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Petroleum Abstracts TULSA Database - Basic Searching

This article demonstrates how to create a basic search on the Petroleum Abstracts database on EBSCOhost.

To create a basic search:

  1. On the Basic Search Screen, enter your search terms in the Find field.

    petroleum abstracts basic search

  2. If you want to use any of the optional Limiters, click the Search Options link.

    search options

    You can use a specific search mode, such as “Find all of my search terms,” or “SmartText Searching”; apply Limiters such as Linked Full Text or Document type; or use search options that expand your search, such as “Apply related words.”

  3. To close the Search Options, click the link again.

  4. Click the Search button. The Result List displays.

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Viewing Your Search Results

The Result List Screen has two columns—Refine results and All 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 article detail page and/or the full text. Place your mouse over the Preview icon to view the Abstract.

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

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

  • Refine results – You can narrow by source type, subject, publication, company, geography, 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 an article title. To view the items in your Folder, click the Folder View link.

Printing/E-mailing/Saving Search Results

article detail screen

  • 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.


To use the ? wildcard, enter your search terms and replace each unknown character with a ?. EBSCOhost finds all citations of that word with the ? replaced by a letter.

To use the # wildcard, enter your search terms, adding the # in places where an alternate spelling may contain an extra character. EBSCOhost finds all citations of the word that appear with or without the extra character.


Truncation is represented by an asterisk (*). To use truncation, enter the root of a search term and replace the ending with an *. EBSCOhost finds all forms of that word.