Thursday, March 6, 2008

Magazines and More..MasterFile Premiere

You might be surprised at what is included in the MasterFile Premiere Database. It is a wide range of sources including everything from magazines such as People and the Saturday Evening Post to Reference books on Canada and Ancient Times, to Bibliographies on Davy Crockett and Georgia O'Keefe.

If a patron is looking for a specific magazine, click on publications and search for the title or browse the alphabet. Say they want to find an article that was in U.S. News and World Report. Click on the title and then click on search this publication. If they know an exact date, click on the year and then the issue. All articles from that issue will be listed. The search box will now include words that limited it to that issue. To search for a subject within such as George Bush it, add an "and George Bush" to the end and click search. All articles within that issue that include his name will be listed.

If someone has trouble finding the right words for a search, check out the subjects listed on the left side of the page. They are the terms used in the index, and clicking on one will bring up other articles indexed the same.

The new visual search is pretty impressive as well. It basically will show patrons the index and allow them to click through it to narrow their search. Check it out if you have time.

For more info on saving and emailing articles in Ebsco, see the Newspapers post.

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