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Database Help: EBSCOhost

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EBSCOhost is not a single database - it is the name of the search interface. Thigpen Library has many EBSCOhost databases. This page identifies and groups these databases so you can use them more efficiently. Learn how to find a particular article again by using the Permalink or the Cite tool.

There is an option to have some articles read to you. Learn more in the Text to Speech section on the Accessibility page. Other databases also offer this feature.

EBSCOhost Databases

There are many databases that use the EBSCOhost search interface. You can search one or multiple databases through the same search box. Use the EBSCOhost Database Collection to select specific databases.

To help you choose the databases to search there are three groups of EBSCO databases below. Within each group the databases are alphabetical by title. The database groups are Medical, Miscellaneous, and OmniFile.  

Medical databases

Miscellaneous databases

OmniFile (HW Wilson) databases

OmniFile Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson) is a general interest database that covers many topics.

The other databases with H.W. Wilson in the title are subsets of OmniFile, which means if you searched OmniFile then you have searched Education Full-Text. The following is a complete list of the databases included in OmniFile:

EBSCOhost Tools: Cite

Use the Cite tool for your selected article or book. Find your Citation Format. Copy and paste the citation for future reference. You will need to modify the citation for inclusion with your essay or research paper, but copying the citation saves the information you will need.

EBSCOhost Tools: Permalink

The Permalink tool provides a permanent link to the selected article. This link is different than the one in your browser search bar. The search bar link is temporary and will not get you back to the article or book.

The permalink includes the library's proxy, which connects you back to our database subscription.


PsycARTICLES is a specialized database on the EBSCOhost search platform. Learn more about using this database on a separate guide.

EBSCOhost: download an eBook

You can read eBooks online, download [print] a few pages or temporarily download a copy of the complete book.

The first step is to create a "My EBSCOhost folder" account. This folder is linked to the library's database subscription and is only valid while you are affiliated with Vol State and while the library maintains an EBSCO subscription.

Login to your My EBSCOhost folder, select Download for the desired book, and follow the instructions.For additional help read "Checking Out and Downloading"

This page offers easy access to databases using the  EBSCOhost interface and provides a few tips about using these resources effectively. It is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to the databases; it simply assists Vol State users with common questions. Use the "Help" link in for additional help.