Browsing Subject Terms in EBSCOhost Databases – Tutorial


When searching EBSCOhost databases, you
can browse the Subject Terms authority file to
perform an exact search for articles using specific subject terms. In this tutorial we look at
how to browse for subject terms and add them
to the search box to find articles in EBSCOhost. When searching an EBSCOhost database, click
the Subject Terms or Thesaurus link at the top
of the screen. Please note, if you are searching multiple
databases at once, you see subjects lists or
thesauri for individual databases available in a drop-down menu. In this case, you would select
the subjects list or thesaurus that you would like
to browse. For example, the Academic Search Complete Subject Terms or the Business
Thesaurus.
To begin, enter your terms in the Browse field
and select a display option from the available
radio buttons below the field: Select Term Begins With, Term Contains, or Relevancy
Ranked.
Click the Browse button to view your terms as
they appear in the Subject Authority File.
Related subject terms are displayed in a list. You can click on a subject term to view any
available Scope Notes, Broader Terms,
Narrower Terms, or Related Terms. To run a subject search against the database, check the
box for one or multiple terms and click the Add
button. The terms are added to the search box. Next,
we’ll search for another subject term to add to
our search using the Boolean operator drop-down menu.

Enter new terms into the Browse field and click
the Browse button.
Check the box for the subject term or terms to
be added to the search box and select a
Boolean operator from the drop-down menu. Click the Add button to add the term to the
search box. In this example the subject terms
are combined with the AND Boolean operator in the search box to return results that deal with
both global warming and climatic changes.
Click Search to execute your search and
display a result list related to your chosen
subject terms. From the result list, you can narrow your results
using the limiters, source types, and facets in
the column on the left. At any time, click the Help link to view the
complete online Help system.

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