Ebsco Host Tutorials:
Go to the following link to view tutorials about using Ebsco Host, a major database used by VCU and most universities. (You can find Ebsco on the library home page by clicking the link “Databases” under the search box, and in the drop down box, click “Academic Search Complete.” Academic Search Complete IS the Ebsco database.)
The link for the Ebsco Host tutorials is here.
Once on the Ebsco Host tutorial site, you will see the screen below. Watch the following 5 short tutorials (about 2 – 3 minutes each): Advanced Search Guided Style; Advanced Search Single Find; Citing Articles (Ebsco does it for you!); Introduction to Ebsco Host; and My Ebsco Host Folders. All of these can be found on the LEFT side of the screen.
After viewing the 5 assigned tutorials, set up a folder on My Ebsco Host. (All you need is your VCU user id and password to do this). Then begin searching for relevant articles, using the key terms in your research question.
For example, here is a sample research question: How has Netflix impacted both the television industry and television viewing by consumers? You should underline your key terms in the question, and use these key terms in the search boxes on Ebsco.
You can use synonyms for these key terms as well. Since you’ve read 6 articles already, you may have found new terms that you should substitute in your research question. The student above could add the word “model” or “paradigm” after Netflix, for example, or she/he could add “binge viewing” to his/her question. You should revise your research question as necessary. Also, you should try out all language related to your research question as you search Ebsco.
Find 5 highly relevant scholarly articles on Ebsco, and add these to your Ebsco folder. (You can find Ebsco on the library home page by clicking the link “Databases” under the search box, and in the drop down box, click “Academic Search Complete.” Academic Search Complete IS the Ebsco database.)
After you have collected 5 relevant articles in your folder, take a screen shot of your Ebsco folder, and copy and paste it into a Blog Post titled Ebsco Host Tutorial Work.
To take a screen shot on a Mac: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5775
To take a screen shot on a PC: http://www.homeandlearn.co.uk/BC//win7/taking_screenshots.html
Below the screen shot, list:
1) Current revised research question with key terms underlined. This must be a question!
2) All search term combinations you used when searching Ebsco (using connectors AND or OR)
3) Which articles in your folder you plan to read, and which look most promising and why.
This blog post will be short and efficient. Most of your time will be spent viewing the tutorials and doing research in order to complete the assignment.