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Library Resources for SLHS 608: Search Tips

Tips for Using Ebsco Databases

Set up an EBSCOhost account
Save articles in folders that can be accessed from any computer by signing in.
• Go to Sign In To My EBSCOhost at the top of the screen
• Create a username and password
• After you run your searches, you can check off articles to add to folders, which you can organize and re-access the next time you sign in.
Setting Limit
Click on Refine Search (from the main search page).
• Peer Reviewed: check box to limit to peer reviewed journal articles
• Age Groups
• Methodology: limit to Literature Reviews or different types of studies.
Narrow Results by Subject
From the Results list, click on one of the options in the yellow column to the left to limit your current results by that subject.
Find More Like This
From an article’s abstract page, use this link to look for similar articles.
Cited References
From the results list or the article abstract, use this link to see a list of all of the literature used to write the article.

General Search Tips

Because communication disorders involve physiological, psychological and social factors, the professional literature covering the field spans several academic disciplines and requires you to search several databases. Use the following search techniques and recommended databases to locate scholarly, research articles.

  • Use “AND” to narrow your search (in most cases you can do this by adding individual terms & concepts to separate search boxes)

Example: cleft palate AND children

This will retrieve only those citations that contain both the phrase cleft palate and the word children. If both are not in the record, you will not retrieve it.

  • Use “OR” to broaden your search. This will find articles with either one or both terms.

Example: dementia OR Alzheimer’s

This will retrieve all citations that reference either term. Helpful for clustering related & synonymous terms using parentheses, eg., (aphasia OR language disorder) and (stroke OR cerebral vascular accident)

  • Use truncation. The * is the truncation symbol. When you use it, the computer will search for other natural endings on the word. For example, if you search fluen*, you will retrieve fluency, fluent, fluently, etc.
  • Set limits. All of the following databases allow for different types of limit-setting, a technique that allows you “weed out” non-scholarly or other inappropriate material. Some limitations you can place:
    • Language (English, Spanish, etc.)
    • Peer-reviewed or Reference Available
    • Publication type (journal, book, conference proceeding, etc.)
    • Date of publication
  • Use correct terminology. When searching for research articles, check database subject headings/thesauri (most have them) to see how the database creators have categorized a subject.

How to Save Searches in EBSCO

After you set up a MyEBSCO account, you can save and organize your citations & search results. To save a search, follow these steps:
  1. Run Search (sample cleft palate).
  2. Select the Search History/Alerts tab under the search box.
  3. Find the search on the search history list.
  4. Check off the add to search box, then choose Save Searches/Alerts.
  5. Name and Save your search.
  6. To access your saved search, sign into MyEBSCO, then click on your folder and select saved searches.
  7. Select saved search and retrieve it.
  8. Select View Results to see you original search results.
PDF document with detail instructions is available and downloadable here.