What is OneSearch!?
OneSearch! is a new tool for searching most of Rod Library’s resources from a single search box located in the upper middle portion of the home page. Search results can include articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers; books; government publications; and other resources such as DVDs. Search results can be fine-tuned using facets such as source types. Expanders and limiters can be used to increase or decrease what’s being searched.
OneSearch! is the Rod Library implementation of the commercial product called EBSCO Discovery Service. It replaces the Panther Prowler search system.
OneSearch! is a single index that lists items from the Rod Library catalog (UNISTAR), most Rod Library subscription databases (such as PsycINFO, JSTOR, and ScienceDirect), and additional open access resources.
Many of the articles and other materials from databases of certain providers are incorporated into OneSearch! through other channels, though less than 100% of their items are covered. These providers include ProQuest (with databases such as ABI/INFORM Complete, Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts, and Sociological Abstracts). Another provider not currently 100% covered is Gale Cengage (with databases such as Gale Virtual Reference Library, Opposing Viewpoints, and Academic OneFile), but their materials will be 100% integrated into OneSearch over the next several months.
When to Go Directly to a Specific Database
While OneSearch! provides an effective way to search the Rod Library catalog and many other Rod Library databases, individual databases provide additional specialized ways to search that may be effective for particular subjects. Individual databases can be accessed under the Databases A-Z heading on the Library home page.
Sign In to Create a Personal Account With More Features
Use the Sign In link in the upper right corner of OneSearch! pages to create a personal account. This personal account can be used to do things like organizing search results into folders, saving preferences such as citation style, sharing results with others, and creating alerts for publication of new works on a particular topic. If you have previously created a personal account in a Rod Library EBSCO database, you should be able to access this account via OneSearch, which is also an EBSCO service.
How to Use
OneSearch! is intended to provide easy-to-use access to Rod Library electronic and physical collection items. An Advanced Search tab provides additional ways to limit search terms to particular fields and to limit results by factors such as publication type, date, and subject. Help screens provide context-sensitive assistance.
Please stop by the reference desk or Ask Us!  online for help in using OneSearch! and other search tools and services.
July 11, 2013