The Libraries are test driving something new this semester: OneSearch, which lets you search for articles from the databases, books on the shelves, videos, images, and much more all in one place.
When you visit the Libraries’ website, you will find a OneSearch box where the library catalog usually is. (If you want the traditional catalog, it’s still there in the tab to the left.)
This is a trial service — we will decide whether to make it a permanent addition at the end of the semester. Your feedback is crucial to this decision! Does it make it easier to find items you need? Harder? How is it working for you? Please send all comments to Josh Roberts, firstname.lastname@example.org.
OneSearch is not replacing any of our existing resources or services. It is intended to make it easier to find what we already have. We hope it does!Nitty-Gritty Details
OneSearch uses the Ebsco Discovery Service (EDS) product, so you’ll notice that it looks a lot like the regular Ebscohost article database. If you have signed up for a personal Ebscohost account to save and organize your research, you can even use it from OneSearch.
OneSearch contains indexing for all our Ebsco databases, as well as many other sources: journals and ebooks that are held in other databases, such as ProQuest or JSTOR; books, DVDs, scores, and other items physically located in the libraries; open access scholarly journals available on the web; streaming audio and video from Kanopy, Alexander Street Press, and Naxos; and images from ArtStor.
This indexing is not 100% complete for non-Ebsco sources, but it’s pretty close. So OneSearch is not the only source you should consult if you are doing very in-depth research, like a review of literature for your thesis, but it should be a good place to start, especially for more general research needs.
OneSearch has many features that we hope will make it easier to use than our existing databases. These include “research starters” that can give you a little background on thousands of topics. It also has smarter search logic, which will expand your search in some of the intuitive ways you are used to from Google. For example if you search for “free speech” and “colleges”, One Search will also include terms like “universities” and “higher education.” You don’t even need to enter the last name first when searching for a specific author.
Our access to EDS is currently on a trial basis. As such, it is not as fully functional as it will be if we commit to adding it permanently. Links to other databases may occasionally be inconsistent, and our e-journal holdings information may have a few gaps, but these should improve with time. Please send any issues you encounter to Josh Roberts, email@example.com.