ENGL 101 English Composition 1

Why One Search?

Holman Library One Search

The library One Search searches for information in all library databases and collections at once. 

Sometimes that is helpful - and other times, the results can be overwhelming and also not the most relevant. 

Here are a few reasons to use the One Search:

  • Use it for an overview of "the conversation" on a topic. Type in your keywords to get a sense of the range of things journalists, scholars, and others are looking at on the topic.
  • Relatedly, the One Search can be useful for narrowing down an overly broad topic.
  • Limit to Reference with filters on the left menu in One Search and you'll be searching in a broader reference collection than Gale eBooks.
  • The One Search is useful for looking for scholarship across the library's different databases at once. 
  • The One Search is the only way to find print books - and a useful way to search print and ebooks at once.
  • Click on the title of something found with the One Search to learn more about that item before reading/ viewing it. 

Here are a few reasons to use individual databases:

  • The One Search does not have a limiter for magazine or trade articles. To find them, it works best to go directly to individual databases and limit to magazine or trade at source type.
  • Subject terms listed in the filters of the One Search are overly general. Academic Search Complete and ProQuest provide much more relevant and useful Subject Terms.
  • It can be overwhelming to find so much at once - and thus difficult to find what you need. 



Holman Library One Search

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Use Holman Library One Search to:
  • Search for books, articles, audiovisual, and more in Holman Library
  • Get an overview of information on a subject
  • Track down citations

Use filters on the left to limit by specific source type, date range, and more.