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OneSearch Tutorial

How to navigate and search the OneSearch search tool.


OneSearch is a discovery layer; it indexes and searches across many databases and information sources at once. It's found right on the library home page.

Overview video tutorial for using OneSearch:

Search Basics

To search: First, choose what type of sources you want to search using the tabs directly above the search box. Everything is the default. Then type in words and/or phrases that concisely represent the main concepts of your topic. Type and between each concept.

Screen capture of the OneSearch search box on the library home page, with diversity and workplace typed into box.

In the screen shot above: diversity and workplace would be a good starting search for information about diversity programs in the workplace generally. HOWEVER, to get the best results, you should spend some time brainstorming other possible search words and phrases and craft multiple searches. This will not only help you locate better source, but help you hone your research topic as well. 

Using the example above, some additional searches might be:

  • workforce AND diversity AND laws
  • "Wall Street" AND leadership AND diversity [note: enclose commonly-used phrases of 2+ words in double quotes to limit the search to that exact phrase.]
  • "banking industry" AND diversity
  • "Goldman Sachs" AND "diversity initiative"

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Advanced Search

The Advanced Search option is linked from the right of the default search box on the OneSearch main page (or under the search box on the library home page). This option allows you to search specific fields such as title, ISBN, or author, and to limit by Resource Type, language and publication date.  You can also use some of these limit options from the results page.

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