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Getting Started With OneSearch

Your guide to using SIT Library OneSearch discovery tool

Tip 1: Use Boolean Operators (OR, AND, NOT) in your search

a. Use the OR operator to expand your search e.g. Computer OR Internet

Note Effect

OneSearch retrieves the following:

  • all records containing "Computer"
  • all records containing  "Internet"
  • all records containing both "Computer" and "Internet"
Number of search results increases


b. Use the AND operator to combine two or more search terms, e.g. Computer AND Internet

Note Effect

OneSearch retrieves the following:

  • only records containing "Computer" and "Internet"
Number of search results decreases


c. Use the NOT operator to remove unwanted search results e.g. Computer NOT Internet

Note     Effect

OneSearch retrieves the following: 

  • only records containing "Computer"                   
Number of search results decreases

Click here to find out more on the use of boolean operators and truncated terms in your searches.

Tip 2: Phrase searching

a. Some concepts are quite complex and cannot be expressed as a single word e.g. Interest Rates, Global Warming.

Use phrase searching to search for such phrases using quotation marks - "Interest Rates", "Global Warming". 

When one conducts a phrase search in OneSearch, only records containing the the search terms in the specified order will be retrieved. 

Tip 3: Use truncations

a. Use truncations (*) to search different forms of a word with a common word-root

For example: Comput* will search for the following:

- computer;computing; computational; computers

See print-screen below.


Tip 4: Use wildcard '? ' to replace a single or multiple unknown characters in a search term

Wildcard '?' is used to replace a single unknown letter in a search term.

For example, f?x will retrieve the following:

  • fix
  • fax
  • fox

Tip 5: Perform a targeted search for journals & databases

a. Sometimes, you might not be able to find a journal from OneSearch. In such a situation, it would be better if you could conduct your search using the "Journal Search" tab as shown below. 


b.  Select the "DATABASES" tab to search in specific known databases