Find (Almost) Everything in OneSearch, and Explore Some New Databases Too

Last year the library added a new tool that ties together almost all of our resources. We’re calling it OneSearch, and it’s easy to find: just visit the library home page and you’ll see the search box.

The name may not be original—you’ll find dozens of libraries, including Sac State’s, calling similar tools (known as “discovery layers”) OneSearch—but if you’re hoping to cast the widest possible net of what you can access via the SCC library, it’s the tool to use. OneSearch results draw from, among other things (complete list available on our website):

  • The library catalog (books, videos and more)
  • Over 120,000 ebooks
  • Periodical databases from EBSCOhost, ScienceDirect, JSTOR, and LexisNexis Academic
  • Streaming audio from Naxos Music Library and images from ARTstor

You’ll find that the kinds of resources that pop up differ from search to search. “Duke Ellington” brings up mostly books, ebooks, images and audio on the first couple screens of results; schizophrenia brings up books, ebooks and academic articles; wikileaks finds law review articles, books, and news articles among other items. OneSearch is provided by EBSCO, so just as in other EBSCOhost databases, you can use the links on the left-hand side of the screen to narrow down your results.

OneSearch results list

Use the options on the left-hand side of the screen to narrow your results.

It’s not really an all-in-one tool—links will bring you to other databases for full-text, and you’ll need to click a link to the library catalog to request an item—but for many inquiries, this is a great way to get at relevant materials. And if you’ve got an article citation and want to see if the library has full-text access to it, OneSearch is the quickest way to check. Just type the title and maybe the author’s last name in the search box. If we have it, it should float to the top.

OneSearch does not replace the library catalog or our other databases. For certain needs, a specialized database such as Opposing Viewpoints in Context or CINAHL Plus will do a better job of bringing you pertinent info.

We’ve got a survey running in OneSearch this month. You’ll see it pop up as you are using the database. Let us know what you think!

Have you noticed anything new on the databases page this semester? We’ve added the following databases.

  • Biography in Context: A easy way to get biographical essays, and could be very useful in a number of ESL and basic skills assignments
  • Environment Complete: Articles from scholarly and popular sources in environmental sciences
  • Literature Resource Center: Loads of great literary sources, including anthologies and scholarly journals. (Note: we have this one as a promotion and it will expire in July 2014)
  • Small Business Reference Center: Info on enterpreneurship, business plans and more. Includes several books from Nolo Press.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States: tables from an assortment of government agencies. (This used to be provided for free by the US Government but has been, sadly, privatized.)

If you have comments or questions, let your favorite librarian know! Questions specifically about database functionality or selection should be addressed to Jeff Karlsen.


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