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Intro to WKU Libraries’ One-Search Catalog

Intro to WKU Libraries’ One-Search Catalog


Hi, this is a video tutorial from WKU Libraries in which we will introduce the One-Search Library Catalog. The One-Search catalog is designed to provide a one-stop search for most — but not all — of the research materials provided by WKU libraries. It includes all of the things you would find in a traditional library catalog: books, periodicals, videos, DVDs and so forth, but it also gives you access to articles from our research databases, items from Library Special Collections, and materials from a variety of other sources… both within WKU libraries and outside of the libraries. You can find the One-search Catalog on the WKU Libraries home page. That’s www.wku.edu/library …or you can just google WKU libraries. Once on the library home page, you can’t miss it… it’s the big box right in the middle To perform a search you just enter your search term — in this example, I’m going to enter the term “Golden Age of Hollywood,” and then click the search icon. So here are the results of our search. There are over 60,000 items, including articles, books, videos, reviews, dissertations, and newspaper articles. In many cases it’s far more than you really need. So to limit your results to a more manageable number of items you can use the filters on the right side of the page. If you’re using a mobile device look for the “Tweak My Results” link at the bottom. Using these filters you can limit your results by library collection, resource type, subject, date, and lots of others. Another way you can refine your results is using the Advanced Search function here at the top of the page you can also get here using the advanced search button on the library home page. Here is the advanced search box…at the top of the form you can choose to search for only online materials, or print and online and you can also check for materials placed on reserve for your class under course reserve…along with some other choices in the scope menu. Also note that you can add more lines to refine your search. You can search for specific authors or subjects, for example. If you’d like a more detailed description of how to find books and articles through WKU libraries we offer separate research guides on those topics. And here’s one more thing to remember about the One-Search Catalog By using the sign-in function, you can access almost all of your personal library account information, including items you have on loan, online renewals, items you’ve requested, and your individual favorites folder. Also by signing into the system when you’re off campus, you will have access to all the articles and ebooks provided by WKU. Well, that concludes our tutorial… but this has only been an introduction to the One-Search Catalog. Feel free to contact us for assistance any time we can help you with your research, or any of your library needs.

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