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CAPSTONE 3140 - Environment, Technology, and Society - Maria Perez-Gonzales: OneSearch

Guide to locating quality news/magazine articles on water issues using OneSearch and LexisNexis. Also includes a guide to Google techniques for locating reputable sources on water issues published by the U.S. Government and international organizations

OneSearch "Advanced Search"

How to find quality news articles on water 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 Only)"
    • Adjust the “Publication Date” bar to a recent date range e.g. 2010 to 2014
    • Change the “Source Types” to “News
  5. To get results click on the PDF, HTML, “View Full Text” or    link.


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 AdvancedSearch from “Select a Field” to “TI 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.

Handout on OneSearch and LexisNexis

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 the title of the article
  3. Click on the    icon on the right side of the page
  4. Choose the citation style – APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian
  5. Copy the citation
  6. Paste the citation (Warning – you may need to use the slightly unformatted “middle” paste option in Microsoft Word (to remove unwanted formatting).
  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.

A good place to find examples of APA style citations for news, magazine, and journal citations is the Purdue Online Writing Lab – APA Style – Reference List: Articles in Periodicals at

Handout on Search Tips for OneSearch