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ENGL 3154: Contemporary American Writing: oneSEARCH


7.  oneSEARCH is the main search engine fo the Library’s collections.

Go to the big search box on the Library’s website. This is oneSEARCH. It searches print books, e-books, e-book chapters and many (but not all) of our article databases at the same.



While oneSEARCH understands natural language searches, it is good to get into the habit of setting up your searches in terms of key words and phrases, and linking them together using AND.

Sample searches:  
“if beale street could talk" 

                               AIDS AND (literature OR novels OR fiction OR plays)

                              "breakfast at tiffany's"

                              “toni morrison” AND sula

                               nam le

                              "true grit" AND masculinity

                             "philip roth" AND (gender OR masculinity)

                              "the last picture show" AND film



Tips for searches: Don’t use full sentences or questions

                             Break your topic down into keywords and phrases

                             Link keywords or key phrases together with AND

                             Use OR for synonyms or alternate terms

                             Use quotes to search for an exact phrase



Sample results from oneSEARCH:


The first result is an ebook chapter, and the secod is an article in a scholarly (peer reviewed) journals. Note the PEER REVIEWED tag beneath the third citation. Click on the “Full text available” link to get access to the full-text of the source.

To limit your search to ONLY peer reviewed articles in OneSEARCH, click on the “Peer Reviewed Journals” filter on the left-hand side of your search results. To limit your search to ONLY online sources (not print), click on the “Full Text Online” filter.




Now that you’ve found some sources using oneSEARCH, let’s go into some article databases. The Brooklyn College Library subscribes to over 400 different article databases and although oneSEARCH searches a lot of them at the same time, it doesn’t search all of them.