OneSearch is a library tool that allows you to search multiple resources at once. It includes materials in print as well as online, but we will focus on online resources for now.
The library provides access to many online databases. These are private collections of information, such as articles and eBooks, that we subscribe to on behalf of the college so that people affiliated with WCC can use that information.
OneSearch is not a database, but it is one way to search their content. Think of it like Google, but for our library.
It will also return results for articles from some public websites. These are websites, such as PubMed, which are known to publish reliable research articles.
Can OneSearch show me absolutely everything in the library databases?
OneSearch is not a perfect tool. What it will show you depends on the accuracy of its underlying information about the contents of each library database or website.
Since the content of databases and websites is updated frequently, you may sometimes find a link to an article in OneSearch that does not work.
This also means that in a sense, OneSearch is skimming the surface of what the library has to offer.
That doesn't make it a bad tool. It does mean that if you want to ensure you're getting everything our databases can provide, it's better to go access them directly at our Articles & Databases page.
So, what is the best way to use OneSearch?
Consider it a good place to start if you're not sure what you're looking for yet or you don't know which library database to choose.
It can give you an idea of the breadth of information the library can provide on a particular topic.
It's also a good way to get used to "limiters" on your search results. These are categories to the left of your search results list that will allow you to filter what you see based on certain criteria.
As you look at your search results in OneSearch and start clicking through them, you'll be able to see which library databases or websites come up the most often. This can be a good way to get to know the library's collections and begin to decide if there are ones that you prefer to use directly.