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Database Quick Guide - Academic Search Complete: How to Use Academic Search Complete

Search tips

From the Advanced Search screen, enter your search terms.

Incorporate search strategies such as:

  • combining terms with the connectors (AND & OR)
  • using quotations (" ") to find the exact phrase (e.g., "dome of the rock")
  • using truncation (*) to find all forms of a root word (e.g., teen* will find teen, teens, teenage, teenager, teenagers)

You can narrow your results by:

  • selecting SU Subject Terms from the Select a Field menu. The database will retrieve only those articles where the search terms you entered are found as subject terms. This means the articles retrieved will be more relevant or focused on the search terms you entered.
  • checkmark the boxes next to Full-Text and Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals from the Limit your results section.
  • entering a publication date range from the Limit your results section.



EBSCOhost Advanced Searching

How to set up a search alert

A database alert is a service which sends subscribers database updates. When you set up an alert you can choose how often you would like to receive these updates. For instance, if you are looking for information on a particular topic, you will be alerted on a periodic basis, to new materials on the topic.

To set up an alert, go to any EBSCO database, and click the Sign In to My EBSCOhost link at the top right side of the search screen.

From the Sign In Screen, click on the I'm a new user link, or log in if you already have a My EBSCO account.

Next, perform a search on the topic you are interested in.

From the results screen, click the Search History/Alerts tab.

Check the box next to your search, then select Save Searches/Alerts.

Next, give your alert a name, and a description, click next to save search as, choose alert.

Your options include how often you would like to receive the alert, the currency of the articles included in the alert, and how long you would like to receive the alert.

To have the alert delivered to your email, select the email option, enter your email address, and a subject heading for your email alert.

After you click save you will receive a confirmation screen that contains a syndication feed that you can copy for publishing into your RSS Reader if you would prefer RSS alerts.

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