Database Assignments

Access the "Articles" tab from the library homepage to complete this assignment. Gordon-Conwell provides access to numerous online resources. These assignments will help familiarize users with our most popular and recommended databases. For a complete listing of all of our online resources visit the Access Databases page. 

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Conducting a Search:

  1. Conduct a search for the term "theology". How many results display? Sample

    Additional titles are being added to the index weekly so results from the sample are lower than what is actually available. 
  2. How many databases have been searched to yield the results? Sample

    This can be changed at any time to select only desired ones. 

  3. Add the term "history" in the second search box and select "TI Title" then click search. How many results now display? Sample

    Results will display that have a combination of the desired terms in titles and subjects or individual items displaying one of those terms.

Working with Results:

  1. Refine your results by the following limiters: Sample
  • Full text
  • Scholarly
  • Published Date: 2012 - 2013
  • Source Type: Academic Journals

How many results display?

Some of your class assignments require scholarly journals only.
 Initial results will display a combination of abstract and full-text viewing.
  1. Scroll through the results till you find the title "The Trouble with Christian History: Thomas Prince's "Great Awakening". Click on the title. Sample
Bibliographic Information:
  • Who is the author? 
  • What is the source? 
  • What is the document type? 
  • Provide one subject term. 
  • What database provided this title?
  • Copy and paste the Turabian citation from the tools options. Sample

Scripture Searches: 

  1. In some class assignments articles on particular scripture is required and useful. Please review part five of the EBSCOhost Bibliographic PDF Tutorial. From the ATLA Religion Database (only) click on the "Scriptures" button at the top. Sample
  2. At the bottom of the page click "Next" twice then click "Expand" next to the book of "Matthew". Select "Chapter 12". How many results display? Sample
  3. Prior to "Matthew 12" from the previous question what two capital letters are displaying? Searches can include these fields. Type in SR "Matthew 12" in the first box; TI "Jesus" in the second box; then SU "healing" in the third box. Then click search. How many results display?  These terms can also be included in just the first box. Sample One ; Sample Two

eBook Browsing and Searching:

  1. eBooks are available through EBSCOhost from one of the available databases: eBook Collection. Select only this database to search from. 
  2. This time instead of searching for items within this database click eBooks from the top (like you did for Scripture).
  3. From "Browse by Category" click "Psychology". Now you are browsing EBSCO eBooks with the Psychology as the subject. How many results display?

Users can view both eBook and Table of Contents. 


EBSCOhost Account

Review the My EBSCOhost video tutorial. Viewing options:  or 

  1. Create a free My EBSCOhost account. 
  2. Once logged in, conduct a search for a desired subject from any of the available databases.
  3. Save three desired results to your account folder. Provide the titles in the answer box.

A final note: EBSCOhost is our most valuable online resource. We recommend you acquaint yourself with each database and available search techniques so you will be prepared to conduct quality database research.


Conducting a Beta Search:

  1. JSTOR is experimenting with a new search approach called the "Beta Search". Since it will become the new default search and result display method let's start by using that in the assignment. Beneath the JSTOR tabbed search box is the term "Jump to JSTOR." Click that. Sample
  2. Two search boxes will appear on JSTOR's website. In the box with heading "Test drive our new search" type the term "leadership." How many results display? Sample
  1. Like the LS2 Catalog and EBSCOhost we can locate fewer results by selecting facets/limiters from the left side menu. Ensure the following facets are selected:
  • Only Content I can access
  • Yeah of Publication: 2012 - 2013
  • Content Type: Reviews
  • Subject: History, then History again

How many results display?

Did you know EBSCOhost, JSTOR, and Proquest make book reviews available? Book reviews are a common feature is journals.

Some of your assignments will be book reviews. You can use the ones found in these databases as samples and may even provide a review on a book you are writing one on. 

Working with Results:

Click on the title of the second book review article. Take a moment to view the options on the result page. You can view bibliographic information, see available items by the author, view related materials on Google Scholar (if available), and view/download scanned pages. Sample

  • What book is being reviewed and who is the author?
  • Who is the author of the review?
  • Who is the Publisher? 
  • What Journal is the review located in?  

Conducting an Advanced Search:

  1. Now let's try an advanced search. At the top of the website place your cursor over "Search" then click "Advanced Search". Now desired facets can be selected up front to narrow only desired results. 
  2. Let's base this assignment off the JSTOR Advanced Search Tutorial Video
  3. Type the terms "slavery" in the first search box and "West Africa" in the second search box. 
  4. Check to make sure "Articles" and "Pamphlets" are selected. How many results display?
  5. Click "Modify Search" and narrow by discipline to "African Studies" and "History". How many results display?
  6. Click "Modify Search" again, expand the "African Studies" discipline and select the title "African Studies Review". What published years are available?
  7. Limit the date range to 2007-2009 then click search. How many results display?

MyJSTOR Account: 

  1. As in the video, lets save this search to run it later. In the Search Save box type "Slavery in West Africa" then click save. 
  2. Create a free MyJSTOR Account then save your search. Now you can return to your JSTOR Account to perform the search again or save other searches/results. Sample
  3. Now that you are logged in your JSTOR account return to our previous search and add three titles to your JSTOR account. Provide those titles in your answer sheet. 

Conducting a Search:

By now you will notice a trend in how database searching occurs and we hope your confidence level has grown by viewing the tutorials and completing these assignments. You are well on your way to expanding your research knowledge. Let's complete the final set of database assignments. 

  1. Conduct a search for the term "psychology". How many results display?
  2. Before continuing create and log-in to your My Research Proquest account. The My Research link is at the top right of the webpage. Sample 

    We hope it will become a common practice for you to log-in to your EBSCO, JSTOR, Proquest, and Library accounts prior to performing searches. Your accounts can be readily available when the need arises to save results, searches and more. 
  3. To continue the search for "psychology" click "recent searches" at the top, then recent the term then "use current databases". If more than one Proquest database appears please ensure only "Proquest Religion" is selected. To view them click "Searching: 1 to 4 databases" at the top left corner of the webpage, then select "Proquest Religion". Sample

    Proquest is much like EBSCOhost where it provides numerous databases to search from. Gordon-Conwell subscribes to 4 Proquest databases.
  4. Once the term "psychology" is searched and results appear refine your results by the following limiters in the right side menu: Sample
  • Full-text included
  • Peer-reviewed
  • Publication types, more options...Pastoral Psychology & Journal of Marriage & Family. Exclude these titles from the search. Sample
  • Document Type: Article
  • Publication year: 2013

    How many results display after selecting these limits?
  1. Since you are logged in to your JSTOR account save the search so the same results can easily be found again. To do this click on "Recent Searches" at the top then select the search that yielded your desired results. Select it then save with a familiar name. Sample
  2. After saving the search, click on it to open then click on the first available result. Since everyone loves an automatic citation tool let's use it to complete the assignment. Click on the cite button then post the citation, in APA style, in your answers. Sample