Answered By: Erin McDaniel
Last Updated: Dec 03, 2015     Views: 51

Go to our Databases libguide. It's linked below, and you can also find it on the library's homepage.

Select the Social Sciences tab. You will see a box with links to databases that are good for Social Science research.

Select Academic Search Complete.

Enter your search terms. For your topic, you might want to try family AND communication or family AND interpersonal relations. The "AND" tells the database to search for articles that have both search terms. It's called a Boolean search.

Once you have your result list, you'll want to narrow it down by using the limiters on the left.

First, check the box for Full Text. Also check the References Available box. This means the articles will have their own Works Cited or References page, meaning the author conducted research. If you were instructed to find Scholarly Articles, check that box as well.

Next, if you need current articles, you can change the publication date range by either typing in a new "From" date, or sliding the bar to adjust the range.

Finally, click to expand the Subject Thesaurus Terms limiter. You'll see a short list of EBSCO subject terms with a "Show More" link. Click that link to see all the subject terms included in the articles in your result list. You can narrow it down by checking only subject terms that pertain to your topic. Once your finished, hit the Update button.

To access an article, click the hyperlinked title. This takes you to the detailed record. You can read the abstract (author-provided summary) to determine if it's relevant. If so, the full text links are on the left (PDF and/or HTML).

On the right you will find useful tools. You can print the article, email it to yourself, or obtain your citation.

For step-by-step instructions, use the How to Use EBSCO libguide also linked below. Select the Academic Search Complete tab.

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