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Searching Databases: Searching Basics

Searching scholarly databases can be confusing at first, this guide will instruct you through the process of learning a new skill.



Most of the library services databases are provided by EBSCOhost. They provide different subject databases to libraries worldwide for a subscription price. 

You will generally see an opening page similar to the photo below. Our most popular database is Academic Search Complete, it has over 8,500 full text journals in many areas of academic study.   

image of EBSCO search fields


To begin your search query determine the relevant keywords in your research question, then put the keywords into the individual blanks in the search fields. 

image of EBSCO search fields

More information on searching techniques can be found under the Searching Tips tab located in this guide. 

Searching for Journal Articles

This short video demonstrates a basic search in Academic Search Complete.