• Database Access and Searching: Searching

    Learn about the databases available through LWC and search strategies to get the most and best information from them!

    What is basic searching?

    Basic searching is exactly that. We seek information on a topic of interest. It could be pet insurance for your dog or cat, a Thanksgiving recipe, a museum in Washington, D.C., or the latest Nintendo Switch video game.

    There is nothing complicated about basic searching. Go to your favorite search engine with whatever! Or, ask Siri or Google a question on your smartphone or other smart device.

    The same technique here applies to the library's databases and catalog, too!

    How do I perform a basic search in a library database?

    Follow this example for finding resources in EBSCOhost, a popular Lindsey Wilson Library database.

    Step 1A: Access the Research Guides

    EITHER search for "Lindsey Wilson Research Guides" in Google OR go to www.lindsey.edu/library and select LWC Research Guides [the link with a magnifying glass icon]. Select Go to A-Z databases on the far right side of the browser.


    Step 1B: Access the databases

    EITHER search for "Lindsey Wilson databases" in Google OR go to www.lindsey.edu/library and select A-Z Databases from the Library Collections menu.

    Step 2: Log into EBSCOhost

    Select EBSCOhost from the database listing. You may see a blue login screen open in a new browser tab. EBSCOhost requires every LWC student, faculty, and staff to sign in with their myLWC email and password because this resource is only available to those affiliated with LWC. [Fact: Your tuition allows us to provide this resource to you.]

    Step 3: Access EBSCOhost

    After you log in, select EBSCOhost Web [the first option on this page].

    Step 4: Select search options

    Imagine EBSCOhost as an Amazon interface. We can search for anything and everything on it. On this page, checkmark the box to Select / deselect all of the databases.

    Step 5: Perform your search

    Enter your keywords, phrase, or question in the search bar and start exploring!

    The same steps apply to every Library Database and the Library Catalog!

    What is advanced searching?

    Advanced searching helps filter your search results specifically to what you need. There are lots of ways to filter search results. Check out some of the techniques and try it yourself!

    Some filtering techniques to try

    1. Subject terms
    2. Source type
    3. Database
    4. Other filters

    Using Subject Terms

    Subject terms work just like hashtags do on social media. Librarians use subject terms to tag journal articles, books, eBooks, audiovisual materials, periodicals, and various other physical and electronic resources to specific topics. Using these "hashtags" help you filter your search results to find exactly what you need! 

    TIP: You can search by multiple subject terms.

    How do I filter my search by subject terms?
    Step 1: Log into a database Access the database of your choice through https://www.lindsey.edu/library and selecting "A-Z Databases." If you chose an EBSCO database, log in with your myLWC email and password.
    Step 2: Perform you search Enter your keywords in the search bar.
    Step 3: Locate the search filters Search filters are often found on the far-left side of the web browser. There will be multiple categories to filter by.
    Step 4: Select subject(s) Explore the different subject terms applied throughout your search results. Yes, you can apply more than one. If you chose an EBSCO database, there may be up to three categories of subject filters.

    You can also search by subject terms as well, just like you can search by hashtags on social media!

    How to search by Subject Terms in EBSCO
    Step 1: Navigate to an EBSCO homepage You can use any EBSCO database
    Step 2: Access Subject Terms At the very top of the page, there is a horizontal menu in blue. Hover your cursor over the second option [Subjects]. Select one of the options. If you're following this example, select the first option [Academic Search Complete -- Subject Terms]
    Step 3: Select Subject Terms

    In the second search bar on the page, type in a topic you are interested in exploring. *Change the search option to Term Contains.*

    Follow this example.
    Step 1: Add first subject term

    Search head injuries in the search bar with the option "Term Contains" selected. HEAD injuries appears at the top.

    Click the checkbox next to HEAD injuries. This selects the topic. 

    Click "Add". This will pre-format this topic in your search bar at the top of the page.

    Step 2: Add second subject term

    Search college athletes in the same search bar with the same option selected. COLLEGE athletes appears at the top. Click the checkbox next to COLLEGE athletes to select the topic.

    Next, before you click "Add"change the option to AND. Using this Boolean operator, we will search for resources labeled with both subject terms.

    Step 3: Perform the search

    Now, click the green "Search" at the top of the page. 

    You should have less than 100 results of resources containing both of these topics. 

    From here, you can adjust your search EITHER using the filters on the page OR changing the subject term combinations.

    Depending on which database you use, there are more search filters you can apply to find exactly what you need. Based on EBSCO databases, you may find filters like these:

    • Publication (type of resource)
    • Publisher
    • Company
    • Language (if you need resources in either another language or all resources in English)
    • Age (if the resource specifies an age range)
    • Gender (if the resource specifies a gender)
    • Geography (location of publishing / publisher)
    • Industry, or NAICS
    • Classification
    • Methodology
    • Tests & Measures
    • Population
    • Database

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