Tutorial
Guide no. 29
EBSCO ACADEMIC SEARCH PREMIER
AND USE OF INDEXES
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Why use the INDEXES ?
• EBSCO indexes provide a number of documents under a
specific term.
• This information helps to formulate the research topic.
• The difference between “Subject Term” and “Index Term”
is that the first tells you what words or terms to use, and
the “Index Term” tells you how many documents the
database holds under that term.
• First, look for the correct term in the “Subject Term” and
then find out how many documents are in the “Index
Term.”
• Do you think you have retrieved relevant information?
• Why not verify it by searching the “Index Terms”?
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Let us review how to access the USU databases. Click Student
Services from the USU Home page.
2. Scroll
down and
look for the
database or
source.
1. Click
library.
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3. By scrolling down
you will find more
databases and
important links. Take
a moment to open all
the links. They cover
local, regional,
national and global
information. Some
links will ask you for
ID and password,
others are open
access or free.
Now click “Academic
Search Premier Full
Text” (EBSCO).
In order to optimize your time while searching databases, you will need to study
the correct words, terms, or keywords appropriate to each document. Also you
will note the number of documents. Click the “More” link at the top of the
EBSCOhost screen.
*Ask USU librarian for ID and Password at
[email protected]
1. If you are
searching multiple
databases, several
“Indexes” will
appear in the dropdown list. Select the
“Index” that you
want to search.
2. Then the “Index”
search screen appears.
3. Type search term in the “Browse For”
box; For example: Human genome. Select
“Subject Term” from the “Browse an
Index.” Click “Browse.”
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Let us find additional terms, e.g. “Cancer Research” to
the “Index” search on the “Human Genome.”
4. Select a
field from
the dropdown list, for
example:
“Subject
Term.”
5. Click
“Browse” to
list your
search
results in
alphabetical
order,
beginning
with your
selected
term.
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6. Mark the check box next to the term you want to select.
Repeat steps 3 to 6 to add more items to “Browse. “
Note research done from results: Click
“Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals”
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Notice the difference between:
Search by INDEX field.
The “Index” tells you the number of
articles in the database.
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Search by SUBJECT term.
The “Subject Term” tells you the right
terms to use.
Remember to check the
INDEX not only for
“Academic Search Premier,”
but for all the.EBSCO
databases.
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Let us know if you
need assistance
Catalina Lopez
[email protected] or
(619) 477 6310 Ext 2017
THANKS
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Use of Indexes in EBSCO database