Focus your topic. Not too broad, not too specific.
What are the weather patterns that affect the climate in the city of (your city)?
Divide the topic into concepts:
To do a Google search with the same search words already entered in your OneSearch, click “Search” in the Google box on the “Extend Your Search” column on the right side of the results page
Google Search Tips!
To search for multiple concepts:
- use ORs between words for the same concept,
- use quotes (" ") around phrases.
- Google does not use the *
To limit to a specific domain, use site: in front of the domain name (no spaces)
site:.edu will limit a search to just .edu sites
site:.edu OR site:.gov will limit a search to either .edu or .gov sites
-site:.com will exclude .com
Example of Google search limiting to domain:
(site:.gov Los Angeles AND climate) Example of search result:
OneSearch search engine located on the Library's home page will save you time as it searches across most of our article databases and book catalog to find sources matching your search terms with one click. Sources include a wide range of articles from academic journals, popular magazines, newspapers and reference sources, e-books & other documents, plus print books available in the library.
Preparation Needed BEFORE you search: Use the key terms discussed above to write out your search string of key concepts.
Search tips to help you narrow or broaden your search results:
Here are some examples:
(your city) AND climate AND "weather patterns"
(your city) AND "weather patterns" OR "climate change"
You can also click on the "Advanced Search" feature and it will assist you in focusing your search. In each search box, type the search word(s) for a separate concept.
Search box 1: San Francisco
Search box 2: climate
Search box 3: "weather patterns"
Click on the link below to begin your search.
OneSearch (To log into our databases off-campus you'll need to use your email or Canvas login.)
Below is an example of a search result using the search string: (San Francisco AND "weather patterns")