Skip to main content
Support - EBSCO Help

STM Source - Advanced Search Guided Style

STM Source is the world’s most comprehensive multidisciplinary, full-text database geared specifically toward addressing the needs of research and development. Its extensive scope and content provides users with a wealth of information encompassing all areas and facets of research and development activity.

The Value of STM Source for Information Professionals:

  • Reduce delay and expense for document delivery.
  • Provide unlimited access without the runaway costs associated with pay-per-view services.
  • Expose the user to content to which they may not have had access previously.
  • Provide users with instant access to reliable, current full-text content.

Unmatched full-text Scientific-Technical-Medical content
Updated daily, this expert collection contains:

  • More than 10,000 total publications, including over 6,200 full-text journals, as well as books & monographs, reports, and conference proceedings.
  • More than sixteen million records, with subject headings from an extensive thesaurus.
  • Searchable cited references for more than 800 journals.
Creating an Advanced Search
  1. On the Advanced Search Screen, enter your search terms in the first Find field.

    STM Source - Advanced Search Guided

  2. Choose the search field from the optional Select a Field drop-down list (for example, search in only the Author field of the citation).

  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the second set of Find fields.

  4. Select a Boolean operator (AND, OR, NOT) to combine the two Find field entries.

  5. You can enter another Boolean operator, keyword, and search field in the third set of fields.

  6. If you need additional rows, click the Plus button Plus button. Up to 12 rows can be displayed. To delete a row, click the Minus button Minus button.

  7. Select from the available Search Options:

    • Search modes – Use specific search modes, such as “Find all of my search terms,” or “SmartText Searching,” or use search options that expand your search such as “Apply related words.”
    • Limit your results – such as Full Text or Publication type.
    • Special Limiters – Apply limiters specific to a database. If you select a special limiter, it is applied only to the database under which it appears.
  8. Click the Search button. The Result List displays.

    STM Source - result list

Viewing Your Search Results

The Result List Screen has three columns to limit and narrow results, view results, and view available information related to your results. You can hide or show the different areas by clicking the control arrows near the top of your results.

  • All Results – The articles that were found display in the center of the Result List Screen.

    • The article title link takes you to the citation information and/or the full text. Place your mouse over the Preview icon to view the Abstract.

    • The HTML Full Text link takes you directly to the full text of the article.

    • The PDF Full Text link takes you to a PDF version of the full text. The PDF will open in the Adobe® Reader®.

    • Any available Image Quick View results appear as thumbnail images you can click to directly view an image from an article.

  • Refine results – You can narrow by source type, subject, journal, author, and more.

  • Limit To – Apply limiters right from the Result List. Select any of the limiters displayed. A revised Result List displays. (You can refine your search even more by clicking the Show more link under Refine your results.)

  • Folder – To save an article to the Folder, click the Folder icon to the right of the article title. To view the items in your Folder, click the Go to Folder View link.

  • Related Information – When additional sources such as images, blogs, and Web news are available, they will be displayed.

Printing/E-mailing/Saving Search Results

STM Source detailed record

  • Click the Print, E-mail, or Save icon and follow the directions on screen to print, e-mail, or save your results. You can print, e-mail or save several results at the same time by saving them to the Folder, and then printing, e-mailing or saving all at once.

  • Use the Cite icon to view your results in popular citation formats such as MLA and APA.

  • Use the Export icon to export your results in a bibliographic manager format of your choice.

  • To save your results for future use, be sure to sign in to your personal account (My EBSCOhost). Once you sign in, your results are saved to the Folder, and can be retrieved at any time.