Help with OneSearch

What is OneSearch?

OneSearch is a search tool that lets you search, explore and cite, almost all of our library holdings and resources at once, using a single search box. 

  • When you perform a search using OneSearch it searches our books, ebooks, data, government documents, magazines, videos, newspapers, images, music scores, audio holdings  and more, PLUS most journal articles, and other academic found in our databases.
  • OneSearch also can search content outside of our library.
  • With Onesearch you can perform a much more targeted search than Google Scholar, but often less precise than a subject-specific database (e.g, PsycInfo).
  • OneSearch also inlcudesdiscovery of our research guides, DigitalCommons, and other open access resources.

When should I use OneSearch?

  • When you really aren't sure where to start on your topic. Get help in finding key terms, current events.
  • When you are searching an interdisciplinary topic that would be covered in multiple subject databases.
  • When you have searched other databases and still aren't finding a particular aspect.

There are library resources not included in OneSearch.  For comprehensive or discipline-targeted searches, check out the databases listed in our Research Guides.

OneSearch Advanced Search

If you want to do more focused, specialized or complicated search, try using Advanced Search.

Using Advanced Search will give you more search options, such as:

  • Add more concepts or keywords for more precise searching.
  • Search by format type such as: book, ebook, image, article, etc.
  • Use other identifiers such as: author, title, DOI, journal title, date, etc.
  • Select by discipline
  • Select by full-texr
  • Exlude items ftom results

On the results page(s) you can further filter your results.

Finally you can use boolean search operators (AND, OR, NOT) to help you create better searches. 

Search Tips

By default: all terms in a search are combined with the AND boolean operator.

  • plants AND animals (results must contain both terms)
  • To expand results, use OR: microcircuits OR nanocircuits (results will contain either term)

Combining terms? 

  • When using the boolean operators OR, NOT and AND must be written in ALL CAPS
  • words in quotes will appear together: “teacher education”

Wildcard symbol:

  • An asterisk (*) will match zero or more characters within a word or at the end of the root of a word
  • Examples: Ch*ter would retrieve Charter, Character, and Chapter
  • Financ*  would retrieve Financial, Finance and Finances
  • Wildcards cannot be used as the first character of a search.

Refine your search:

  • Chose refinements on the left to adjust your results
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