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LIBA 101: Historical Fiction Media (Prof. Billington)

Background Sources

Wofford OneSearch

Wofford OneSearch is a single search platform that contains books, ebooks, journal articles, magazines, newspapers, audio, video, and reference materials. It is a great place to explore your topic and find scholarly resources, but it can sometimes be overwhelming due to the amount of information a normal search will pull up. Think of it like shopping on Amazon: you should tell OneSearch exactly what you're looking for using keywords and choosing the right limiters in the left column of your search results.



For example, a search for the movie and book A Beautiful Mind retrieves nearly 800 results. You can narrow your search by adding additional keywords or using the limiters in the left column.

Search string in Wofford OneSearch. "beautiful mind" is in the first search box.



Choosing only scholarly and peer reviewed articles and limiting our results to articles published in the last 10 years reduces the number of articles to about 200. 

OneSearch results page. In the top search box, the start date has been set to 2013 and the end date to 2023. In the left column, the Scholarly & Peer Reviewed Journals box has been checked.



Finally, we can add additional keywords to make our search more specific. Adding the keyword "Nash," the name of the mathematician featured in the movie, to our search brings up scholarly articles published in the last ten years about A Beautiful Mind and John Nash. Play around with your keywords and limiters until you find articles or books that will work for your project.

Search string in Wofford OneSearch. "beautiful mind" Nash is in the first search box.



When you find resources that you'd like to save, click on the pushpin icon next to the item. Log in using your MyWofford credentials to save the items to your OneSearch account.

OneSearch results page. On the right side next to the article title, the pushpin icon is highlighted.