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Introduction to Research Methods - COMM COR 2020 - Joshua Hamzehee: OneSearch

OneSearch "Advanced Search"

How to find research articles on communication 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 your search as follows:

    On the left-hand column of the results page try the following:
    • Check the box labeled "Peer-reviewed Journals" to limit your search to quality research

    • Adjust the “Publication Date” bar to a recent date range e.g. 2012 to 2017 if you are looking for more current research.
    • Click on "Expand My Results" and check the box if you want to search a larger universe of research literature - and are willing to use interlibrary loan.
  5. To get results click on "Find Online" option and then click on an option that follows "Full text available at:"

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 “social media” and some form of the word addict (e.g. addicted or addiction) must both appear in the title of the article.

Be sure to limit the results to “Full Text” and “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals.”

Handout on Search Tips for 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 the title of the article
  3. Click on the  Save/Email option on the right side of the page
  4. Click on the Citation option
  5. Choose the citation style – APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian
  6. Copy the citation
  7. Paste the citation (Warning – you may need to use the slightly unformatted “middle” paste option in Microsoft Word (to remove unwanted formatting).
  8. 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 journal citations is the Purdue Online Writing Lab – Reference List: Articles in Periodicals at


A good place to find examples of MLA style citations for journal citations is the Purdue Online Writing Lab - MLA Works Cited: Periodicals page at  

Fact Checking - Handout