Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Feb 28, 2017     Views: 43

After you search in an EBSCO or ProQuest database, your results come up on screen in “Relevance” order. Most databases provide the option to change the results list to order by date.

To keep the “Relevance” order and limit the results to the most recent years, locate within the side column on the results page under the “Refine” or “Narrow” options a date range scale that allows you to choose a limited date range. When the results page resets the “Relevance” order will be preserved within the date range you set.

There are also additional options in the side columns to “Refine” or “Narrow” your results including Subject, Type of Publication, and more.

Article database results will indicate below each cited article if it contains the full text either as a PDF file or in HTML format. If the cited article instead shows a linked message: “Obtain full text from Shapiro Library”, that means that the particular database does not have copyright permission to offer the full text article content from that publication.

If the article is still of interest for your research, click on the “Obtain full text………” message to see if you are forwarded to another library database that does cover the publication and contains the full text. This is one of two possible results from using the link. If there is a technical glitch in this transfer from one database to another, look for a “Click Here” link in the top middle of the screen to show you some possible options for tracking down the article through its database.

The second result from using the link is to be forwarded to a screen that says: “Sorry no online holdings were found for this journal”. This is an indication that the Shapiro Library does not have print or electronic coverage of the journal (not even the most prestigious college or universities in the United States own immediate access to every publication) but that requesting a copy through our Interlibrary Loan service is an option. There is a link on that screen to start the process.

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