Library Literature and information science database - searching

About Library Literature & Information Science database

Library Literature and Information Science, also known simply as “Library Lit,” is a database that indexes articles and book reviews from key library and information science periodicals. Created by librarians for librarians, this database provides coverage for over 300 books, 380 journals, chapters in collected works such as conference proceedings, library school theses and pamphlets, creating a database of over 242,000 records. Library Literature & Information Sciences includes English and non-English records dating back to 1980.

Basic SearchImage of EBSCO host

  • Log into Library Lit.
  • In the Find window, type in your search terms.
  • Use Boolean Operators and Truncation to limit your results. Put phrases in double quotation marks ( " " ).
  • Left-click on Search.

Advanced Search Techniques

Library Lit provides several search options, including:

  • Linked Full Text – limiting search results to only those items that have links to full-text articles available through EBSCOhost provided databases.  However, you may have access to full-text articles through non-EBSCOhost databases.  For more information, readGetting Your Hands on the Articles.
  • Published Date – search by date of publication.
  • Source – search by the name of the journal/magazine that the article appears in.
  • Peer Reviewed – for more information on peer review, read Peer Review.
  • Document Type – choose resources based on type.
  • Includes Bibliography – choose only those items that have a list of references at the end of the work.  Limits to higher-quality works.

The Advanced Search

The Advanced Search allows you to search within particular fields. Let's use the example of searching for articles that have the word "cataloging" in the title, but were written by individuals with the last name “Smith.”

  • Log into Library Lit.EBSCO Host
  • Left-click on the Advanced Search tab.
  • In the first box, type in cataloging, and then select TI Title in the drop-down menu.
  • In the second box, type in smith, and then select AU Author in the drop-down menu.
  • Left-click on Search.

Narrow Results by Subject

If you find that you are getting too many results, you can quickly reduce your results by narrowing by subject.

  • Perform a search in Library Lit.EBSCO host view
  • On the left side of the screen, look at the subjects listed under Narrow Results by Subject.
  • Click on an appropriate subject that you would like to narrow your results to.