How to use Ebscohost

How do I set up my preferences?

Setting Preferences allows you to control the look and feel of the Result List. The selections you make on the Preferences Screen can be saved to your personal account (My EBSCOhost) and retrieved for use at any time. Once you sign in to My EBSCOhost, your personal preferences are applied. And, if you make changes to your preferences, those changes are saved for future use.

From the home screen select "Preferences" in the top right corner

General Settings:

Select Language as well as change your settings for Smarttext. This will automatically run your search using smarttext when no results are found

Result List Display:

  • Format – Select the level of detail for each result: Standard, Title Only, Brief or Detailed. 

  • Image Quick View – Turn on or off the display of image thumbnails on the Result List, Citation, and Folder. (Availability varies by database.)  

  • Results per page – Specify how many results (or records) are displayed per page (for example: 5, 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50). (Will be applied to both the Result List and the Folder.) 

  • Sort by – You can set how you would like your results sorted. All sort options for the database you are using are available. (For example, date, author, source, etc.) If you select “Database Default," the results are sorted using the database defaults. (Will be applied to only the Result List.) 

  • Page layout – Control which columns display on the Result List.

Print, Email, Save Export:

  • Default Format – Decide how much information you want to include with your results. 

  • Standard Field Format – Defaults to "Detailed Citation and Abstract." You can also select from the drop-down list: 

    • Brief Citation – Indicates that only a brief citation should be printed. 

    • Brief Citation and Abstract – Indicates that a brief citation and an abstract should be printed. 

    • Detailed Citation and Abstract – Indicates that a detailed citation and an abstract should be printed. 

  • Citation Format If you would like to default your citations to a specific format, select one from the drop-down list: 

    • AMA - American Medical Association 
    • APA - American Psychological Association 
    • Chicago/Turabian Author - Date 
    • Chicago/Turabian Humanities 
    • MLA - Modern Language Association 
    • Vancouver/ICMJE 
  • Customized Field Format Indicates that the Print/E-mail/Save Managers should default to this selection.

  • E-mail From – The “From” address on the e-mail you send defaults to If you would like to change that address, enter the information in this field. (For example, you could enter your own e-mail address, or a library e-mail address.) This will automatically fill in the “From” field on the e-mail that is sent. 

  • E-mail To – The “To “address on the E-mail Manager defaults to a blank field. If you would like to automatically fill in the E-mail Address field with a specific e-mail address, enter the information in this field. (For example, you could enter your own e-mail address, or list of e-mail addresses for the students in class or a group of colleagues.) 

  • E-mail Format – Select whether you want to default your e-mails to Rich Text or Plain Text format 

  • Export Settings – You may be able to export your results into a format compatible with your bibliographic management software. (For example, RefWorks, EndNote, ProCite, etc.) Your library administrator decides whether the Export feature is available. 

    • Save citations to a file formatted for – Select the default bibliographic management format to save a file. 
    • E-mail a file with citations in – Select the default bibliographic management format to e-mail a file.