Right now researching is a little different but you can still get help from the library even if you're not on campus. Librarians are still answering phones, email, and instant chat and doing consultations over Zoom. We can get you the information you need so don't hesitate to contact us!
For more information on using the library from a distance, check out our Library Services guide at http://libguides.sdstate.edu/essential.
You can still search multiple concepts by using quotation marks for phrases. All words are searched as keywords unless you use the codes and the right syntax to specify otherwise.
This makes searching for multiple concepts easier to see as each concept is put on individual lines. You can also specify that one piece is the author or a subject heading without knowing the codes for that field.
As you do more searches, this may become distracting; however, you can combine searches by using the search history. Click in the box next to the searches you want to combine then choose whether you want to combine them so all your terms are included in every result ("Search with AND") or whether you one all the results from either search to show in one search result list ("Search with OR"). You can also delete searches that didn't work here.
Expanders include determining how your search is executed:
You can have Ebsco apply any related words within its thesaurus as well.
You can specify that Ebsco search not only the title, abstract, subject headings, and other parts of the record, but the full text as well (if the full text is available in teh Ebsco database).
If you are using multiple databases at once and using subject terms, Ebsco can try to determine what the equivalent subject term is in another thesaurus and use those terms as well.
To narrow your results and make them more relevant to what you want, you can use a number of techniques.
Full text allows you to limit to only those article available in full text from Ebsco.
Peer reviewed limits to articles in journals that are peer-reviewed. Note that this applies to journals as a whole, not individual articles so editorials or book reviews from a peer reviewed journal will look as though they are peer reviewed when they might not be.
You can search for articles within a specific publication title.
You can look for types of publications like academic journals. Note that not all academic journals are peer reviewed.
You can limit by language so you only see articles you can understand.
You can limit to only those that are full text in pdf format. Some articles are html format (they look like they were typed into the database).
Articles with references in the database can allow you to see what other articles are being referenced.
You can limit by date if you are concerned with only current articles or articles contemporary to a period.
If you know the ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) of a journal, you can search for that if you want articles from a specific journal.
You can look for specific document type such as interview.
You can limit to the cover story of a periodical. This is more useful for popular type magazines than for scholarly journals.
There are also image limiters - those articles with Image Quick Views (you can see the images from the database) and those with specific types of Image Quick Views.