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Introduction to Student Services - POSTSEC 6264 - Kristin Woods: OneSearch

OneSearch "Advanced Search"

How to find research articles from the field of education with OneSearch “Advanced Search.”

  1. Head to the Rod Library website – for the basic search   (or just google – UNI Library)
  2. You can also use the “Advanced Search” option here.
  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 to scholarly research.

    • Select the "Expand My Results" search box if you want to search a larger universe of research literature - and are willing to use interlibrary loan.
    • Adjust the “Publication Date” bar to a recent date range e.g. 2010 to 2014 if you are looking for more current research.
  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 “problem based learning” must appear in the title of the article and the word math, mathematical, or mathematics must also appear in the abstract of the same 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    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 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  

Student Services Research - Handout