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OneSearch (Database Instruction)

OneSearch allows you to search the Library's books, journals, DVDs, databases and media collection all at the same time. This guide will give you an introduction to everything you need to know.

Results List

Search Results List

Once you have clicked 'Search' your search results will load below. A lot of information can be gathered about the records (results) from this page. 

This section won't go into using the filters but focus on just the results.  More about Filters

Directly above the first result, we have: 

Page number - results will be broken into multiple pages. When you get to the bottom of a page with will ask you to "load more results"; there is also a page navigation tool to the bottom right

Result count - in the example below there are over 2,000,000 results listed

Save search - toggle switch to save your search (you will only see this if you are signed in) (more about sign in) (more about favorites)

Personalize - this feature allows you to apply a bias to your search results for various disciplines - we recommend caution when using this as it will limit all future results and may exclude items that could be useful to you in the future. 

When we look at the results themselves we can get an idea

Example of a results list with physical resources

example of a results list with online resources

Record Detail

Record (Item) Detail

Clicking on the title of a record will bring you into the details where you can see more about the item. This example shows you some important features but if you can also typically find an abstract or summary, links to subjects and authors and more. 

1. Navigate - the big X and V (on the gray section) will close the detail window or advance to the next or previous records
                   - hyperlinks (top, send to, get it, etc.) will jump to the various sections within the detailed record.

2. Send To - similar to the expanded toolbar on the previous page here are some tools to use with the record

  • EndNote - use this to export the record to a desktop EndNote reference program
  • Export RIS - use this for online reference programs such as EndNote online
  • Print - print the record -- this does not print a full-text article, just the information about the article
  • Email - email information about the record and a permalink to an email address, you can include a note
  • Citation - get the citation for the record in multiple formats (i.e. APA, MLA, etc.) -- Using Citation Generators Responsibly
  • Permalink - get a link back to the record (this is preferable than using the web URL as it has the proxy information embedded)

3. Request - request to pick up the physical item at the NDC or EDC circulation desk (physical items only).

4. Location information - this section tells you how you can get ahold of the item. the example above is a physical item and it tells you the call number (the address of where a physical item is located in the library) and if it's available (ex. 1 copy, 1 copy available. If the book was signed out to another user it would say "1 copy, 0 copy available").
     If it is an online item, links to the resource will be listed (see image below)
     If it is unavailable a physical item will say we have it but it isn't available; an unavailable online item will present you with a link to the ILL service (see image below)

5. Pin the item to save it in your favorites.   More about Favorites


Online item example


Unavailable Item example