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Viewing Results in EBSCO Interfaces

This page describes the features of the EBSCO interface Result List, including limiters, facets, results sorting options, and the Share menu options.

Search results can be citations, full text articles, document summaries or abstracts, and can include links to full text.

sample result list screen

The Result List Screen has three columns:

  • Left - Refine Search
  • Middle - Results Display
  • Right - Related Information

You can hide or show the different areas by clicking the control arrows at the top of the left and right columns. Your library administrator decides whether the facets in the left column are displayed.

Note: Result List features vary by EBSCO interface. For example, certain interfaces will not display the Related Information column on the right side of the page.

Left - Refine Search

The Left Column displays the Current Search, Limiters, and Facets

  • Current Search - Click the toggle arrow to open the Current Search box. Current Search keeps track of your search terms, search options, and facets applied to your search.

  • Limit To – Apply limiters right from the Result List. Click a hyperlinked limiter to apply it or select multiple limiters and click Update. A revised Result List displays. (You can refine your search even more by clicking the Show More link under the Limit To section.)

  • Facets – You can narrow by source type, subject, journal, author, and more. This feature, also known as “clustering,” is helpful if you want to discover the major subject groups for your topic without having to browse multiple pages of results, or checking individual articles to see if they are relevant.

    • To narrow your results, check the box for a subject term in a section of your choice. A new Result List, limited to the chosen term or terms is displayed and the list of subject terms is refreshed. For more info, see Facets.

Middle - Results Display

Results Display – The articles that were found are displayed in the center of the Result List Screen. You can also access the Result Sort, Page Options, and Share drop-down menus from the Results column.

  • The number of Search Results in your list is displayed at the top of the middle column.

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

  • The audio icon Audio Summary link prompts you to download or listen to audio summaries. (Business Book Summaries database only.)

  • Add to Folder – To save an article to the Folder, click the Folder icon folder icon to the right of the article title or inside the Article Preview that you hover over with your mouse.

  • Subjects – Subject Terms that are assigned to each item are displayed in the result list.

  • Result List Sort – Click this link to select one of the following result list sorting options: Date Newest, Date Oldest, Author, Source, or Relevance. If you are searching more than one database at the same time, only the sort options common to all the databases that you selected will be available.

  • Page Options – Click this link to view the page display options.

  • Share – Click this link to view alerting, linking and bookmarking options.

  • Navigate through pages of your results using the hyperlinked page number and Next links at the bottom of the result list.

Right - Related Information

When additional sources such as images, blogs, widgets, and Web news are available, they will be displayed in this column.

  • Folder – If articles are stored in the folder, they will appear in this column under Folder has items. To view the items in your Folder, click the Go to Folder View link. To save them, sign in to your My EBSCOhost folder.

  • Related Images – Place your mouse over an image—a full size view of the image displays.

  • Additional Source Types – You may be able to refine your results list by additional source types when the appropriate databases are being searched. These additional Source Types include:

    • Company Profiles
    • Videos
    • Business Videos
    • Small Business Videos
    • Historical Images
  • Apps – If any additional resources have been added by your administrator using apps (formerly known as widgets), they will appear in this column.


  • The library administrator decides which features will be available, so your Result List may look slightly different.

  • You can save the look of your Result List for future sessions by making changes in the Preferences area and signing in to your My EBSCOhost folder.

Page Options

Use this drop-down menu to customize how your result list page is displayed.

Note: The setting currently being used is highlighted with a yellow box.

To set your Page Options:

  • Result Format - Click to select a result list format.

  • Image QuickView - Select whether or not you would like thumbnails of images from your articles to display on the result list.

  • Results per page - Select the number of results per page you would like to be displayed.

  • Page Layout - Select your desired column layout for the Result List.

page options menu

Share Menu

To use the Share menu:

  • Add to folder - Add all displayed articles to the folder or add the search to the folder as a persistent link to a search.

  • Create an alert - Create a search alert e-mail or an RSS feed right from the Result List, even if you are not signed in to My EBSCOhost.

  • Use Permalink - Highlight the link text and copy using your browser's copy function. You can immediately paste the link into a web site, document or e-mail.

    You can also store links to your EBSCOhost pages to social bookmarking sites such as dig,, Technorati, bloglines, etc.

  • Export Results - If enabled by your administrator, click to email a link to download exported results.

sharing options menu