This module will show you how to search OneSearch, which includes the Inver Hills Community College library catalog. When you have completed this module, you should be able to:
OneSearch is the Library's online catalog or database. It has a record for each of the items that the Inver Hills Community College Library owns.
If you would like to limit your search results to physical books and Ebooks, select Books under the Resource Type section of Refine My Results
There are several options for searching OneSearch. You may want to begin by selecting the scope of your search using the drop down menu next to the search bar.
Here are the five options in regards to the scope of your search
|What it searches|
|IHCC Library Catalog + Online (default option)|| All physical materials (books, CDs, DVDs, periodicals) in the IHCC Library & articles available on IHCC online database
|IHCC Library Catalog|| All physical materials (books, CDs, DVDs, periodicals) in the IHCC Library
|EBSCO|| Articles and books found in IHCC EBSCO online databases.
|All MnPALS Libraries|| Materials available at libraries that are part of the MnPALS library consortium. You may often request these materials through interlibrary loan.
|IHCC Course Reserves||Items that have been placed on reserve by IHCC instructors because they are used in class. You can check out these materials at the IHCC Library Circulation desk.|
Once you've selected the scope of your search, you may want to go into Advanced Search in order to select additional options for searching.
Here is what the Advanced Search page will look like. As you can see, in addition to having the option to limit by scope, you know also have the option to search by different fields.
Here are some of these field options:
|Type of Search||What it Does|
|Any field||Searches for items by keywords that may appear anywhere in the item record, such as the title, author's name, subject, etc.
|Title||Searches for items by keywords that must appear in the item title.
|Author||Searches for items by the name of the author or creator of the work.
|Subject||Searches by keywords that appear in the subject heading.
If you simply conduct a search in the main search bar without selecting "Advanced Search, you are conducting a keyword search.
Use a keyword search when you:
Keyword search tips:
Once you locate the record of the item you'd like in OneSearch, you can use information in the OneSearch record to find out if the book is available in the library and to locate the item on the shelf.
Ask a reference librarian or a library staff member if you need help finding your materials.