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ENGWR 302 (online) - Professor Blunk (Fall 2020): OneSearch: Books & Articles

What Should I Do on This Page?

Now that you've explored the preliminary databases and have collected some background information on your topic, it's time to begin conducting some reference research, and OneSearch is just the tool to use for that. 

The first step you should take is to watch the OneSearch Basics video. 

NOTE:  If the video is the first time you've encountered OneSearch or you'd like to brush up on your skills using this resource, complete the OneSearch TutorialThis tutorial 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 have completed the tutorial), you'll be ready to dive into OneSearch, and you can start by using the 1-3 keywords that you used in the preliminary databases, but now you can also add more relevant keywords to refine your topic (see the Search Tips box below). 

If you'd like to see some of the search tips used in action, watch the Quick Tips & Shortcuts for Database Searching video (NOTE: The database used in this video may look a bit different from OneSearch, but it the tools are the same).

NOTE:  To login from off-campus, you will need your eServices username (w+student ID) and password. 

OneSearch Basics Video

Search 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. 

OneSearch


 
 

OneSearch can search just about all of the Los Rios Libraries databases simultaneously.  Find the best books and eBooks, academic articles, news articles, videos and more in one simple search!

 

Sample Topic: Potential employers should/should not be able to request access to your password-protected Facebook account.

Sample Searches: 

  1. employer access facebook
  2. employer access (facebook or social media)
  3. employer password* (facebook or social media)

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!

Quick Tips & Shortcuts for Database Searching