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ENGWR 300 - Professor Leung (Spring 2024): OneSearch for Books & More!

Why Use OneSearch?

Use OneSearch to search most of the library's databases.  OneSearch is also the only source you can use to find the physical books the library has on your topic. Physical books are available for check out (remember to check the library homepage for hours of service)

You can also use the limiters on the left side of the page to find relevant resources:

  • Change the "Resource Type" to "Newspapers" or "Reference Entries" for encyclopedias

"Newspaper Articles" and "Reference Entries" are highlighted                

Want to learn more about how to use OneSearch?  Watch the OneSearch in One Minute video below and/or complete the OneSearch tutorial.

Remember, if you have any questions about how to use these search tools, you can email me at, or contact any one of the ARC librarians.

OneSearch in One Minute

OneSearch Box

Find books, articles, ebooks and more

OneSearch 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. 

NOTE: The asterisk * will bring back multiple results (e.g. child* = child AND children AND childhood...)