Welcome to our Academic Search Premier tutorial! This tutorial has been designed to familiarize you with EBSCOhost's databases. You may notice Academic Search Premier looks very familiar to the following:

  • PsycINFO
  • Business Source
  • Newspaper Source
  • ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
  • & more!

Use the arrows below to navigate through this tutorial.

Searching by keyword is simple. But it helps to use multiple search boxes and words.

For example, search the phrase "police shootings".

About how many results do you get?

Now let's add to our search.

Type in the word "unarmed" in the 2nd search box.

two search boxes in Academic Search

What happens to your search results?

Ok, we have about 400 results now.

What if you are interested in not just "police shootings" and "unarmed" but a more specific aspect of this topic, but you're not sure if these 400 will help you...

One way to see what other topics or subjects covered by these 400 articles is to use the sidebar Subject Limiter.

**To scroll down, minimize some other parts of the menu for now by clicking the little arrow next to it**

Click the Subject: Thesaurus Term Limiter. 

You can use Subject: Thesaurus Term, or Subject when searching our databases; for this exercise use the more Official menu, Subject: Thesaurus Term.

Click Show More to browse even more suggested Subjects.

Subject Term Limiter

Now you should see a Subject window pop up.

The Subjects are listed next to the number of "Hits", i.e. the number of articles in your results about that subject.

Check the boxes next to "complaints against police" and "police brutality" and click update.

How many articles pertain to these two subjects?

Now let's learn about other Limiters such as by Date or the Source Types.

Clear the subjects you selected by clicking the x next to each:

deleting subjects

Now you should have about 300 or so results.

Often your professor told you to limit your sources to "Peer Reviewed" "Scholarly" or "Academic. To fulfill all these requirements you only need to check the Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals check-box.

If you minimized the Limit To menu, maximize it again. That's where this box is.

Check this box.

How many results do you get now?

Your professor didn't stress Peer Reviewed or Scholarly. Instead, (s)he told you to find newspaper articles from 2010-2014.

Here's how to do that. First, clear the Scholarly Peer Reviewed Journals limiter by clicking the same blue x as last time.

You should be back with the original ~400 articles.

Use the slider bars on the left to change the range to 2010-2014. (Example below).

Date slide bars

How many of these articles were written in from 2010-2014?

Now limit your search to only Newspapers under Source Types:

source types menu, newspapers

Ok, let's say we like some of these articles. Click on the title of one of the listings. There should be a link for one of the following:
  • HTML Full Text
  • PDF Full Text
  • Find it! SJU

Find the article titled "Police Shoot Unarmed Man in Harlem Park. " 

Police shoot unarmed man article record

Click the Find It Button underneath the article:

find it button

A new window should pop up.

The New York Times is available in multiple places. That's why there are 4 rows of database names, page numbers, and other information.

Don't worry! Click the top choice LexisNexis Academic. It will open in a new window.

To return to our original window, close the pop up.

Once the page loads you should be presented with the full text of this brief newspaper article.

Now let's learn about emailing, and citing articles.

Click on an article's title to see more information about it.

When selecting an article to keep for later, it is recommended to read the abstract first.

Let's say you like this article. Click the Email button on the right to send it to yourself.

email button

You can use any email address (SJU, Gmail, Yahoo, etc).

Take a look closely at the Citation Format pull-down menu.

citation format menu

Use the drop-down to explore citation types.

What formats are available?

If you select MLA format when you receive the article via email, an MLA formatted citation with be sent with it.

**Always be careful and vigilant with automatic citations** Double check against the Purdue OWL, your professor, the official manual, Easy Writer, or a librarian.

Don't copy and paste without double-checking!

This was just some of the features of EBSCO databases.

Thanks for your completion of the basic tutorial! See other more advanced tutorials for Business, Psychology, Sociology and other major-specific tools.

To get credit for completing this interactive tutorial see the print/email feature on the next page.

For email confirmation:

Use a personal email (@gmail.com, @outlook.com etc), NOT your @sju.edu address

For printing:

Just put your full name in the Name box and leave email blank

Not near a printer?

Print the page as a PDF by selecting Save as PDF or Print as PDF in your print settings. 


Please enter your name and email address to retrieve a copy of your completed quiz.

You can enter multiple email addresses separated by commas. If you are doing this for a class, you may need to enter your instructor's email address also.

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