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Search Tips

How to find more of what you want in OneSearch

Searching in OneSearch is easy, but you can sometimes get too many results. If you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, use the filters on the left side of the screen to expand or narrow your results. The "Discipline" filter can be especially useful for weeding irrelevant results. You may also want to revise your keywords; learn about creating search queries.

Use wildcards to expand your search

Question mark (?) will match any one character

gr?y will find gray or grey

wom?n will find woman and women

Asterisk (*) will match zero or more characters within a word or at the end of a word

ch*ter will find charter, character, and chapter

temp* will find temptation, temple, and temporary

Use proximity searching to narrow your search

Proximity searches limit search result sets to terms within a specified number of words from each other. To perform a proximity search, enclose your search terms in quotes and use the tilde (~) followed by a number indicating the distance you want to allow between search terms.

The example search below finds material where "yeast" and "bread" appear within ten words of each other.

"yeast bread"~10

You may also want to try the Advanced Search screen

Advanced options let you limit your search to particular journal titles, date ranges, items by or about an individual, particular formats or library locations, and more.

Go to Advanced Search

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