Your place for finding books, articles, media, and more from Cal State LA, the CSU Library System, and worldwide.
What is OneSearch?
OneSearch features an intuitive and mobile-ready single interface that provides a gateway to a wealth of print, electronic and digital collections, and makes it easy to find, explore, cite, save and share books and media from across the CSU Libraries. OneSearch includes CSU+, a book, and media sharing system for the entire CSU.
What am I searching for with OneSearch?
By default, OneSearch looks for resources available at Cal State LA, including:
Four Search Options (Scopes) in OneSearch from the Library Homepage
Cal State LA Collections is the default setting. You can see all four search options when you click the down arrow, and you can then select the search option of your choice. If you don't select a search option, you will be searching Cal State LA Collections by default.
Research Tools -- Access from the Library Homepage
OneSearch Main Menu
The main menu provides access points to search options. The three dots takes you to more option hidden on another page.
Differences between OneSearch and Primo VE?
Primo VE, we call it OneSearch at California State University, is a web-scale discovery platform featuring an intuitive and mobile-ready single interface that provides a gateway to a wealth of print, electronic and digital collections. The interface makes it easy to find, explore, cite, save and share books and media from across the CSU Libraries. OneSearch includes CSU+, a book and media sharing system for the entire CSU.
Difference between Primo VE and Central Discovery Index?
What are you searching?
OneSearch/Primo VE is a search tool that allows you to find and access a wide range of print and electronic resources provided by the library. These resources are drawn from both ALMA and Central Discovery Index. Alma contains the library’s physical items of print books, print journals, theses, scores, maps, video and CDs, microfilm, and other physical items as well as eBooks & eJournals.
The Central Discovery Index is an aggregation of hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources and includes many of the library’s article databases. While CDI is increasing its coverage, some library’s subscription journal packages, index/abstract and non-article based databases are not covered currently. These subscription resources not indexed by CDI are not available for searching in OneSearch/Primo VE, such as some of the EBSCO content. To search all EBSCO content, you need to select the EBSCO Articles scope to do the search.
Inculde results beyond Cal State
When you check the box “Include results beyond Cal State”, you will be searching the entire CDI including those resources indexed in CDI that we don’t have subscriptions to. At the results page, articles we don’t own can be requested via ILLiad Interlibrary loan.
CSU+ vs. ILLiad
--Request all articles not available at Cal State LA, and books and other physical items beyond Cal State
--Request books and other physical items not available Cal State LA including items we don't own and checked out items
Step 1 -- Go to the Library Homepage and enter your search keywords, or title or author in OneSearch box, e.g., artificial foods, and click Go
Step 2 -- Sign-in to OneSearch
You will now see your search results. Before you continue, please "Sign In" (upper right corner of the screen) with your MyCalStateLA account. This will give you full access to all the features of OneSearch and make it easy to request items we don't have here at Cal State LA.
Step 3 -- Refine Your Search
At the result page, you will see a list of items displayed by relevancy order in a variety of material types. You can narrow down your search result by using the Facet on the left side of the result page. You can narrow down by:
Step 4 -- Looking at Results
If you are looking for scholarly journal articles, select articles under "Material Type" and then select Scholarly/Peer-reviewed Journal Articles under "Available at Cal State LA"
Export Search Results to RefWorks
Step 1 -- Go to OneSearch box, select CSU Collections option (scope), and enter your keywords
You will see a result list with the following availability scenarios:
Step 2 -- Options to obtain these items