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, ‘Show Only,’ click the ‘Peer-reviewed Journals’.

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, ‘Resource Type,’ click on a list item to limit to that type of resource (i.e. books, journal articles, etc.).

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

To select more than one resource type:

  • Click the ‘more’ link at the bottom of the ‘Resource 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‘ columns and click ‘Continue’.

Some search terms have multiple meanings depending on the subject or discipline. In OneSearch You can narrow your search to a specific subject.

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,’ click on a list item to limit to that discipline or 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,’ a new set of search results will appear that include just the subjects you select.

To select more than one subject:

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

You can choose to limit your search to only items available online, such as e-books, journal articles, and images.

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

At the top of the screen, directly above the search box, choose the tab called 'Articles+'.

This will regenerate your search limited to online items available to UH students and faculty.

If there is an online item you would like, but it is not available through the library, place an interlibrary loan request for the item and it will be sent to UH Libraries for your use.

You can choose to limit your search to only physical items available in the libraries.

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

At the top of the screen, directly above the search box, choose the tab called 'Books+'.

This will regenerate your search limited to physical items available in the libraries.

You will find physical items from UH Main campus (Anderson Library, Architecture & Art Library, Music Library and Optometry Library), UH Downtown, and UH Clear Lake.

If you find an item you want, and it is at another campus, place a request for that item, and you can pick it up at the library of your choice.





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