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Academic Writing: Finding Books and Articles

An introduction to academic writing.

Off-Campus Access

To log in from off-campus, you will need your eServices username (w+student ID) and password. 


OneSearch Los Rios Libraries

Find books, articles, ebooks and more

OneSearch is exactly what its name implies: one place to search for many different kinds of sources -- including books, eBooks, scholarly articles, news articles, videos, and more!

OneSearch in One Minute

Additional Databases

The below databases are a great place to either begin your research or browse topics. 

For these databases, use simple 1-3 keywords in your search. 

Useful for background information: 

Useful for controversial topics or browsing topics:

Library Research Databases

Full list of Databases the library subscribes to, including trial access.

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OneSearch Box

Find books, articles, ebooks and more

Search Tips and Examples

Search Tips:

  • 2-5 keywords often works well
  • Take advantage of the filters inside of OneSearch
  • Try different keywords - think synonyms!
    • Example: dog, puppy, hound, etc.  


Example Topic: Free speech on college campuses.

Example Searches:

  1. free speech campus
  2. free speech student
  3. free speech (campus or university or college)


Remember to take advantage of the limiters on the left of your search results to ensure you are getting current resources that you can access!


Quotation marks: Use these around your keywords for what is called an exact or phrase search. This tool will give you specific (aka fewer) results because it searches for your keywords together, exactly as you’ve entered them. 

Example: "social media"

Parentheses: Use these around keywords separated by the word or to expand your search. In the example below, we are searching for (Poverty and ethnic*) as well as (Poverty and race) in one easy search. 

Example: Poverty (ethnic* or race)

Asterisk: Use this to shorten a word and search for all possible endings of a root word, ie the search below is searching for Poverty and child/children/childhood/etc. This tool will give you more results

Example: Poverty child*