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Art Source, Academic Search Complete, & Other Databases hosted by EBSCO: Functionality

A quick tutorial explaining what these article databases are with tips on using them.

Working With Your Results

Once you have expanded and/or limited the results to your liking, you are now ready to find some useful articles. Below are the results from the last tab in which we did a keyword serach for Joseph Cornell and then limited the results to his controlled subject heading. Each entry shows you the title, the author(s), the type of source (academic journal, reference, review, periodical, etc.) how it is accessible (Full Text PDF, Full Text HTML), and other attributes.

If you see a HTML of PDF Full Text icon you can click on it and start reading (PDF's are preferable becasue they are scans of the orignal and include images). However, you might find it worth your while to click on the item to enter the detail view.  The detail view will give you a full citation, a list of hyper-linked subject headings, people, and keywords, and perhaps most usefully, an abstract of the article. The abstract is a succinct description of the article that could help you quickly determine if it will be useful. Many articles are quite lengthy and this short step could save you much time.

On the right (in my red rectangle) is a toolbar. These same tools are also available in the Full Text view of an article. If you want to print a citation or entire article, make sure to use the print tool so that it formats correctly. The other tools are very useful as well. E-mailing citations to yourself is a good way to keep track of articles that may potentially be of use to you (and that you may forget about later if you conduct multiple sessions). You can also bookmark them. There are so many fifferent ways to come to a certain result that keeping track could save you a whole lot of frustration. You can also download a citation or article. Another very useful tool is the Cite button, which formats the citation for a Work Cited or Bibliography page in almost any standard format. This is a wonderful little tool that sovles all the arcane seeming rules of citation for you. Some tools, like puting notes on search results or saving them in folders require creating an account. This is a short process and easily is worth that added funcionality.