8. oneSEARCH is the primary search tool to look for books and articles in 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 keywords, and linking them together using AND.
For example, if your research topic is something like “traumatic memory in people or children who have suffered a traumatic experience or event” then some possible searches would be:
trauma AND children
traumatic memory AND children
trauma AND children AND memory
Additional sample keyword searches for topics related to "memory":
"public memory" AND monuments
"collective memory" AND monuments
memorials AND trauma
9/11 memorial AND trauma
"iwo jima war memorial"
sebald AND austerlitz
confederate monuments AND (protest OR debate)
"confederate monuments" AND "public memory"
It is important to brainstorm all the different keywords and phrases that might apply to your topic ("public memory," "collective memory," memory, memorials, monuments, public monuments, confederate statues, confederate monuments, trauma, identity, etc.). This will allow you to try a number of different searches until you get the most relevant results, and will help you be comprehensive in your searching.
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, the second result is an article in a scholarly (peer reviewed) journal. Note the PEER REVIEWED tag beneath the citation. Click on the “Available Online” link to 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 right-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.