OneSearch is a good place to begin research on any subject. The results will be from many different sources available through the library. These initial search results will start the discovery of more information to help refine and delve deeper into a topic.
To begin a search in OneSearch, first type in a keyword or two and hit enter. Using more than a few words will not generate better results. Searching is a matter of going from vague to the specific. Of course if an exact subject is known, try searching for it from the start.
Using Limiters is a way to reduce the results. Limiters are the options found on the left hand side of the Search Results page. They include a box to check for Full Text Available in Library Collection (only way to read entire article), a slide bar to set the years of publication, Source Types (books would be found by clicking Show More, and Subject (the results are filtered by subject).
As an example, if “oil and gas business” are the keywords used for the search, more than 250,000 results are returned. When applying the limiters Publication Dates from 2004 -2014, Trade Publications (under Source Type) and choosing the subject petroleum industry our results are now down to less than 5,000. From there if offshore oil industry is selected (from Subject again), then the results are around a more manageable 150.