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ENGL 1005A - College Writing I

What is OneSearch?

OneSearch is the Cal State LA Library's searching tool you'll use to find resources available through the library. It searches many of the library databases and is a great tool to use when you are still exploring a topic or have an exact title of an item in mind. When searching OneSearch, there are many different resource types you can find, including those listed below.

  • Print and E-Books
  • Datasets
  • Journals and Journal Articles
  • Videos
  • Audio
  • & More!

1. Select a Search Scope

On the left-hand side of the main OneSearch box, you will see a drop-down box (pictured below). That box will allow you to choose the scope of your search. These four options are:

  • Cal State LA Collections: This is the option you'll choose most of the time. It searches everything owned and subscribed to by the Cal State LA Library, including books, articles, e-books, media (music and video), and more!
  • Articles: Narrows your search to look only for journals, magazines, and newspaper articles available at Cal State LA.
  • CSU Collections: Broadens your search to look for books and media from all 23 CSU campuses. This is a great scope to choose because as a member of the Cal State LA campus you are able to request materials we do not have from other Cal State Universities.
  • Course Reserves: Narrows your search to only look for course reserves available in the library. You can search by course name, professor name, or book title.

Screenshot of OneSearch

2. Type In Your Search

Fill in the search box where it initially says "search anything." Your search can be anything from the topic you are searching on to the author or title of a specific book. Click the magnifying glass to submit your search.

Example Search in OneSearch Screenshot

3. Sign in to Your OneSearch Account

After your initial search has completed, look for a yellow box below the search bar that will prompt you to sign in. Signing in allows you to request items with Interlibrary Loan and CSU+, check physical item loan periods, and pin articles to your account to view later.

Sign In Box Screenshot from OneSearch

4. Review Your Results & Refine Your Search

  • Review your results. You can see how many results you initially have near the top of the results page (pictured in red box).
  • Look on the left-hand side for options to filter your search (pictured in aqua boxes).
  • Use the Sort By drop-down menu on the left-hand side if you want to sort by date, author or title (pictured in purple).

OneSearch Refine Results Screenshot

5. View an Item

  • Click on any title of an item to open up a page from the right.
  • Online Articles, Videos, and Books: Look for "full text available at" for links to use to access the items. If there are multiple links, you can use any of the options to access it.
    • Full text Available at Screenshot
  • Print Books: Check the availability. If the item is available, you'll want the call number to find the item in the library. To the left of the call number, you'll also see what floor and side of the library the item is on.
    • Book result example

CSU+ and Interlibrary Loan

If you can't find an article or book through the library, then you can use CSU+ in OneSearch or Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to request a copy of your article or book for free from another library. You will need to register the first time you use Interlibrary Loan. We recommend using CSU+ first as you will typically get your material quicker than with Interlibrary Loan.

John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300
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