Getting Started With OneSearch:
In addition to the hundreds of subject-specific databases available online, the Indiana University Library system also offers OneSearch, a version of EBSCO Discovery Service tailored for the IU Libraries. This service allows users to search over a hundred databases, including IUCAT. This means that searching in OneSearch can result in several different media, including books, journal articles, newspaper articles, video and audio recordings, and digital archival materials. While OneSearch is meant to be easy to use, the vast amount of resources included in the search can sometimes lead to a large number of results that may not be useful. This guide provides several tips for searching and discusses many helpful features of OneSearch. OneSearch is accessible through the Indiana University Libraries homepage. Just go to the footer of the webpage and click on “OneSearch@IU” under “Top Recommended Resources!”
How to Search:
Below, you’ll find a link to a video tutorial on how to use OneSearch. While the video will briefly display the basic search window that appears on the OneSearch homepage, it focuses on more advanced search techniques in order to help the user get the most relevant results. In the video, we search for subject terms “cochlear implant” as well as “deaf culture,” then limit the results to “full text” offerings published between 2010 and 2014. These are not the only search and limiter options available through OneSearch; while some others are displayed as the video progresses, users should further explore these options after viewing the tutorial. Finally, we demonstrate how to access an online full text article, once the user has located it.
Advanced Searching Tutorial
If the video does not work, please see the step-by-step tutorial instructions at the end of the post.
Location of item:
When viewing the catalog information for resources, OneSearch will denote the physical location on the Search Results page; this makes locating the item that much easier for the user. In the example above, we see the complete first season of Comedy Bang! Bang! can be found at Foster Library, which is located in one of the Bloomington Residence Halls.
If a physical copy of the resource you’re seeking is available, and it has a call number attached, the call number will also be displayed on the Search Results page. In the example above, I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black is listed as available at East Library – Richmond, with the call number PZ7.B529 I6 2012.
Another great feature of OneSearch is the “cite” option. This is available through the right-side toolbar when you are viewing the detailed record of the item. Clicking this link provides the user with a list of citation formats, so they can easily reference the resource.
Check for availability/Request interlibrary loan/HTML full text:
If the resource for which the user is searching has no physical location within the library system, various other options for acquiring the resource will appear. In the above example, we have highlighted these options: “Check for availability,” which will link the user to locations where the resource is available (if any such locations exist); “Request through interlibrary loan,” which should link the user to their library system’s interlibrary loan request form; and “HTML full text,” which will link the user to a full text version of the source. (A fourth option, “PDF full text,” is not shown here.)
How to Perform an Advanced Search:
Note: In this tutorial, we will guide you through the search performed in the video; once you’ve performed this “practice search” yourself, you should be able to more easily navigate the various OneSearch advanced search options.
Step 1: On the OneSearch homepage, click the link labeled “Advanced Search” (located beneath the search box).
Step 2: Type “cochlear implant” into the first search box and, using the drop-down arrow (labeled “Select a Field”), choose “SU Subject Terms;” be sure to note the other possible field searching options.
Step 3: In the next search box, type “deaf culture” and select “SU Subject Terms” again. Once you’ve done this, click the “Search” button to the right of the search boxes.
Step 4: A list of search results will appear. Note that this initial search has yielded roughly 45 results. Not bad, but there are probably some resources in there you won’t be able to use. If you look to the left-hand side of the screen, you’ll see a list labeled “Limit To.” Check the box beside “Full Text;” this will limit the search results to resources with full text available to view online.
Step 5: Look to the “Limit To” list again. At the bottom, you’ll see a slide bar labeled “Publication Date” with years on each end; type “2009” into the left-hand box. This will limit your results further to resources published in the last 5 years.
Step 6: You should be left with roughly 10 results; click on the article “Deaf Culture” by Ryan O’Hanlon. Once the catalog information for this resource has loaded, you should see a link labeled “PDF Full Text” on the left-hand side of the screen; clicking this link will bring you to a full-text online version of the article.
– Kaitlin Bonifant and Ryan Frick