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LIBA 101: A Good Death (Prof. Reynolds)

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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 mortuary science retrieves nearly 3500 results. You can narrow your search by adding additional keywords or using the limiters in the left column.

Search string in Wofford OneSearch. "mortuary science" is in the first search box.



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 600. 

Search string in Wofford OneSearch. "mortuary science" is in the first search box. The Start Date next to the search box has been set to 2018 and the End Date to 2023. In the left column, the Scholarly and Peer Reviewed Articles facet is selected.



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

Search string in Wofford OneSearch. Mortuary science "United States" 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.

Search results page from OneSearch. The pushpin icon in the top right corner of an article record is highlighted.