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What is searched in OneSearch?

What is searched in OneSearch?

OneSearch is the single, most comprehensive information resource that researchIT CT has ever offered. It searches all licensed databases, newspapers, digital collections and audiobooks for each audience:

All search results are full-text and listed in order of relevance to the search request.
 
These are the only licensed resources in researchIT CT that OneSearch does not search:

  • HeritageQuest Online – searched using the Genealogy (HeritageQuest) link
  • Statewide Library Catalog - searched using findIT CT.

Colleges & Universities

OneSearch for colleges & universities searches all resources described above for OneSearch as well as:

  • CINAHL with Full Text
  • PsychINFO

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What is the difference between OneSearch and EBSCOhost?

What is the difference between OneSearch and EBSCOhost?

OneSearch is the simplest and most comprehensive search facility that researchIT CT offers, as described above in "What is searched in OneSearch?" EBSCOhost, on the other hand, provides a much richer, advanced search facility to enable very precise searches but the scope of its search is limited to searching just EBSCO databases (see EBSCO Resources in researchIT CT/EBSCOhost by Audience below). Although the advanced search facility of OneSearch is more limited, its search results page provides many ways to further refine the search results.  Here is a tutorial on EBSCOhost's advanced search facility: http://support.ebsco.com/training/flash_videos/adv_guided/adv_guided.html.

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After doing a search, how do I return to my starting point?

After doing a search, how do I return to my starting point?

  1. To do a new search, click on "New Search" in the top menu bar [see figure 1 below], or hit your browser's Back button.

  2. To return to the researchIT CT landing page [see figure 2 below], click on "To researchITCT.org" in the top menu bar, or the researchIT CT logo near the upper left hand corner of the window [see figure 1 below].

  3. To return to the researchIT CT resources page [see figure 3 below], click on "Select researchIT CT Resource" in the top menu bar [see figure 1 below].


 
Figure 1. OneSearch menu bar

 researchIT CT Landing Page

Figure 2. researchIT CT Landing Page

Figure 3. researchIT CT Public Resources Page

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How can I determine if researchIT CT has a particular magazine title?

How can I determine if researchIT CT has a particular magazine title?

 The best and easiest way is to use researchIT CT's E-Journal Finder to search for the title.  There are two E-Journal Finders:

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How do the resources provided by EBSCO correspond with the resources I am familiar with that were provided by Cengage Gale?

How do the resources provided by EBSCO correspond with the resources I am familiar with that were provided by Cengage Gale?

Although there is not an exact one-to-one correspondence between the new and previous resources, we prepared a cross-reference guide (in Excel format) to help situate the new resources.

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The "Search Options" and "Advanced Search" screens allow the user to limit searches by "Lexile Reading Level" or "Lexile Reading Score" for certain databases. What do these limiters mean?

 The “Search Options” and “Advanced Search” screens allow the user to limit searches by “Lexile Reading Level” or “Lexile Reading Score” for certain databases. What do these limiters mean?

Lexile levels or scores are based on a rating system – called the Lexile Framework for Reading, developed by MetaMetrics, Inc. - designed to measure the reading difficulty of the content based on word frequency and sentence length. The scores range from 200 (easiest to read) to 1300+ (the most complex). When limiting a search by a specific Lexile Reading Score rather than a range, the system will display results which have a Lexile Reading Score of -100 to +50 outside the score you specify. More detailed information about how EBSCO uses Lexile scores in its databases can be found here.  References to analysis of text complexity can also be found in Common Core State Standards For English Language Arts & Literacy In History/Social Studies, Science, And Technical Subjects.

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What is the purpose of the Integrated Search links and how do they work?

What is the purpose of the Integrated Search links and how do they work?

OneSearch Integrated Search

The EBSCO Discovery Service link above is actually OneSearch, which is powered by the EBSCO Discovery Service.  It is checked by default because OneSearch is the default search engine. The other links represent resources whose content is not contained in OneSearch. National Newspapers (ProQuest) includes:

  • Christian Science Monitor (1988 – present)
  • Los Angeles Times (1985 – present)
  • New York Times (1985 – present)
  • Wall Street Journal (1984 – present)
  • Washington Post (1987 – present)

Clicking on any of these links will display the search results for just that resource. If you check any of the checkboxes next to the links, and then click the Update button, the search results for the resources you checked will be integrated with the search results for OneSearch.

You should be aware that the “Limit to Peer Reviewed” limiter in the left column of the search results screen will not produce search results in the Integrated Search links because these links do not support this limiter function.

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How do I obtain an audiobook after receiving the search results?

 How do I obtain an audiobook after receiving the search results?

There are two ways you can obtain an audiobook.  The quickest way is by clicking on the “Online Access” link displayed in the initial set of search results:

Screenshot of the results list with Online Access link highlighted

You can also click on the “Online Access” link at the end of the full record:

Screenshot of a full record with Online Access link highlighted

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Do you offer Consumer Reports?

Do you offer Consumer Reports?

Yes, Consumer Reports is among the 1000s of magazines that are searched in iCONN OneSearch.  You can also find direct links to Consumer Reports and many other popular titles here:

For Public Libraries: http://researchitct.org/popularmagazinespublic/
For High Schools: http://researchitct.org/popularmagazineshighschool/
For Middle Schools: http://researchitct.org/popularmagazinesmiddleschool/
For Elementary Schools: http://researchitct.org/popularmagazineselementaryschool/

There is a direct link to the Popular Magazines page listed above from each audience-specific landing page (see Figure 2 above) and each audience-specific classic menu page (see Figure 3 above). 

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Are there any special settings for my browser?

Are there any special settings for my browser?

Your browser is the software that you use to access the Internet and the most common browsers include Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome. If a feature in researchIT CT isn't working, you can reivew the Browser Support and Configuration guide.

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Where can I find more information about how to use these databases?

Where can I find more information about how to use these databases?

We also encourage you to discuss your information needs with your public, school or college librarian who can help you get the most out of these databases.  Contact information for all public libraries in CT is here.

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Why do I have to log in to search researchIT CT?

Why do I have to log in to search researchIT CT?

researchIT CT’s license agreements with vendors require us to verify that only authorized users can access the resources.  The log-in procedure ensures adherence to our license agreements.  License agreements typically base their costs on the number of potential users.  If there were no login procedure, access would be completely open and the cost to Connecticut would be astronomical.

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