EBSCO Discovery Service – Improving Your Search Results – Tutorial

EBSCO Discovery Services (EDS), provides a
wealth of content from a variety of sources.
When searching there will be times a search retrieves too many records to review. Or, if you
are using a specific set of terms, the search
may not return enough results to meet your needs.

In this video we will highlight how to improve
your search results using the limiters,
expanders, and facets available to you. View your current selections in the Current
Search box. Limiters added to your search will
display here. Clicking on the X icon removes the condition from Current Search and refreshes
your search results.
Begin to refine your results by noting that the
Full Text limiter allows you to limit to items that
are available online. This is helpful if you need access to the item quickly, but may filter out
items available offline through your library.
To limit your results to only resources available
in your library’s collections, select the Available
in Library Collection limiter. If you are primarily looking for information that is
scholarly in nature, select the Scholarly
Journals limiter, which includes Peer Reviewed items.

The Publication Date limiter can be helpful in
limiting results to show only recent items or
items from a specific timeframe. Facets appear in the left column of the result list
and can be used to narrow in on a specific set of
records. Available facets vary by library, but source types, subjects, publication and
publisher are typically available and valuable in
improving your results. To view results from only from a specific source
type click at least one Source Type to update
your results. Source type options include magazines, newspapers, reviews, conference
papers and reports, but again vary based on a
specific library’s collection. When you have a very broad topic, such as
global warming, the Subjects facet can help you
narrow your results by searching for other terms commonly used to describe similar records.
This will help focus your research, and when
used with the Publication Date limiter, can provide information on which topics are currently
popular in the research literature.
The Publication list provides an overview of the
key journals, magazines or other source types
in your topic area and allows you to quickly filter your results to one or more publications.

If the Publication facet is too specific, or if you
are not familiar enough with the publications
listed, you may find that limiting by Publisher is useful.

The Publisher facet allows you to see an
article’s list of the included journals, magazines
or other sources that are provided by a specific publisher(s). Publishers often release multiple
titles in a given subject area so you will get
more results over relying on a specific title. As you update your results and change the
parameters, you may view your search history
by clicking the Search History link below the search box. This allows you to select, and even
modify, a previous search.
At any time, click the Help link to view the
complete online Help system.

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