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Information about the AU Library OneSearch.

What is OneSearch?

OneSearch is a tool that searches across many library databases, eBook collections, the AU Library Catalog, and the OhioLINK catalog simultaneously. 

This simple one-stop search saves time and may lead you to sources you might otherwise have overlooked.  It's great when you just need a little bit of information, whether from a book or an article. It's also useful when you think you've exhausted all other sources and want to make sure you haven't overlooked a relevant database or book.

You'll get many, many results with OneSearch, so take advantage of the limit options on the left sidebar of the results screen.  Options include:

  • Publication Date -- Choose a specific year or date range.
  • Source Type -- Limit to academic journals, e-books, reviews, etc.
  • Content Provider -- View results from individual databases,eBook collections,  AU Library Catalog or the OhioLINK catalog .
  • Subject--Choose from provided subtopics to refine your search and make it more relevant, less overwhelming.

 NOTE: the search results of AU Librar y's OneSearch are only available to students, faculty and staff of Ashland University. You will need to log in with your last name and 7 digit AU ID number after clicking on "Hello, Guest! Login for full access." 


When to use OneSearch

OneSearch is a good first step for your research, allowing you to identify relevant resources—books, e-books, and articles—without having to choose among databases or the library catalogs.

However, OneSearch does not:

  • cover all the databases to which the library subscribes.
  • have the advanced features offered by some specific databases, such as MedLINE or PsycINFO.

If you need to conduct a comprehensive search, such as an in-depth literature review, you should search individual databases, as well as OneSearch.  As you become more proficient in the research process of your major, you will want to grow more familiar with mastering the discipline-specific databases.

Need help with OneSearch?

Please don't hesitate to ask a reference librarian for help with navigating OneSearch or any of our other resources.  Stop by the Information Desk on the main floor of the Library, or...

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