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Library OneSearch (EBSCO Discovery Service)

A guide to use and best practices for TWU's discovery tool.

OneSearch Search Options

The Advanced Search Box

The advanced search box, available to you on the OneSearch home page and also on the results page, allows you to manipulate searches in very specific ways to determine what search words to use, what category of words they are (e.g. title words, author words, words within the full text of results), and how those words operate in combination with one another.  Here are some examples:




There is also a Concept Map feature that enables you, in graphic form, to visualize relationships stemming from a keyword search. For a tutorial, click here.

The Power of Logging In

Many features of OneSearch call for you to log in with your TWU ID (your TWU email address + password).  Do the initial search and then log in using the yellow bar at the top of the screen:

Interpreting your Results

Your results will include books (print and e-books), journal articles, media, and other resources.  Here are some examples:

Print book:

(Note the location number - QC903 .M382 2014 - which will help you find it on the shelf.)


Electronic Book (Note the icons for full text; clicking on the title of the item will lead to a full description):


Book Review (A review will have the same title as a published book, but there will be a Review icon on the left.  Reviews often appear along with their related books when you search for a book title using the Search Everything tab). For finding reviews, search on "book title" AND review:


Journal Article with PDF:


Journal Article with Link to Full Text


Journal article with Link to Interlibrary Loan (You will need to complete a form to obtain the article from another library):


Government Document (revealed by choosing Ebooks as the limiter to the left of search results).  


ERIC Document (See Full text from ERIC link; found by limiting to Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Journals)