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Step-by-Step Guide to Using Onesearch

First you will want to go to the library home page at: lib.siu.edu
and click the first tab titled “Onesearch BETA”
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When the search bar drops down enter your initial quarry.
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This will bring you to the Onesearch results page. Most likely there will be thousands of results–too many for you to sift through. You will need to narrow these results by applying filters that can be found on the left side column. You can also add more key words into the two additional search bars to specify your results.

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You will almost always want to apply the filters for full text online, scholarly journals, and adjust the slide bar to narrow your time frame of publication. This should narrow your results to a much more manageable number.
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Once you review your results and select an article or essay that looks promising click the title link and it will bring you to a synopsis page that provides key info on the essay such as the author, abstract, and publication information. If after reading though this information you feel that the source may still be applicable to your needs then select how you would like to view the full essay by choosing from the options on your left column that will be labeled either “PDF Full Text”or “Linked Full Text”.
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After reading through the full text, if you decide you would like to use it as a source in your own essay you will want to select from the tool bar on the right hand side to either email the page to yourself, save it to your library account, or print it. You may also want the proper information to cite your source. To do this click the fourth option in your tool bar labled “Cite”.

A scroll bar will appear and you will need to scroll down to where MLA is provided to retrieve your citation.

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