Welcome to the Information and Library Services tutorial on the overview of UMUC Library OneSearch, the library’s newest research tool. This tutorial will last approximately 3 minutes. UMUC Library OneSearch allows users to find scholarly articles, books and other research resources using via a single search engine. You can simultaneously search most of the databases to which UMUC subscribes.
For a list of the resources that OneSearch searches, please click on the ‘Help’ button.
On the new page, choose the option ‘What databases are included in OneSearch?’. Databases are searched either directly or as additional resources. Databases that are searched directly are either part of the Ebsco family of resources, including Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, PsycINFO , etc., or ones with which Ebsco has contractual agreements that allow access to all of the information about the content, including JSTOR, ScienceDirect, Social Sciences Citation Index, etc.
Additional Resources are databases that UMUC owns, but because Ebsco has limited agreements with them, including ABI/Inform Complete, BIOSIS previews, Dissertations and Theses, the particular vendors do not allow the resources to be automatically included in the original, main UMUC Library OneSearch pool. The list of which is which appears below.
Databases that are not searched in OneSearch and need to be searched separately are listed at the bottom of the page.
The default search is the basic or keyword search. For more options, click on ‘Advanced Search’.
On the Advanced Search page, you’ll notice three different search options. ‘Find all my search terms’ automatically puts ‘AND’ between each of the words entered into the search box.
‘Boolean/Phrase’ supports Boolean or exact phrase searching and ignores stop words such as ‘a’, ‘an’, ‘the’, ‘between’, etc.
Last, ‘Find any of my search terms’, automatically puts ‘OR’ between the search terms entered and looks for all of the terms entered.
Back on the main, or basic search page, I am going to do a search for “college students” AND stress AND “united states”. Note: putting phrases in quotation marks tells the database to search for that exact phrase. Click the search button when you are ready.
You’ll notice there are 1,347 results for our search on “college students” AND stress AND “united states”.
Search results automatically appear in order of relevance. You can also have them appear in order of ‘Date Descending’, meaning newest resources appear on top or ‘Date Ascending’, meaning the oldest resources appear on the top.
Looking at the results, you’ll notice different icons that indicate the type of resource. For instance, you have an Academic Journal and a Book here.
Further down the page, we see the icon for dissertations, theses and reports. There are several different ways to determine if the article is full-text in the database or not. If it is full-text in the database, you will see either a pdf or an HTML icon. If it is not full-text in the database, you will see the findit icon. If it is not full-text in the database, you can click on the findit button, which will search through other UMUC databases to see if it’s full-text in another database.
Further down the results list, you’ll see other options for full-text. You’ll notice two articles that are have full-text. One is pdf full-text. The other is HTML full-text. Pdf is basically a photocopy of the article and it will show exactly how that article appeared in print. HTML is hand-coded and there is a possibility for errors.
Please contact a UMUC librarian if you need help with UMUC Library OneSearch or for any of your research needs. WE are available a number of ways, including Instant Messaging, phone and walk-in visits, as well as 24/7 via email and live chat. Thank you for viewing this presentation.
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