Using OneSearch is easy but it can be a little tricky for doing research in many multidisciplinary subject areas including this one. Here are some tips to help you use it.
At the first opportunity get in the habit of signing in. Signing in lets you see more options and allows you to request books, articles and other materials that the Pollak Library does not own from other CSUs and other libraries.* There are certain databases that will only be searched once you are logged in.**
OneSearch is set to emphasize full text. Abstract databases and Index databases -- SOME IMPORTANT DATABASES ARE IN THESE CATEGORIES -- are excluded until you expand your results. Here is how to do this: Once you have done a search, go to the left-hand column entitled Refine my results and click the box that says. (This may seem misleading as you are actually getting more results from our library as well as those from other libraries. It will expand your search results to non-full-text databases. Then we may actually have access to the full-text in another database we own or we can request it from another library.)
Use other options in Refine my Results column to narrow your search.
If you are still having trouble come to the reference desk or contact me at the email to the right.