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POLS 302 - Professor Tabares (Spring 2020): Find Credible Sources


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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

Parentheses and Or: Use these around keywords separated by the word "or" to expand your search with synonyms. Putting "or" between words means that either term (or both) will be returned in the search.


  • (Secede or independence or separate) 
  • ("global warming" or "climate change")
  • (conflict OR crisis)

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


  • sece* = secede, seceded, secession
  • politic* = politics, political

Example Topic: Rohingya conflict in Myanmar

Example Searches:

  • Rohingya conflict Myanmar
  • Myanmar (conflict OR crisis) (Rohingya OR Muslim)

Example Topic: How is the Chinese government responding to climate change?

Example Search:

  • china climate change
  • china ("global warming" or "climate change") politic*

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!

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Difference between Newspapers, Magazines and Journals

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Scholarly Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed icon in OneSearch)

  • are written by subject experts in the field
  • report the results of a recent study or provide in-depth academic analysis of a topic
  • are written for experts and scholars in the field
  • tend to be long and in-depth (usually 10 - 30 pages)
  • include references or footnotes
  • articles are reviewed by peers before they are published

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Magazine Articles

  • are written by journalists
  • contain current events and general interest articles
  • are brief (usually 3-5 pages)
  • are written for the general public
  • generally do not contain any references or footnotes
  • articles are reviewed by magazine employees before they are published

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Newspaper Articles

  • are written by journalists
  • contain current events
  • are brief (usually a few paragraphs and up to a page)
  • are written for the general public
  • do not contain any references or footnotes
  • articles are usually reviewed by newspaper editors (many online newspapers are not!)

How to Read a Scholarly Journal Article

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.