Answered By: Lynn VanLeer
Last Updated: Mar 20, 2017     Views: 1167

Here are the steps to search using our multi-database search tool called Thoreau. Thoreau searches many, but not all, of our databases at once.

1.  On the Library homepage, click the Articles by Topic button.

Link to Articles by Topic page 

2.  Scroll down to Search multiple databases box and the click the link for: Thoreau Multi-Database Search 

3. Now you are on a search screen with three search boxes. Break your topic down into keywords and type one concept or keyword per box.

Here is an example search for the topic smoking prevention with teenagers. Type each word of the topic into a separate search box:

Advanced search setup in EBSCO database. First search box has the word smoking. Second search box has prevention. Third search box has teenagers. full text box is checked. peer review box is checked.

4. Under the search boxes you will see options to limit your search, such as for Full Text only, by Date, and Peer Reviewed articles only.

5. After typing in your keywords and choosing your limit options, click Search.


Your results may be from a variety of source types, such as books or magazines, if you did not limit to peer reviewed articles only.

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