This guide is intended to introduce the basic functions of Trinity Western University's library system. To navigate just scroll down the page. To go back, scroll to the top of the screen or click on your browser's "Back" icon.
In this module, we will look at using OneSearch to find books in various formats. Here is a link to a larger guide to OneSearch: https://libguides.twu.ca/LibraryOneSearch
1. Basic Search
If you want to search just for books in OneSearch, the best way to start is to choose the Books tab:
You can choose to search by keyword, which will give you more books or by title, which will give you only the books with your search words in the title. You can also choose to search by author.
Your results will be both paper and e-books. If you want to choose just one format, click on a box in the left column:
2. Using Subject Headings
Subject headings are descriptive tags that help you narrow results down to books that are actually on the subject you are looking for. You will find them in the column to the left of your results. Clicking on one or more of the boxes will reduce the number of books and make them more relevant to your search. Fewer books but better results:
3. Paper books and e-books
The library has many more e-books than books in paper format. When you do a search, the citation for a print book will look like this (with a call number):
An e-book will have a link to the full text. You will usually need to log in to view it:
4. Creating Citations
You can create citations in a format like APA, MLA or Turabian. Notice, however, that those citations will often need correction. They are not perfect.
To create a citation, click on the title in any list of results, and look for the Cite link on the right.
This is what a citation choice will look like in APA, MLA and Chicago/Turabian. You may need to do some corrections, because computer-generated citations are far from perfect. I have indicated the corrections below:
a. What tab do you use in OneSearch if you only want to search for books?
b. How do you limit to only print books or only e-books?
c. If you use Subject Headings, will you get more results or fewer results?
d. If you use Subject Headings, will your results be more relevant or less relevant?
e. If a book is in paper format, what number will tell you where to find it?
f. How can you create a proper citation to a book you have found in your results?
This module will show you how to search for journal articles in OneSearch and also in other databases.
Journal articles are different from books:
1. They are shorter
2. They tend to cover narrow topics
3. The journals in which articles are published continue to be released over time
4. They have their own citation formats which usually include author of article, title of article, title of journal, volume number, issue number, date, and page numbers. Thus a journal article citation in Turabian Humanities format looks like this:
Badke, William B. "Baptised into Moses―Baptised into Christ: A Study in Doctrinal Development." Evangelical Quarterly 60, no.1 (1998); 23-29.
1. Searching for journal articles in OneSearch
Choose the articles tab and select keyword or title or author. You can also select for only scholarly articles:
Once you have done your search, you can limit to scholarly (if you have not already done so) and choose subject headings to narrow down your results to those that are most relevant:
Your results will usually have a PDF link or some other link to take you to the full text of the article, which you can download and save:
2. Creating Citations
As with book searches, you can create an article citation by clicking on any title in your result list and choosing "Cite" on the right:
The library has a collection of research guides to the major subject disciplines taught at Trinity Western University. To access them, click on the "Research Guides" link blow the search box on the library home page.
Direct link to the guides is https://libguides.twu.ca/. Below you will see a screenshot tutorial to the main features of research guides.
Get direct links or search information to discover dictionaries and encyclopedias that focus on your discipline (most require a login, which is the same login you use for Moodle or for the Student Portal. Contact Tech Help if you have trouble logging in). For example:
While LibraryOneSearch may be enough to find articles for your research, there are times when a specialized database can offer you more search options. Our research guides have links to databases that focus on your subject area. They are listed from the best/most comprehensive to other useful tools (once again TWU login is required. See information above):
Most research guides also have links to academic websites:
Many guides have a link to information about writing research papers, etc. in a particular subject discipline, including information on formatting guides:
Each research guide also has a link to the university's Writing Centre where you can get help with your writing:
Getting Help: Each guide also has a tab tor contacts in the library to get help with your research.
The library offers many short (5 minutes or less) video tutorials as guides to many of our databases and to doing various research activities: http://libguides.twu.ca/library_research/home.
This is what that page looks like (below is a screenshot - use the above URL to reach the actual page):