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Step by Step with OmniFile Full Text Select

Step by Step with OmniFile Full Text Select

Omnifile Full Text Select is an multi subject database that offers many full text articles on a wide range of subject, and extremely, reliable subject headings. This handout takes you step by step through both basic and advanced searching.

  1. Before you type in anything, think about your topic. Many topics for college level papers have two main ideas in them. A good paper topic is: the health effects of using a cell phone.

  2. The main ideas in this topic are cell phone and health.

  3. The main ideas in this topic are: cell phones and health. To put these ideas together in a way that OminiFile Full Text Select understands, your search statement becomes: "cell phones" AND health. The AND is not a word but a logical operator that tells the computer to look for all articles that deal with both health and cell phones. Here is how OmniFile Full Text Select reads your search statement. The overlap between the circles is your search result.

    Boolean search diagram for cell phones and health


  4. To search OmniFile Full Text Select via GALILEO http://www.galileo.usg.edu, click the golden Databases A to Z tab in the center of the row near the top of GALILEO's front page. Then select O in the alphabet list. Scroll down. OmniFile Full Text Select is near the bottom of the list.

    The golden tab and the alphabet


  5. Type your search statement in to the box in Basic Search. Don't forget to check off the Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals box if your professor has asked for those, and include also the AND and the quotes for "ideas that are phrases."

    Basic Search in OmniFile Full Text Select ready to go!

  6. Click the Search button to launch your search.

  7. OmniFile Full Text Select presents results ten(10) at a time You can move among them with the scroll bar and move between pages with the, Previous, Next, and Page Number links. To see an article's abstract and full text where available, click on its blue title.

  8. EBSCO also lists subject headings in a pale yellow block on the left side of the page.

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

  10. To see an article that is a PDF file or PDF Full Text, click on its PDF icon.

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

    a> To print an article, click on the print icon.
    b> To email an article, click on the email icon and fill out the form.
    c> To save an article to a folder you can open at home, login to your personal EBSCO account and then click on the folder icon.
    d> To send a persistent link to your article or search to Facebook, Yahoomail, Gmail, Twitter, or MySpace: click Share or the link icon. Then copy and paste the long URL.


  12. To end a search in OmniFile Full Text Select, click the Home icon in the browser's top row or close your browser.

OmniFile Full Text Select Advanced Search

If you enjoyed the old WilsonWeb interface, want more space and flexibility, or plan to try several related searches, then OmniFile Full Text Select's Advanced Search is 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 Text, and click Search.

    Advanced Search in OmniFile Full Text Select