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Interpreter Preparation Program: OneSearch

An introduction to finding resources in the library and online to assist with IPP research.

About OneSearch

OneSearch is the library's search engine for locating books, ebooks, articles, video, and more. It is a great place to start your research; however, if the results are not what you are looking for, try a database for more precise searching. It is always recommended to use the advanced search features and filter your results. 

Keyword/Concept Search Tips

Number: using between two and five keywords/concepts usually produces good results. 

Field type: searching your keywords/concepts as an authorsubject, or title will narrow your results. If your results are too broad, try adding a field type to see if your results improve. 

Synonyms: different terms may be used to discuss the same topic. Separate synonyms using OR to search for results that contain either keyword/concept. 

Quotation marks: can be placed around keywords/concepts to search for an exact phrase. 

Asterisk: add at the end of a word to search for all possible endings. For example, searching child* will search for resources containing child, children, childhood, etc. 

Boolean Operators: use to link ideas and narrow/broaden your search.

  • “climate change” AND politics: results must include both
  • “climate change” OR “global warming”: results will contain either
  • “United States” NOT Europe: results will not include Europe

Search bars: most advanced searches allow you to enter keywords/concepts into additional search bars. By doing this, you can search more precisely by changing the field type and boolean operators for your keywords/concepts. 


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

Filters/Limiters Search Tips

Date range: unless you are doing an historical survey, start with the last two years; if you don't find what you need, keep going back.

Peer reviewed: this means that an article has been reviewed for accuracy and value by experts, "peers," in that field. When doing scholarly research, you are usually going to be using peer reviewed articles. The easiest way to exclude non-peer reviewed results is to check the "peer reviewed" (a.k.a. "scholarly") checkbox that most databases have. 

Subject: narrow your results to a specific subject. This is also a good way to see what subjects your keywords are found in. 

Off-Campus Access

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