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Choosing EBSCO Databases to Search

EBSCO interfaces offer the ability to select the databases you want to search by database name or by subject area. Your library administrator decides how databases will be selected.

Selecting Databases by Database Name

To select a database:

  1. Click the Choose Databases link. Select the database name, e.g., Academic Search Complete, MasterFILE Premier, etc. from the list of databases.

    choosing by database name

  2. To search more than one database, mark the check boxes to the left of the database names. You can also use the Select / deselect all checkbox to make your selections.

  3. To save your selections, click OK; or click Cancel to discard your changes.

Selecting Databases by Subject Area

If your library groups your databases by subject area, the two most recently selected database groups are listed above the Find field. If additional groups are available, click the hyperlinked ellipsis (…) to view them.

To select databases by subject area:

  1. Click the Choose Databases link. Select the subject area, e.g., Communications/Media Databases, General/News Databases, etc.

    choosing databases by subject area

  2. To search more than one subject area, mark the check boxes to the left of the subject areas. You can also use the Select / deselect all checkbox to make your selections.

  3. To save your selections, click OK; or click Cancel to discard your changes.

Learning More About a Database

There are two versions of the Choose Database Screen—brief and detailed. The brief version of the Choose Database Screen is available from any search or browse screen, result list, or citation details.

To learn more about a database:

  1. Click the Choose Databases link.

    choosing databases with brief descriptions available

  2. Place your mouse over the Preview icon. A brief description of the database is displayed. To return to your previous screen, click OK.

  3. To view descriptions of all the databases available to you, click the Detailed View link. The Choose Databases Screen displays. 

    choose databases screen with detailed descriptions