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Welcome to OneSearch!   Tags: onesearch, search tips  

This guide provides an overview of search tips, known issues, and much more with regards to OneSearch, Western Libraries catalog and discovery platform.
Last Updated: Jan 20, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Welcome to OneSearch!

OneSearch is a single search interface that allows patrons to simultaneously search several article databases, catalogs, and other data sources for books, journal articles, videos, scores, maps, and more!

OneSearch is a shared catalog for the Orbis Cascade Alliance (Summit), a consortium of 37 academic libraries across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, of which the Western Libraries is a long-standing member. When we are fully live in January 2015, OneSearch will contain 8.8 million titles and over 26 million resources.

The Western Libraries, along with the University of Washington Libraries, is among the first institutions within the consortium to move to this new environment. This is the largest project that the Orbis-Cascade Alliance, as well as our vendor, the Israeli company ExLibris, has ever been involved in. As with any new system there will be problems, but Western, the Consortium, and ExLibris, is committed to solving problems as quickly as possible.

OneSearch offers our users major advantages, such as:

  • Unifying book and journal searches,
  • Streamlining Summit and Interlibrary Loan functions within the system, and
  • Providing access to millions of articles and reports that were previously unavailable.

Because OneSearch is a new(er) catalog and discovery platform, the OneSearch Management Team works continually to incorporate new updates and improved functionality in order to improve our services to WWU patrons. These documents are designed to be provide the latest information about OneSearch, and they include a User Guide; a glossary of common terms; and the latest updates to OneSearch.

Learn the latest about OneSearch in the Winter 2015 Quarterly Letter, which can be found here.


New Summit Request Process

“My bookmarked Summit Catalog site redirects me to this site. Why?”

On Tuesday, January 20th, 2015, the Orbis Cascade Alliance will complete the integration of the Summit catalog into the single search interface of Western Libraries’ OneSearch. During the 2014-2015 academic year, Western Libraries has continued the transition from the Libraries old catalog system to a fully implemented shared catalog that draws upon data sources from the Orbis Cascade Alliance’s 37 member libraries. The integration of Summit requesting into OneSearch is the latest development in this process. In the past, patrons were required to log into another system in order to complete a Summit request. As of January 20th, you can now complete your Summit requests directly within OneSearch.

Please see the attached document, titled "Summit Integration," for further information.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Kate Cabe at Western Libraries:

Kate Cabe, Scholarly Resources Analyst & Summit Liaison at Western Libraries,, 360-650-6740

Common FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

Known Issues

Because OneSearch is a new(er) system, the OneSearch Management Team is continues to make improvements to the interface. However, there are still some challenges that crop up. Please see this list of known issues in OneSearch (Note: The OMT last updated this list in August 2014):

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