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You may think you know all there is to know about Ebsco, but we think we can still surprise you. Keep an eye on this blog for more tips.

How to find just a magazine or trade journal when you don’t want a scholarly journal

Limiters from EBSCO searchQuite often we help students with an assignment where they were looking for scholarly journals and we’ve defaulted to a check box with that filter in our limiters that appear on the left hand side of the results list once you complete your first search. This lets you adjust the results for things like being scholarly and the dates to search.

Check the box in front of Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals and almost all (sometimes another type of article will slip through) that you get will be scholarly articles. We’ve been talking about that for years through orientations.

However, you may not know how to do the opposite. How do you find just magazines when a scholarly article is not what you want? There is a quick way, but you may not have seen it before.

Source Types

Source Types from an Ebsco SearchBelow the limiter box are other boxes you can open. This is where you find things like the Subjects you can click on to narrow down your results from an initial keyword search. But the box you want to open is called Source Types. It defaults to all type of resources, but lets you choose by checking or unchecking boxes what type of source you want searched. So while you can choose journals at this point to you can also limit your search to magazines, trade journals, or news sources if you prefer.

So the next time you think, I wish I didn’t have to wade through all these scholarly journals, now you don’t have to.

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.