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 "natural disasters" AND "Preparedness"
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: "natural disasters"
Search box 3: preparedness