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This guide will teach you all the tricks and tips you need to know to expertly use OneSearch, the library's primary search engine.

Personalized Results

When you are logged into OneSearch, you can set personalization options to refine your search results to better match the kinds of things you are likely to be searching for. When you are looking at a list of search results, look for the Personalize toggle button at the top of the list. 

You will see a Personalize the results box that shows a list of disciplines and subject areas. You can select up to five preferred disciplines. Once you've made your selection, save your changes. If you're logged in, these preferences will be saved to your account and your future searches will be automatically filtered to include only results that match the disciplines you've selected. 

You can easily toggle personalization on and off; your preferences will be saved. If you want to edit your preferences, just click Edit disciplines from the left-hand sidebar. 

Search Alerts

If there is a topic you'll be researching for the entire semester, or longer, you can set up Saved Searches for the topic, and receive alerts when new items are added to the database that match your search terms. 

If you have found a set of search terms that returns great results, you can save it using the Save Query option at the top of the search results list. 

To see your saved searches, click the Pin icon at the top of the page next to the Sign In link, then choose the Saved Searches tab. 

When you are looking at your Saved Searches, you have the option to set an alert for the search. This will send you an email notification when new items are added to the database that match your search terms. 

You also have the option to add an RSS feed for your saved search to an RSS reader. 

You can view the search history for your current session here, as well, if there was a search that you did and you can't remember what terms you used. Your search history will only remember your searches for your current session and will be deleted as soon as you close the browser.