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Database Profiles:Academic Search Elite

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Academic Search Elite 

This multi-disciplinary database offers full text for nearly 2,000 scholarly journals, including more than 1,500 peer-reviewed titles. Covering virtually every area of academic study, Academic Search Elite offers full text information dating as far back as 1985. This database is updated on a daily basis.


Introductory & Basic Search Tutorials

Formulating Searches

EBSCOHost now offers SmartText searching! While similar to a Google search, it is still focused on Boolean phrases.

In their own words:

  • SmartText Searching - You can copy and paste large chunks of text into the search box, for example a paragraph or a page. SmartText Searching technology reduces the text entered to the most important search terms based on term frequency (TF) and inverse document frequency (IDF) calculations of the terms in the query and the databases searched and then creates a weighted Boolean query for search execution.

Search Tips & Tricks:

Search History is your friend! Once you run a few searches, you can use your search history to re-run previous searches, edit past searches, and combine past searches into a new search. Make sure your search history is visible by clicking the "Search History" triangle directly below the search boxes.

search history

Using some of the same search terms again in a new search? Don't type them all back out! Type the Search ID# from the Search History into the search box instead to save some time.

Refine your search results by selecting other EBSCOhost databases to search. The University of Iowa subscribes to many EBSCOhost databases. Click on "Choose Databases" directly above the search boxes to see the list of available databases.


Check the box next to the databases you want, and then hit "OK." If you want more information about what a certain database contains, click the drop down tab after each listing.