EBSCOhost Search Engine

What is EBSCOhost Search Engine?

EBSCOhost Search Engine is an integrated database search engine provided by EBSCO that will allow you to search several databases at once using a set of search boxes.


How does EBSCOhost Search Engine work?

One search query will produce results from multiple information sources at the same time. You can submit a query to multiple information resources. Your query is broadcast to each resource, and results are returned to you for your examination and selection.


What kinds of searches can be performed?

Basic and advanced searches can be done as well as searches that will search specifically by author, title, keyword, subject, (some vendors but not all use this term differently than keyword).  Advanced searches will allow you to combine several fields in your search.


Must I use EBSCOhost Search Engine?

No.  You can still access and search any Sueltenfuss Library database individually from the general database page.


Does EBSCOhost Search Engine search all of Sueltenfuss Library’s databases?

No. Some databases are not compatible with EBSCOhost Search Engine.  In those instances, you can still search those databases on the general database page


What are the databases that are included in EBSCOhost Search Engine?The following databases are included in EBSCOhost Search Engine:

All of the EBSCO databases and



Clase and Periódica

CQ Researcher

Credo Reference

Directory of Open Access Journals 

Gale Literary Database

GPO Access


Literature Online (LION)

Literature Resource Center

OLLU library catalog

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

Oxford Digital Reference Center

Pubmed Central

Social Work Abstracts

Student Resource Center Gold Edition

Twaynes' Author Series

WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog)



Why must I enter my user name and password before I can proceed?

Most of the databases in EBSCOhost Search Engine are licensed to OLLU students, faculty and staff only. When you are off campus or in your dorm room, you must identify yourself as a licensed user by entering your OLLU email username and password before using EBSCOhost Search Engine.


How can I fix it so I can search all of the available databases at once?

On the EBSCOhost Search Engine page, check the box for the "Select All" option to search all the databases included in Super Search.


Is there a way for me to select which databases I want to search? Yes. On the main search page above the search boxes, select the link "Search by Database". A listing of databases will appear. Then simply check the boxes of the databases you want to search.


Why do searches on EBSCOhost Search Engine seem to take longer that searches on one database?

The actual search takes longer because you are searching multiple databases all at once. The more databases you search simultaneously, the more records the software must search.


Can I halt a search?

Yes, you can stop the search at anytime by clicking the “Stop Searching” link.


What does the “Get more results” do?

If you have a search with a very large amount of results, the software will “time out” and stop returning results. If you want to continue the search, click the “Get more results” link and EBSCOhost Search Engine will continue its search.


What if several databases have the same (that is, duplicate) results?

Preference will be given to a result that is full-text.  If there is no full text source available, then the non-full text sources will be given.


Why don’t all of the results have active links?

Some databases are not full text and therefore do not have links to full-text or abstracts.


What is the “Article Linker” icon and what does it do?

Article Linker provides a linking service to aid users in getting the actual material from multiple databases. For instance, Article Link results for an article might provide full-text articles, direct the user to the library's print holdings, or suggest getting the article by Interlibrary Loan.


How can I see the abstract of the item in the citation list?

To view the abstract, simply click on the link labeled “Show/Hide Abstract” or roll you mouse over the highlighted title of the citation.


In what order are results returned from the various databases?

Results are returned by date, with the most recent items shown first. You can also sort your results by source, alphabetically by title or alphabetically by author.


Can I limit retrievals to full-text sources only?

Yes. When you have stopped searching and are viewing the results list, you can select the box to limit by full text and Super Search screen will change and return only full text results.


Can I limit searches for scholarly sources only?

Yes. Select scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals on the search option screen.


Can I limit searches by date or some similar option?

Yes. You can enter a range of dates or click on the date slider to change the dates.


How do I save, e-mail, or print results?

On the search results screen, there are icons located on the top right of the citations. Holding the mouse pointer over the icon will show the task that each icon is used for. There will be one for saving, emailing or printing. 


Is there a way for me to let you know what I think about EBSCOhost Search Engine or to offer suggestions or other feedback?

You can email a librarian at
library@lake.ollusa.edu. Or, you can call the Research Assistance Desk at (210) 434-6711 ext. 8326 or 1-800-846-4085.

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