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BIOL 1000 - Strategies for Academic Success: OneSearch

A guide for students planning to major in the biological sciences.

OneSearch "Advanced Search"

How to find quality news articles on political issues with OneSearch “Advanced Search.”

  1. Head to the Rod Library website –     (or just google – UNI Library)
  2. Click on the “Advanced Search” option under the OneSearch search blank.
  3. Type in your topic and search.  
  4. After you get (too many) results you can focus on recent news articles as follows:

    On the left-hand column of the results page try the following:
    • Check the box labeled “Full Text Online"
    • Adjust the “Publication Date” bar to a recent date range e.g. 2014 to 2016
    • Change the “Source Type” to “Newspaper Article
  5. To get results click on "Find Online" and then one of the suggested links.


Search Tips for OneSearch

To focus your searches using OneSearch try the following commands:



Another powerful technique is to search for your topic (keywords) in the title of articles.  To do this change the dropdown menu in the Advanced Search from “Keyword” to “Title”





For the following search example the phrase “climate change” must appear in the title of the article as must some version of farming or agriculture.

Be sure to limit the results to “Full Text” and “News” and set the “Publication Date” to recent years.


Tips for Searching OneSearch!



OneSearch: Citing Your Sources in APA

To cite the news articles you find with OneSearch do the following:

  1. Go to the OneSearch results page
  2. Click on "Save/Email"
  3. Click on "Citation"

  4. Choose the citation style – APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian
  5. Copy the citation
  6. Paste the citation
  7. Fix the errors in the citation.  All online citation generators are prone to error (indeed they’re quite good at goofing up) … so you’ll need to clean up the citations you copy.

For APA style citations for news, magazine, and journal citations is the Purdue Online Writing Lab – APA Style – Reference List: Articles in Periodicals at
For MLA style try:  
Purdue Online Writing Lab - MLA Style - 
MLA Works Cited: Periodicals at


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