Basic Search Tips for Any Library Database
Searching an EBSCOhost Database
Type in your search terms.
The database wants to help us narrow down. Note the various limiters on the left side:
If the articles seem too specific or too technical, try narrowing to magazine articles.
Reviewing Your Results
Get more info: For more information about the article, such as a summary, click on the hyperlinked title, or hover over the magnifying glass icon next to the title.
Re-sort the results: These results are by relevance, or which ones have our keywords the most frequently. You can change to by date if you wish.
Note length of the article: How many pages is it? If it’s less than 1 page (1/3p or 1/8p), it’s probably not worth your time.
Finding the Full Text
When you are searching in one of the library databases and the article in question isn't available full text right there, look for this icon or a hyperlink that says EWU - Check for Full Text.
Clicking the Check for Full Text button in the databases brings up a screen like this...
Save Relevant Articles
When you find articles you would like to examine further, click the link Add to Folder. Once you are finished, click Folder View in the gold Folder has items box on the right side of the screen. You can email all the results to yourself.
While it is not an online encyclopedia, CQ Researcher is an excellent resource for introductory information on public policy issues.
Hints for Searching CQ Researcher
Think of CQ Researcher as being similar to a good Wikipedia entry. It will offer a general overview of the political issue, while trying to maintain a balanced point of view. There will be an extensive bibliography and suggested readings at the bottom.
NewsGuard thoroughly evaluates over 6,000 online news sites. Use Microsoft Edge browser and download the extension for free. (Otherwise it's a subscription service.)
Go to https://www.newsguardtech.com/edge within the Edge browser, for directions about adding the extension.
Once you have NewsGuard installed, you'll see a green, gray, or red icon next to the results list in Google, or at the top next to the URL when you are on a site that NewsGuard has evaluated. Hover over the icon to bring up a short evaluation of how well it follows journalistic standards. Click on "See the full Nutrition Label" to view a detailed analysis, with references.