EBSCOhost Quick Start Tutorial

The steps and screen shots displayed below will show how to access and do a basic search for articles using one or more of the EBSCOhost databases via the Empire State College library.

Before You Begin
If you are unfamiliar with accessing the college's research databases or entering your college login, review the "Access" quick start tutorial.

To Access EBSCOhost

  1. Go to library's home page at www.esc.edu/library.
  2. Click on "All Research Databases" in left column.
  3. Look for "EBSCOhost" in the alphabetical list or select one of the specific EBSCOhost databases (such as Academic Search Complete, CINAHL, etc.)
  4. Enter your college login and password.
If you choose the "view/search all" option, you will see the following page where you can view what each database covers and select one or more what databases to search:

Screen capture of the EBSCOhost Choose Databases page


The default option is a "Basic Search." You can also search in various other ways, such as by publication (journal title) or subject term (a controlled vocabulary, and very accurate way to search). You can see and select these and other search options by clicking on one of the options in the blue stripe at the very top of the EBSCOhost screen:

Once in the Basic Search interface (shown below), type your search into the text box and then click the "Search" button.
    Search tips:
      • Put double quotes around any search phrase or exact combination of keywords (e.g.; "United States of America" or "social psychology").
      • Use AND between two keywords or phrases to search for articles containing both terms. (e.g.; Sumatra and tsunami).
      • Use OR between keywords to search for articles containing either term (e.g.; teaching or pedagogy).
    Screen capture of EBSCOhost search page


To view an article, click on the hyperlinked title:

Result Page Options:
  1. Number of Results & Sort: shows the number of articles your search retrieved, links to skip to further pages of results and a drop-down menu to sort your results.
  2. Subject: This option allows you to quickly narrow the results by selecting additional subject keywords. Beneath you will also see options to narrow it by publication type, industry, geographic location, etc. Clicking on an item will add that term to your search.
  3. Refine Your Results: allows you to limit the results shown by those available in full-text in that database (**use with caution: see #4 below**), those from peer-reviewed journals, and by date range.
  4. Results Display:
    • Article title: click the title to view the article citation display and to see the abstract (so you can quickly determine if it's useful to you)
    • Add to /Remove from folder: click the "Add to folder" link to mark the result for later viewing or printing (this temporary folder will be deleted when you close your browser).
    • Check for full-text availability: if the article is not available in full-text, use this link to automatically search for the article in all full-text databases available through the library.
  5. Folder: This is where you will find items that you have clicked "Add to folder."

1. Information about the article including title, authors, source (the journal that it's in), and an abstract which summarizes its content.
2. Link to Full-text - this is where you will find a link to PDF full-text or HTML full-text file, if it is available. Otherwise you will see "Check for full-text availability in all library collections. This will look for the full-text in all our other databases.
3. Permalink - this is the link to use if you want to come back to the article later, or share it with someone else. Don't use the URL in the browser's address bar - that URL only lasts until you log out.
4. Print/E-mail/Save/Cite/Export/Create Note - these give you options for keeping a copy of the article, or being able to come back to it later.
5. Find Similar Results - this function derives a new list of keywords from the current article's abstract and uses them to search the database for articles on the same topic.

For help using additional and more advanced search and results options, click on the "Help" link located in the top right corner of the database tool bar.