Introducing the OneSearch

What is the OneSearch?

You may have noticed that the Library homepage has changed and that in place of the tabbed search is this OneSearch.

screenshot of new "search box" . This includes the Onesearch search field and 3 links under More Research Tools

The OneSearch is, simply put, a megasearch that searches almost everything in the Library collection in a single search.   It is the Books & More, Article Multi-Search, and eJournal Finder –  all rolled into one.  With the OneSearch, you can search for:

  • Books.  Both physical books and e-books.
  • Videos.  Both physical DVDs and streaming videos
  • Journals.  Just as if you were using the eJournal Finder.  Try it out by typing Health and Social Work.  The journal should appear at the top of the results.
  • Databases. You can search for the database name.  Try it out by typing SocIndex.  You can also browse the databases in our Database List.  The link is located under More Research Tools.
  • Articles. Just as if you were using the Article Multi-Search.  The OneSearch searches every database except for our Proquest ones and the Encyclopedia of Social Work.

Once you run the search on the website, you’ll be taken to a familiar EBSCO interface.    Use the limiters on the left to narrow your results.

screenshot of OneSearch search results

OneSearch vs. Individual Databases

While OneSearch is very helpful, it is just one (powerful) tool among many.    When looking for research articles, there are times when OneSearch will be more appropriate and other times when you should opt for searching individual databases.

The OneSearch is great for:

  • When you’re just starting your research and need a broad search to see what’s out there.
  • When you’re looking for a specific article title.

However, searching an individual database can be more appropriate for those times when:

  • you’re ready to narrow your search.  For example, let’s say you know you want articles that approach your topic from a sociological perspective.  Searching a database like SocIndex will help filter out books and those article results that come from education, medical, humanities, and psychology databases that you may not be interested in.
  • you want to take advantage of the features specific databases offer.  For example, PsycInfo allows you to narrow your article results by methodology and age group.   If you’re looking for empirical studies on how CBT can help elementary-aged victims of bullying, searching PsycInfo will be more fruitful and efficient.
  • you want to search databases not offered in OneSearch, such as the Proquest databases and the Encyclopedia of Social Work.

Tips for Searching Children’s Books

One of our popular book searches is searching for children’s books.  In the OneSearch, the children’s book results may be a little buried, especially if you’re looking for a topic rather than a specific title.   You can search for our children’s books by searching for the children’s book title or topic.  When you’re brought to the search results, add the terms “juvenile literature or fiction” to your search and limit the results (using the limiters on the left) to “Books in Print”

 

If you need help using OneSearch or individual databases – or knowing where to search – don’t hesitate to Ask Us!


Fare thee well, VHSs!

VHSs and VCRs first hit the US market in the 1970’s, but already by the late 1990’s, DVDs took hold as consumers’ preferred format for playing video content at home. Sales of videocassettes have dropped dramatically ever since.

Though not quite yet considered an obsolete format, VHSs are prone to deterioration and there are fewer and fewer VCRs for sale in the marketplace, especially since the last maker of VCRs, Funai Electronic, announced it would stop producing them in August 2016, leaving many libraries to question what to do with their aging tapes. Today, even DVD sales are on the decline, with subscription streaming video services, like Netflix and Amazon, outpacing discs for the first time in 2016.

Here at Wheelock, we recognized these trends and removed VCRs from classrooms spring 2015. In the two intervening years, the Library worked with faculty to replace or convert unique content previously only available on VHS. With a growing preference for online access to videos, the Library also worked to develop a robust collection of streaming videos. As a result, we now have over 400 DVDs and access to almost 90,000 film titles through our streaming subscriptions, Kanopy and Alexander Street, and we’re finally ready to say goodbye for good to our VHSs!

The Library is removing VHSs from our collection, but you’ll have a chance this week only to grab them for your own collection! Swing by the Library basement this week to take home as many VHSs as you’d like. Make art, repurpose them, or if you’re lucky enough to still have a VCR, embrace the grainy quality and play on!


image of Tracy Joyce

Introducing: Tracy Joyce

image of Tracy JoyceA long overdue introduction to Tracy Joyce, who started at the Wheelock College Library in early February.  Many of you have probably already met her in your research workshops, at the Library Service Desk, and at various Wheelock College functions. 

Name: Tracy Joyce

Job title: Learning & Research Services Librarian, and Liaison to the School of Graduate and Professional Programs

Location in Library: Floor 2, Office 201

Tell us what you do in 50 words or less:

My job is to help make research less daunting. I can help with formulating your topic to finding and evaluating sources to understanding when and how to cite. I also create research guides, select library materials, and work with faculty to integrate information literacy and research instruction into courses.

