Main Lab

   Describing aspects of
    a good theory.

Phases of research
  Steps for conducting a
    research study.

Research methods
  Different types of 
   research methods.

Sources for Info
  Primary & Secondary
    sources of research.

Journal Articles
  Understanding a
    typical journal article.

On-line Searches
  How to use PsycInfo 
    and other search
    engines.  Includes info
    on full text articles.

APA Format
   Learn to write in APA 

Activities & Quizzes
   A variety of activities
    related to research. 
   To be used in classes.


Topic:  Using EBSCO Host for journal searches.

Step 1:  Login
Step 2:  Choose database(s)
Step 3:  Sign in to My EBSCO
Step 4:  Conduct your search
Step 5:  Working with your searches
Step 6:  Understanding SFX

Step 1:  Login
     Head over to the EBSCO web site by clicking on this address:
     If you are not using your school's connection, you will be prompted to submit a username and password.  These items must be obtained from your school or you will not gain access. 
     If you are using your school's connection (either on site or from home) to get to this web site, then your school's name will show up on the page as a recognized institution allowing you access.  You will see the following 3 choices for logging in:

EBSCOhost graphic EBSCOhost Web
SFX Testing
EBSCOhost Text Only graphic EBSCOhost Text Only

      I recommend using either the EBSCOhost Web or the SFX Testing link to give you the most information, including direct links to any full-text articles.  EBSCOhost Web may give you access to more databases.  Use "Text Only" if your internet connection does not handle images. 



Step 2:  Choose database(s)
     The next screen you will see contains the list of databases at your disposal.  Your school pays for certain databases; therefore, some schools will have access to more databases than others.  For psychology related searches, you want to choose from any of the following databases (explanations of databases from EBSCO Host web site or UMUC web site):

PsycINFO PsycINFO contains more than one million citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations and technical reports, all in the field of psychology. Journal coverage, which spans from 1887 to present, includes international material selected from more than 1,700 periodicals in over 35 languages. More than 60,000 records are added each year. It also includes information about the psychological aspects of related disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business and law. Examples of titles offered in PsycINFO include: Academic Medicine, Academic Psychiatry, Behavior Genetics, Behavioral Disorders, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, Journal of Psychology, Psychoanalytic Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Psychological Medicine, etc.
PsycARTICLES PsycARTICLES is the full-text version of PsycINFO, with less coverage of articles.  Your school may or may not subscribe to it.  General psychology, developmental psychology, personality disorders, educational psychology, experimental psychology, group dynamics.  In most cases, full text from 1988 - present.  49 journals published by the American Psychological Association and the Educational Publishing Foundation.
ERIC ERIC, the Educational Resource Information Center, is a national information system supported by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Library of Education, and the Office of Educational Research and Improvement. It provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. ERIC provides full text of more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1000 educational and education-related journals.
Academic Search Premier Academic Search Premier, designed specifically for academic institutions, is the world's largest scholarly, multi-disciplinary full text database containing full text for nearly 4,000 scholarly publications, including more than 3,100 peer-reviewed publications. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for all 7,373 journals in the collection. This scholarly collection offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and many more. Academic Search Premier is an enormous collection of the most valuable peer-reviewed full text journals, offering critical information from many sources unique to this database. Examples of titles offered in Academic Search Premier include: Acta Sociologica, American Historical Review, American Journal of Political Science, American Libraries, American Sociologist, British Journal of Psychology, British Journal of Sociology, Central European History, Contemporary Literature, Early American Literature, English Language Notes, Family Relations, International Journal of Psychology, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Aesthetics & Art Criticism, Journal of Counseling & Development, Journal of Education, Political Science Quarterly, Journal of General Psychology, Journal of Genetic Psychology, Journal of International Affairs, Journal of Learning Disabilities, Journal of Marriage & Family, Journal of Politics, Journal of Psychology, Journal of Social Psychology, Library Journal, Social Forces, Sociological Review, Theological Studies, Women's Studies, etc. Academic Search Premier provides expanded indexing & abstract and PDF backfiles for more than 100 top scholarly academic journals, dating back as far as 1965 or the first issue published (whichever is more recent); many of the PDF's are native (searchable) or scanned-in-color.
MEDLINE MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree numbers, tree hierarchy and explosion capabilities to search abstracts from over 4,600 current biomedical journals. Included are citations from Index Medicus, International Nursing Index, Index to Dental Literature, PREMEDLINE, AIDSLINE, BIOETHICSLINE, and HealthSTAR. Examples of publications covered in MEDLINE include: Accident and Emergency Nursing, Addiction, Administration and Policy in Mental Health, Behavior Modification, Behavioral Medicine, Cancer Detection and Prevention, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Maternal and Child Health Journal, etc.

