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ENGWR 300 - Professor Arellano (Spring 2024): OneSearch: Books & Articles

What Should I Do on This Page?

What is OneSearch and Why Should I Use It?

OneSearch is a research tool that searches the majority 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!

How Do I Use It?

View the "Sample Search for Automation Employment" below to see how to search for the following keywords: automation employment

Still Have Some Questions about How to Use It?  

Watch the OneSearch in OneMinute video to learn more about how to use this powerful tool.

Here's the Fun Part

Practice what you've learned by inputting the 1-3 keywords you used in the other databases into the OneSearch Box search field. 

You can also add more relevant keywords to refine your topic (see the examples in the OneSearch Tips box). 

NOTE:  If you'd like to dive deeper into OneSearch and explore more of its features and options at your own pace, consider completing the OneSearch tutorial found under the Tutorials tab.

Sample Search for: colorism latin*

1.  Input keywords into OneSearch (e.g. distance learning benefits)

2.  Select one of the articles that look relevant or useful to you.

Filter options (newspaper articles) highlighted

3.  To read the article, scroll down to the "View Online" section and click on one of the options 

4. Read the Description or Abstract, if available, to view a summary of the article

5.  You can also email a link to this article to yourself or view the MLA citation by clicking on the icons below.

Tool icons: permalink, email, citation generator

6.  Select the PDF Full-text* version of the article, if that option is available to you:

Full Text options include HTML and PDF versions

*Some links will open directly to the article while others may require you to click on a tab that says "Full Text".

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: undocumented student (college OR university)

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

undocumented student college OR undocumented student university

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: undocumented child*

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

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

OneSearch in One Minute


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.