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EBSCOhost Research Databases


EBSCOhost is a search service that gives you access to over 30 databases:

Academic Search Complete; AHFS Consumer Medical Information; AltHealthWatch; America: History & Life; Associates Programs Source; Business Source Complete; CINAHL Complete; Communication & Mass Media Complete; Computers & Applied Science Complete; eBook Collection; Economia y Negocios; Education Research Complete; Environment Complete; ERIC; European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750; Fuente Academica; GreenFILE; Health Source: Consumer Edition; Health Source:  Nursing/Academic Edition; Historical Abstracts; Hospitality & Tourism Complete; Humanities International Complete; Legal Collection; Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts; MasterFILE Premier; MedicLatina; Military & Government Collection; Newspaper Source Plus; Newswires; Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection; Regional Business News; Religion and Philosophy Collection; Teacher Reference Center; Vente et Gestion; Web News and Women’s Studies International.

Use the EBSCOhost to locate bibliographic citations and full-text magazine, journal, and newspaper articles.

Start at the SWCC Library home page.  On the Library home page, select Periodicals and then choose the EBSCOhost Research Databases link.

A list of databases will then show on the screen.  To search within a single database, click a database name in the list.  To select more than one database to search, check the boxes next to the databases and click Continue.  To select all databases, check Select/deselect all and then Continue.

You can apply limits for each database chosen.  For example, you can limit the results in many of the databases to full-text, peer reviewed articles, or English only results.  You can also change search fields.

Search tips:
If the full-text of an article is not available in the results, try clicking on the LincIt icon to see if LincIt will lead you to a VIVA/VCCS database that contains the full-text of the article.  Data specific help is available from within the search screens and the Results list.  Use the Help link to access the help files for EBSCOhost databases.

QuickSearch:  Quick access to library resources (formerly MetaLinc)

From the SWCC web page (, go to MySouthwest (

Log In to your MySouthwest account using your SWCC username and password.  [If you don’t know your SWCC username and password, you can “look up your username and set your password” from the MySouthwest web site.

Next, select the Library Services icon to access your college library databases.

Enter a query (search term(s)) in the search box.  Then press the Search button.

From the QuickSearch screen you will be able to use a single search to find print books and other materials physically located in the Library, such as CDs, DVDs, and videos, as well as ebooks, e-journal articles, and streaming media.

Types of items:  You can search for all items, or specify that you want to search for just books, articles, multimedia, or research databases.

Search words:  You can search with my search words, with my exact phrase, or that begin with.

Place in record:  You can search for your search words anywhere in the record, as author/creator, in the title, or in the subject.

Try it!  Do a search for autism and vaccinations.  (Use all three words… autism and vaccinations.)

Once you get a list of results you can see by the icon to the left of an entry if the item is a book, journal article, newspaper article, dissertation, etc.

Results are sorted by relevance by default.  You can also arrange your results by date (with the most recent items at the top), by popularity, by author, or by title.  To change the way in which your results are displayed, click the blue down-arrow to the right of Sorted by.

Once you find an item of interest to you, click on the title or the View Online link to view the full-text if it is available.

Notes:  You can also access QuickSearch by selecting the QuickSearch link on the SWCC Library web page.  QuickSearch access to Library resources has its advantages and its limits.  While this type of search for Library material is convenient, you can also access all Library resources the “tried and true” way via the SWCC Library web page.

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