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Module 6: Using Academic Search Premier

This tutorial will focus on how to do a basic search within the Academic Search Premier database, how to narrow the results by suggested subject headings, how to retrieve the articles found in the search, a variety of ways to expand and narrow search results. Skills learned from this tutorial will be able to be applied to a number of other databases, including all EBSCOhost products. To successfully complete this tutorial, a student will score at least 8 out of 10 on the quiz at the end.

Approximate time to complete: 30 minutes

Measurable Objectives

Upon completing this tutorial, students will be able to:

  • navigate through the Academic Search Premier database
  • construct a search using truncation, Boolean operators, and/or phrase searching
  • identify common ways to narrow and/or expand search results
  • identify the difference between a basic and an advanced search

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Relevant ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education:

  • 2. The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.
  • 2.2.d. Constructs a search strategy using appropriate commands for the information retrieval system selected (e.g. Boolean operators, truncation, and proximity for search engines; internal organizers such as indexes for books.)
  • 2.2.e. Implements the search strategy in various information retrieval systems using different user interfaces and search engines, with different command languages, protocols, and search parameters.
  • 2.3. The information literate student retrieves information online or in person using a variety of methods.