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Browsing Subjects, People and Places in EBSCO Interfaces

You can browse a list of subjects or subject terms for a specific EBSCO database, depending upon availability.

To browse the Subject Authority File:

  1. Click the Subjects (or Subject Terms) link at the top of the EBSCO interface screen. (If you are searching multiple databases, several subject lists may be available. They will appear in the drop-down list. )

    subject drop-down list

  2. Select the Subject List that you want to search. (For example, Subject Terms or Business Thesaurus.) The Subjects List displays.

    list of subject terms

  3. Enter your search terms in the Browse field.

  4. Select a display option from the available radio buttons below the Browse field. Select Term Begins With, Term Contains, or Relevancy Ranked.

  5. Click the Browse button to view your terms as they appear in the Subject Authority File. The Result List appears.

    subject terms

  6. You can mark one or multiple terms and click the Add button. The terms are added to the Find field. To run a subject search against the main database, click the Search button.

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    You can click on a subject term to view any available Scope Notes, Broader Terms, Narrower Terms, or Related Terms.

    subject browsing

  7. If the Explode check box is present, you can check it to explode your term when it is added to the Find field. Exploding a term means that the search will retrieve all references indexed to that term, as well as all references indexed to any narrower term(s).

In certain databases, People and Places appear as additional links when you view the Thesaurus or Subject Terms list.

To browse for People or Places:

  1. Click the Subjects (or Subject Terms) link at the top of the EBSCOhost screen. The Subjects List displays. (If you are searching multiple databases, several subject lists may be available. They will appear in the drop-down list.)

  2. Click the People or Places link. 

    people and places links

  3. Enter search terms in the Browse For field and click Browse. A list of indexed terms is displayed. (You could also page through the terms using the Next | Previous links and mark the terms you want.)

  4. You can mark terms and click the Add button. The terms are added to the Find field.

  5. Click Search. A Result List is displayed.