New Student's Guide to the Library: OneSearch

Incoming freshmen and new students: start here to use library resources
  • Natural language or long phrase searches often work well in OneSearch
  • Searching with keywords and operators (especially AND, OR) works, too

What is OneSearch, and when should you use it?

OneSearch searches almost all of the library's research databases and Library Catalog at once. If you want only books, you may prefer to use the Library Catalog.

OneSearch is most helpful when you:

  • are exploring possible topics and want an idea of what's available
  • aren't sure which research databases would be good for your topic
  • only want a few articles and don't need special options found in individual subject databases
  • are curious about whether a broader search in more than your favorite databases turns up anything unexpected and interesting
  • are looking for full text of an article and already have a Digital Object Identifier or citation; in these cases, search for the DOI or for a distinctive phrase from the article title along with the author's last name if needed


Try a natural language search, or paste a search statement from the Builder. Refine results with filters (limiters such as scholarly and peer-reviewed, full text online, etc.) on the left of the results screen.

If you type your own search, use:

  • CAPS for AND and OR
  • parentheses for "nesting" when using both AND and OR
  • quotation marks for a short "exact phrase"
  • a wildcard (*) to find words that start with the same letters (prejudic* finds prejudice, prejudiced, prejudicial, etc.)

Sample searches:
   how body image affects women
   "body image" AND women
   "body image" AND (women OR girls)
   (prejudic* OR discriminat*) AND (islam* OR muslim*)
   10.1177/0190272511422451
   "culture cooperation" AND berigan

 

Search Statement Builder

Concept 1 and Concept 2 and Concept 3
Name your concepts here
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List alternate terms for each concept.

These can be synonyms, or they can be specific examples of the concept.

Use single words or "short phrases" in quotes.
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Mark and then copy (Ctrl C) and paste (Ctrl V) the results into the OneSearch text entry box.
 
The Search Statement Builder is based on the Search Strategy Builder developed by the University of Arizona Libraries and is used under a Creative Commons License.

Frequently Asked Questions

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