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ENGWR 300 - Professor Goldbar (Fall 2023): 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).

Tips for Using OneSearch

Depending on the search terms you use, the results generated in OneSearch could be a lot.  In addition to selecting relevant key terms, another tool you can use to refine your search is to use filters.

You'll find OneSearch filters on the left side of the page. 

  • Select Scholarly Journals to limit your search to academic journals
  • Adjust the Publication Date to set items within the date range your professor has required
  • Change the Resource Type to "Newspapers articles" and/or "magazine articles" and/or "books"

Resource types limiters: scholarly journals, publication date, and newspaper articles 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

Additional 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: gambling (underage OR teen)

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

gambling underage and gambling teen


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...)