Human Kinetics

OneSearch vs databases

When you research using library resources, you can use OneSearch or you can use any of a number of databases. This chart will help you decide which to explore.

  OneSearch Subject-specific Databases
Research Stage

Developing a research question

Answering a developed research question

Type of Information Big picture, introductory, or overview information, mixed with highly specific and in-depth explorations Specific, detailed, and analytical information
Types of Resources Books, articles. encyclopedias, dictionaries, magazine articles, news articles Articles


Choosing the right database

Depending on your research question, and the type of information you need to find in order to develop an answer for it, you'll want to search different databases. You may need to look in more than one to gather everything you need. Here is a list of databases to consider first:


If you're still developing your research question, you might want to begin with one of these two multidisciplinary databases:

How to search for articles

The approach to searching library resources is the same, no matter which resource (OneSearch or a specific database) you're using. This short video will introduce basic search techniques and show you how to use them to search OneSearch for articles.

How to search for articles in OneSearch


Once you're comfortable with the basics, watch this video for more advanced techniques.

Advanced search techniques in OneSearch


Now that you know how to use OneSearch, use the same techniques to search subject-specific databases.

SPORTDiscus for literature reviews

How to read articles and take notes

Reading articles is a skill. Watch this short video to learn how to read articles effectively and efficiently.

Take notes using the SQ3R method.

This guide from SFU outlines the method thoroughly:

Guide to academic reading.

The worksheet (below) will give you a template for going through each step of the method.

Other Article Databases