Tips for Searching Biography Reference Bank on EBSCOhost

The following tips are designed to assist you when searching the Biography Reference Bank database on the EBSCOhost interface.


Using Guided Style Advanced Search

If configured by your administrator, you can search Biography Reference Bank on EBSCOhost using multiple Find fields, known as the Guided Style. Guided Style searching allows you to simultaneously search for different terms in varying article citation fields. Click the Advanced Search link below the Find field to access the Advanced Search screen.

Simply enter a search term in the first Find field and then choose the search field from the optional Select a Field drop-down list (for example, search in only the Subject Terms field of the citation).

Guide your search using a second and third term and choose search fields to have EBSCOhost look within specific search criteria for your terms.

Select the AND or OR Boolean operators to limit or expand your results, respectively.

You can add up to twelve additional rows by clicking the Add Row link.



The following limiters are available on the EBSCOhost search screens for the Biography Reference Bank database and can help you limit your searches depending on your search criteria:


Retrieving Results

Your initial search will retrieve Name records (one record per person), biographies, periodical records, and books. You can use the Source Type links on the left to limit the list to specific records. For example, if you searched for “scientists” and only wanted to see a list of names of scientists, you can choose Names on your result list.

Sort order of Results

The default sort order of your results is by relevance. You can change the sort order using the Sort drop-down menu above your results. Select from:

Singular and Plural Searching

When Biography Reference Bank retrieves your search results in EBSCOhost, plural and singular variations of your keywords are also searched.

Finding Related Items

You can search for periodicals, books, biographies and names related to your subject by clicking the corresponding link in the Related Information box found on the Detailed Record for a result.

Simply click on a name in the result list. Note the Related Information box in the column on the left. Choose from:




When images are available based on your search terms, they are displayed in the result list. If an image is available for a Name result, it can be viewed on the result list as well as within the detailed record.

When additional images are available based on your search terms, they can be viewed from the Related Biographical Images area in the column on the right side of the screen. Click Find More to view a separate result list of all available images.

ID: 5905
Topic: Interface Features, Database Products and Content
Services: EBSCOhost Research Interface
Updated: April 2012

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