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CISC 310 - Professor Hayes (Fall 2019): Library Resources for Students


OneSearch Los Rios Libraries



OneSearch is really what it's name implies, one place to search for many different kinds of sources, including; books, eBooks, academic articles, news articles, videos, and more!

OneSearch is a product of EBSCO, called the EBSCO Discovery Service. OneSearch allows students to search through all of the library's paid subscriptions and local resources (e.g. items cataloged through LOIS) in one place. The OneSearch interface has lots of customizations made by the Los Rios librarians. 

Because you are searching through so much, you'll want to use more advanced searches than what you may be used to:

Example Topic: Are the recent heat waves linked to global warming?

Example Searches:

  1. heat wave global warming California
  2. heat wave ("global warming" or "climate change") California
  3. heat wave* ("global warming" or "climate change") California

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!

OneSearch in One Minute

ARC LIBR Courses

Look for sections of our LIBR courses in the Fall 2019 Online Class Schedule!

  • 100% Online
  • No prerequisites (basic computer skills strongly recommended)

LIBR 102 Introduction to Library Resources, 1 unit

Introduces basic library services and resources. It explores the services and functions of an academic library and develops the skills needed to retrieve information from a variety of print and electronic sources. *

LIBR 318 Library Research and Information Literacy, 1 unit

Provides a step-by-step guide to the research process that is applicable to term papers, course work, and life-long learning. *

LIBR 325 Internet Research Skills, 3 units

Comprehensive survey of the content, use, and evaluation of electronic information sources. Emphasis is placed on the effective use of the Internet as a research tool. *

* See the ARC Library Program page for complete course descriptions

Library Databases

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CRAAP Test Plus

Currency: The timeliness of the information.


  • When was the information published or posted?
  • Has the information been revised or updated?
  • Does your topic require current information, or will older sources work as well?
  • Are the links functional?

Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.

puzzle piece

  • Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
  • Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is the one you will use?
  • Would you be comfortable citing this source in your research paper?

Authority: The source of the information.


  • Who is the author / publisher / source / sponsor?
  • What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
  • Is the author qualified to write on the topic?
  • Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address?
  • Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source (examples: .com .edu .gov .org .net)?

Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content.


  • Where does the information come from?
  • Is the information supported by evidence?
  • Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
  • Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
  • Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion?
  • Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors?

Purpose: The reason the information exists.


  • What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade?
  • Do the authors / sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
  • Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda?
  • Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
  • Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional or personal biases?

+Plus: How is the information impacted by the dominant culture? 


  • Who benefits from the story that is being told?
  • Whose voices, concerns, and experiences are included? Whose are excluded?
  • What assumptions are made? What unexamined beliefs does the author appear to have? What is the author unconscious/unaware of? 
  • What power dynamics are at work?

Original CRAAP Test created by Chico State Librarians. Plus questions inspired by the work of Angela Pashia.