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PSYC 320 - Professor Beckum (Fall 2023): Find Peer-Reviewed Articles & more


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!

Search Tricks in OneSearch

Use the search tips below to improve your results:

General Search Tips:

  • 3-5 keywords often works well
  • Try different keywords (think synonyms)


Parentheses: Use with the word OR to combine ideas and expand your search. 

  • (campus OR university OR college)

Quotation marks: Use these around your keywords for an “exact search”. This tool will give you specific (aka fewer) results because it searches for your keywords exactly as you’ve entered them. 


    • "day care"

    • "car pool"

    • "social media"

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


    • manag* = manage, managing, managed

    • happ* = happy, happiness

    • reduc* = reduce, reduced, reduction

OneSearch Search: putting it all together

  • EXAMPLE starting sub-topic: depiction of minorities in media

    • Search in OneSearch: (minorit* OR "people of color") (media OR television) depict*


If you are not finding what you were hoping for searching in OneSearch, this is a good time to ask Martee for help! 

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Peer reviewed articles (also known as scholarly articles) go through a specific process in order to be published in scholarly journals.  The Peer Review in 3 Minutes video explains what that process is and how peer reviewed articles can be used to support your research.


You can filter your results in OneSearch to "Peer-Reviewed Journals" in the "Show Only" menu on the left. This will only give you results that are from academic journals. 

Look for the Peer Reviewed in OneSearch icon in your results

Scholarly journal articles can be very challenging, especially if you're new to them. These sources give some ideas on how to tackle a scholarly journal article.

What Does Peer Review Mean?