Choose one service that your department provides that you most want the Wheelock community to be aware of:

Research appointments! Students can schedule a research appointment with myself or Karen to get one-on-one help. Students typically schedule appointments when they need help finding sources. However, we can also work with students when they are at different stages of their research, which might include narrowing down a topic, creating a research question, developing keywords/search terms, or using tools and sources to create citations.

What is a typical work day like for you?

My job covers a wide range of areas but a typical day probably includes some combination of the following: providing drop-in research help at the front desk, meeting with students for individual research appointments, selecting materials to add to the library collection, planning and teaching research workshops, and collaborating with faculty to provide research and resource support.

What is your favorite website?

Every morning when I check my email I also am on the lookout for my newsletter from theskimm.com. This site compiles the latest headlines so that I can stay current when it comes to the news and events.

What is your favorite book in the Wheelock Library collection?

Matilda by Roald Dahl. He was one of my favorite author’s to read when I was younger, and I still remember the book report I wrote in elementary school.

When I’m not at work, you can find me…

Walking by Horn Pond in Woburn or Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, painting either at home or at a Paint Nite, reading, or spending way too much time binge watching shows.


picture of Karen Storz. Greenery and a body of water in the background.

Introducing: Karen Storz

picture of Karen Storz. Greenery and a body of water in the background. An overdue introduction to Karen Storz, who joined our Library earlier this semester!  You’ve probably already met her in your research workshops, at the Service Desk, and at various Wheelock events. 

Name: Karen Storz

Job title: Learning & Research Services Librarian, and Liaison to the School of Arts and Sciences

Location in Library: Floor 2, Office 201

Tell us what you do in 50 words or less:

I’m here to help at any stage of the research process, from formulating your topic to finding and evaluating sources to understanding when and how to cite. I also create research guides, select library materials to support the curriculum, and work with faculty to integrate information literacy and research instruction into courses.

Choose one service that your department provides that you most want the Wheelock community to be aware of:

We offer research help and consultation services to faculty as well! As you develop syllabi and research assignments, we can help you find and integrate relevant books, articles, and videos available through the library. We can also work with you on ways to structure assignments that involve library and internet research, and we can provide tailored research instruction through class visits, library workshops, video tutorials, and one-on-one appointments. For your own research, we are always happy to help you track down hard-to-find sources, walk you through advanced databases features, or alert you to new resources in your field. Get in touch and let us know how we can help!

What is a typical work day like for you?

There’s a lot of variety in my job, but a typical day probably includes some combination of the following: providing drop-in research help at the front desk, meeting with students for individual research appointments, selecting materials to add to the library collection, planning and teaching research workshops, and collaborating with faculty to provide research and resource support.

What is your favorite website?

I recently discovered the very cool Radio Garden, where you can explore live radio from around the world by moving your cursor across the globe like a big radio dial, tuning in to thousands of stations from Boston to Botswana to Beijing. I love dipping in and out of so many different languages and musical styles.

What is your favorite book in the Wheelock Library collection?

I don’t have one favorite, but I recently read and loved Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, a lyrical and heartrending novel that begins in 18th-century Ghana and traces the diverging and converging stories of two half-sisters and their descendants through 300 years of Ghanaian and American history. I was amazed that this was Gyasi’s first novel, given its epic sweep and narrative complexity.

When I’m not at work, you can find me…

Spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking, digging in our tiny vegetable garden, hanging out at Symphony Hall or the MFA, browsing flea markets or estate sales for interesting paper ephemera, and increasingly, writing to my political representatives.


Celebrate with Poetry!

 

This April is a time to CELEBRATE! This month marks the inauguration of Wheelock’s President David Chard as well as National Poetry Month! In honor of these two exciting occasions, the library has set up two poetry activities!

Get in touch with your creative side and partake in our Poet-Tree activity. Create your own blackout poem on leaves cut from old book pages, and then add them to the Poet-Tree for all to see! Below are photos of just how quickly the tree has grown!

Our Spine Poetry station challenges students to create poems out of found words on book spines. Us librarians have pulled a cart of books for you to start with, but if you’re looking for inspiration feel free to browse the shelves and grab any other words that jump out at you. Below are some of our favorite creations so far!

There’s still plenty of time to stop by the library and add to the Poet-Tree or Spine Poems. These activities will be up through the end of the semester! Be sure to share your works with the Wheelock community by posting them online! #WheeRead #WheelockCollege