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Search Tips for OneSearch

How do I use Onesearch?

Four steps to using OneSearch effectively
Enter your search terms from the OneSearch tab on the library home page. Follow these four steps for successful searching in OneSearch.


  1. Enter your search terms
  2. Refine your results using the facets on the left
  3. Explore your results and view full records and full text
  4. Explore more results from additional sources

1. Enter your search terms

Enter one or more search terms in the OneSearch search box on the library homepage and click the SEARCH button to launch OneSearch and perform your search. If you want to search for a phrase, enclose your words in "quotation marks". Once you are in OneSearch, there are more options under the search box.

2. Refine your results using the facets on the left

OneSearch can find results in most of the library's databases (including the library catalog) so the number of results it finds can be very large. You can limit your results by using the facets on the left, in the same way that you can when you search sites like eBay or Amazon (or databases like Ebscohost).

OneSearch offers facets for:

  • Resource Types (e.g. Academic Journals, Books, News, Dissertations/Theses, etc.)
  • Subject (standard Library of Congress Subject Headings, which are also used in our Library Catalog)
  • Geographic Location
  • Publication (the journals in which the highest number of matching articles are found)
  • Location (for items in the library catalog)
  • Content Provider (the individual databases that make up the full OneSearch service)

It is important to note that your initial search from the OneSearch tab on the library's homepage has the limiter "Full text articles & the library catalog" applied to your search results.  To expand your search results, uncheck this limiter.  In the Refine your results area you can also limit by date (using the slider, or by typing in start and/or end dates and then clicking Update). This area also allows you limit to items in the catalog only or peer reviewed journals.

3. Explore your results and view full records and full text

OneSearch displays brief records initially. These will often provide you with enough information to decide whether you want to follow them up. If an item is available in full-text in OneSearch the linked to full text, HTML or PDF full-text links will be displayed. Some records also offer Full Text from Eckerd links. As well as finding out whether we have the item online or in the library, Full Text from Eckerd will provide links to our InterLibrary Loan forms if an item is not in our collections.

To find out more about an item without going to the full-text, click on the article title to display the full record. This will show you a description of the item, its subject headings (which can be used to launch new searches) and tools to save, bookmark or cite the item.

4. Explore more results from additional sources

Once you have exhausted the main results set, you can use the Include these Resources panel on the right to find results in additional databases.

You can hover over the name of each additional database to see how many hits it contains, or hover over the Details link just below the Includes these Resources results heading to see a summary of the number of hits found in each database.

We recommend you look at the results from one external database at a time. Just click on the name of the database to display it's results. OneSearch will initially just display the first 30 hits from each external database, so using limits might not be much help. Once you reach the last page of results there is a link to fetch More Results.

Each record has a Retrieve Item link which will take you to the full record on the external database's site. From there you will probably be able to go back to the full results set on the external database's site, as long as OneSearch didn't run your search so long ago that its session on the external database has expired.

Additional Questions?

If you have additional questions about using OneSearch, please contact an Eckerd College Librarian.

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