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Art History Module: Lesson 3: Academic Search Complete

Academic Search Complete

Academic Search Complete is a general, multidisciplinary database that is a great place to begin research on any topic and is listed on the Recommended Databases listings. Academic Search Complete is also listed under the Fine Arts subject category. This database contains magazines, journals, newspapers, and more.

Direct link to Academic Search Complete

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This video tutorial will demonstrate how to find and access articles through the library database Academic Search Complete.

To access library databases, click the gray Databases button at on the library website.

Academic Search Complete is the second database listed in the Library's Recommended Databases. Academic Search Complete is a good starting place to find full-text journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, with a broad range of topics. To access this database, click its title.

To log in, your username is your SF ID number On the next screen, enter your college password.

This is Academic Search Complete's advanced search screen. Use the search boxes to look for articles about your topic. When searching in a database, use as few words as possible, and put different concepts in different boxes. In this example, the phrase gun control is in the first search box and United States is in the second search box.

The default is to limit your search to only full text. This means limiting only to articles that can be read immediately. The Full Text box should already be checked. To limit your search to scholarly articles, check the box next to Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals.

If you need to limit your results to more recent articles, you can use the Published Date limit on the search page. For instance, you may wish to limit to articles that were published within the last five years.

The number of search results is listed below the search boxes. The results list contains basic information about each article. The title of the article is in blue.

For a quick look at more information, hover your mouse over the magnifying glass icon directly to the next to the article's title. This will pop up a window with more information, including the article's source, which is the magazine or journal it was published in, and an abstract, which is a summary of the article. To see more information about an article, click its title to display the detailed record.

The record contains subject terms that describe the content of the article. You can use these subject terms to improve your search results. To read the full article, click one of the full text links on the left side. For this article, you have the option for either HTML Full Text or PDF Full Text. Some articles will only have one full-text option.

Both options include the full text of the article, but PDF full text is an exact copy of the article including the layout and any images, while HTML full text is a typed out version of the article.

A green Full Text Finder icon indicates that this article is available full text through another Tyree Library database. Click the link to be taken to the full text.

To the right of the detailed record or the full text of an article, is a Tools bar with various icons. You can print, e-mail, save, or cite this article using these icons.

For help citing the article, click the Cite icon, which looks like a gold paper and is found in the Tools bar. This will allow you to cite in APA, MLA, Chicago, and other citation styles. You will need to double-check all citations, as there are frequently errors with capitalization and punctuation.

If you choose to e-mail this article to yourself, you can include a citation as well. Choose your citation format from the drop-down menu on the right side.

This concludes the video tutorial on using Academic Search Complete. If you still have questions, please contact a librarian:

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Test Yourself!

In Academic Search Complete, search for Durham Castle. Find the article written by Rita Wood.

What is the title of the article?

"The Norman Chapel in Durham Castle"

Adding on Other Databases

Academic Search Complete is a database from a company called EBSCO. EBSCO has other databases that may be relevant to your research, including Humanities Source. All EBSCO databases use the same basic interface and tools, and you can search multiple databases at the same time.

If you would like to search Academic Search Complete and Humanities Source together, first access Academic Search Complete. Next, click the Choose Databases link above the search boxes and check the databases you wish to add in.

"Choose Databases" link in Academic Search Complete

You can then do a combined search in your selected databases:

Combined search in Academic Search Complete and Humanities Source for: lost-wax casting

Fixing Generated Citations

Academic Search Complete and Humanities Source will provide a computer-generated citation by clicking the Cite link under the Tools bar (typically found on the right of the article's full text). In EBSCO databases, you can use the generated Chicago/Turabian: Humanities citation as a base for your bibliography citation.

Cite link in EBSCO databases

Generated Citation

Young, Marcus L., et al. "Matisse to Picasso: a compositional study of modern bronze sculptures." Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry 395, no. 1 (September 2009): 171-184. Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed June 6, 2017).

Things to Fix:

  • Carefully review all capitalization, especially of the article title, which should be in title case.
  • Remove all information after the page range. In this example: Academic Search Complete, EBSCO host (accessed June 6, 2017).
  • Add on a DOI (find in the article record or on the first page of the article) or a permalink, if a DOI is not available (use the Permalink option under Tools). For the DOI, use the prefix

Here is an example of a DOI in an article record:

DOI in EBSCO record

Corrected Citation

Young, Marcus L., et al. "Matisse to Picasso: A Compositional Study of Modern Bronze Sculptures." Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry 395, no. 1 (September 2009): 171-184.