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Counselor Education

A guide to library research in Counseling and related fields.

Recommended Databases

Start your counseling research in these databases:

Searching in Several Ebsco Databases at One Time

Follow these steps to search in several EBSCOhost databases at the same time:

  1. Go to one of the EBSCOhost databases.  We are going to start with PsycINFO.  
  2. Above the blank search box, select "Choose Databases." (see below)

    Screen capture showing the Choose Databases link above the search box in the PsycINFO database.
  3. A window will open where you can add additional databases such as Education Research Complete, ERIC, PsycARTICLES, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, and PsycINFO (see below).  After making your selections, click on the "OK" button at the top or bottom of the window.

Creating a Search for a Library Database

You can connect words together in your searches using the boolean connectors AND, OR, and NOT.

Search examples:

"adlerian theory" AND child*
"adlerian theory" AND (child* OR youth OR adolescen*)
"adlerian theory" AND child* NOT school

Note:  You can also use the Advanced Search.

Find It Button and Interlibrary Loan

FIND IT Button
If you don't see a link to the PDF full text article in a library database, click on the Find It button to possibly link to the full text article in another database or on the publisher's site.

An image of the FIND IT button.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If you select the Find It button, and you see the message "No electronic access is available for this item," you have the option to select the button below that says "Request item through Interlibrary Loan" (see below). Another library that owns the article will scan it, and a PDF of the scan will arrive in 1-3 weekdays (at no charge to you). You can have up to 10 active ILL requests in the system at once time.
Note: ILL requests for books take an average of one week to arrive.

Screen capture of No electronic access is available for this item, with a blue and white button below that says Request item through Interlibrary Loan.

Setting Your Library Links in Google Scholar

Image of the Google Scholar logo
Another place to search for journal and periodical articles is Google Scholar. Below you will find instructions for setting 
your library links for Boise State University which will allow you to link to full text articles available in the Albertsons Library's subscription databases. You will also be able to link to the Library's catalog for books.

  1. Go to Google Scholar
  2. Select the 3-bar icon image of 3-bar icon in the upper left.
  3. In the left menu, select Settings at the bottom of the list.
  4. On the next screen, select Library Links in the left menu.
  5. Type Boise State University in the search box.
  6. Select the two check boxes for: a) Boise State University - Find It as Boise State; and b) Open WorldCat - Library Search.
  7. Select the Save button.
  8. Now you will be able to see Find It at Boise State links on the right side in your results list. These links may link you to the full text article in a library database or on a publisher's site.
  9. If you're looking at a book citation in Google Scholar, select the double arrows image of double arrows in Google Scholar , and then select Library Search to search for the book at Boise State University's Albertsons Library. If Albertsons Library owns a copy, select Borrow at the bottom of the record to be directed to the library's site.