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Organizing and Citing Your Research

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. Accessing My EBSCOhost Folder

EBSCOhost's Folder is a storage space which allows you to store articles which are of interest to you. When logging into EBSCOhost using your Ship username and password, you are automatically logged into your own EBSCOhost account. 

1.  To verify you are logged into your EBSCOhost account, after signing into ShipDiscovery using your Ship username and password, look for the Folder icon at the top right of the screen. This is your EBSCOhost folder, where articles the articles you save will be stored. 

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 Ship Discovery Search for "school to prison pipeline."  After clicking on an article that met some of the criterai of my search, I clicked on the title and opened to the full detail page. From here, I can add the article to my folder.

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.

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)


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.


Using EBSCO databases

Merge EBSCO Folders

With the recent update to how EBSCO Folders work, you may need to merge your "old" EBSCO Folder into your "new" EBSCO Folder. This will result in always being logged in to your EBSCO Folder and will synchronize your EBSCO Folder across all EBSCO databases. Here's a quick overview for how this works:

The database page should look something like this:
EBSCO New Account Folder header image

  • Click "Update My Account" in the dark blue header bar
  • Click "Get Started" in the Merge Accounts section near the bottom of the page
  • Click "Sign in to your Second Account

EBSCO Merge Accounts image

  • Click "Continue with Merge" where prompted

continue with merge screenshot

  • Click "Merge Account" on the merge details page
    (be sure you are merging your "secondary" account (the "old" account) to your "current" account (the "new" account)

merge account verification screenshot

  • Click "Continue" on the confirmation pop-up

EBSCO Folder merge confirmation pop up screenshot

  • The merge confirmation page will look like this:

EBSCO Folder merge in process screenshot
Note that the "Go to my account" button will take you back to the original "Update Account" page, but you will need to go back into the database search pages to access the EBSCO Folder contents