Thanks to those who attended the first Research Bites session on 2015-16 on Top 5 OneSearch Tips. This session was for anyone who hadn’t had the chance to explore some of the more advanced features of OneSearch, the Library discovery tool.
Unfortunately it wasn’t possible to record this session, so here are the tips in brief:
1. Log in with your University account
- Get access to what we have paid for on your behalf, on and off campus
- See immediately how long you can borrow items for
- Access personalised features and your library account
- Renew, request
- Update Personal settings to aid relevancy ranking
- Access the e-shelf
When using Library resources as a distance learner/researcher, using the VPN is also a useful solution.
2. Use the right tab for your purpose
- Books and More = physical library and ebooks, journal titles, theses, DVDs…
- Articles and More = Journal articles, full text and abstracts, book chapters, DOI
- Everything = everything, regardless of format
Be aware that your keywords will need to be adapted, depending on the type of information you’re looking for.
3. Know the search tricks
- For truncated searches use an asterisk: behavio*
- For exact phrases use quotation marks: “cognitive behaviour therapy”
- To include any word or phrase use OR: cognitive behaviour therapy OR CBT
- To exclude a term use NOT: football NOT american
- To group terms use brackets: (“cognitive behavio* therapy” OR CBT) AND depression
4. Refine your search
- Is the type of resource important? Can you exclude any? Should you focus on any e.g. review articles? Some resources types, e.g. data, company reports, market reports, news are NOT covered well in OneSearch. Consider using an individual database.
- Is the date important? Be able to justify your date limit e.g. after an important review, report, change in legislation.
OneSearch sorts by relevance. Sort by date will kick out the relevance, so you can instead use the date limiter
5. Use the e-shelf
- Add your results, either from the list, the whole page of results or individually
- Organise your results, make notes
- Revisit your results
- Export your results to a reference manager/email/link.
- Search history: re-run your search
- Get an alert when new material is added
- Rss feed
There is also a useful guide to Using OneSearch on the Library website.
How often is the search alert sent? Every week. There isn’t currently a feature to change the frequency of alerts.
What happens if I find a broken link in OneSearch? Please ask for help with as many details as you can.