Professional Development Collection, designed for professional educators, provides a highly specialized collection of over 550 full text journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. This is the most comprehensive and most valuable collection of full text education journals in the world. In addition to full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for more than 800 journals. Examples of titles offered in Professional Development Collection include: Booklist, Curriculum Administrator, Education, Education Digest, Educational Leadership, High School Journal, Journal of Education, Journal of Educational Research, Journal of Learning Disabilities, Phi Delta Kappan, Reading Teacher, School Library Journal, and many others. The majority of full text titles included in the database are available in native (searchable) PDF, or scanned-in-color. Full text information in the Professional Development Collection dates as far back as 1965.
Psychology &
Behavioral Sciences Collection
The Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection is a comprehensive database providing nearly 550 full text publications, including more than 500 peer-reviewed journals. The database covers topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods. In addition to the full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for all journals in the collection. Examples of publications offered in the Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection include: American Journal of Family Therapy, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Current Psychology, European Archives of Psychiatry & Clinical Neuroscience, European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, European Journal of Neuroscience, International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, International Journal of Psychotherapy, International Journal of Social Psychiatry, International Review of Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical & Experimental Neuropsychology, Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, Journal of Cognitive Neurosciences, Journal of Mental Health, Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, Psychotherapeut, Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, and many more. The Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection can be searched independently, but also allows users to conveniently link to full text from citations within PsycINFO. All full text publications included in this database are indexed in PsycINFO. The majority of full text titles in this database are available in native (searchable) PDF, or scanned-in-color. Full text information in this database dates as far back as 1965.

The above list is not exhaustive.  You can select just one database or several databases.  Minimally, you want to choose PsycINFO as it is the most comprehensive Psychological database.  Consider yourself lucky if you have access to PsycARTICLES but realize that you will be exposed to less content as it only includes full-text articles.  Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection is another good database that links directly with PsycINFO.

You can either place a check in one or more boxes and then hit CONTINUE or click on the name of the database.  

Note:  To conduct a search on more than one database, you need to check the boxes and hit CONTINUE.


Step 3:  Sign in to My EBSCO
      At this point, you are ready to conduct your searches.  However, I highly recommend signing as a user of EBSCO prior to any search.  In the upper left part of your screen, click on:  Sign In to My EBSCOhost.  Why?  As stated on the web page, "My EBSCOhost is a personal folder in which you can save Result List items, persistent links to searches, saved searches, search alerts, journal alerts and web pages, organized for ease of viewing, adding to/deleting from or editing. After you sign in to My EBSCOhost, the EBSCOhost logo displays a "MY" banner on the corner to signify that you have logged in to your own personal folder. Items saved in your personal folder will remain from session to session, until you delete them."  Also, using My EBSCOhost means being able to conduct searches with more than one database.


Step 4:  Conduct your search
      Now you are ready to conduct your searches.  Click on the ADVANCED SEARCH tab at the top part of the screen.  EBSCO Host has a lot of interesting and helpful tools at your disposal.  For general information on how to conduct successful searches, click on this Cyberlab tutorial.  For specific information on how to use EBSCO's advanced search features, click here. For a complete list of EBSCO tutorials, click here.


Step 5:  Working with your searches
     Once you conduct your searches, you can easily save a search for printing or emailing by clicking on the Add to folder button.  At the top right part of the screen, you will see that your folder now has items in it:  Items added to the folder may be printed, e-mailed or saved from the View Folder screen.My Folder has items.  Once you click on MY FOLDER, your list of saved searches will be displayed. From here, you can print an article, save it to a disc, or email it.  Or you can keep it in your folder for a future visit.  If the article is in full text, you will see one of the following:

PDF Full TextPDF Full Text Best option.  This means the article is available in the original format, with intact tables/figures.  Your computer will need Adobe Acrobat to view it (available as a free download from the company).
HTML Full Text with GraphicsHTML Full Text Your next best option.  This means the article is available as a web page file (no need for Adobe Acrobat) and usually has the full article with scanned in tables/figures. 
Linked Full TextLinked Full Text This means the article is available but the tables and figures may not be easy to read.  You may lose important information with this option.
Click Here for Full Text and other services / SFX SFX is a system that dynamically interlinks numerous electronic resources and can be used in a wide range of digital libraries (learn more here).   See below for additional information.

Step 6:  Understanding SFX  Click Here for Full Text and other services / SFX
     Once you click on this linkSFX, if the article is available in full-text, you will receive that information.  You may be prompted to enter the publication information or it will be entered for you.  Once entered, the full-text article will be displayed. 
     However, just because you see the
SFX button, it does not mean the article is available full text.  If that is the case, you will see this:

No Electronic version available for your library via SFX. 
     What you need to do at this point is to find out if any library within the University System of Maryland has this holding.  To do so, click on Holdings in catalogUSMAI  and see if and where it is available.  Or you can order the article/book by clicking on the link that reads Request document via Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

As stated before, EBSCO Host offers a lot of interesting services.  Check out the tutorials and have fun with your searches!