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OneSearch: Home

A user's guide to using the LRC's OneSearch service.

What is OneSearch?

OneSearch simplifies the process of finding information in the library. It allows you to access most all of the library's resources using a simple, Google like, search box.  

This includes database articles, eBooks, and physical items in the library's catalog, such as books and DVDs. 

Off Campus Access

When using OneSearch from off campus, click on the Hello, Guest. Login for full access link at the top of your results page. Then enter your library card number, found on the back of your Student ID card. When prompted for this number be sure to use a capital D and your digits with no spaces in between, for example D8692xxxxx. 


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Jeannette Glover
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Using OneSearch

When should I use OneSearch?

OneSearch is a great place to start your research. You can quickly find relevant resources on your subject without deciding which databases to use. 

When should I not use OneSearch?

There are times you may need resources from a specialized database for your research. Databases such as PsycINFO and CINAHL are subject relevant and use specific features available to only their interfaces.  

Quick Search Tip

exclamation point image       To search for books and DVDs in the SRC library collection, limit your search by selecting "Catalog Only" in the Refine Search column (left side on the results page).

Relevancy Ranking in OneSearch

So how does OneSearch decide which results should appear first? 

Like all search engines OneSearch begins by finding records that contain the words that match the user's search query. Some matching fields are considered more important than others for relevance scoring purposes and are weighted to take advantage of their relative importance. 

Maximizing Accuracy with Field Ranking

The fields below are the most influential fields used in relevance ranking calculations, and are listed in order of influence.

  1. Subject heading
  2. Title
  3. Author-supplied keywords
  4. Abstract
  5. Authors
  6. Full-text

Additional metadata fields, beyond those listed above, also contribute to relevance scoring.

(adapted from EBSCO Help site)