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August 2017

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!