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OneSearch @ CSULB: Search Tips

Search Tips for OneSearch

Phrase Searching

Like Google, if you want the words you search to show up together use “ ” around search terms. The search “teacher education” will find results with that exact phrase.


Boolean Operators - AND, OR, NOT

OneSearch allows searching with the following Boolean operations: ORNOT and AND. The operators must be written in ALL CAPS. Alternatively, the advanced search can be used and the terms placed on different rows.

To narrow a search, combine terms with the AND operator.

To expand the results set, use the OR operator microcircuits OR nanocircuits will return items that contain either term. This can be combined with quoted terms such as “teacher education” OR “educator training”.

To exclude items in OneSearch, use the NOT operator or the minus sign (-) before a term. The search animal NOT dog does not include results with the term dog.


Wildcard Use in OneSearch

Searches within OneSearch can be performed using the wildcards ? and *.

The question mark (?) will match any one character and can be used to find Olsen or Olson by searching for Ols?n.

The asterisk (*) will match zero or more characters within a word or at the end of a word. A search for Ch*ter would match CharterCharacter, and Chapter. When used at the end of a word, such as Temp*, it will match all suffixes, for example, TemptationTemple and Temporary.

Wildcards cannot be used as the first character of a search.

Browser Support

Browser Support

OneSearch supports the following browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 8.0+
  • Firefox 27.0.1+
  • Safari 9.0+
  • Chrome 33.0+

For all browsers, you must enable JavaScript, and SSL 3.0.