Answered By: Erin McDaniel
Last Updated: May 09, 2016     Views: 23

When you search in EBSCO article databases, you have to select the Full Text option from the result list on the limiter list found to the left. This is because some of the results are just the publication info, which is why you couldn't get into the article. 

You will need to run a new search, making sure to select the Full Text box to the left of the result list. You can also change the publication date range by sliding the bar under the dates.

Another way to narrow the results is to use the Subject Thesaurus Term limiter on the left (under the publication date and Source Types, scroll down a bit to see it). Click to expand the heading. A short list of subject terms will display with a blue Show More link underneath.

Click that blue Show More link and a dialog box with all the subject terms in the results will appear. Put a check in the box next to any subject that is relevant, then hit the yellow Update button when you are finished. Notice that there is a scroll bar on the right side of the subject box, because the list is long.

To access an article, click the title link. This takes you to the detailed record with the publication info and the abstract (summary). The Full Text links to the PDF and/or HTML versions are on the top left.

I included a link to our How to Use Academic Search Complete (an EBSCO database) libguide below. It has instructions and screen shots on using the database. For using limiters, click the Result List tab at the top of the libguide.

For screenshots and tips on getting your citation, copying/pasting it into your Works Cited or References page, click the Cite tab. It also shows you how to make the most common formatting corrections.

Unfortunately you can't get access to the article you wanted, but hopefully the new search will provide you with alternatives you can use!

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