Answered By: Susan Steele
Last Updated: Dec 06, 2016     Views: 91

OneSearch searches all of the library's research databases and the Library Catalog at once. If you're looking specifically for books, it's better to use the Library Catalog. OneSearch is most helpful when:

  • you're exploring possible topics and want an idea of what's available
  • you're not sure which databases would be good for your topic
  • you only need a few articles and don't need more sophisticated options found in individual databases
  • you're curious about whether a broader search in more than your favorite databases turns up anything unexpected and interesting
  • you're looking for full text of an article and already have a DOI (digital object identifier) or citation (search a distinctive phrase from the article title; add the author's last name if needed)

When you enter a search, use quotation marks for an "exact phrase" and the asterisk wildcard to find words that start with the same letters (i.e., discriminat* finds discriminate, discrimination, etc.). If you use logical operators, they need to be in all CAPS at this time to work properly. Select limiters such as articles from scholarly publications on the results screen.

Sample searches:

(race OR racial) AND (discriminat* OR prejudic*)

doi:10.1177/0190272511422451

"culture cooperation" AND berigan