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Database Help: Searching in the database platforms

Searching in the Database Platforms - EBSCOhost

​EBSCOhost has about 30 databases covering most of the subjects taught at CSU.

In EBSCOhost, you can change the database(s) you are searching by clicking on Choose Databases above the search boxes.

EBSCOhost defaults to a keyword search. If you type in tertiary education, this will search for tertiary AND education. To search for the phrase tertiary education, type in "tertiary education".

The field to be searched defaults to Select a Field (optional): this includes the main fields in the records. To specify a field to be searched, use the drop-down menu.

To see the full record, and access various tools, click on the title of the item.

To see, and go back to, previous searches, use the Search History link below the search boxes.

There are a number of subject packages of EBSCOhost databases including:

EBSCOhost (Business)

EBSCOhost (Health)

EBSCOhost (Education)

EBSCOhost (Psychology)

ProQuest

ProQuest is a platform for nearly 100 databases covering most of the subjects taught at CSU. The database menu is organised in a hierarchical structure, with many of the top-level databases consisting of subsidiary databases.

In ProQuest, you can change the database(s) you are searching by clicking on the Change Databases link.

ProQuest databases should default to the Advanced Search screen.

ProQuest defaults to a keyword-search. If you wish to search for the keyword tertiary and the keyword education, you should type in tertiary education. If you wish to search for the specific phrase tertiary education, you should type in "tertiary education".

ProQuest defaults to searching in Anywhere except full-text

To see, and go back to, the results of previous searches, click on the clock icon (Recent Searches) at the top right of screen. 

ProQuest has several subject packages of databases, as listed in the P-Databases.

Informit

The Informit advanced search screen has multiple boxes for search terms, and ways to limit your results​Informit is a platform for nearly 100 databases which have mainly Australian content. Only some of the databases contain full-text content: many are simply indexes. The databases with Collection in the title are entirely full-text.

You can change the database(s) you are searching by clicking on Change Databases above the search boxes. You can select databases by title, by full-text content, or by subject.

Informit databases should default to the Advanced Search screen.

In Advanced Search, you can specify the field(s) to be searched, and whether your search terms will be combined with AND (All terms), or treated as a phrase (Exact phrase), or combined with OR (Any terms).

To see and go back to the results of previous searches, click on the Search History link in the black bar atthe top of the screen.

Ovid

​Ovid is a platform with a number of databases and with subject strengths in health and medicine, nursing, psychology, and earth sciences. It includes MEDLINE, a number of EBM Reviews databases, PsycINFO, and CAB Abstracts.

In Ovid, you can change the database(s) you are searching by clicking on Change in the Search panel.

Ovid databases should default to the Advanced Search screen. Here, the default is to a phrase search. If you wish to search for the specific phrase brain injury, you can type in brain injury (without quotation marks). If you wish to search for the keyword brain and the keyword injury, you should type in brain AND injury

In Basic Search you can enter your topic in pretty much whatever words you like, and your results will be tagged and sorted by relevance.

Ovid always displays your previous searches in a table above the search box. If you can't see all of your previous searches, click on the Expand link at the top right of this table.