OneSearch feature 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:
- Type an OR between synonymous words for the same concept.
- Use AND between concepts to narrow and focus your research
- Use an * to search for multiple words from the same root, e.g. legislat* will find articles with the words: legislate, legislation, legislator or legislated
- Use quote marks (“ ”) around search phrases (multiple words that should be searched together), e.g. “racial discrimination”
Here are some examples:
(your city) AND "land forms" AND "plate tectonics"
(your city) AND "tectonic activity" AND "land forms"
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: (your city)
Search box 2: "plate tectonics"
Search box 3: "land forms"
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 the type of article you will find when using these terms in a "Super Search" with the city of San Francisco
Search box 1: San Francisco
Search box 2: landforms
Search box 3: "plate tectonics"