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One Search makes it easy to find books, journal and magazine articles, eBooks, videos and streaming media from a single search box, with one list of results and options for refining them.
- Go to the Cuesta Library's OneSearch box on the Library Home Page or myCuesta (under Resources tab)
- Type in any keyword or phrase and choose the Search icon or Enter key on your keyboard
- For the broadest results, do not change the default search (Everything)
Understanding your OneSearch results
Understanding Your Results
- Your results are sorted by relevance to your search term(s)
- The results list contains books, articles, and videos
- Each entry on your results list includes the title, author, date, and type of source
- Items available online in their entirety say Available Online through Cuesta College
To find print books
- Find the location, call number, and availability of the book at the end of the entry
- Write down the call number to find it on the library shelves
To find articles
- Click on the title of the article
- Click on the database title under the heading "View Online"
- Choose the PDF full text link
Sign in to your Library account
On the Results page, you can sign in to your library (MyCuesta) account. Doing this will allow you to:
- View more complete search results
- Request books and articles from external libraries (InterLibrary Loan)
- Renew books and other library materials
- Save searches
- Create favorites lists
- Export citations to EndNote Web and other citation management tools
In a Basic Search you'll receive results that contain all of your search terms. These may match keywords in a title, author names, subjects, abstracts, or other descriptions.Use the Advanced Search to pre-limit your search to specific fields, material types, or publication dates.
- Refine your results using the Filters on the left side of the screen to limit to items available online or physically available in the library. You can also include or exclude particular material types, dates, authors, subjects, or library locations.
- Type an asterisk * as a wildcard in place of one or more characters. [Example: recycl* will find recycle and recycling]
- Search for phrases by enclosing your terms in quotation marks. This will only return results with an exact match. [Examples: "global warming", "Affordable Care Act", "mutual funds"]
- Separate terms with Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT. [Example: "World War II" AND battles NOT Pearl Harbor]
- Click here for a visual example of Boolean Operators
Primary vs. Secondary Sources
A Primary source of information is first-person, original information. Examples:
- a journal or diary
- original research
- original work of art
- government document
- research article from a variety of databases and web sites
A Secondary source of information is material that has been taken from primary sources and then synthesized. Examples:
- college textbook
- historical study
- journal or magazine article that reviews original works
Credo Reference: American History
Search online reference books related to American History.