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How to Use OneSearch: Search Basics

Starting a Basic Search

Try a basic search of a specific title or author, or start your research using a keyword or two. Users are prompted to search for resources in specific categories of library resources:

  • Articles, Books, & More searches all types of resources in our SCCCD libraries and onlin Open Access items
  • CCC Library Catalog will search only those items owned by our college (physical items and digital materials) 
  • Articles searches most database content and Open Access articles
  • Textbooks/Reserves searches our "library use only" reserve collection of textbooks and course materials
  • SCCCD Library Catalog searches only those items provided by the SCCCD libraries

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Item Record

Click on an item from your search results and you will be taken to the full item record. The record provides you with even more details on an item, including:

  • basic publication details like author(s), date and place of publication, page numbers, and item type
  • a table of contents
  • a summary of the resource
  • the subjects assigned to the item

If you are signed in to your account, and the item is available for requests, the item record is where you will find a link to request the item.

Near the bottom of the record of a physical book, a Virtual Browse feature lets you explore other books, usually similar in content, that are shelved in proximity to the item. 

Basic Book Search Video Tutorial

Your Search Results

Your search results page has two columns:

  • A column that lists your results on the right
  • A column on the left that offers search filters (learn more about filters in the advanced search tab of this guide)

The total number of results found will be at the top of the results column.

Notice that the items in your results column are sorted by RELEVANCE; the items most closely related to your search terms will be at the top of the list. You may change this by selecting the "Sort By" drop down menu on the left side of the page.

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As you scroll through your search results, item details should help you choose the best resources for your needs. These details include the format of the item, its title, the author(s), publication date, whether or not the item is available, and how it is available (online access, library location, call number, and/or location on the shelf).

Notice that you have several tools available for saving and sharing items that you come across; copy a permanent link to the item, email this information to yourself or someone else, and a "push pin" icon lets you save this item to your account (you must be signed in to your account to use this feature).
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When you've reached the end of the search page, you may have more results to examine. If available, you can click on the next pages of results to continue your search.

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Can't Find What You Need?

1) OneSearch won't search all of the library's research databases. In-depth research on a topic may still require searching individual databases on our CCC database page.

2) In terms of books, if you can't find what you need in any SCCCD library, you can fill out an Interlibrary Loan Request to get a title not owned by our system's libraries.

3) Ask a librarian for help; you can drop in, call, email, chat online, or Zoom with a librarian! Check out your research help options on the library page.