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How do I search EBSCO?

A quick reference for how to search EBSCO for articles

Searching EBSCO for articles

Step 1:

Use the Find Articles search box on the library's home page to search select databases from EBSCO, our largest multi-disciplinary database, or click on the direct link above the search box.

Step 2:

EBSCO searches every word of every article, so be more specific with your search terms. For best results, use concrete nouns and Boolean operators like AND, OR, or NOT. Below is a good example.

Step 3:

Read the abstract for a summary of the article and pay attention to the subjects. The subjects tell you what the article is actually about and can be helpful if you need alternative search terms.

Step 4:

To narrow your results, add additional search terms and/or use the Limit To options. Be sure to pay attention to the Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals option if your assignment requires it. You may also just want to limit to full text so you can always read the entire article immediately.

Step 5:

Once you click on the title of the article, use the citation tool to get a citation that you can then compare to the Citation Styles Playbook. The permalink option will provide you a stable URL so that you can come back to the article. Both of these options are located on the right side of the screen.



  • EBSCO is not the best for literature; try these literature databases instead.
  • If you clicked on the direct link, click Select/deselect all and then Continue.
  • Some articles are not available through EBSCO to read immediately. If you see LincIT then you can click to see if the article is available in another database.
  • Not all pre-formatted citations from databases are correct. Always verify the citation against the Citation Styles Playbook.

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