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POLS 302 - Professor Tabares: Find Credible Sources

What Should I Do on This Page?

Complete the following steps:

  1. Read the Difference between Newspapers, Magazines and Journals.
  2. Read the information on finding How to Read a Scholarly Journal Article.
  3. Read the Search Tricks in OneSearch tips, and create 3-5 keywords that are relevant to your topic.
  4. Enter your keywords into Onesearch
  5. If the keywords you tried don't generate satisfactory results, try using synonyms or other keywords. Likely you will need to try multiple searches. 
  6. Don't forget you can always contact Kate to help you develop searches and find resources!

This page builds on the OneSearch Basics module in the in the Library Research Tutorials Canvas course

Annotated Bibliography:

For this project, your annotated bibliography will include a total of at least eight (8) sources, with at least four (4) "library" sources (books, academic journal articles, magazine or news articles, videos that were found using OneSearch).

Persuasive Paper:

Your paper must specifically reference and cite at least five (5) different credible and appropriate sources with at least two (2) "library" sources (those found using OneSearch).

ARC Library News Sources

If you run into a paywall in Google (etc.) you can search for the article here! (e.g. for New York Times)

You will need to log in with your eServices username (w+student ID) and password. 

As a Los Rios student you have access to these newspaper/magazine articles for free through the library.

Difference between Newspapers, Magazines and Journals

Forensic Science International journal icon in OneSearchArticle icon in OneSearch

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

Popular Science Magazinearticle icon in OneSearch

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

news icon in OneSearch

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.

Search Tricks


  • 3-5 keywords often works well
  • Try different keywords (think synonyms)!
    • Example: Phrases to describe the part of the government that handles health
      • “Community health”
      • “public health”
      • “public-health”
      • “healthcare”
      • “health care”
      • “Government health”
      • “sanitation”
  • You'll likely need to try multiple searches to find what you need
  • Look for keywords in your search results

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

Putting it all together

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!

Limit by Publication Date

Publication Date in OneSearch


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!