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OneSearch Frequently Asked Questions


What is OneSearch?

OneSearch is a new search platform that aggregates most of the library’s electronic and print resources, making them all searchable at the same time from one central location. The purpose of OneSearch is to streamline your research process; now, instead of having to go to the library catalog to search for books and individual databases to search for articles, you can do all of your searching through the OneSearch platform.

What can I search using OneSearch?

OneSearch includes the Fordham Library Catalog, most of the databases, the Institutional Repository, and our Digital Collections. When you search using OneSearch, you will find books, articles, images, graphs, charts, and more.

What are the advantages to using OneSearch?

  • It saves you time with your research. OneSearch makes all of Fordham Library resources searchable from one location, so you no longer have to search individual databases one at a time.
  • It helps you discover resources that you may not find without using OneSearch, because OneSearch is searching all of the databases at once.
  • It is a good starting point for your research. By using such an expansive search tool, you will get a sense of the depth and breadth of the resources on your topic.
  • It lets you see most relevant results displayed first, whether they are books, scholarly articles, media or digital content.

How do I search OneSearch?

Enter keywords in the single search box just as you would in an internet search engine. It's not unusual for searches to return thousands of results, but you can refine your search using the options on the left side of your results screen, such as content type, subject or date. For a more specific search, use the Advanced Search option. When available, full text PDF and HTML documents will be shown in the search results page.

Does it include everything that the library owns?

At this point, OneSearch does not search all databases that Fordham subscribes to. For example, it does not include non web-based databases, ones that are available on CD-ROM, and/or require access from dedicated workstations. In addition, some Fordham databases are not included in OneSearch at this time due to publisher restrictions, such as MathSciNet. Those databases can be searched as separate resources. More content will be added to OneSearch as it becomes available.

I’m having trouble using OneSearch. Help!

Fordham University Librarians are here to help you with your research. For searching and reference questions, please go to the Library homepage and click on Ask a Librarian where you can text your question or find phone help contacts. For Access IT ID problems, contact x3999 or email HelpIT@fordham.edu. For access problems, contact Lynn Parliman, Electronic Resources Librarian, parliman@fordham.edu.