Getting started

Visit the Using OneSearch page for a tutorial which you can follow at your own pace to learn more about OneSearch and develop your searching skills. There is also a OneSearch Tips page. Or visit our YouTube Channel for videos on using OneSearch effectively to find ebooks and journal articles, using My Account to manage your loans and more.


  • a spell checker (did you mean?) and suggestions for refining search results (facets)
  • multiple refining and sorting options
  • book covers
  • the ability to add send references to bibliographic software, add tags, follow citation links, and more

Search Hints

  • For phrases use quotation marks: "global warming"
  • For truncated searches use an asterisk: cultur*
  • To include any word or phrase use OR: football OR soccer
  • To exclude a term use NOT: football NOT american
  • To group terms use brackets: (football OR soccer) NOT american

What am I Searching?

  • Books & More: Search the Main Library or Ruskin Library catalogues for items such as books, maps, DVDs, theses.
  • Articles & More: Search the Primo Central Index – a large database of scholarly material.
  • Everything: A combined search of the above.

By logging in to OneSearch, you can also access your personal account, where you can save useful results in your e-shelf, renew your loans, request items that are currently out on loan, and set some personal preferences.

You can also access OneSearch and your account through the iLancaster mobile phone app.