Keep up to date with the latest current events and issues with TOPICsearch through the TexShare Databases.

TOPICsearch is a database offered through the TexShare databases and it provides many different resources on current topics. The purpose of TOPICsearch is to help you come up with ideas for topics.

At the default page, scroll down to the section that says “limit your results”. These are limiters and are meant to help you narrow down your results. But first, you want to check the box that says Full Text. By doing this, you will get back the whole article and not just the introduction. One of the best places to start is here at the list of current events or here at the list of topics. Look through each list and click on the ones you want to search for. When you have chosen your current event or topic, scroll to the bottom and click Search. This will bring you to your list of results, and, if you look to the left hand side of the page, you will find just how many results you got back.

You can continue limiting your results on the left-hand side of the page. Look a little below the top box, and you will see a “Refine Your Results” section. Where it says publication date, you can click on the timeline and change the year so that you will get results published in more recent years. After you set the timeline to the year you want, click update and your results will automatically update. Another option you have for finding the current articles is to go to the blue bar above your results and find the word Relevance. If you click on this word, a drop down appears and you can click on the Date Descending and the database will put the most recent articles at the top of your list.

Go back to the left-hand side of the page and scroll down a little more to find Source Types. Here you can choose the type of source you are looking for, such as a magazine article or a newspaper article. And right below the Source Type section you will see the word Subject. Click on this word to expand the list, and then click on Show More to see the complete list of subjects. Check as many subject boxes as you want and then click update. Again, your results will automatically update for you.

To look at a result, click on the title of the article. Here you will see a detailed record and the entire text of the article is below it.

There are some tools on the right-hand side of the page that allow you to print the article, e-mail the article to yourself or someone else; you can save the article to your computer or a flash drive, and you can also find the citation you need to cite the article in a paper.

If at any time you need a little more direction, click on the question mark in the blue circle. This is the help feature and it has many tips on how to search this and other EBSCOhost databases.