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How to use the library's OneSearch research tool


This page is a step-by-step tutorial for using OneSearch. See below for instructions on searching OneSearch, and use the tabs on the left-hand side of the page to see instructions for accessing and saving sources and using your account.

What is OneSearch?

OneSearch is a "discovery tool" which searches multiple databases at the same time to help you find books, articles, music, and more. A default search in OneSearch searches content in Worldcat, Academic Search Complete, and ProQuest Research Library. 

Filtering Search Results

Here's an image of the search results screen. In the example below, a search for Twitter pulls up 195,738 results. Use the Search Tools panel on the left-hand side  to narrow results down by  format, author, year, language, topic, and more. You can also narrow results down by adding additional search terms in Advanced Search.

One filter is labeled Library. The default setting searches Libraries Worldwide, meaning search results will include content that is held by the duPont-Ball Library as well as content that we do not have. If you'd only like to see content that the library has, change the setting to Stetson University. 

Many items include a description underneath the title. Click on Read More to view the full description without leaving the search results page. 

Advanced Search

Here's an image of the Advanced Search screen, and some tips for using it.

  • The Search Index allows you to tell OneSearch whether you want to find items that list your Search Term as a keyword, subject, author, title, or something else.
  • If you'd like to search for multiple Search Terms at once, enter each one into a different Search Term box. If you need more boxes, click on Add row.
  • Use the Operator drop-down box to define the relationship between each of your Search Terms. The 3 operators are: AND, OR, NOT. Use AND to tell OneSearch that you'd like to find items that contain both of your Search Terms. Use OR to tell it that you'd like to find all items that contain either of your Search Terms. Use NOT if you don't want to see items that contain a specific Search Term.
  • Click on Limit your Search to get filters such as format, year, language, and more.
  • Use the Databases menu on the right-hand side of the page to choose the databases you'd like to include in your search. A default search in OneSearch searches WorldCat, Academic Search Complete, and ProQuest Research Library. Scroll down to All Databases to choose from 48 databases to include in your search results.

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