Used by many researchers for its competence and comprehensiveness, EBSCO’s Academic Search Premiere was recently re-released as EBSCO’s Academic Search Premier 2.0. Fear not however, all the content coverage that drew so many people to Academic Search Premier 1.0 remains; it’s just that much easier to access with the 2.0 version. For a brief tutorial and screen shots, expand this posting.
Below is a screen shot of the Academic Search Premier page as accessed from the University Libraries “Databases and Indexes��? link.
From this point there is relatively little change to how one uses Academic Search. Using the terms “males��? and “arthritis��? as an example, enter your search terms in the appropriate field choosing an corresponding field ( subject, etc) and, sorting them by any number of limiters (Full-text, scholarly articles, etc.) yields search results that look something like this:
You can view the abstracts for articles by placing your cursor over the magnifying glass at the end of the article title:
From here you can go directly to the citation for that article – available in virtually any format:
If the article is available in full-text format you have the option of reading it on your computer screen, saving it to your computer or a portable device, or emailing the article (and citation) to yourself.
Another research time-saving feature is the folder option in Academic Search Premier 2.0. You can either send all the articles returned in a search to your folder by clicking on “Add��? button on the upper-right hand corner of the search results, or do so individually by clicking on the title of an article. In either case items sent to your folder allow you to, in “Folder View��? keep a running list of the items you plan on using for your research.
Be aware however that unless you create a free account with EBSCO, your folders content disappears when you exit out of EBSCO.
There are numerous other new features in the 2.0 version of Academic Search Premier. The visual search option lets you trace your research visually, providing relative sub-topics and related terms to broaden or narrow your research as needed. With an EBSCO account you can receive email alerts when articles matching your search terms are available in EBSCO.
Keep in mind however that in the end any database, whether the 1.0 or 2.0 version is only as good as its users understanding of its capabilities. If you have any questions about Academic Search Premier 2.0, or want to point out a feature you find useful in your research, we encourage you to contact a librarian!
Blog post created by Michael V. Daly