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ENGWR 300 - Professor Flynn (Spring 2020): Find Sources for your Research Question

Research the problem first & you'll likely find a solution

"You will want to use research both in your analysis of the problem and in defending your solution."

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Difference between Newspapers, Magazines and Journals

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Scholarly Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed icon in OneSearch)

  • are written by subject experts in the field
  • report the results of a recent study or provide in-depth academic analysis of a topic
  • are written for experts and scholars in the field
  • tend to be long and in-depth (usually 10 - 30 pages)
  • include references or footnotes
  • articles are reviewed by peers before they are published

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Magazine Articles

  • are written by journalists
  • contain current events and general interest articles
  • are brief (usually 3-5 pages)
  • are written for the general public
  • generally do not contain any references or footnotes
  • articles are reviewed by magazine employees before they are published

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Newspaper Articles

  • are written by journalists
  • contain current events
  • are brief (usually a few paragraphs and up to a page)
  • are written for the general public
  • do not contain any references or footnotes
  • articles are usually reviewed by newspaper editors (many online newspapers are not!)


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

Find MLA Citations in OneSearch

Search Tips


  • Keywords: Brainstorm some additional search terms.
  • 3-5 keywords often works well
  • Take advantage of the limiters on the left of your search results to get current and relevant results.

Parentheses and Or: Use these around keywords separated by the word "OR" to expand your search with synonyms. Putting "OR" between words means that either term (or both) will be returned in the search.

  • Example:
    • (cheap OR affordable OR supply)
    • (label OR packaging)
    • (law OR legislation)

Asterisk: Use this to shorten a word and search for all possible endings of the root word. This tool will give you more results.

  • Example:
    • label* = label, labels, labeled, labeling
    • packag* = package, packaged, packaging

Example Research Question: Should the government require clearer food label packaging?

Example Searches in OneSearch:

  1. government food labeling
  2. (government OR law) food (label* OR packag*)
  3. nutrition law food (label* OR packag*) United States