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Africana and Black Studies

Welcome to OneSearch

What is OneSearch?

OneSearch is a single search interface that allows patrons to simultaneously search several article databases, catalogs, and other data sources for books, journal articles, videos, scores, maps, and more! This catalog is shared by members of the Orbis Cascade Alliance (Summit), a consortium of 37 academic libraries across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. OneSearch contains 8.8 million titles and over 26 million resources.

What can it do?

OneSearch offers our users major advantages, such as:

  • Unifying book and journal searches
  • Streamlining Summit and Interlibrary Loan functions within the system
  • Access to millions of articles and reports that were previously unavailable

OneSearch Tutorial

For more information about using OneSearch visit the Using OneSearch Resource Guide.


Search Operators

Incorporating search operators into your search is a way to clarify, narrow, or broaden your search. Here are some tips you can use in your own searches:


Quotes can be used to identify and search for a specific phrasing of words strung togeher. Quotes can be very useful for searching titles. For example,

The Color Purple Searchs all instances of the term "color" and "purple", ranking instances where they are together more highly
"The Color Purple" Looks for instances for the entire phrase "The Color Purple", and when those words exist in that order

 Boolean Operators

Boolean operators are used to narrow or broaden a search, they include AND, OR, and NOT. Using all-caps in OneSearch is important, and you'll get different results by using lowercase. Here are some examples of how to use boolean operators:

Fireworks AND Explosives  --- Returns instances where both "fireworks" and "explosives" are mentioned in the record

Fireworks OR Explosives   --- Returns instances where either "fireworks" or "explosives" are mentioned in the record

Fireworks NOT Explosives --- Returns instances of the word "fireworks, but not where "explosives" is included in the record


Wildcards can be used to allow for multiple characters in a word. You use a wildcard operator to replace a character in a word, or a word ending and leave that space available to fill many characters.
Single character wildcards: ?

Search Example: wom?n --- searches for women or woman

Multi-character wildcards: *

Search Example: explain* = explained, explaining, etc.