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Guide to EBSCO eBooks

Searching in EBSCO eBooks

  • Enter keywords into the search boxes at the top of the search screen.
  • As you type, suggestions will actively come up.  Keep using your own keywords or click on any suggestions to use that as your search instead.
  • The default Select a Field option will searching all fields in records about the book as well as the book's full text.  Use the dropdown menu to search in specific fields.  For example, to narrow your results, you can search just the titles or subject headings of books.

Animated GIF showing the Subject option in EBSCO's Advanced Search mode

Navigating Results

  • Search results will look familiar, as they are similar to the ones in EBSCO Discovery Service and other EBSCO databases like Academic Search Complete.  The major difference here is that the results only show books, and only books, available directly from EBSCO.
  • Results will be displayed by Relevance.  You can change this to sort by Date, Author, or Title

Screenshot showing the Sort filter options

  • The Refine Results column on the left displays available filters.  The most useful are:
    • Filter by Publication Date.  Especially useful if you see many older titles.
    • Filter by Subject.  Use this to quickly select a subject to filter your results within.  

Animated GIF demonstrating the Publication Date limiter.