We've recently improved OneSearch! The following tutorial will show you how to navigate the library's resources including books and eBooks.
What if the Oviatt Library doesn't own a book you need? You can request it through CSU+, a new resource sharing program with other CSU Libraries. The following tutorial will show you how to use this option:
Advanced Google Searching
Google offers many search techniques to help refine results, similar to what can be done in a library database. For example:
Enclose keywords in quotes to search an exact phrase: "san fernando valley"
Enclose in parentheses and separate with OR to retrieve any of those keywords in the results: (csun OR "california state university northridge")
Add a minus sign to remove webpages containing a keyword or phrase: -parking
Limit search to specific website: site:.calstate.edu
Limit search to specific domain: site:.gov
Limit results by date of last update: From the results screen, click Search Tools and select time period from the Anytime menu
Get definitions or explanations of terms: define keyword/phrase, i.e., define "fiscal cliff"
Watch the Advanced Google Searching video for more help.
More Search Engines
Google Scholar - (searches scholarly journals and other academic sources.)
Google Products - (Google offers many productivity tools as well as other specialized search engines.)
SearchEngineWatch - (There's more to searching the Internet than Google! This is a comprehensive directory of search engines by type.)
Boolean Operators are used to connect two, or more, keywords together as a way to narrow or expand your search results.
AND - narrows your topic; only results with the terms 'women' and 'media' found in the title, subject heading or description will be shown.
OR - expands your topic; useful when you want to add to your results; this terms works well when using synonyms as keywords.
NOT - removes results; if your keyword can be defined in multiple ways. For example, 'image' can mean pictures but it could also be related to body image or self-esteem.