Details in  Multi Database Searches

If you look at the left column of your Multidatabase search results page, you may notice that this "search engine" displays fewer results than you are used to seeing.  This search initially shows only the "most relevant" results from pre-selected databases.  

The right hand column contains tools that you can use to learn more about your results, and to view results from additional resources if you want to.  

There is a "details" icon under the "More Databases" heading at the top of the column.  If you mouse over the details link you will open a window that shows which databases were searched, how many results were found in each, and how many of them are "displayed".  Your results list automatically includes the "displayed" results from the databases shown in the top part of this window.  

The rest of this column provides a list of the databases that you've just searched.  You may notice that some are checked while the others are not. The checked databases are displayed in your results list and listed in the top portion of the details window.

We've tried to pre select the article databases that we think best tie into common NTC topics.  

We have not, for the most part, pre selected our EBook or Online Reference collections, but we have added them to the "searched" part of some database groups, because they often contain relevant content. We hope that including them in the appropriate groups makes it easier for you to find the materials in them. 

You can change which database results are displayed by checking (or un-checking) the box in front of each appropriate database name, then clicking the "update" icon at the bottom of the column.

Results from databases provided by vendors other than EBSCO are retrieved in groups of 30.  You can retrieve the next group by clicking the "More Results" link within the column header or footer on the last page of your results list.

As mentioned in the Refining Multidatabase Searches lesson, nearly all Multidatabase searches omit some of the tools used to focus results.  If you're looking for specialized information, or information in a specified format, your results may be better if you use the Multidatabase Search "details" feature to determine which databases include the most relevant results, then do an "advanced" search in each individual database.  

This approach helps you to choose appropriate databases, yet take advantage of the additional features available in each database's "native" interface.

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