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OneSearch is HUL's new one-stop service for finding research materials (books, articles, videos, etc.) all at once.

On the Library's home page (displayed on the right), you will see a search box labeled "OneSearch" open in the left column.




Please click on the right arrow below to continue the tutorial...

Starting a Search

To begin, you would type your search term(s) into the search box and click the Search button.    View search hints.


For this tutorial, let's assume you've just done this - using the terms social networking.

CLICK HERE to see the OneSearch results and proceed with the tutorial.  (You may have to wait a few seconds for the page to load.)


*Note: If you are off campus, you will be required to login with your Hofstra username and password when you click the link above. Please do so before clicking the right arrow below to continue. 

Working with your results

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You see OneSearch retrieved a very large number of results for this search.  To narrow down these results, you will use the limiters on the left menu. Scroll down, if you need to, until you see the Refine your results options.

 Refine your results

Working with your results

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Perhaps you want to retrieve resources that were published most recently - say in the last 3 years.  You can limit your results by using the date-range sliders or typing in a new starting year.

Go ahead and use the slider on the left to set the start year to 2010.  You could also click into the box that currently says 1934 and type in 2010.  After making this change, click the Update button.

When the results are updated, you'll see there is a much smaller set of results than before.

Working with your results

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There are a number of ways to limit your results. 


For details about these limiters, click here.

Take some time now to explore these options yourself and see how the results change.

When you are finished, CLICK HERE to come back to the original set of results and continue the tutorial.

Viewing, Saving & Printing Results

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Viewing your results

Look at the results screen.

  • Each record is numbered and has an icon beside it representing the resource type.Resource type
  • The title of the item is linked to the Detailed Record. 
  • You can see a quick view of the item record if you mouse over the magnifying glass.Quick view
  • Academic Journal articles will display links to access the full text, if available.Text availability
  • If the full text is not available in an Ebsco database, you will see a Find Article button which will help you find the full text in another database.
  • Catalog items will display location, call number and availability when you click on the plus sign next to Catalog Holdings.
    catalog holdings imageLEXICAT holdings
  • eBooks will have a link to access the full text and a download link, if available.

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Saving your results

You will also see this icon under each result:Add to folder

OneSearch (like all EBSCOhost databases) allows you to add selected items to a folder during your search session.  To save items between search sessions, you will have to create an account.  To create an account when you finish this tutorial, you would click on the Sign In link at the top of the search screen.
Create a new account

Follow the link to create a new account.  Once you create an account, you can log in and save all of your searches and selected materials, sharing them with peers.

If you do not log into an account, any material you put in a folder will be lost once you end your search session.

Viewing, Saving & Printing Results

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You can save your results in several ways:

  • Log into your account and place your items into folders.
  • Click on the title of the item to enter the detailed record.  Click on the Save button and follow the prompts to save to a USB.
    Save to USB
  • You may e-mail records to yourself by following the e-mail option from the detailed record.

Viewing, Saving & Printing Results

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Printing your results

Print options depend on the resource type:

  • Full text of Academic Journal articles can be printed by clicking the full text links (HTML or PDF) that appear on the results page and following the prompts.

  • Item records of Catalog items, eBooks and journal articles can be printed by clicking the print icon in the detailed record.

That brings us to the end of this OneSearch interactive tutorial. 

For more detailed information on using this resource, view our OneSearch LibGuide.