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POLS 304 - Professor Tabares (Fall 2020): Library Sources

What Should I Do on This Page?

Complete the following steps:

  1. Watch the OneSearch Basics video.
  2. Read the Search Tricks tips, and create 2-5 keywords that are relevant to your topic.
  3. Enter your keywords into Access World News: California NewspaersSacramento Bee CollectionUS Major DailiesOnesearch
  4. If the keywords you tried don't generate satisfactory results, try using synonyms or other keywords. Likely you will need to try multiple searches. 
  5. Don't forget you can always contact Kate to help you develop searches and find resources!
For this project, your annotated bibliography will include a total of at least five (5) potential sources that represent a variety of types - news and magazine articles, government documents, books, academic journal articles, videos, interviews, etc..

OneSearch Basics

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Search Tricks

Keywords

  • 3-5 keywords often works well
  • Try different keywords (think synonyms)!
    • Example: 
      • budget
      • funding
      • fiscal
      • financial
  • You'll likely need to try multiple searches to find what you need
  • Look for keywords in your search results

Search Trick

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.

Example:

  • (budget OR funding OR fiscal OR financial) 
  • ("global warming" OR "climate change")
  • (housing OR homelessness)

Example Searches

Example Topic: It will take time, funding, innovation, and coordination to end the homelessness crisis

Example Searches:

  • homelessness California
  • (housing OR homelessness) California

Limit by Publication Date

Publication Date in OneSearch

ARC Library News Sources

Search for and read articles from California Newspapers for free as a Los Rios student with these databases. You will need to log in with your eServices username (w+student ID) and password. 

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!