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Using OneSearch Guide

Tips for getting the most out of OneSearch

Performing a Basic Search

You can use a basic search to find items by keyword, title, subject or author. The default option is to search by keyword.

You can limit your search results to Everything, Books, Articles & Media at CSUB, or Outside CSU Bakersfield.

Basic search options for OneSearch bar

Basic search tips:

To search for an exact phrase put quotations marks around the first and last words of the phrase. For example: "No Child Left Behind Act"  This will give you results that only include items with that exact phrase.

Quotations around "No child left behind" search option

You can use these words to narrow or broaden your search in Library Search: AND, OR, NOT (Be sure to use ALL CAPS).

AND – retrieves results that have all the specified terms. So a search for education AND technology will only retrieve results that have education and technology in the results. It is a useful way to narrow your search.

boolean operator "AND" circled in onesearch bar

OR – retrieves results with at least one of the search terms. So a search for movie OR film will retrieve results that include either the terms movie or film or both.

boolean operator OR highlighted in OneSearch bar

NOT – excludes any search results that includes the specified term. It is most useful to use NOT when trying to eliminate irrelevant results. So a search for Mexico NOT Mexico City will give you results related to Mexico, but will not include results about Mexico City.

boolean operator NOT highlighted on OneSearch bar