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FSTA on EBSCOhost: An introduction to effective searching for food and health information

This overview to finding scientific literature on food and health using FSTA on the EBSCOhost platform covers:

  • Using Basic Search effectively
  • Using filters
  • Making the most of field tags in Advanced Search
  • Why the FSTA thesaurus helps you find what you need
  • How you can leverage it to make your searches even better
  • Exporting options
  • Saving results in a personal account

A recording of this webinar is available here


Using Boolean Operators to power your FSTA search

Boolean operators are the building blocks for any search string that uses more than one term. In this quick webinar we examine how to combine them with keywords for optimal search performance. The webinar explores:

  • How to use AND to narrow and focus a search
  • How to use OR to broaden a search
  • How to use NOT as a tool to understand results and refine them
  • The overlap between OR and truncation (two techniques for broadening a search)
  • The overlap between phrase searching and AND (two techniques for focusing a search)

A recording of this webinar is available here


Introduction to searching FSTA on EBSCOhost

Quickly find high-quality information in your area of interest within the sciences of food and health.

This short tutorial will introduce you to basic and advanced searching, and how to effectively use the FSTA thesaurus.

A recording of this webinar is available here


Fine tune your EBSCOhost search with phrase and proximity searching

Controlling the relationship between search terms can be a powerful device for finding relevant results, without being overwhelmed by the noise of irrelevant results.

The short webinar will introduce what proximity searching is available in EBSCOhost, how to use them, and techniques you can use to check which strategy is better for a given set of search terms.

A recording of this webinar is available here


About the presenter

Carol Hollier, Senior Information Literacy and Outreach Manager, IFIS Publishing

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Before joining IFIS, Carol worked as an academic librarian in the UK and USA as a Reference and Instruction Librarian, Academic Subject Librarian, Faculty Team Librarian for Biosciences, and Senior Librarian for Teaching and Learning Support. She holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Kent State University, a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the University of Lincoln, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.