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INTL 380: Analyzing Politics (Dr. Gilbert)

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 genetic engineering retrieves nearly 1.7 million results. You can narrow your search by adding additional keywords or using the limiters in the left column.

 

 

Choosing only scholarly and peer reviewed articles and limiting our results to articles published in the last 5 years reduces the number of articles to about 160,000. 

 

 

Finally, we can add additional keywords to make our search more specific. Adding the keyword food to our search brings up scholarly articles published in the last five years about the genetic engineering of food. Play around with your keywords and limiters until you find articles or books that will work for your project.

 

 

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.

Using the Cited By and Cited In Tools

Our new OneSearch has a wonderful feature - many articles link to other sources that are either cited by the source you are looking at (newer works that refer to this article), or other sources that are cited in your source (older sources the author used to write the article). Not every article has this feature, but if you see the red up or down arrow next to an article, you know that you can use this information to take your research deeper.

 

By clicking on the upward facing arrow, you pull up a list of books and articles that cited the source you are looking at. This can help you determine how much impact an article has had - for example, a work from 2000 that has been cited dozens of times is probably still worth your attention despite its age. This list is not necessarily complete, so use this information as a guide, not a rule.

 

You can also see which sources the article in question cited - that is, which sources the author used to write the article. This is a wonderful tool to see which scholars influenced your author, and it is a great shortcut if you notice an interesting source in the bibliography and want to read it yourself.