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EBSCO Database - Step-by-Step


EBSCO is a general purpose online database. It is a massive collection of periodical articles and other documents on a wide variety of topics from thousands of different newspapers, magazines, journals, and other sources. Some articles contain images.


EBSCO is a general purpose online database. It is a massive collection of periodical articles and other documents on a wide variety of topics from thousands of different newspapers, magazines, journals, and other sources. In this demonstration, we'll search the EBSCO database for an article on the topic of careers for graphic designers

1.     Go to myLCCC and click on Check Library Account or

go to and click on START YOUR RESEARCH HERE.

2.     Click on Databases A-Z.  

3.     Click on EBSCO.

4.     If you are not logged in to myLCCC and if you are not using an LCCC computer, at this point you'll have to enter your Banner ID (that's your student ID# that begins with an L).

EBSCO contains several unique databases. Later, read the descriptions for all the databases within EBSCO. The first two databases, Academic Search Complete and MasterFile Premier, are already selected.

5.     We'll also select Vocational and Career Collection by clicking in its checkbox.

6.     Click on Continue.

7.     At the search screen, enter your search terms and connector in the search box:  careers and graphic designers

8.     Check your spelling!

9. We'll limit our search to documents from January 2010 to the present. 

Notice that you can:

  • open an online Help screen
  • conduct an Advanced Search
  • search for related words
  • limit your results to full text articles, scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles, a particular publication, articles with images, a particular publication type, and more

10.     Click on Search.

Your results list consists of citations for all of the articles or other documents in EBSCO that mention your search terms and limits. Unless you told it otherwise, your search terms will usually appear somewhere in the title, abstract, or subject field of the documents. Usually the most recently published documents will be first and the oldest ones last.

11.   Browse through the results list until you find a title that looks appropriate. Click on page 2 at the bottom of the screen, if necessary, to see more. We'll find an article titled "Design Revelation," by Alissa Walker. This article appeared in a periodical called Print. It was published in February 2010. It began on page 18 and it is two pages long. This article is available in full-text in two different ways: HTML and PDF.

12.   Click on the article title to read its abstract (summary).

13.   The full-text of this article follows in HTML Full Text view. HTML has a simple appearance. If you want to print it, look for a printer icon right above the article. (Do not click on "File - Print" in the browser.)

14.   This article is also available in PDF Full Text view. This means that it appears as it does in the paper issue of PRINT magazine.

15. Return to the result list.

Notice that:

  • Some other articles are not full-text, meaning that the full article is not available in this database. In that case, you might see an option to find the full-text of the article in a different database. It might say "Check for full-text availability" and you can click on that.
  • If that doesn't work, there are other ways to obtain the article that we will discuss in the next chapter.
  • Since there also might be articles that mention "graphic design" instead of "graphic designers," you could search for "careers and graphic design*" (with an asterisk immediately after "design") instead of "graphic designers." The asterisk (*) will search for anything or nothing. Therefore, it will search for "graphic design," "graphic designers," and "graphic designing" at the same time. Unless you tell it otherwise, it will search in the title, the abstract, and possibly the subjects of all of the articles in this database. You also can use the asterisk to search all endings for a word at the same time when you use the ProQuest database. You'll learn about ProQuest later in this chapter.



For Better Results

 Remember that:

  • Databases  give you articles and other documents that match the words and conditions you specify
  • Select significant words that are likely to appear in your document
  • Omit unnecessary words

There are characters such as an asterisk * that you can use to ensure that EBSCO searches for variant spellings of your word all at one time. This is called truncation.

  • computer*       will find                computer, computers, computerize, computerized, computerizes, …
  • computer*       will not find                         compute, computation, computations, computing      (they have no "r")


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