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HUM 260: Research Methods in the Humanities (Dr. Rodrick)

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.

Library homepage with OneSearch search box in the center of the page.

 

 

For example, a search for French revolution retrieves over 500,000 results. You can narrow your search by adding additional keywords or using the limiters in the left column.

A search in OneSearch for French revolution in keyword field. 508,647 results have been retrieved.

 

 

Choosing only scholarly and peer reviewed articles reduces the number of articles to about 160,000. 

In the left column of a OneSearch results page, the Availability facet is open, and Scholarly & Peer-Reviewed Journals has been selected. At the bottom of the page, the Apply Filters button is highlighted.

 

 

Finally, we can add additional keywords to make our search more specific. Adding the keyword religion to our search brings up scholarly articles about the role religion played in the French revolution. Play around with your keywords and limiters until you find articles or books that will work for your project.

In the OneSearch search box, the keyword religion has been added to the second row of the search.

 

 

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.

On the right side of the record for an article in OneSearch, the pushpin icon is highlighted. It is the first icon on the right.