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ANTH 303: Professor Nelson (Spring 2020): OneSearch

Research Databases - Off-Campus Access

To login to ARC Library resources from off-campus, you will need your eServices username (w+student ID) and password


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!

Because you are searching through so much, you'll want to use more advanced searches than what was used in the Getting Started Databases:


Example Topic: Methods for estimating age at death using skeletal remains.  

Example Searches:

  1. bone method* age at death
  2. estimat* age at death bone
  3. method* age at death (skelet* or bone)


‚ÄčRemember 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 Box

Find books, articles, ebooks and more

OneSearch Tips

Search Tips:

Quotation marks: Use these around your keywords for an “exact search”. This tool will give you specific (aka fewer) results because it searches for your keywords exactly as you’ve entered them. 


  • "time of death"

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. In the example, we are searching for "skeleton" and want to include similar terms, as well as "bone" in one easy search. 


  • (skelet* OR bone OR remains OR skull)

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


  • skelet* = skeleton, skeletons, skeletal
  • method* = method, methods, methodology
  • estimat* = estimate, estimated, estimation

OneSearch in One Minute

Difference between Newspapers, Magazines and Journals

Forensic Science International journal 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 Magazine

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!)