Student Research Center (SRC) - Searching Help Sheet


The Home Page is a starting point for searching Student Research Center and Canadian Student Research Centre.

Basic Search

The Basic Search screen is the default search screen in Student Research Center (SRC) and Canadian SRC. From this home page screen, you may search by keyword or browse by topic or source type.

To create a Basic Search:

  1. Enter your search terms in the Find field.

    Basic Search Screen

  2. Select the Source Types that you want. If you want to find results for all source types (Magazines, Newspapers, etc.) be sure that they are all checked. If you want only specific source types, uncheck the sources that you don't want.

  3. Use Limiters to narrow your search. For example:
    • Full Text - limits search results to full text articles.
    • Lexile Reading Level - limits searches to article within a specific Lexile range.
  4. Click the Search button. Student Research Center displays a Result List.

    Result List

    To view a specific source type (for example, only Magazines), click the corresponding icon under the Filter results by tab.
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Topic Search

  1. From either Basic or Advanced Search, click on a topic in the Search by Topic column. A list of subtopics appears in the center of the screen.

    Search by Topic Screen

  2. Mark any subtopics that you want and click Search. A Result List of articles related to your topics displays.

    Result List

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Advanced Search, Single Find Field

The Student Research Center Advanced Search is designed for more experienced searchers—students and teachers who are familiar with using Limiters and Expanders and combining search terms.

To create an advanced search using the single-find field:

  1. In the Find field, enter your search terms.

    Advanced Search Screen - Single Find Field

  2. Select the Document Types that you want. If you want to find results for all document types (Magazines, Newspapers, etc.), be sure they are all checked. If you want only specific document types, uncheck the types that you don't want.

  3. Use Limiters to narrow your search. For example,
    • Full Text – limits search results to full text articles.
    • Publication – limits search results to articles from a specific title.
    • Published Date - set a range of publication dates to search within.
    • Lexile Reading Level - limit results by the article's level of reading difficulty.
  1. Use Expanders to broaden your search:
    • Apply related words – expands search results by including synonyms and plurals of your search term(s).
    • Also search within the full text of the articles – expands search results by finding your term(s) within the full text of the articles.
    • Automatically “And” search terms – expands results by applying the AND operator between terms, e.g., typing space shuttle would give results for space and shuttle.
  1. Click the Search button. A Result List is displayed.

    Result List

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Advanced Search, Guided-Style Find Fields

If the guided search fields are displayed, you can enter text on all three lines. If you do not enter terms on line one, the operator to the left of line two is ignored. (You can begin a search string on line two.)

After you click Search, the input from all three lines is joined together on the first line. AND takes precedence over OR when the system groups items together. Parentheses are assigned based on this logic. To force grouping, you can enter the parentheses or place "grouped" expressions together in a single input field.

To create an advanced search using guided-style find fields:

  1. In the first Find field, enter your search terms.

    Advanced Search Screen - Guided-Style

  2. Choose the search field from the Default Fields drop-down list. (For example, select the Subject field.)

  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the second set of Find fields.

  4. Select a Boolean operator (AND, OR, NOT) to combine the two Find field entries. If you need additional rows, click the Add row link. Up to 12 rows can be displayed. To delete a row, click the Remove row link.

  5. You can enter another Boolean operator, keyword, and search field in the third set of Find fields.

  6. Select the Document Types that you want. If you want to find results for all document types (Magazines, Newspapers, etc.), be sure they are all checked. If you want only specific document types, uncheck the types that you don't want.

  7. Use Limiters to narrow your search. For example,
    • Full Text – limits search results to full text articles.
    • Publication – limits search results to articles from a specific title.
    • Published Date - set a range of publication dates to search within.
    • Lexile Reading Level - limit results by the article's level of reading difficulty.

  8. Use Expanders to broaden your search:
    • Apply related words – expands search results by including synonyms and plurals of your search term(s).
    • Also search within the full text of the articles – expands search results by finding your term(s) within the full text of the articles.
    • Automatically “And” search terms – expands results by applying the AND operator between terms, e.g., typing space shuttle would give results for space and shuttle.
  1. Click Search. A Result List is displayed. To view a specific source type (e.g., only magazines), click the radio button to the left of the source type.

    Result List

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ID: 2548
Topic: Interface Features
Services: Student Research Center, Canadian Student Research Centre
Link: http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=2548
Updated: October 2013

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