This tutorial is a continuation of Using Brandeis Library OneSearch: Part II and Part I. (Note: Parts I and II of the tutorial open in new tabs/windows; close the new tabs/windows to return to Part II).
Using the other OneSearch tabs
You can search OneSearch for books and other items in the library, and you can also use it to find articles.
The Articles & More tab searches across many of our subscription academic databases to find individual articles from
Some of these databases also include ebooks and audio-visual materials. The Articles & More tab also searches open-source materials, including ebook collections such as HathiTrust (which provides online access to out-of-copyright books owned by the library) and Project Gutenberg.
The All OneSearch tab
The All OneSearch option finds items across multiple academic databases, the library catalog, and other academic resources. It gives you an overview of research on a topic.
Note: Ebooks owned by the library will generally appear in Library Catalog searches, but you may also see links to the library's ebook titles within an Articles & More search. If you’re searching for ebooks, it’s best to search both the Library Catalog and the Articles & More tabs (or get the same results by searching the All OneSearch tab).
Articles & More is a good choice for very specific topics, but if your search terms can be interpreted multiple ways depending on the discipline, then you're better off searching a subject database.
For example, if you searched stress OR anxiety in Articles & More, you would get over a million results -- a very high number that's hard to narrow when so many aspects of stress (medical, psychological, physical etc.) are covered.
Try it and see: click on the Articles & More tab and enter
stress OR anxiety
into the search box. The result list is very long, but the refinements (facets) to the left of the OneSearch results list can help you to narrow your search.
What can you do to narrow your results?
You'll see over 300,000 results, but since PsycINFO is a subject-specific database it offers many more options for narrowing results within the discipline of psychology.
For example, one way to narrow your results is to use the Subject list to the left of the PsycINFO result list. You could select from one or more specific Subjects (or Subject Major Headings), all specific to psychology. And since PsycINFO is a psychology database, you could also narrow your results by Age, Gender, Classification, Methodology, Tests & Measures, or Population, none of which is available in OneSearch Articles & More.
Now let's move back to OneSearch. OneSearch Articles & More is a good resource when you're looking for general information about a topic and don't need (or want) subject-specific refinements. For example, an Articles & More search for information about the Silk Road will bring up results that encompass multiple subject areas, including history, anthropology, trade, and tourism. Try it and see: click on the Articles & More tab and type the phrase
into the search box.
Look over the Subject facet to the left of your results (expanded by clicking "More options" as in the pop-up box shown above) to see all the refinement options you can use. In this way, Articles & More allows you to capture what's been written about a topic over a broad range of subject areas.
What is My Account? How do I sign into it?
Use your Brandeis username and passphrase to sign into My Account. You'll find the link in the upper right corner of the OneSearch page:
Once you're signed in, you’ll see all the items you saved while searching OneSearch. These items will be saved for all future logins.
You can also save specific searches and alerts under the My Searches tab, and view your loans, requests, fines and fees under the My Account tab.
If you don't sign in, OneSearch will save this information temporarily during your current search session, but it will not be retained for the next time you use OneSearch.
What is My Items? How is it different from My Account?
When you are signed into your OneSearch account, you can click where it says My Items (on the upper right) to view saved materials. Items are added to this list by clicking on the star to the left of the results list record.
To remove materials from My Items, deselect the star. You can add materials to the My Items list without signing in, but the list will not be retained for the next time you use OneSearch.
My Items materials added when you are signed in will remain in your OneSearch account indefinitely. You can also access My Items from My Account by clicking the My Items tab.
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