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EBSCO provides a collection of databases that support a wide range of academic subjects including business, economics, health, education, technology and religion. Many articles are peer-reviewed, available as PDFs, and intended for an academic audience.
Saint Mary's University subscribes to multiple EBSCO databases, including but not limited to:
Academic Search Premier
CINAHL Plus with Full Text
Criminal Justice Abstracts
with Full Text
Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
Information Science & Technology Abstracts
Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print
Accessing EBSCO Databases
- Mouseover Articles, Books, & More at the top of the Twin Cities Library website.
- Select Databases.
- Choose your favorite EBSCO database from the list.
- Off-campus users: You will be prompted to enter your Saint Mary's University username and password after you select a database.
Searching in EBSCO Databases
- Search Terms
- Simple is better. Type in a topic, concept, or place.
- Add relevant words if you get too many results.
- Use words that experts or practitioners would use.
- Use only the most important words, rather than a full question or sentence.
- Search Tips
- Use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) and parentheses for more relevant results.
Note: EBSCO databases automatically add AND between each word or phrase.
- Use the Select a Field dropdown menus to search for your terms in specific fields (like the abstract or title) rather than the entire document.
- Use Advanced Search to organize your topic ideas into separate search boxes and limit by publication date.
- Explore the database-specific search limits located on the lower half of the Advanced Search page. These options vary by database and can include age groups, grade levels, gender, research methodologies, and more.
Refining Search Results
Use the limiting options in the left sidebar to narrow your search for fewer results. Refining options vary by EBSCO database and may include:
- Limit to Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Articles
- Limit to Full Text (items with PDFs available)
- Limit by Publication Date
- Limit by Source Types (e. g., eBook, newspaper article)
Get APA and AMA references for resources found in EBSCO databases.
- Select the title of the item.
- Select Cite in the toolbar menu on the right sidebar.
- Copy and paste the reference into your paper.
- Check the citation for APA formatting.
NOTE: eBook citations are incorrect. Use the Writing Center's Citing eBooks handout: http://bit.ly/citing-eBooks
Saving, Printing and Emailing Your Article Results
Save, print or email the article(s) by using the links provided in the toolbar menu on the right sidebar.
What if my article is not available in full text?
Articles are available in PDF Full Text or HTML Full Text. You can see which format is available by looking for the icons under each article. If article full text is not available, look for the Get Full Text link. If you find an article citation in one database (e.g., Academic Search Premier) but cannot access the full text, Get Full Text links you to other Twin Cities Library databases that do have the full text. If no databases have the full text of the article, Get Full Text takes you to a form where you can request the article through interlibrary loan.