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University Library

Using OneSearch

OneSearch

What is OneSearch?


OneSearch is searching tool within the Cal Poly Pomona Library website. It connects users to articles, books, e-books, and media available from the library, as well as items that are available on loan from any of the 23 CSU campuses through our CSU+ delivery service.

Some advantages of using our OneSearch engine include:

  • Search results are returned very quickly.
  • You can search for multiple types of items including items in our catalog such as books, eBooks, media, journal articles, conference proceedings, newspaper articles, etc.
  • The results you receive can be narrowed down using the facets on the left-hand side of the search results.
  • By clicking a facet, you can limit results to full-text only, or scholarly/peer-reviewed only. You can also narrow by a number of other options including format, subject area, date, language and other options.
  • You can expand your search beyond the library’s collection using “Expandmy results” as a facet option. This will include digital collections from other universities and institutions, or other resources to which we may not have access. If you find an electronic resource we do not subscribe to but you need for your research, you can request a digital copy using Document Delivery.
  • You can view your search result citations in a number of different citation formats including APA, MLA, and Turabian/Chicago.
  • The Journal Search function makes it easy to search for specific journal titles.
  • Anyone can search OneSearch from the library’s homepage, including those outside of the Cal Poly Pomona community. In order to access full-text articles however, you’ll have to login using your Cal Poly Pomona library account.
  • Users can save searches or individual results using the "Save Query" button or the favorites pin.

Does OneSearch search all databases?


  • OneSearch includes all of the library catalog, however not all databases are included in the OneSearch results. This means that some subject-specific databases or journals may not be searchable via OneSearch. If you are having issues finding specific database results, please contact your Subject Librarian for further assistance.
  • As with any search interface, the more specific you are when searching, the more likely you are to find a smaller, more targeted results set. If you are receiving too many results, try using more targeted search results. Your research process may require that you submit multiple searches to find what you’re looking for. If you’re having issues finding results, please contact your Subject Librarian for further assistance.


What Databases are Not Available in OneSearch?

OneSearch does not index some of the major databases to which Cal Poly Pomona subscribes including but not limited to the following databases:

  • Biological Abstracts
  • CINAHL
  • Compendex/Ei Village
  • EBL - Ebook Library
  • FAITS - Faulkner's Advisory for IT Studies
  • Mergent/Moody's Online Manuals
  • Ulrichs Periodical Directory
  • Web of Science cited reference searching

Why Can't I Search By Full-Text in All Databases?

Some of our sources can be searched by citation information such as title, author, etc., however not the full text. These include but are not limited to the following databases:

  • Classical Music Library
  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
  • IBISWorld
  • IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL)
  • ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research)
  • JSTOR
  • Knovel Library
  • MyiLibrary
  • Safari Books Online
  • Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science

 Why Aren’t Newspaper Articles Included in OneSearch Results?

Currently newspaper articles are not included in the default search results for OneSearch. Including newspaper articles in the default search results would create a lot of results that might not be relevant when you’re looking for scholarly articles. For more information on searching our newspaper databases, please visit this section on finding newspaper articles or search our newspaper databases here.