Finding journal articles using EBSCO databases

WCC Library provides to students access to many databases required to complete your homework. Here we will introduce you to the almost 40 databases you have access too from a company called EBSCO. 40 may seem like a lot of databases but once you know how to search or navigate one of them you will be able to navigate them all. 

To illustrate how to navigate these databases we’ll use the database ‘Academic Search Complete’ as an example.

Let’s say you’re writing a research paper on the topic of climate change and you are required to use peer-reviewed (scholarly or refereed) articles. While we have many subject specific databases, such as ‘Communication and Mass Media Complete’ or ‘Religions and Philosophy Collection’ or ‘Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection’ we are going to use ‘Academic Search Complete’ to demonstrate how to navigate an EBSCO database.


Building Your Search 

Upon accessing Academic Search Complete, you will ‘land’ on the advance search feature. 

Note the:

  • Search box where you will type in your search (keyword) terms
  • Search options feature that allow you check the box to only include either Full Text articles or Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals 







EBSCO Advanced Searching — YouTube Tutorial



You’re not done yet….Refining your search

After you’ve typed in your key words, in this example ‘climate change,’ to search and checked the ‘Scholarly (Peer review) Journal’ and ‘Full Text’ check boxes, you will want to run the search by selecting the Search button.  


 Most likely you will still need to Refine the Results of your search to better meet your assignment needs. By using the Refine Results features in the left pane of the your search results page you can, for example, limit your search results to only journal articles published in the last 10 years. 

Now you are ready to review the journal articles for your assignment.  Librarians are available to assist you in accessing and navigating the journal literature.

Off campus use of the databases

One last step before you can use these dababases, when off-campus, clicking into a database will take you to the network login page. Use your WCC network username and password to log in, and you’ll be passed through to the database. You may also use remote access using VMware Client software available from the student technology helpdesk. Both methods are limited to use by WCC students and employees.Start using EBSCO’s Academic Search Complete