A word about databases

A common question we get at the reference desk when a student wants to find articles is, “How do I search EBSCO?”

The problem with this question is that EBSCO isn’t a database. EBSCO is just a manufacturer that makes many different databases that index completely different types of content. You wouldn’t search for a psychology article in a business journal or vice versa. So it is important to know which EBSCO database you are searching, since different databases cover different subjects.

You can tell which database you are in by looking right above the main search box:


Some popular EBSCO databases are:

EBSCO makes many more databases, and we have other database “manufacturers” too – Proquest, Gale, etc. – who each make databases indexing different subjects.

Not sure which database to search? Ask a Librarian!


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