full text of the article
(if available). Or, select Print Article to reformat the article and then
print it or save it to a disk using your browser.
You may mark articles either from the full record or from the Results List. After you mark the articles you want, select Marked List to re-display them. The Marked List allows you to e-mail or print the marked articles in a batch.
Within the EBSCOhost platform there are additional databases to search.
Entering the EBSCOhost platform, each database
has a brief description so you may choose the best option. Link to each one individually for optimal
search results. Searching these
databases you can use a similar strategy as with Academic Search Premier,
although you may find additional ways to limit or expand your
search. Although each database
is rich with information, for general searches and the most expansive
collection begin with Academic Search Premier.
Created: 10-01 /cm
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Revised: November, 2001