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DHC 270 - Integrated Learning

This guide will help you with your research project for Professor Dieu's DHC270 class.

OneSearch - Search the Library Catalog

OneSearch searches our collection for books and ebooks, entire databases, complete journals, and individual articles and authors.



Search Operators

Incorporating search operators into your search is a way to clarify, narrow, or broaden your search. Here are some tips you can use in your own searches:


Use quotes to search for a specific phrase, compound noun or title. For example:

The Color Purple

  • searches for the terms "color" and "purple," ranking instances in which they occur together more highly

"The Color Purple"

  • searches for the entire phrase "The Color Purple," in that order

Boolean Operators

The Boolean operators AND, OR and NOT can be used to combine search terms in order to narrow or broaden a search. You must use ALL CAPS in OneSearch in order for Boolean operators to function properly. Here are some examples of how you might use Boolean operators:

Fireworks AND Explosives 

  • Returns instances where both "fireworks" and "explosives" are mentioned in the record

Fireworks OR Explosives  

  • Returns instances where either "fireworks" or "explosives" are mentioned in the record

Fireworks NOT Explosives

  • Returns instances of the word "fireworks, but not where "explosives" is included in the record


Use the wildcards ? and * to replace characters in search terms:
Single character wildcard: ?

Search Example: wom?n --- searches for women or woman

Multi-character wildcard: *

Search Example: explain* = explained, explaining, etc.