Database Skills (Hospitality and Tourism Complete)

  • Sample Topic
  • Defining Databases
  • Keywords
  • Limiters
  • Results
  • Using the Folder
  • Email your Results

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Getting Started

Welcome to the Database Skills Tutorial Series.

This tutorial will teach you about using the Hospitality and Tourism Complete database.

This "Guide on the Side" tutorial allows you to continue to use the library websites while also following along with the tutorial.

Note: If you are off campus, you may be asked for your Pirate ID and passphrase to log in to the database.

The tutorial will take approximately 10 minutes. Click the right arrow at the bottom of this pane to proceed.


Before we begin, please take note of the following navigation buttons that you will see in the Guide on the Side panel:

Your Turn ButtonYour Turn: This button represents an opportunity to use the database during the tutorial, so please follow the directions.

Ask Us Button and LinkAsk Us: Click this to be connected with a librarian via IM when the Research Desk is open.


Let's get started!

Sample Topic

For the purposes of this tutorial, we will be using the following sample topic:

What can be learned about ecotourism by studying the example of Costa Rica?

Let's say the paper requirements say that you need at least 4 scholarly sources.

You can find scholarly sources in a database, but what is that?

Defining Databases

You can find articles by searching in a database. A database is a searchable collection of information. Examples of everyday databases include your iTunes library and IMDB, the Internet Movie Database. A library database contains scholarly journal articles, newspapers, magazine articles, trade journals, and sometimes book chapters.

The database we are searching in this tutorial is Hospitality and Tourism Complete. This is a subject-specific database, which means it is limited to one field of study: Hospitality Leadership.




Recall that our sample topic is, "What can be learned about ecotourism by studying the example of Costa Rica?" The next step we must complete is to develop keywords.

Your Turn ButtonYour Turn! Take the research topic and turn it in to keywords for the database. Click on the answer below to see what we will be searching.



To get additional help with keywords and Boolean operators, you may wish to visit our Graduate 101 Research Tutorial.


Your Turn ButtonYour Turn! Your keywords are ecotourism AND Costa Rica. Place these search terms into the search box of the database and click search to see the results.



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You should have some results on your screen. But how do you make sure they are current, scholarly information?

Notice that on the left side, you will see check boxes for the following:

  • Full Text
  • Peer Reviewed
  • Date

Your Turn ButtonYour Turn! Click on the scholarly check box. Notice the results list getting shorter. Next, change the date range to the last 5 years. Notice that the results list gets shorter again.


A Note about Full Text

The Full Text option allows you to see only the items with the whole article attached. If the whole article is not available as a PDF, many times, if you click the purple Find It! button, you will see that ECU Libraries do, in fact, have the full text in another database or journal. If we do not have an article, we can normally get it for you via Interlibrary Loan. This free service can be used to borrow an article or book from another library that does have it.

Find IT



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You should be looking at a list of scholarly articles about ecotourism in Costa Rica written in the last 5 years. To learn more about an article, click on the article title in the center of the page, or hover over spyglass icon at the end of the title. The resulting information you will see has a short summary called the abstract. Read this to decide if the article is right for your project.

Your Turn ButtonYour Turn! Hover over a few of the titles in the list to see their abstracts. Which would you consider using for your paper?

Using the Folder

Next, notice the icon that says Add to Folder. If you would like to save an article for use in your research, you can add it to the folder. The folder is a temporary space to hold articles.

Your Turn ButtonYour Turn! Add 4 articles to the folder by clicking on Add to Folder.



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Email your Results

In order to access the articles in your folder at a later time, you will need to email them to yourself.

Your Turn ButtonYour Turn! Scroll to the top of the screen to access the folder. Click the folder and notice that on the right there is the option to Email.

Once you have accessed the Email option, you can do the following:

  • Enter your own email address
  • Enter a subject and comments
  • Change the citation format to the format required for your paper
  • Click Send!

Email your Results

You should now have 4 items for your paper on ecotourism in Costa Rica that have been sent to your inbox. These articles will be attached to the email if they were PDFs, or there will be a link back to the database. You will have the citation for your articles, as well, but make sure to check them over before copying and pasting them in to your bibliography.

Back ButtonNext Steps: If you wish to complete this tutorial again with your own topic, you may start over by clicking Back Home.



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