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ENGL 1012: Madeleine Crum: OneSearch

Research Guide for Prof. Madeleine Crum's ENGL 1012 Class, Spring 2021.


8.  OneSearch is the primary search tool to look for books and articles in the Library’s collections.
Find 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 (unlike most other library databases) does understand natural language searches, it is still a good idea to set up your searches in terms of keywords, and linking them together using AND.


For example, if you're doing research on autobiographies, then some possible searches could be:


autobiography AND America

autobiography AND "African American"



Sample results from OneSearch:



The first two results are book reviews, and the third 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.