OneSearch Help

Frequently Asked Questions



Search Tips

Use 'AND' between search terms to narrow your search (e.g. dogs AND puppies will provide results containing BOTH terms).

Use 'OR' between search terms to broaden your search (e.g. dogs OR puppies will return results containing EITHER term).

Use 'NOT' between search terms to eliminate a search term (e.g. dogs NOT puppies will return results containing ONLY dogs).

Use quotation marks to search a phrase exactly as typed (e.g. “video games”).

Use an asterisk to return results that contain various endings of a word (e.g. engin* will return results such as engineer and engineering).

Search for various spellings of a word by replacing a single character with a question mark (e.g. wom?n will return results such as woman, women, and womyn).

Type your search term into the OneSearch box and click the search icon or press enter.

The checkboxes to left of the results list allow you to refine your search.

Under the section titled, ‘Refine Your Search,’ click the ‘Limit to articles from scholarly publications, including peer-review’ box.

A new set of search results will appear that include only scholarly, peer-reviewed materials.

You should alway verify the credibility of peer reviewed resources. Visit UH Libraries’ Evaluating Sources research guide to learn more about the credibility of information sources.

Type your search term into the OneSearch box and click the search icon or press enter.

The checkboxes to left of the results list allow you to refine your search.

Under the section titled, ‘Content Type,’ click on a box to limit to a specific type of resource (i.e. books, journal articles, etc.).

NOTE: Your initial search will default to all resource types. Each time you click a box under ‘Content Type,’ a new set of search results will appear that include just that resource type.

To view and select additional resource types:

  • Click the ‘more’ link at the bottom of the ‘Content Type’ box to see all of the resource types available.
  • Select as many (or as few) as you would like from the ‘Include‘ or ‘Exclude‘ lists and click ‘update’.

Type your search term into the OneSearch box and click the search icon or press enter.

The checkboxes to left of the results list allow you to refine your search.

Under the section titled, ‘Subject Terms,’ click on a box to limit to specific disciplines and subjects (e.g. Social Sciences, History, etc.).

NOTE: Your initial search will default to all relevant subject areas. Each time you click a box under ‘Subject Terms,’ a new set of search results will appear that include just the subjects you select.

To view and select additional subjects:

  • Click the ‘more’ link at the bottom of the ‘Subject Terms’ box to see all of the subjects available.
  • Select as many (or as few) as you would like from the ‘Include’ or ‘Exclude’ lists and click ‘update’.

Type your search term into the OneSearch box and click the search icon or press enter.

The checkboxes to left of the results list allow you to refine your search.

Under the section titled, ‘Language’, click on a box to limit your search results to resources in a particular language (i.e. Spanish, French, etc.).

NOTE: Your initial search will default to all languages. Each time you click a box under ‘Language’, a new set of search results will appear that include resources in just the languages you select.

To view and select additional languages:

  • Click the ‘more‘ link at the bottom of the ‘Language‘ box. This will show you all of the languages available for your search.
  • Select as many (or as few) as you would like from the ‘Include‘ or ‘Exclude‘ lists and click ‘update’.

OneSearch provides database recommendations for certain search terms

EXAMPLE: If you search “global warming,” OneSearch will recommend redoing the search in a subject-specific database, such as GreenFILE.

If your search results contain a database recommendation, a green link to the database will appear at the top of the search results page.

Click this link to enter the database, and re-enter your search terms.

If you want to start your search in a specific database, you can browse ‘Databases by Subject’.





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