OneSearch Tips

Keyword searching

Enter one or more words you are looking for and click the Search button. OneSearch will now look for items containing all of the words you have entered.

Phrase searching

To search for a phrase, wrap quotation marks around your phrase, eg "social exclusion".

Searching for any word or phrase

You can search for items that contain at least one of the words or phrases you type in the Search box. To do so, type OR between the words or phrases.

For example, to search for items with the word soccer or the word football, type the following in the search box: soccer OR football.

Excluding words or phrases

You can exclude items that contain specific words or phrases. To do so, type NOT and then type the word or phrase to exclude.

For example, to search for items with the word football and exclude any of these items with the word soccer, enter the following in the search box: football NOT soccer.

Note: When using AND, OR, NOT between search terms you must enter them in uppercase letters, otherwise OneSearch will consider them as part of the query.

Searching using wildcard characters

You can also use the following wildcard characters in your searches:

Use a question mark to perform a single character wildcard search.

For example, type wom?n to search for records that contain the words woman, women etc

Use an asterisk to perform a multiple character wildcard search.

For example, type cultu* to search for records that contain words such as culture, cultural, culturally etc

Expand your search

Use the power of Recommendations to find out what others are reading relating to your search. When you search for articles you will see that some results have a Recommendations tab. In this tab you will see what other results people who clicked on this result went on to view.

Times Cited

When searching for articles you will see that some results have a Times Cited tab. In this tab you will see the number of times this article has been cited by others in their work, and so get an idea of how much impact the article has had. Clicking on the number will take you to the Web of Science or Scopus databases, where you can view the other articles and follow links back to OneSearch for the full text.

DOI numbers

To search for a DOI number, just pop it into the search box and choose the 'Articles and more' tab. Leave the prefix out, just include the number eg 10.1177/0961463X15575842

Relevancy ranking

Whenever you carry out a search in OneSearch you have the option to tell OneSearch a little bit about yourself. Nothing personal, just the discipline in which you are primarily interested. Click on the 'Personalize your results' link on the left-hand side of any brief results screen and you will get this pop-up window:

Personal settings in OneSearch

You can change this at any time, or choose not to use it - it's up to you.

This personalised relevancy setting does not alter the total number of results you will retrieve for a given search, but it will take into account whether you are, for instance, doing Law and want to show results from journals allied to Law. The list of disciplines do not match exactly the departments at Lancaster, so choose the nearest you can to the subject that interests you most, ideally just one to get the best relevancy matching.

This only works on searches carried out in the 'Articles and More' and 'Everything' tabs on OneSearch, and the relevancy improvement does depend to a certain extent on the nature of the search. Try it and see if it works for you. We would be interested in any feedback.