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What is One Search?

ECU Libraries subscribe to thousands of online resources.

One Search simplifies the process of finding information in the Libraries. It searches through a vast collection of books, scholarly journals, newspaper articles, e-books, dissertations, conference proceedings, and media all contained in numerous academic databases.

Rather than search for all of these things in separate databases, One Search lets you find them all at once, quickly and easily. Even better, it's tied directly to what is available through the East Carolina University Libraries, whether online or in print. There are some specialized databases that are not discoverable in One Search. To see a complete list of research databases ECU Libraries subscribes to, visit our Databases page.

What's in One Search?


When Should I Use One Search?

One Search is a powerful way to find materials available online and in print from the ECU Libraries. One Search is ideal for tasks like:

  • Exploratory research to select a topic. Discovering a broad overview of what's "out there."
  • Finding a variety of representative information on a topic, from various online and print sources.
  • For faculty, graduate students and others seeking a comprehensive search, One Search is a great starting point since it covers a broad range of sources, it is a great way to find information in related disciplines.  

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