OneSearch Help

Phrase Searching

OneSearch allows for phrase searching with the use of " ". The query "flow cytometry" will find results with that exact phrase.

Searching Specific Fields

The single search box in OneSearch (basic search box or keyword search box in advanced search) will search across many fields automatically. For example, entering an ISBN (for books), ISSN (journals), DOI (articles), PMID (PubMed citation number), or Call Number will bring back associated records.

You can explicitly search a field using the strategy: "field:(search terms)." For example, the search ISSN:(1097-2765), finds records that contain that value in the ISSN field.

Searchable fields:

  • Title
  • Subject Terms
  • Author
  • Publisher
  • Publication Title
  • Volume
  • Issue
  • Language
  • Notes
  • ISBN
  • ISSN
  • DOI

Boolean Operators

OneSearch offers the following Boolean operations: OR, NOT and AND. The operators must be written in ALL CAPS.

By default, all terms in a search are combined with the AND operator. To expand the results set, use the OR operator "nanoscience OR nanotechnology " will return items that contain either term.

This can be combined with quoted terms such as "nanoscience" OR "nanotechnology ".

To exclude items in OneSearch, use the NOT operator or "-" character before a term. When used in the following query "cytogenetics NOT plants" the results will not include the term "plants".


Searches can be performed using the wildcards ? and *.

The question mark ? will match any one character and can be used to find "Olsen" or "Olson" by searching for "Ols?n".

The asterisk * will match zero or more characters within a word or at the end of a word. A search for "Ch*ter" would match "Charter", "Character", and "Chapter". When used at the end of a word, such as "therap*", it will match all suffixes "therapeutic", "therapies", "therapist", "therapy", etc.

Wildcards cannot be used as the first character of a search.

Proximity Operators

Use the tilde (~) character and a number at the end of multiple words to limit results containing query words within close proximity. When used on the phrase "chloroplast import "~3, the term chloroplast and the term import will have to be found within 3 words of each other in the document. NOTE: proximity searching does not take the order of search terms into account.

Advanced Search

In Advanced Search you can search by specific fields, use Boolean logic and "exact phrase" searching.

The search results page is divided into four parts:

Part A - Search Options

OneSearch Part-A
  • A.1 - A Search box to improve your current search or initiate a new search.
  • A.2 - Click on the radio button to keep you current search refinements (see Part C).
  • A.3 - A link to Advanced Search.
  • A.4 - Your search terms and the number of results (to narrow it down, see Part C).
  • A.5 - Click on the Library logo to go to Scientific Library's home page.
  • A.6 - Offsite Access Login

Part B - Search Results

OneSearch Part-B
  • B.1 - Hover the mouse over the title of an item for more details.
  • B.2 - Click on the author's name to view more items by that author.
  • B.3 - Click on the FNL Full Text Online to take you to the FNL full text.
  • B.4 - For other formats, check the item's availability from the Scientific Library catalog.

Part C - Refine Your Search

OneSearch Part-C
  • C.1 - Your search result will include items in Scientific Library's OneSearch collection that match your search terms (excluding newspaper articles, book reviews and trade publications). Click the check boxes to change these search parameters.
  • C.2 - Narrow your results by:
    • Items with full text online
    • Content Type;
    • Subject Terms;
    • Publication Date;
    • Library Location; and
    • Language
    Each time you click in a box, OneSearch refines the original results list to match the specific categories selected.
  • C.3 - "Limit to articles from scholarly publications ..." usually equals peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • C.4, and C.5 - Click more options to see the full list of options and to select multiple boxes at once.

    OneSearch Part-C subject terms
  • C.6 - Use the date slider to change the Publication Date range of results. Hover over each vertical bar to see how many relevant articles were published in that year.
  • C. 7 - Select results from a particular Library location that holds item(s) listed in the search result set.
  • C. 8 - OneSearch supports searching in some foreign languages. The use of the language filter and expectations will be different for people in different fields.

Part D - Sorting, Viewing, Printing, Saving, Referencing

OneSearch Part-D
  • D.1 - Change the results sort order from relevance to date.
  • D.2 - Print the results list.
  • D.3 - Subscribe to a RSS feed to receive regular updates on new items matching your search terms.
  • D.4 - Click on the "see a preview of this item" icon for more details of this item.
  • D.5 - Results can be collected into a temporary folder for later perusal. To save a citation, hover the mouse over the citation, click on the "save this item" icon. It will save the item in a folder of saved results (see D.6).
  • D.6 - The OneSearch screen contains a horizontal bar which is locked to the bottom of the Web browser. Once you have saved all the relevant citations, click on the "Saved items" link of the results list. From the panel, select your preferred citation style (APA, MLA, etc), referencing software and email, print, or export them to a bibliographic management software application.

OneSearch supports the following browsers and devices:

  • Internet Explorer 6.0+
  • Firefox 3.0+
  • Safari 4.0+
  • Chrome
  • iPhone 2.0+
  • iPad
  • BlackBerry 8500+
  • Android 1.0+