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OneSearch: Introduction

About OneSearch

OneSearch search box

OneSearch is a great place to start your research. It's a one-stop search tool that helps you quickly find the title you want or relevant resources on a subject. Use OneSearch to search for books, scholarly journal articles, e-books, DVDs, images from our digital collections, and more.

When you view search results, OneSearch offers options to filter them in a variety of ways—by publication date, format (academic journals, books, news articles, etc.), subject, and others.

When should I NOT use OneSearch?

To take advantage of the richest features of a research database, including the subject thesaurus or specialized limiters, begin your search at a subject-specific database.

For example, Business Source Complete, PsycINFO, and Medline have powerful features only available in their unique interfaces.

Advanced researchers with more experience searching may prefer to search directly from the database's interface.

Which search should I choose?

OneSearch has four options—each one searches different content and offers different filters.

When you start typing your search words, OneSearch autosuggests search options you can click.

OneSearch Options

  1. Everything is the most comprehensive search, searching all of the resources in the Library Catalog plus many of our digital subscriptions. It will show more items that you can access online immediately.
     
  2. The Library Catalog contains books (print and ebooks), journals, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, audiobooks, music scores, images, maps, TTU dissertations and theses, and archival collections. Use the right side drop-down menu to limit the search to only Architecture Collections, Southwest/Special Collections, Government Documents, and Digital Collections/ThinkTech.
     
  3. Law Library shows books, journals, videos, and other items owned by the Law Library.
     
  4. Course Reserves are materials that instructors have selected to use in their classes—such as your textbook, supplemental readings (articles, book chapters), or films. They're either available online or kept "on reserve" at the Library with a shortened checkout time to give everyone in the class a chance to use them.

Subject Guide

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