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COMM V01: Articles

OneSearch Articles



Use OneSearch to search across all library resources.  Narrow your results to articles by using the options in the "Refine my Results" bar on the left.

In the "Format" section, select "Articles" (this option will give you magazine, newspaper, and peer-reviewed journal articles) or "Newspaper Articles" (this option will give you only newspaper articles).  The video below will walk you through this process.

Database Search Tips

  • When searching for names or multi-word phrases, use quotes around the terms. This tells the database you want to find articles with those two words together as a phrase.
    • For example: "Chicano movement"
  • Use "AND" to search for two or more concepts together.
    • For example: "Chicano movement" AND California
  • Use "OR" to search for alternate or related terms.
    • For example: "social movements" OR "social change"

Peer-Reviewed vs. Popular

For your assignments, you may be asked to use "scholarly" or "peer-reviewed" articles.  These are articles written and reviewed by experts in their discipline. Most databases will have ways to filter or limit searches to these types of articles.

Other types of articles you may find in our databases include newspaper articles, magazine articles, and sometimes conference papers and dissertations.

For more information on article types, see our Scholarly vs. Popular Sources guide.

Library Chat

Google Scholar


If you prefer to use Google Scholar be sure to link up to the VC Library to automatically be directed to full texts provided by the 

1. Go to Google Scholar

2. Click on the [Menu] icon on the upper left hand corner.                  3. Click the Settings [Cog].                                                         



 4. Click [Library Links].                                                                      5. Type in Ventura College to link up with VC subscribed content.



6. If Ventura College has the Full-Text, the link will show up on the right hand side.