Because you're searching a large number of databases at the same time when you do a search in OneSearch, you will get a wide variety of results. Some will be books (in our physical library), many will be articles (found through our article databases).
If I'm searching on the actor and director Kenneth Branagh, I could type my search into the OneSearch box like this:
(The quotation marks keep the first and last name together in the search. And capitalization doesn't matter.)
I find many, many results. First let's focus on finding books. Then we'll look at finding full-text articles.
To limit your results to books:
From the results page, look on the left for the CONTENT TYPE limiter. Choose "Book/eBook" as seen here:
In our results, we'll see both physical books, located in our libraries, as well as ebooks, as seen here:
To find out how to get scanned portions of a physical book (like #2, above), see the box below called "Requesting a chapter of a book through Interlibrary Loan."
To limit your results to full-text sources:
Look on the left-hand side, under REFINE YOUR SEARCH, and click the "Full Text Online" link. This will limit your results to those articles, books or book chapters which can be read in their entirety online.
To limit your results by content type:
In considering which sorts of information sources you want to use, consider:
Book reviews will not be useful for me, and I'm choosing not to use newspaper articles, so I've clicked on "Magazine Article" and "Journal Article" under CONTENT TYPE, as shown here:
To limit by discipline:
Since the person I'm researching has had his foot in more than one realm, I may want to get more specific and look under DISCIPLINE and choose "drama" to reduce discussion of his work in film.
To learn more about your results:
I can click on the "Preview" link to get more information about a particular title. Often it will provide me with the abstract, which helps me get an idea of what the article is about.
To get to the full article:
Either click on the article title or the "Full Text Online" link.
(Unless you're on campus, you'll need to then log in with your Ball State username and password to pull the full article up.)
Bear in mind that in order to find two sources that work best for your project, you'll likely have to read through a bunch of articles. Be patient! And ask questions, if you have them.
You can get to the International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance (IBTD) from the Ball State Libraries' Databases page.
If I'm interested in finding out how COVID-19 has affected actors, I can use the CHOP, DROP, and OR technique, like this:
So my search would end up looking like this:
As I type my terms in, the database makes some suggestions. This can really help you in coming up with synonyms. But choose carefully!
Then I can look the results over, reading titles, and looking at the "Subjects" field for clues as to what the article is about. If I'm interested in this title...
... I can click on the title to get to the full record, and read the abstract (summary) of the article, which we see here:
To read the full article, I can click on the HTML or PDF icon to view the full-text of it.
If I like a title that does not have HTML or PDF links to the full text, I can click on the MultiLink BSU button. That automatically searches in our other databases to see if we have access to the article somewhere else. See below for more information on using MultiLink.