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Most databases and search engines will provide options to help refine your search to save you the time of sifting through irrelevant sources. Some of the common search limiters that will be most helpful to you are
Full text (ensure that you can access the full text of your source, not just an abstract or portion of the source)
Other limiters that might be useful to you include
Source type (books, ebooks, media, newspapers, etc.)
If you are performing a basic search in something like QuickSearch or one of the databases, these search limiters will appear on the left hand side of your search results. Here is a screenshot of the search limiters in QuickSearch.
Creating an Advanced Search: EBSCOhost Tutorials
When you use the advanced search feature in databases, the limiters will be listed on the initial search page. Watch this video to see a demonstration of the advanced search feature in an EBSCO database called, Academic Search Complete. As you continue your college career, you will most likely encounter other databases provided by EBSCO. Academic Search Premier and MLA International Bibliography are both EBSCO databases.