Saturday, December 2nd, 2023

How to Search the Databases

A database is an organized collection of online records in a standardized format that can be stored and accessed in a variety of ways. UAHT Library has a large collection of full text journals, periodicals and eBooks that are available online through approximately 100 databases. The databases are collections of published articles, books and other resources that cover the spectrum of college students’ research subjects. Some of the databases provide access to general reference collections and others are specially designed, subject-specific databases: business, history, nursing, etc. The databases are the best place to find scholarly information for your research and they can be used from any online computer. You can limit your searches to full-text only, so, you can immediately print, read, or save the best resources you find. You can also send articles to your e-mail account.

Below, you can see what the EBSCO databases’ interface looks like. Other databases’ search screens and search processes are very similar to this one.

Database SearchingBasic Search Screen with Search Options Available

To simultaneously search multiple EBSCO databases, click on the Choose Databases link just above the Search Box.

Enter your search terms in the Search Box on the Basic or Advanced Search screen.

In the Limit your results section, you can limit your search results by:

  • full text,
  • publication date,
  • publication title,
  • scholarly journals, etc.
Result List
Click on the Search button to see your Result List. The Search Box will be displayed above the Result List. Your search terms, limiters and expanders are retained and you can revise your search, as needed.

Click on an article’s title in the Results List to see its Detailed Record.

Using the Cite Option

On the right side of the Detailed Record there is a Cite link that will show you how to cite the article in your works cited list.

Citation Formats are Shown on a Pop-up Screen
Citation Format
Select the citation format (APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, etc.) that you are using.