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FES 422/522: Research Methods in Social Science

Practice Using 1Search

Use the tips below to practice using 1Search, the search box on the upper right-hand corner of the library's homepage. Open up 1Search in another tab or browser (click here to open it) and try it out as you walk through this guide.

*Make sure to login to access more content and to use the saving features.*

Use 1Search to Find Journals

Click on e-Journals A-Z in the 1Search box .

First, enter the title of the journal you are looking for. Then choose the publisher link that includes the date range you're interested in.

title of journal and publisher link

You can then browse through the journal by issue or enter a keyword search to find articles on a topic.

How Do I Use 1Search to Find Articles?

Start by entering some keywords or the title of an article. Because 1Search searches so much stuff, you can try more targeted searches. The results of your search are displayed in the middle column. Options for refining your search are on the right side. Refining your search gives you the best results. Learn more about refining in the next module (below).


Refine a Search

Because 1Search has so much content, you may find that your search results are very large and you’ll want to narrow down your search. You can do this in a number of ways including by resource type, topic and publication date. 

The options for refining your search are shown on the left side of the screen. Here's an example of how to refine by topic.

refine search by topic

Screencast of refining by topic

Looking at the list of topics shows you:

  • what the main ideas are in your results,
  • what language people are using to describe your topic,
  • if you're on the right track.

Accessing the Article

When looking for articles, you will see that some articles are available immediately online from our library in full text. First, click on the View Online tab, then to open the article, choose the publisher's link (in this example - either Highwire Press link) that includes the right date range for the article you want.

Screenshot of full text availability in 1Search

Requesting an Article

You may need to get articles or books that our library doesn't have.

If you see results that say request this item  (a grey or yellow circle will display), click the Availability & Request Options tab, then click Request from Interlibrary Loan to ask our librarians to get this article for you for free. 

click to request article

You will receive an email from the Interlibrary Loan department when your article is ready. Click on the link in the email to access the article. It usually takes 2-3 days to get an article.


Email and Cite Your Sources

As you search, you have the option to email and format your citations*. First, click on the Item Details tab. Second, click the Actions drop-down menu. Choose email or citation depending on what you want to do.

email and format your citations