Writing 100 Library Guide

This guide supports the Writing 100 course with information on use of library search tools and resources, as well as providing guidance for MLA and APA formatting.

Introduction to Library OneSearch

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Finding Articles

You can select the Journals/Articles search for articles on the Library OneSearch main page, or you can use Search Everything and then select for articles on the results page. The following video looks at the second option.

Journal articles are important for most kinds of academic research. With OneSearch, you can limit to scholarly/peer reviewed articles only and focus the results to the most relevant by choosing one or more subject terms. You can also download full text for many of the items found, and you can create citations in the format of your choice. This video shows you how:

Finding Individual Databases

We have a large number of more specific databases, many of them built around specific subject disciplines. The following video walks you through finding them, using the example of English Literature.

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OneSearch and Other Databases

While Google may be a useful database for general information, it is not nearly as helpful in academic study, where only about 20% of the resources you need are actually available in full text. Instead, the library has databases that not only provide the academic resources you need, and they are much more sophisticated than Google.