You may have noticed that our library search, OneSearch, recently got a spiffy new look. In addition to a new user interface (UI) this new look brought with it some nice new features. Our systems librarian, Craig Thomas, who manages the OneSearch system among others, has put together some brief, informative videos to help you get around the new UI:
Additionally, be sure to sign in to your library account and check out these new features:
- Old E-Shelf and Queries are now grouped together as Favorites, which is visualized as a pushpin icon. E-Shelf was previously a star icon.
- My Library Card (Menu > card icon) gives access to your library account.
- All your saved records and searches have migrated from old E-Shelf & Queries to My Favorites.
- All your loans, requests, etc. have migrated from old My Account to My Library Card.
- You’ll note that the old folders metaphor from E-Shelf has been dropped in favor of the term “labels.” But no worries: labels work the same way folders did.
Any questions? Be sure to ask our reference librarians for help! Comments about the new UI? Let us know what you think!
We’re pleased to announce that Library OneSearch will have a new look as the school year begins! The new look will go live Sunday, September 15, 2019.
OneSearch’s current interface is four years old this fall (that’s about 100 in internet years) and, based on user research, Ex Libris (our system vendor) has made some refinements to the product that will improve your library research experience.
Functionality remains much the same: you’ll still be able to search the Library’s catalog PLUS hundreds of thousands of articles, images, etc. at the same time, link to full-text when it’s available, see what you have checked out, renew your Library materials, and much, much more. It just looks a little different.
The official debut isn’t till Sunday, but you can have a sneak peek right now by visiting the new-look link:
Be sure to sign in and check out My Favorites (pushpin icon) and My Library Card (Menu > card icon). All your saved records and searches have migrated from old E-Shelf & Queries to My Favorites. All your loans, requests, etc. have migrated from old My Account to My Library Card. (You’ll note that the old folders metaphor from e-Shelf has been dropped in favor of “labels.” But no worries: labels work the same way folders did.)
As always, let us know if you have questions about OneSearch (or other library-related things): Visit our Help page to find your favorite way of reaching us! We’re here to help.
And happy researching!
Did you know that you can renew library items online? Just follow the following quick steps, and you’ll be on your way!
Step 1: From the library home page, click My Library Account (or just got directly to the My Library Account page).
Step 2: Log in with your Lawrence University username and password
Step 3: Either click Renew All, or click the box next to the item(s) you’d like to renew, and click Renew Selected.
And your items are renewed! Any questions or problems, contact the circulation desk at 920-832-6750, or email a member of our circulation department.
While Library OneSearch makes keyword searching easy, there are still plenty of tips and tricks to make your searches more productive. One method is Boolean searching. Here are a few tested strategies to use when searching in OneSearch (as well as the library catalog tab):
OR can be used when searching with synonyms or words that both describe what you’re searching (be sure to use all caps when using OR and NOT)
NOT will omit a word from your search results. Use this with caution as it can sometimes omit potentially useful resources.
“Phrase searching” will ensure words are searched in a certain order, next to one another.
Wildcard searching can be used when working with variations of words. To do this, a question mark (?) will stand in place for a letter. Examples are wom?n for women or women
Truncation uses an asterisk (*) to will search for multiple words with the same root. Examples are modern* for modernism or modernist and hist* for history of historical and ethno* for ethnography, ethnographies, or ethnographic
Grouping/Nesting combines multiple search strategies for more complex searches
In OneSearch, when multiple words are included in a search, they are automatically combined with AND
These strategies are often referred to as Boolean Searching, though there are some slight variations. For more search tips, see the “learn more about searching” document.
Did you know that if you log in to your library account in Library OneSearch, a whole selection of options are made available?! Logging in allows you to see additional materials in the OneSearch and Course Reserves tabs, and do a bunch of cool stuff from your library account. One of these cool things is the e-Shelf feature.
The e-Shelf feature allows you to save items and go back to them later rather than printing screenshots or taking pictures with your phone. It works with items we have in the library like books and videos as well as with articles found in the OneSearch tab.
Unsure of how to add items to your e-Shelf? Here are some photos to help.
Steps 1 & 2: Click the star next to the item you’d like to save. Log in to your account.
Steps 3 & 4: Click on e-Shelf. Click the new folder icon.
Step 5: Name folder
Step 6: Return to basket, click the box next to the item you’d like to move, and drag the item to the new folder.
Items in your e-Shelf folders can be emailed, printed, or sent to your RefWorks account.
Questions? Ask a librarian! We’re happy to help!