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HIP202 Research Skills Guide: Using Search History

Search History

In all EBSCOhost databases, the database retains your searches for as long as you remain logged in to EBSCOhost.
You can view these searches by clicking on the Search History link, which is below the 3 search boxes. This link is a hide/display toggle which alternately hides and displays a table of your previous searches:

CINAHL Search screen showing the link for Search History

Here is the screen with a number of searches displayed in the Search History :

CINAHL Search History screen showing the links and buttons for combining search sets

There are a number of things you can do at this screen:

  •     You can return to the results of a previous search, by clicking on the View Results link in the Actions column.
  •     You can delete searches.
  •     You can combine searches – with AND or OR – after they have been run.
  •     You can save a search, and/or set it up as an Alert, but to do this you need to have set up a Personal Folder (also known as a Personal Account) in EBSCOhost. For information on how to set up a Personal Folder/Account, see Creating a Personal Folder in EBSCOhost.

Try It Now

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Try this:

1. Run a search for physiotherap* OR "physical therap*"
2. Then run a search for "cerebral palsy"
3. Then run a search for "home program*"
4. Then click on Search History to display the searches that have been run.
5. Now combine these searches to get results which are about a combination of the 3 topics, as follows:

  •         Clear the search boxes so that all three are blank;
  •         Tick the boxes beside all 3 searches;
  •         Click on Search with AND.

You should get results which are about physiotherapy and home programs for cerebral palsy.