How to use the EBSCO database

In this guide you’ll learn how to navigate the EBSCO database using the access provided to you by us - the team at The Institute for Mission.

This guide will require you to have a username and a password to log into your EBSCO account - if you have never been given one, or you’ve forgotten it, contact our team here.

Article overview:

1. Access through a link

2. Logging in

3. Searching for a resource


Access through a link

Once you have your login details, you’re ready to use the EBSCO system.


There are two ways you can find a resource in EBSCO:

i) The first way is to find a link directly to the resource you are after.


You might do this by finding a resource on the IFM website, such as in this resource, produced by the IFM called 2 Minutes for Mission.


There is a button here labelled ‘further reading’ that has a link to a specific EBSCO resource.

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'Further reading' on the 2 Minutes for Mission page is an example of a link that will take you directly to a resource.

ii) Or maybe you’ve received an email like this “resources for you” email, with several links to EBSCO resources.


Again, simply clicking a link to the resource will take you straight to it.

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Above is a Resource Sample email provided for free by the Institute for Mission. Clicking on the 'Read Now' will take you to the resource.



Logging in

Depending on whether or not you’ve logged into EBSCO before, you may be required to sign in now.


Enter your login details and click ‘log in’.

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Once you log in, you’ll be taken straight to the resource you’re after.

Once you’re there, you can:

  1. View the details of the resource,

  2. Look through the table of contents, or

  3. Read the text by clicking on EPUB Full Text

There are even more options in the window on the right titled Tools

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Searching for a resource

Start off by navigating to the EBSCO login page, which you can do easily clicking here.


Here you’ll need to enter the login details provided to you by the IFM team.

Click ‘log in’. See Step 3 for more information.

You will now see a webpage asking you to choose which databases to include in your search. If you’re not sure which one to use, simply click ‘continue’ with all databases ticked.

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And this is where you can search the EBSCO database. Just type the name of the ebook, article, publication, author or keyword you’re looking for and click ‘search’

That is how you can use the EBSCO database to access free resources.


If you need any help, get in touch with us here.


We hope you benefit from and enjoy the wealth of reading available to you.