Database searching made easier at WWU

Woods OneSearch is a new way to
search more than 60 of William Woods University’s library databases at once. It
allows students to get the information they need quicker, and it is more
convenient, not just for students, but for faculty as well.

Erlene Dudley, library director,
said, “Students can now get the information they need to do projects or papers
without having to search through each and every individual database and catalog
the library has to offer.”
Professors can be more specific
about what sources they want students to use—such as only periodicals,
scholarly or academic journals, news articles, etc.—and students can easily
find them.
“It can give you a topic if you’re
unsure of exactly what to write about, but you have an idea,” said Dudley as
she demonstrated some of the features of OneSearch.
To find OneSearch, go to the
library page on the William Woods website,,
type in what you want to search for and go. OneSearch gives you the option to
save your searches to a folder with your name on it. Best of all, it’s free.
Go to the sign-in page, create an
account and you will have access to your searches anywhere. No longer is it
necessary to save everything to a flash drive or print it out, but those
options are still available.
OneSearch cites sources in MLA and
APA so all you need to do is copy and paste the information into the document.
It cites images as well.
For example, Sally needs a picture
of the Mona Lisa. She types in Mona Lisa, refines her search in the subject tab
on the left hand column, clicks painting, looks for one of the results that has
a painting of Mona Lisa, clicks the image, scrolls down and finds, “How do I
cite this image?”
She clicks on it and follows the
link to a page showing different formats for citing. She then finds the format
she needs, and copies and pastes it into her document.
E-books are also available through
OneSearch. When looking at an e-book, there’s an option to go to the table of
contents first, instead of going straight to the entire book. This allows you
to look at the chapters and pictures to see which ones you need or don’t need.
Dudley also had some tips for
  • Define
    your research topic,
  • Use
    unique keywords,
  • Refine
    your search as you go along and
  • Save your search for future reference.
When looking for a book, there is
an option to “Retrieve Catalog Item.” This loads a new page. Scroll down to see
the option of “Text Call Number.” Clicking on that will allow you to text the
information of the book to your phone so you can find it in the library.
If you click on “Browse Nearby,”
you will see multiple books available, not only at the William Woods library,
but at others in the surrounding area. If you start your search early enough,
you can order the book for research purposes.
If you have any questions, contact
Dudley at
or Jill Mahoney, reference librarian, at
or go to the reference desk for more information.