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ENGL 2A: The Game of Research (Jalal)

How to Search OneSearch

What is OneSearch?

OneSearch is a search engine that allows you to search simultaneously for books, articles, and more available at SCU Library within many of our databases, library catalog, and digital library collections in a single search interface. It can be a good starting point for interdisciplinary research, which you then might augment with some discipline-specific databases. Access OneSearch directly on the Library homepage.

Why should I use OneSearch? It can:

  • save you time
  • be a good starting point for interdisciplinary research
  • help you to discover which specialized databases to use for further research
  • display most relevant results first, whether they are books, scholarly articles, media, or digital content
  • help you to discover content that you won’t find if you only search a single database like Academic Search Complete

How to Specific Databases

While OneSearch may be good for getting started in interdisciplinary or lower division courses, selecting and using databases specific to a particular discipline can be a more effective and efficient strategy for upper division or discipline-specific courses.

Example:  For a psychology major or topic, using APA PsycInfo is likely to be a better strategy

Example:  For a business major or topic, using Business Source Complete may make more sense

To locate databases specific to a discipline, select "Databases" off the Library homepage and then "Browse by Subject". Your subject librarian has listed recommended databases; reach out for help selecting or using those tools.


When starting your initial search in a database, use keywords that best describes your topic.  Use the connector "AND" between your keywords or enter keywords in different search boxes. For example if you are interested in racial identity development in teenagers, you could do a search like this:

You can use synonyms or related terms to describe your topics.  For example, "adolescent" is a synonym for "youth" in the search above.

You can also use an asterisk at the end of a word to retrieve various endings.  For example, adolescent* would retrieve adolescent and adolescents.

When you look at your list of results in the database, If the full-text of an article is not readily available, click on the FIND IT @ SCU LIBRARIES icon to see if it's available in another database or in print in the library.  If it's not you will have the option of using the Interlibrary Loan Service.  It's free and very fast!
 

Recommended Databases

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Business Databases: