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HCD 310 - Professors McClellan-Morehouse & Reynolds (Fall 2022): OneSearch: Books & Articles

Why Use OneSearch?

Why Use OneSearch?

OneSearch can search just about all of the Los Rios Libraries databases simultaneously.  So you can find the best books and eBooks, academic articles, news articles, videos and more in one simple search!

Sample Topic: Developing effective test taking strategies are essential to learning.

Sample Searches: 

"test taking strategies" effective

"test taking strateg*" impact learning

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!


How to Use OneSearch?

1.  Watch the OneSearch in One Minute video. 

2.  Start by using the 1-3 keywords that you used in the preliminary databases, but now you can also
add more relevant keywords to refine your topic (see
 the Search Tips box below). 

3.  NOTE:  If you're not familiar with OneSearch, consider completing the tutorials below; they're short and will give you some great practice.

OneSearch in One Minute

Search Tips

Search Tips:

  • 3-5 keywords often works well
  • Take advantage of the limiters inside of OneSearch
  • Try different keywords (think synonyms)


Using Parentheses: Use these around keywords separated by the word "OR" to expand your search and get more results

Example: dating (underage OR legal minor)

In the example above, we are running two searches at once: 

dating underage and dating legal minor


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

Example: poverty child*

This is searching for the keyword poverty and the keywords: child, children, childhood, etc. 


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!


If this is the first time you've encountered OneSearch or you'd like to brush up on your skills using this resource, complete the OneSearch Tutorial.  These tutorials will take 15-30 minutes to complete.  You can also receive a certificate of complete if you score 75% or higher, and it will make a long-term difference in your ability to effectively search and find relevant sources, and that translates into time and energy saved!

Follow these steps to access it:

1.  Go to OneSearch Tutorial
2.  Select Go to the Course
3.  Select OneSearch Basics

Once you've watched the video and completed the tutorial (if necessary), you'll be ready to dive into OneSearch.