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Search EBSCO On Your Mobile Device

For those of you who want to search on the go,  EBSCO has developed an app (only for Apple devices right now) that allows you to search any or all of our EBSCO databases wherever you are.    The app doesn't let you fine tune the search as much as you could on the website but you can  limit your searches by date and to full-text only.  You can then read the article  right on your iPhone.  You can save your searches and articles on the app though it doesn't sync with anything you've saved online.

To get started, download the free app from the Apple app store.  Once it's on the mobile device you will need to establish that you are an authorized user.  To do that, sign into the EBSCO site from your computer or device just like you're doing a regular search.   Scroll to the bottom of the search page and click on 

  • "New: EBSCOhost iPhone/iPod Touch Application "
  • It will direct you to provide your email and will automatically send you directions for authenticating your access.  Open the email with your mobile device and click on the link provided.  That's all you need to do.  If the link doesn't work, cut and paste it into your mobile browser and it will work that way.

    Once you are authenticated, use "Settings" to choose your databases and limit your search by full-text, date, or publication.  The next time you use the app you won't have to sign in or remember your password. Perfect if you often forget it.  You will have to reauthenticate your access every 9 months.

    Contact the Westwood librarian if you have any questions or problems or view an online guide

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    EBSCO’s new search page

    EBSCO has improved its search page to make searching a little easier.  I’ve previously mentioned searching by Field Codes which allows you to search a specified field in the record such as author, title, tests etc.  Now, EBSCO has made it easier and clearer to use Field Codes by providing boxes with drop-down menus so you can choose the fields without remembering the field code.  It also allows you to specify whether you want the results to include all (AND) your search terms or any (OR) of your search terms or to limit the meaning of the search term by using NOT.  This is a great way to find cited articles where you know the author and the title.

    Using the field codes are optional, so you can continue to search the way you did before.  This search page looks a little more like MetaSearch with the boxes joined by the AND.

     NOTE:  If you want to use the Subjects search you should first go into the Thesaurus (at the top of the page) to get the exact word used by EBSCO.  If you don’t use the exact word no articles will be found.   See the “Using Subject Searches” finding guide by clicking "Finding Guides" on the right side of this page for more information about searching by subjects.

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