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COMM COR 2020 - Introduction to Research Methods - Harken

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 in the first few blanks (consider limiting to "Title" if you get too many results).
  4. In the last blank (add a blank if needed) type in the following:  Method* AND Results AND Discussion

    This helps locate "research" articles that usually have the following sections: Methods/Methodology, Results, Discussion

    Alternatively you might try typing any of the following alternatives into that last blank:

       content analysis             conversational analysis               discourse analysis    

       focus groups                  interview* AND research             rhetorical analysis

  5. 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. 2015 to 2020 if you are looking for more current research.

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 “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 Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals.”


Limiting OneSearch searches to research articles by adding the following to the last blank of the search: method* AND results AND discussion

Limit to Peer-reviewed Journals after the search. Be sure to click on "Apply Filters"