Using EBSCOhost to Find Articles

EBSCOhost is one of the electronic database services the library subscribes to. Over 3,000 periodicals are indexed by EBSCOhost's many databases. Many of the articles in EBSCOhost are available full-text (meaning you can read it right here from your computer). The databases available through EBSCOhost include:

Academic Search Elite
ATLA Religion database with ATLA Serials
Business Source Elite
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
Clinical Pharmacology

From the library home page, choose the subject or title list and click on the database you need. Academic Search Elite (an EBSCOhost database ) covers a wide range of disciplines. We have listed it under all of the subject areas. Selecting any of the EBSCOhost databases will take you to this list of all the databases provided by EBSCO.



After choosing any EBSCOhost database, this list of the different indexes (or databases) available through EBSCOhost will appear. Notice that the top one, Academic Search Elite, has a check mark in the box beside it.

Academic Search Elite is a good, general all-purpose database. Since Academic Search Elite is already selected (with a check mark), we'll click on Continue to get to the search screen. It looks like this.


The screen above demonstrates a search for articles about the new American dollar coin with the picture of Sacagawea on it. SACAGAWEA is typed in the search box (it doesn't matter if you use capital letters or lower case), and then click on SEARCH. This is what the results screen looks like.


There is a "Notes" line under each title. This tells us if the EMU Hartzler Library owns this title. In other words, it lets us know right here at the computer whether the library subscribes to this particular magazine or journal.

Beneath the note we see a small image of a page with writing on it, and a highlighted phrase beside it. There are 2 phrases that might appear here:

· HTML Full Text
· PDF Full Text

Both of these mean the text of the article is available right here on the computer.

HTML Full Text means that the text of the article has been typed into a database and can be read online, but it's not a photograph of the magazine page.

PDF Full Text means that a PDF document is available to show you a snapshot of the article as it appears on the page in the magazine. If you click on "PDF Full Text," a copy of Adobe Acrobat® Reader will be opened on your computer to allow you to read the article.

Let's pick one of the records and click on the highlighted title. This lets you see the full record, including the abstract. The abstract gives you a summary of the article so you know if you want to read the entire article.


At the top or the bottom of the screen is a link to "Print," "E-mail," and "Save." EBSCOhost allows you to print the article, send it to your e-mail account, or save it to a disk. An instruction screen pops up to guide you through the process.

At any time while using EBSCOhost, you can click on the " Help" along the top to get some assistance.


To exit EBSCOhost, click on "EASTERN MENNONITE UNIV" in the upper right hand corner of the page.

What if you find an article in an EBSCOhost database, but it is not available online and the EMU library doesn't subscribe to the journal? Does that mean you can't have the article?

NO! The library staff will work hard to get the article for you. Tell the person at the reference desk that you need an interlibrary loan, they will explain what to do next, and you will be notified when the article is available.

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