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OneSearch Search Tips

Search Tips

Boolean Searches

  • AND: searches for all of the search terms.  Using *and* in between search terms will narrow your search.  For example
    • women AND STEM  
  • OR: searches for at least one of the search terms.  Using *or* in between search terms will broaden your search. For example: 
    • women OR female 
  • Phrase searches
    • Use quotation marks (“ “) around the words that you want to searched together as a phrase. For example:
      • "Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics" 
      • "United States"
  • Wildcard searches
    • The use of the asterisk symbol (*) to create searches where there are unknown characters, multiple spellings or various endings. .  For example: 
      • latin* (retrieves "latin," "latins," "latino," "latinos," "latina," "latinas")

Advanced OneSearch

Use the Advanced Search feature to help you find specific items by title or author name, material type or publication date range.

Advanced OneSearch

OneSearch Advanced Search

To access the advanced search feature, click the OneSearch image on the Library's  homepage and then the "Advanced" search link next to the Basic Search bar.  A set of radio buttons gives you the option to search just the CSUN Collections, Course Reserves, or All CSU Libraries, which includes items you can order through CSU+ or InterLibrary Loan.  You can search by Title, Author/contributor, Subject or ISBN, or all fields, and can combine multiple search statements.  You can limit your search by Material Type (Books, Articles, Journals, Images, or Audio-visual), but language, and by date or date range.

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