Kids Search - Searching Help Sheet


The Home Page is a starting point for searching on Kids Search.

Basic Search

  1. On the Home page, enter your search terms in the Find field and click Go.

    Home Page Screen

  2. A search is run against all student databases on Kids Search and a Result List is displayed.

    Result List

  3. Your search terms are remembered in the Find field above the Result List. If images and/or video are available, they are displayed with the results. To view a specific source type (e.g., only Magazines), click the radio button below the source type.

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Topic Search

  1. From either the Kids Search Home Page or the Detailed Search Screen, click on a topic in the Search by Topic area. A list of subtopics appears on the right side of the screen. 

    Topic Search Screen

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

    Result List

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Detailed Search, Single Find Field

The Kids Search Detailed Search is designed for more experienced searchers—students and teachers who are familiar with using Limiters and Expanders and combining search terms.

To create a Detailed Search using the Single Find Field:

  1. Enter your search terms in the Find field.

    Detailed Search Screen
  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 (for example, only Film & Video), 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.
    • Lexile Reading Level – limits search results to articles within a specific Lexile range.
  4. Use Expanders to broaden your search:
    • Apply additional terms to query – Select this option to expand search results by including synonyms and plurals of your search terms.
    • 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.
  5. Click the Go button. A Result List is displayed.

    Result List

    To view a specific source type (e.g., only Magazines), click the radio button to the left of the source type.

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Detailed 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 Go, 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 a Detailed Search with Guided-Style Fields:

  1. In the first Find field, enter your search terms.
  2. Choose the a field from the Select a Field drop-down list. (For example, select the Title 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 for any additional 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 (for example, only Biographies), uncheck the types that you don't want.

    Detailed Search Screen

  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. 
    • Cover Story – limits search results to articles that are the cover story of publication.
  8. Use Expanders to broaden your search:
    • 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. 
    • Apply additional terms to query – expands search results by including synonyms and plurals of search terms.
  9. Click Go. A Result List is displayed.

    Result List

    To view a specific source type (e.g., only Health Reports), click the source-type tab.
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ID: 2558
Topic: Interface Features
Services: Kids Search
Link: http://support.ebsco.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=2558
Updated: October 2013

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