Research Tip: Searching Multiple EBSCO Databases

sarah_reandoBy Sarah Reando, Reference Librarian

When a research topic is interdisciplinary, it can be difficult to choose just one database. For instance, research on employee training might rely on articles in business, psychology, and even education journals. But it doesn’t have to be difficult. There are many different subject-specific databases within EBSCO, but the interface (what you see on the screen) appears to be almost the same for all of them.  EBSCO databases, such as Business Source Complete, Academic Source Premier, Psycharticles, and ERIC can be searched in combination. This means that you can often search just once rather than multiple times.

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To get started, enter any EBSCO database. Then select the blue Choose Databases link above the search bar. You will then see a pop-up with many sets of information that you can select in any combination. You can even check the Select/Deselect All option.

Some databases have names that will clue you in on the contents, Like Business Source Complete. Others, like ERIC or CINAHL aren’t so easy to decipher. If you want to know more about the contents of a database, just hover your cursor over the yellow text bubble next to the title to read a short description. When you are ready to search, click the yellow OK button and you will return to the search screen.

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Keep in mind that words can have different meanings in different disciplines – don’t let that stop you from venturing outside of your research comfort zone! Just take a moment to read the title or abstract of the articles carefully to determine if they are relevant to your research.

As always, if you have any questions, use the Ask a Librarian feature on the Webster University Library Website for friendly and speedy help.