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OneSearch is a discovery service you can use to search nearly all the library's print and electronic resources—books, journals, newspapers, images, and more—from a single box. It brings together each of the library's previously seperate search options: library catalog, databases, and journals A-Z, even when your search is limited to items from our own library, you are searching more than 400 million records.

Getting Started

Consult reference sources for context.

  • Find reference sources with facts and summaries to improve your initial searches
  • Use bibliographies from encyclopedia articles to identify key books, articles, and authors related to your topic

Find the right databases.

  • OneSearch- Searches books, articles, audio and video files, images, governement documents, and more. All Searches
  • ALEX - Catalogs books, videos, music, and other resources at Hamilton.   All Searches 
  • Academic Search Premier - Indexes journals across disciplines.   General Searches 
  • Subject Guides - See We Suggest sections for discipline-specific databases.   Advanced Searches 
  • How Do I Find... - News sources, images, statistics, primary sources, and more.   Targeted Searches 

Keep searches simple.

  • Start with a keyword search
  • Enter no more than two or three words connected by the word AND
  • Focus your search by using subject headings

Refine your search.

  • Repeat your search after reading some of the information gathered in the previous step
  • Mine the footnotes of books and articles on your topic for additional sources

Get help.

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