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Guide to Academic Search Complete / About Academic Search Complete





EBSCO Academic Search Complete is a renowned scholarly resource providing superior full-text, academic journals covering the major areas of academic research. 

  • Anthropology
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Engineering
  • Ethnic and Multicultural Studies
  • General Science
  • Geography 
  • Geology
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Science and Technology


This guide reviews how to search Academic Search Complete and save articles.




Guide to Academic Search Complete / Searching





  • Enter your keywords into the search boxes at the top of the screen. 
  • As you type, suggestions will come up. Use your own keywords or any database suggestions in your search. 
  • The default Select a Field option will search all fields in records as well as the full text.  
    • Use the dropdown menu to search specific fields.  For example, you can search just by title, author, or subject headings. 








  • Search results will look familiar, as they are similar to the ones in OCLS QUICKsearch and other EBSCO databases like Business Source Complete. 
  • Results will be displayed by Relevance. You can change this to sort by Date, Author, or Title
  • The Limit To section on the left displays available filters. The most useful are:
    • Filter by Publication Date. Especially useful if you see many older titles.
    • Filter by Full Text. To only see articles available in full text. 
    • Filter by Peer Reviewed. To see only peer-reviewed articles.  





Guide to Academic Search Complete / Viewing





To view an article:

  • Click the PDF Full Text, HTML Full Text, or Check Online Availability link (whichever is available or your preference).


The article will open in the same browser window or tab. 






Guide to Academic Search Complete / Saving & Linking





EBSCO features several options for saving, printing, emailing, and linking to articles. 

  • Google Drive - Save pages to your Google Drive. 
  • Add to folder -  Add this article to your My EBSCO folder. 
  • Print Pages - Print pages. 
  • E-mail Pages - Similar to the Save option, but the PDF file will be emailed to you instead of downloaded to your computer. 
  • Cite - See suggested citations in APA and other formats. 
    • Note: There are always errors with computer-generated citations. Check for capitalization and other errors.
  • Export - For power users, export the citations as a RIS file you can upload into Academic Writer or other citation managers.  
  • Permalink - The permanent link you can copy and save to revisit. This is the link you want to use if you are sharing a link in a discussion board. 







Guide to Academic Search Complete / Tutorials







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