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Step by Step with EBSCO Professional Development Collection

Step by Step with EBSCO Professional Development Collection

EBSCO Professional Development Collection is a database that offers a large number of full text articles on nearly every subject related to education. This handout takes you step by step through both basic and advanced searching.

  1. Before you touch the keyboard, think carefully about your topic. Most topics for college level papers have two main ideas in them. If your topic does not have two ideas, then you may want to narrow it down. A good example of a paper topic is: using manipulatives to teach mathematics.


  2. 2) The main ideas in this topic are: mathematics and manipulatives. To put these ideas together in a way that EBSCO Professional Development Collection understands, your search statement becomes: manipulatives AND mathematics. The AND is not a word but a logical operator that tells the computer to look for all articles that deal with both manipulatives and mathematics. Here is how EBSCO Professional Development Collection sees your search statement. The overlap between the circles is your search results.

    Boolean circles showing manipulatives and mathematics

  3. To search EBSCO Professional Development Collection via GALILEO http://www.galileo.usg.edu, click the Databases A to Z tab just below the search box. Then select P in the alphabet list. Then scroll down to the Professional Development Collection.
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  4. Type your search statement in to the box in Basic Search. Don't forget to check off the Full Text box and include the getting rid of those little bitty articles
    searching for manipulatives and mathematics

  5. Click the Search button to launch your search.


  6. EBSCO presents results ten(10) at a time in a light blue bordered box. You can move among them with the scroll bar and move between pages with the, Previous, Next, and Page Number links.


  7. To see an article's abstract and full text where available, click on its blue title.


  8. To see a full text article that in PDF form, click on its PDF icon.

    a> To print an article, click on EBSCO's print icon.
    b> To email an article, click on EBSCO's email icon and fill out the form.
    c> To save an article to a folder
    d>To send a persistent link to your article or search to Yahoomail, Gmail, Twitter, or MySpace: click Share or Bookmark in small print and then choose an option.

  9. you can open at home, login to your personal EBSCO account and then click on the folder icon.

  10. To end a search in EBSCO Professional Development Collection, click the Home icon in the browser's top row or close your browser.

EBSCO Professional Development Collection Advanced Search

If you are visually oriented, want more space and flexibility, or plan to try several related searches, then EBSCO's Advanced Searchis for you.

  1. Instead of using an AND between ideas in a search statement, in Advanced Search, you fill separate rows with your ideas, one row per idea.


  2. You can also put two or more synonyms for one idea together using OR, a logical operator joins synonyms as a single idea.


  3. In Advanced Search, fill in the multibox. Select Full Txt, and click Search.

    Advanced search for manipulatives and mathematics