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Library Orientation Tutorial: Unit 2.2: Searching in OneSearch

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The remainder of this section demonstrates how to use OneSearch.  Follow the sample search here OR skip to the next tab and view the basic search in OneSearch video tutorial. 

How do I search in OneSearch?

Below is a screenshot of OneSearch from the library's home page. Here you can conduct a basic search for articles, books, ebooks, authors, audio, etc. using the search bar located in the gray box.

Sample Search

Let's do a keyword search for "gardening."

Below are the results of the keyword search "gardening." You can see that at the top of the results list the total number of search results is provided. 

To narrow the search results, use the menu on the left-hand side. Here you can select  Peer-reviewed journals, Full text online, Available in the Library, or refine your results by creation date,  choose a resource type (books, articles, audio visual), or select a PSCC library location.

Image shows search results and options to narrow your search within OneSearch

When looking at the search results, there are several key pieces of information provided for each source:

  • Format or type of document
  • Title of the document
  • Author (if provided)
  • Publication Year
  • Availability (Full Text, Online Access, Available at..library) 
    • If the item is a physical book, the Library of Congress (LOC) call number is provided next to the library name. In the image below, we can see that the title "Everyday garden solutions" is a physical book available at the Hardin Valley Library, with the LOC call number "SB453 .E84 2012"

Select Details, to view a full record for each book.


Course Reserves

In addition, OneSearch provides the option to search for Course Reserves. Reserve items may be books, DVD's, or other library resources which your professor may have placed on reserve for your class.

Images shows where to access search box for course reserves.


Off-Campus Access:

Off-Campus Access:

You can access OneSearch and all of the library's electronic resources (ebooks, audiobooks, streaming video, etc.) from off campus. 

When you select an electronic resource from the list of search results in OneSearch, you will be prompted to log in (as seen in Unit 1.3), before you can view the resource.