OneSearch Help

Phrase Searching

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

Boolean Operators

OneSearch offers the following Boolean operations: AND, OR, NOT.

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 before a term. When used in the following query "cytogenetics NOT plants" the results will not include the term "plants".


Parentheses can be used to group search terms and order the precedence of how the query is interpreted by the search system. Left-to-right precedence is usually used in case of multiple Boolean operators, unless parentheses are used. For example, “CRISPR AND (genetics OR genomics)” will search for records that contain the terms CRISPR and either genetics or genomics. Without the parentheses, ““CRISPR AND genetics OR genomics” will search for records that either contain both terms CRISPR and genetics or only contain the term genomics.


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.

Simple Search

The single search box in OneSearch (Simple Search on the main OneSearch page) 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.

With the Simple Search you can choose to search across Everything, Library Catalog, or Articles only. Additional dropdown menus below the search box allow you to limit search by material type, results that contain the exact phrase or begin with the query words, and limit the search to specific parts of the record (anywhere in the record, title, author/creator, subject, ISSN, or user tags).

Select the microphone icon to use the “Search by voice” option. With a microphone enabled, the search form will transcribe spoken words to text and then search for those terms.

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Advanced Search

In Advanced Search you can search by specific fields, use Boolean operators, parentheses, wildcards, and quotes. Choose to limit the search across Everything, Library Catalog, or Articles, and add additional limits using dropdown menus (material type, language, and date range). For each search line, choose which field to search in (any field, title, author/creator, subject, ISSN, or user tags) and whether results will contain, exactly match, or begin with the search term. Combine each search line with a Boolean operator, and add new lines as needed.

To perform a broad search with a wildcard in the Advanced Search, enclose the * wildcard in quotes and select at least one filter. For example, enter “*” in the search line and choose from the dropdown Material Types>Sound Recordings to find all records labeled as sound recordings.

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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:

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