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ENGWR 300/94 - Professor Porter (Spring 2020): Research Databases

Off-Campus Access

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

Specific Databases

Simple searches of one or two words work best for these databases.

Click here to access all of the library's databases.

OneSearch

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

Basic Search Tips

GENERAL TIPS:

  • 3-5 keywords often works well
  • Take advantage of the limiters on the left of your search results to get current and relevant results.
  • Try different keywords (think synonyms)
    • dog
    • puppy
    • hound

QUOTATION MARKS

  • Put exact phrases in quotation marks but remember SPELLING COUNTS!
    • “time management”
    • “social media"

KEYWORDS

  • Brainstorm some additional search terms
    • equal rights: equality, social justice, suffrage
    • philanthropy: altruism, charity, generosity, endowment

BOOLEAN OPERATORS

  • Use operators to link ideas and narrow/broaden your search
    • “driver's license” AND elderly
    • “death penalty” OR “capital punishment”
    • “united states” NOT europe

TRUNCATION

  • Use an asterisk (*) to expand your search to other variations of a root word
    • succe* - returns results for "success", "successful", "succeed", etc. 
    • determin* - returns results for "determined", "determination", etc.