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Organizing and Citing Your Research

Other EBSCO Information

Overview - Using My EBSCOhost's Folder to organize your articles.

Ship Library subscribes to a vast amount of our journals through EBSCOhost.  This page will show you how you can use the features of EBSCOhost's search interface to organize articles, take notes on articles, and cite the articles in various citation styles.

1. Creating a My EBSCOhost's Folder

EBSCOhost's Folder is a storage space which allows you to store articles which are of interest to you.  Signing up for a My EBSCOhost account will allow you to save the articles you find, even if you close your EBSCOhost session.   CAUTION:  If you do not create an account and sign into it, your Folder will be deleted when you quit your EBSCOhost session.

1.  To create or to sign in to your My EBSCOhost folder, click on the Sign In icon at the top of the EBSCOhost screen.  Choose a Username and Password which you can remember.  When you are signed in, the Sign In icon changes to Sign Out.

Sign into your My EBSCOhost Folder

2. Adding an Article to the Folder

After you have signed in, do a search of the database as you normally would.  For demonstration purposes I searched Academic Search Complete for "global warming."  I found a number of articles, but this is the first one I actually felt I could use.

2.  Click on the Add to Folder icon to save this full text article to your My EBSCOhost folder.  Keep searching and keep adding articles to your Folder.  This will allow you to find your articles later when you begin to write your paper.  To see the articles in your Folder click on the Folder icon at the top of your screen.

Add an article to your folder

3. Retrieving the Article's Citation

Often one of the most difficult things for students to do is find and format the Citation for an article.  The Citation is the information about the article which tells your readers where they can find the article you have cited.  EBSCOhost gives you the basic information you need for your references list.  There are a number of Citation Styles - MLA, APA, Chicago, etc. CAUTION: These citations are not always correct.  You should still check them against a Citation Style Guide.

3.  To retrieve the basic information for a Citation, click on the title of an article in your Folder.  This will open up the article's full record, including the Cite icon.  Click on the Cite icon and scroll through the various formats until you find the Style you need to use.  Highlight the citation, then copy and paste it to your paper or to a My EBSCOhost Folder Note File. (See box 4)

Retrieve the article citation

4. Adding a Note to an Article in Your Folder

My EBSCOhost Folder allows you to make a note about an article in your folder.  The Note will be saved in your Folder.  A good use of Notes is to save the Citation for an article.

4.  To create a Note click on the Create Note icon and then click on the Add Notes icon.  If you have just highlighted and copied the article citation you can paste it into the Notes. To find your note again click on the Folder icon.  Notes are in a toolbar on the left side of the Folder screen.  You may also add other types of notes about the articles in your Folder.

Click on the Note icon