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POL 101:Social Science Design and Research Dr. Jacobson (2021): 2 KU Library Search Boxes

ARTICLES vs a Database Search

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AKA: EBSCO Omnisearch


  • Simultaneously searches many of KU's 300+ individual databases 
  • Good for finding a needle in a hay stack
  • Provides citations for items found


  • Results can be overwhelming
  • Subject words are not uniform across databases
  • Finds more false hits



  • Requires both words to be present in each record in the results.

  • Narrows your search

Search Term


 Political participation

 1,800,000+ hits


 19,400,000+ hits

 Political participation AND Age  

   1.000,000+ hits

The words 'political participation' and 'age' will both be present in each record.


  • Either word can be present in each record in the results.
  • Broadens your search.
Search Term Hits
 Political participation  1,800,000+ hits
 Political participation OR civic engagement OR political 
 2,600,000+, hits


BOOKS & MEDIA (KU Catalog)

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  • Books
  • E-Books
  • Streaming Video

User services

  • See if item is on the shelf
  • Sign in for more services (righthand corner)
    • Put items on hold
    • See what items you have out

Does not find

  • Journal Articles