OneSearch: Welcome!

Learn how to use the Western Libraries' catalog.

OneSearch: Western Washington University Libraries Catalog

OneSearch is Western Libraries' catalog. Here is what you should know:

  • Discover Research Materials: The catalog's unique search interface allows patrons to simultaneously search several article databases, catalogs, and other data sources for books, journal articles, videos, scores, maps, and more!
  • Shared Catalog: As a shared catalog for the Orbis Cascade Alliance (Summit), which is a consortium of 39 academic libraries across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, OneSearch contains 8.8 million titles and over 26 million resources.
  • Request Materials at Point-of-Need: You can request an item through the catalog, or submit an Inter-Library Loan request.
  • Search Scopes: Search scopes determine how many results you retrieve, and from where. Please see the infographic below for more details.

Explanation of search scopes in the WWU library catalog.

Using the Library Catalog

Search Strategy Alert: Did you know that the default search mechanism on OneSearch is by keyword?

Knowing some key features in OneSearch will greatly enhance your search experience. Learn about...

Also, be sure to take advantage of the Boolean Search Operators functionality in OneSearch (Learn more about that herehere, and here) and other advanced search strategies such as:

Explore more OneSearch FAQs here.

Discovery Services Librarian

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Rebecca Marrall
Resource Discovery Unit
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