OneSearch Tips

Keyword searching

Enter one or more words you are looking for and click the Search icon or hit enter on the keyboard. You can choose what type of material you want to find by selecting 'Books and more', 'Articles and more', or 'Everything' from the drop-down menu. 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. Try the advanced search option as this makes it easier to construct complex searches line by line.

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 cultur* 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 a list of related items on the right-hand side of the results list.

Times Cited

When searching for articles you will see that some results have a Citations section. In here you will see links to records 'citing this' and 'cited in this' article, and so get an idea of how much impact the article has had. To get a comprehensive idea of an article's impact you should combine this feature with a search in the Web of Science or Scopus databases.

DOI search

To search for a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), just pop it into the search box and choose the 'Articles and more' tab. Leave the prefix out, just include the bit after 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 top of brief results screen when searching for articles and you will get a pop-up window similar to this:

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.