Database searching made easier at WWU
|11/22/2011||Mary Ann Beahon|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||(573) 592-1127|
Woods OneSearch is a new way to search more than 60 of William Woods University’s library databases at once. It allows students to get the information they need quicker, and it is more convenient, not just for students, but for faculty as well.
Erlene Dudley, library director, said, “Students can now get the information they need to do projects or papers without having to search through each and every individual database and catalog the library has to offer.”
Professors can be more specific about what sources they want students to use—such as only periodicals, scholarly or academic journals, news articles, etc.—and students can easily find them.
“It can give you a topic if you’re unsure of exactly what to write about, but you have an idea,” said Dudley as she demonstrated some of the features of OneSearch.
To find OneSearch, go to the library page on the William Woods website, www.williamwoods.edu/library, type in what you want to search for and go. OneSearch gives you the option to save your searches to a folder with your name on it. Best of all, it’s free.
Go to the sign-in page, create an account and you will have access to your searches anywhere. No longer is it necessary to save everything to a flash drive or print it out, but those options are still available.
OneSearch cites sources in MLA and APA so all you need to do is copy and paste the information into the document. It cites images as well.
For example, Sally needs a picture of the Mona Lisa. She types in Mona Lisa, refines her search in the subject tab on the left hand column, clicks painting, looks for one of the results that has a painting of Mona Lisa, clicks the image, scrolls down and finds, “How do I cite this image?”
She clicks on it and follows the link to a page showing different formats for citing. She then finds the format she needs, and copies and pastes it into her document.
E-books are also available through OneSearch. When looking at an e-book, there’s an option to go to the table of contents first, instead of going straight to the entire book. This allows you to look at the chapters and pictures to see which ones you need or don’t need.
Dudley also had some tips for students:
- Define your research topic,
- Use unique keywords,
- Refine your search as you go along and
- Save your search for future reference.
When looking for a book, there is an option to “Retrieve Catalog Item.” This loads a new page. Scroll down to see the option of “Text Call Number.” Clicking on that will allow you to text the information of the book to your phone so you can find it in the library.
If you click on “Browse Nearby,” you will see multiple books available, not only at the William Woods library, but at others in the surrounding area. If you start your search early enough, you can order the book for research purposes.