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ENC 1101/1102 (Dillard): FAU's OneSearch

General Tips for OneSearch


Search also the Library CatalogSubject Databases, or e-Journal list.

OneSearch Tips:

1.  Use descriptive, specific search terms for best results.

The search terms "photography during the Civil War" will find results on a specific aspect of the Civil War while the search terms, "Civil War," will provide many articles about the Civil War. 

2.  Use facets to narrow results. After entering a search, use the facets on the left side of the page to narrow results and refine your search:

  • Refine Your Results:  select to limit results to peer-review or full text online.
  • Resource Type:  limit results to newspaper articles, journal articles, books, or other types of materials.
  • Publication Date:  creation date.

3.  Expand your search. Mark the checkbox above the results box labeled, "Add results beyond your library's collection," to search for items not found in FAU Libraries.  Use Interlibrary Loan to request books, articles, and items not available in the FAU Libraries collections

Click on the title and scroll down to "Request document through ILLiad" to place an interlibrary loan request for the item (register to use this service).

Searching for Materials showing Opposing Viewpoints in OneSearch

Using Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), to further limit ideas, concepts and topics, try some of the following:

  • argument
  • attitudes
  • benefits
  • confronting
  • crisis
  • criticism
  • debate
  • definition
  • ethics
  • issues
  • outcomes
  • outlook
  • policy
  • prevention
  • projects
  • properties
  • reform
  • rights
  • research
  • structure
  • theories
  • trend
  • usage
  • viewpoint

Remember to use "quotation marks" around phrases to search for words in a specific order.