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One Search Help: Search Tips

Tips for Searching

Phrase Searching

One Search allows phrase searching with the use of quotation marks. Type “teacher education” to find results with that exact phrase.

Boolean Operators

One Search offers the following Boolean operations: OR, NOT, and AND. The operators must be written in ALL CAPS.

Use AND to search both terms. For example, heart disease AND women. To expand the results set and search alternative terms use OR for example, microcircuits OR nanocircuits will return items that contain either term. Use NOT to exclude a term. For example, "artificial intelligence" NOT robots.

Searching Specific Fields

The single search box in One Search (basic search box or keyword search box in advanced search) will search across many fields automatically. For example, entering an ISBN, ISSN, or call number will bring back records related to those fields.

You can explicitly search a field using the strategy: field:(search terms). For example, the search title:(Art of Creative Teaching) finds records that contain those words in the title. 

Use quotation marks with this strategy to find records with exact phrases.  The search title:("Art of Creative Teaching") finds records with that exact phrase in the title field.

Wildcard Use

Searches within One Search can be performed using the wildcards ? and *.

The question mark (?) will match any one character and can be used to find Olsen or Olson by searching for Ols?n.

The asterisk (*) will match zero or more characters within a word or at the end of a word. A search for Ch*ter would match Charter, Character, and Chapter. When used at the end of a word, such as Temp*, it will match all suffixes, for example, Temptation, Temple and Temporary.

Wildcards cannot be used as the first character of a search.