Library Tutorials

What is One Search

One Search University of Mississippi LibrariesWhat is One Search?

One Search is UM Libraries' most comprehensive searching tool. It searches most of the Libraries’ physical and electronic content. It is often referred to as the Libraries’ “Google search.”

One Search is a great place to begin your research, however, it is important to note that One Search does not search all of the Libraries’ resources.

What can I find in One Search?

You can find Articles (full-text), Books and Journals (print and electronic), Manuscripts and Maps, Theses and Dissertations, Videos, and more.

Basic Searching using One Search

Step 1: Go to We want to start our research by going to One Search, which will allow us to search for scholarly journals articles, newspaper articles, and books.

University of Mississippi Libraries homepage

Step 2: Type your search term into the search box and press enter. In this example, we are doing research on immigration, so type “immigration".

One Search box containing the keyword immigration

Step 3: We got over 2 million results! That is too many to look through, so we want to narrow our search to get fewer results.

A One Search results list of 2,812,337 results

Step 4: There are lots of different types of sources in One Search. If you want to limit your search to only peer-reviewed or scholarly journal articles, click Peer-Review.

Peer-Review limiter narrowing down the search results to 325,076

That eliminated over 1 million results!

Step 5: You can also limit your search by publication date. Click Last 12 Months to only see results published in the last year.

Last 12 Months limiter under Publication Date

Step 6: To access the full text of an article, click Full Text Online.

Not every result in One Search will be available online, some will say Citation Online instead. Click Citation Online to submit a request for the full text of the item.  

A result that shows it is available Full Text Online

Step 7: Click the link icon to get a stable link to the result.

Arrow pointing to the permanent link tool for a result

Step 8: Click the quotation marks to generate a citation you can copy and paste into your bibliography, reference list, or works cited page.

Arrow pointing to the citation tool for a result

Step 9: Select your citation format from the drop down menu. For this example we will choose APA.

It is important to note when using any citation builder that there may be mistakes within the generated citation. Always check the generated citation for mistakes.

Arrow pointing to drop down menu to choose a citation format

Copy and paste into your bibliography, reference list, or works cited page. 

Step 10: You can email the result to yourself or others by clicking the envelope icon

Arrow pointing to the email tool for a result 

Step 11: Type in your email address and choose your citation style from the drop down menu so the citation will be included in your email.

Expanded email and citation tool box


Step 12: If you need help, click the chat bubbles in the upper right-hand corner to chat with a librarian.

Chat bubbles on the library's homepage

Step 13: Chat is not available all the time. If chat is not online, you can click the envelope to send an email to a librarian.

Default email a librarian feature for when chat is unavailable

Step 14: These are some of the basic features of One Search.

There are many more filters you can use to limit your search, so explore on your own or take a look at the One Search Advanced Search Tutorial.

Attribution and Sharing

You are welcome to share any of this information with others.  If you are a librarian or educator, you are welcome to use this guide and its contents for your own purposes.