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Using EBSCOhost Integrated Search

EBSCOhost Integrated Search allows users to simultaneously search EBSCO databases as well as all other electronic resources, including those from other database aggregators, OPACs, and publisher packages. However, unlike federated search products, true integration is possible with EBSCOhost Integrated Search as libraries can now apply the powerful EBSCOhost search experience to all of their other electronic information resources.

Conducting a Search

Choose either Basic Search or the Advanced Search screen available to you.

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

    basic search screen

  2. If you desire, select any of the available Limiters.

    Limiters that apply to all selected databases, EBSCOhost or external sources (i.e. non-EBSCOhost sources), will appear directly under Limit your results. Any limiters specific to EBSCOhost databases being searched will appear below, by database.

    Notes:

    • If only external (i.e. non-EBSCO) sources are being searched, the SmartText Search mode will not be available.

    • To view the list of all databases in the profile, click the Show all link. To hide the list, click the Show less link.

  3. Click the Search button.

  4. The Result List displays with the Integrated Search Panel on the right-hand side of the screen.

    result list

    Note: EBSCOhost will remove multiple instances of one record and display only the one with the most information included (i.e. full-text, longer abstract, more relevant.)

  5. To view details about your search in the Database Status Hover, including results per database and search retrieval times, hold your pointer over the hover icon next to Details link found above the Integrated Search Panel.

For information on how to use the Result List, see the Result List help page.

 

EBSCOhost Integrated Search Panel

To use the Integrated Search Panel:

  • If a database name has a blue hyperlink in the EHIS Panel, results are available for that database. If no hyperlink is displayed, that database returned no results.

  • To view the number of results for a particular database, hover your pointer over the database name. The number of results will be displayed.

  • To view results for a particular database, click the linked database name. The result list will be updated to reflect only results from that source.

  • To view results from select databases, place a check in the boxes for the databases you would like to view results for and click the Update button. Your Result List will be updated to reflect the selected databases.

  • You can read a description of a database by hovering your pointer over the hover preview icon icon.

  • When a connection to a source cannot be established, an icon error icon will appear.

  • Click the Show All or Show Less link in the lower right corner of the panel to expand or shorten the list of databases that were searched.

integrated search panel

 

Integrated Search Details

You can view database specific information about your search in the Database Status Hover by holding your pointer over the hover icon next to the Details link found above the Integrated Search Panel.

integrated search details

The first table displays:

  • Results Displayed: Results available from Tier 1 Databases and displayed in the current Result List.
  • Total Results: Total number of results found per database.
  • Retrieval Time: Retrieval time for the search on each database.

The second table displays:

  • Results Available: Results available to display from each database that is not designated as a Tier 1 database. (Up to the Top 30 are available per each external source.)
  • Total Results: Total number of results found per database.
  • Retrieval Time: Retrieval time for the search on each database.