Find useful resources for your classes using One Search
Posted on Thursday, January 26th, 2017
The new year is a great time to start fresh, or maybe improve on something from last year. In this term, you might be looking for support for your classes. Whether you’re looking for material to help you learn a skill for class, doing research for an assignment, or just looking for a book or video for your own personal interest, knowing how to search will help you find what you’re looking for without wasting your time.
The Library’s One Search platform is a great place to start your search, and you can find it right on the Library homepage. It searches across most of the Library’s digital resource collections, and displays the results in one list. This means that instead of having to search through multiple collections from several different companies, you can use One Search and find most of the same results in a much shorter time.
For example, Veterinary Technician/Assistant Students can find an ebook of Veterinary Technician’s Daily Reference Guide: Canine and Feline, a video on The Future of Animal Care, and an article in an academic journal on Risk factors associated with calcium oxalate urolithiasis in dogs evaluated at general care veterinary hospitals in the United States, all within the same search.
One Search also has useful filters to help you narrow down your search results to the most relevant resources. You can see a demonstration of these filters in our video on Refining Search Results in One Search. The following limiters are the most useful filter options.
Start by limiting your search to the types of resources that fit your criteria, such as peer reviewed sources, or titles published in the last five years. The following filters can be found under ‘Limit to’:
- Available in Library Collection: limit results to items that you can access right away through the Library collection, either online or on campus.
- Full Text: limit results to items where the full text of the article is available online.
- Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals: limit results to articles from peer reviewed journals. This is especially useful if you have to use peer reviewed sources for an assignment.
- Publication Date: limit the date range of the results you see. This is a useful way to narrow your search to the most current results.
Once you’ve eliminated results that don’t fit your criteria, you can use the filters under Source Types and Subject to narrow your search further and find exactly what you’re looking for.
- Source Types: choose the type(s) of results that you want to view, such as videos, academic journal articles, trade publications, or news items.
- Subject: Use the terms in the subject box to help refine your search terms. This can help you look at a specific aspect of the topic that you searched.
These search filters will make finding useful resources easier and faster. You can start the new year and new term on the right foot with your search skills.
For more tips and techniques to help you with your search, check out our Online Search Tips brochure.