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ENGL 101 - Culminating Project: The Argumentative Synthesis - Stewart - Spring 2022

CampusGuide for Professor Jessica Stewart's English 101 class, Spring 2022

OneSearch for Books, e-Books, and Other Resources in the Library

How To Find Books in OneSearch

If you have a topic you would like to explore, you will want to develop keywords to search the library databases or OneSearch. You can create keywords by determining the main ideas in your research question or topic.

Tips on Keywords:

  • Use main ideas + concepts
  • Eliminate words without meaning in your research question
  • Focus on What, Who, Where, Why, and How
  • These are usually the big ideas that you need to search
  • Your research question doesn't need to include all six of them (what, who, when, where, why, and how)

Research Topic Example:

I want to find resources on the following research question: How does social media affect body image in women?

For my topic, I need to look at WHAT is important, WHO I'm talking about, and Where does this happen (which mediated popular culture platform causes the effect or delivers the rhetoric).

My keywords can be: WHAT: body image;  WHO: women; WHERE: social media

Note: We can put body image and social media in quotation marks to search them as phrases: "body image" AND women AND "social media"

Example Search in the OneSearch Database:

  1. Visit the library webpage, find OneSearch, and click on the search to go to the basic search page. You can also use the same search box on the library homepage to type in your search term(s) or keyword(s) and click search. Click here to go directly to the page below. Main page of GCC Library website 

  2. Enter your keyword(s) in the search box; in my example, body image, women, and social media. Use AND to connect these ideas and find them together. Use quotation marks around body image and social media to look for them as phrases. From the drop-down menu, you can select books to look for books. Then, on the results page, you have the option to select books that are available online (e-books). Click here to go directly to the page below.Basic search box in OneSearch

  3. Before you open any of the library's databases or e-books from off-campus, you will be prompted to log in, so prior to initiating your search, you can log in or sign in to OneSeach with your Canvas credentials on the GCC Portal Login page. By being logged in to OneSearch, you have full access to all resources and database features.GCC Portal Login Page

  4. Below is your results page. It consists of books and e-books. You can refine your search results by date to get the ones published in the last ten years. There are many other options to refine your results at the "Refine my results" menu on the left side of the page. Mainly, you can choose the "Available online" option to get e-books or electronic books. Click here to go directly to the page below. OneSearch results list

  5. Review the sources and determine which one is more relevant for your research topic. For e-books, you can click on the title of the book and access them online through one of the options (databases) listed on the page. And for print books that are available in the library, you need to submit a request to be able to check them out. Below is an example of a print book. Click here to go directly to the page below.OneSearch catalog record for book

Note: There are both print books and e-books in the library. Print books are available through requests and e-books are available online.

Other Library Databases for Finding Books and e-Books

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