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Database Tutorials

This LibGuide contains step by step instructions for majority of research databases available in the Wolfgram collection.

Academic Search Premier

About this Database

  • The world's largest scholarly, multi-disciplinary full text database.
  • Access to 3,000 full-text journals/magazines, 2,500 active full-text peer reviewed journals and over 1,000 active full-text peer-reviewed journals with no embargo (access to the most recent articles, as they are published).
  • Offers indexing and abstracts for more than 8,200 journals.
  • Provides access to topical video content, your search results will include relevant Associated Press video footage.

This is an interdisciplinary database covering, but not limited to the following subjects:

  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Business
  • Education
  • General Interest
  • Health & Medicine
  • History
  • Literature & Writing
  • Politics & Government
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Social Sciences & Humanities
  • Technology

Navigate to the Academic Search Premier Database

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Keyword Searching

Follow these steps to search the database:

  1. Enter your search terms / keywords. (To search for a phrase, put the words into quotation marks).
  2. The Search Modes and Expanders section provides options that broaden your search results. Use these sparingly, as you broaden your search the number of results might become overwhelming, or they might be too vague. Best utilized in the beginning stages of research, for example, when trying to decide on a research topic and you want to know what resources/items/materials are available. 
  3. Limit your search results:
    • Document type: looking for materials in a specific format? Choose from Abstract, Article, Book, Chapter, & more.
    • Full Text: Check this box to limit results to include only materials available in Full Text. Helpful when doing last-minute research and you don't have time to wait for interlibrary loan requests. This limiter may drastically reduce the number search results.
    • Scholarly (peer-reviewed) Journals: Check this box to ensure your search results only include items from scholarly journals. This eliminates the popular magazines and newspapers.
    • Publication Date: Only want resources published after 2015? This is where you make that happen!
    • Publication Type: Academic Journal, Periodical, Reference Book, etc...
  4. Click "Search"

In the following example we used the keywords college students AND risky behavior

Image of example search depicting search process as described above.

The Results List

From the results page you can:

  • Use the Refine Results section to drill down further into the search results
  • Download Full Text PDF or view Full Text online (when available)
  • Look for the article in one of our other databases by using the Full Text Finder link
  • Request items not available in our collections, using the InterLibrary Loan (Illiad Wolfgram) link
  • Search Widener University Catalog (WebPAC) link, which will tell you if the library has the item in the print serials collection
  • Use folders to organize articles of interest

Image of search results list highlighting features described above.

Limiting the search to a specific high risk behavior, will retrieve a more relevant set of search results.

Browse and Organize

From the results page, you can click the article icon that follows the title and view more details about the article, including the abstract, without losing your place.

You can also make use of the folders function, which will allow you to store and organize the articles you want to use.

Image of search results page highlighting folder features as described above.

Article Detail

The Detailed Record

PDF documents are images of the original print version and will look exactly the same as the print version.

  • Original page numbers
  • Graphs, tables, and charts
  • Full list of references (Peer Reviewed journals)

Accessing the electronic versions of articles through our online databases, offers you additional features and functionality that is not available in print, such as:

  • Links to additional author(s) work
  • Direct links to additional journal issues/volumes
  • Content links to navigate to specific sections/topics within the article
  • Hyperlinked search terms to broaden or narrow your search

Image of article detail page, highlighting features described above.

EBSCO Citation Tool

From the details page of any EBSCO provided resource (books, articles, etc.), within the "Tools" navigation:

  • Click "Cite"
  • Choose your citation formatting style (APA 6th, MLA 7th, Chicago, etc.)
  • Copy the citation and 'Paste' into your reference list.

Image of an example of EBSCO's citation creation tool, as described above.


Remember to examine any citations produced with these citation tools for accuracy, double check names, dates, capitalization, punctuation and make any needed adjustments prior to submitting your work to your instructor.