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OneSearch Discovery Platform -- Quick Tips

Find Books

The quickest way to find books is through a direct search in OneSearch. You may search by Keywords, Title of the Book, Call Number, or an ISBN number. Follow the steps below:

  1. Visit Library homepage, click on "OneSearch", or directly visit OneSearch.
  2. Type in your keywords or title of the book and hit the search button. When you start typing, OneSearch will automatically suggest popular searches for you.
  3. Limit results to "Books" under Resource Type on the right panel of the page. You may further refine results to "Physical items" (which means print books only), or "Full Text Online" (which means e-books only). 
  4. Click on the book title to see more information about the book.
  5. For print books, the location is described by its Call Number. You will need to find the book from the bookshelf and check it out at Loan and Return counter at P/F (see below for How to Read Call Numbers).
    For e-books, sign in with your NetID and NetPassword to get access to the full-text of the book.

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Look for textbooks for your course?

Switch to Course Readings in OneSearch and search by subject code or title of the course, you will find all the required reading materials for that course listed below. 

e.g. AMA1110 - Basic Mathematics I

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Find Journal Articles

To search for articles with a specific title or some keywords from the Library, you can:

1. Select Articles tab.

2. Choose the field you would like to search for (e.g. Keywords & Title)

3. Type in the related information and conduct a search.

4. Filter the results by Type, Date or Subject...etc. (If appropriate)

5. Click on Full text available and then select one source to get the full text.

OneSearch provides a single access point to find articles in many, but not all of the library subscribed e-resources and research databases. The content of specialized databases, such as digital images from Image Databases, newspaper articles from Newspapers Databases, and legal information from Law Databases, is not included in OneSearch. To find these specialized information, you are suggested directly accessing the Library Databases.

Search in a database

Searching within a database helps you narrow your search as the coverage of the database can be very selective. Some databases focus on one specific area, which can help you filter out the contents that are not relevant to the subject; some may cover peer-reviewed journals only, to ensure the articles covered are of certain quality. Almost all databases will provide an Advanced Search option, which allows you to search in a more precise way, e.g. search within article title, journal title, or subject terms (that are tagged to each article). This helps you find the most relevant results quickly and effectively.

Note that login with NetID is required to access the following databases off campus.

Below are some of the multidisciplinary databases:


Search in a citation database (Find more related papers)

Web of Science and Scopus are two large multidisciplinary citation databases. They do not provide full-text articles, but they are very helpful for exploring related articles by looking at citing articles (who cited the article) and references (who have been cited by the article). If you do not have an idea which databases or journals should go for, start with these two.

To get the full text for those articles that are not available in PolyU Library, eligible patrons can submit an Interibrary Loan request.

1. An article shows No full-text on OneSearch.

2. Sign-in with your NetID and Password.

3. Click on Inter-library loan to make a request.

4. Click Logon to ILLiad button.

5. The details of your desired article has been filled out automatically.

6. Click Submit Request button to complete.

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