It is the Library Search tool. It looks like a Google search, but instead of searching websites, it searches academic resources to which the Library subscribes.
One Search includes resources such as books, articles from scholarly journals, newspapers, popular magazines, statistics, literature reviews, biographies, and encyclopedic articles. For the majority of your research assignments, this is the type of information that you need.
One Search will search most of the Library digital resource collections. To find out which resources are included, you can view our list of resources that are not covered by One Search. You can also access a complete list of our digital resource collections.
Can’t find what you’re looking for?
No problem. Below are some tips and tricks to help you find the best information in One Search. Most of these tricks can be used in a Google search too!
- Start with a simple search.
Type in the topic, person, or place that you need information on. For example:
- Political engagement
- Canada politics
- Youth voting
- Add more search terms.
If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, add more descriptive terms. For example, start with:
- More precise: politics participation
- Even more precise: politics participation Canada
- Use words from your discipline.
Try searching for information using specific terms that are unique to your discipline (for instance, keywords found in your textbook). For example:
- Not ideal: energy from the sun
- Better: solar panels
- Even better: renewable energy
- Use only important words or concepts rather than an entire sentence.
- Not ideal: Are Canadian youth politically engaged?
- Better: Canadian youth political engagement
- Use quotation marks to search for an exact phrase.
One Search allows you to search for an exact phrase by surrounding it with quotation marks (“). For example:
Note: Quotation marks only work with complete words. Be careful when cutting and pasting phrases into quotation marks. “Political engagement in Cana” will not retrieve “political engagement in Canada”
- “Political engagement” will find results with that exact phrase.
- Political engagement will find results with the word political and the word engagement. Results with the terms in a phrase will appear first, followed by results that have both terms (not in a phrase) and finally, results that have one of the terms.
- Narrow your search results with filters.
The left sidebar on the One Search results page offers plenty of search filters to shorten your results list so it is more specific to your search needs. For example:
- Limit To: Show results that are
- Full Text (you can see the full text online now)
- Available in Library Collection (books, videos, etc. in the AC Library)
- Peer Reviewed Journals (articles from publications that are peer-reviewed, which by default are scholarly.)
- Print Books
- Published within a certain date range
- Source Type: View specific types of resources (ebooks, news, etc.).
- Subject: Add suggested search terms to narrow your search even further.
You can select multiple options to narrow your original search results. For example, you can search for scholarly articles published within the last year on education in Ontario. For more information, view our Search Tips in our Research Guide.