Q. How and when should we use filters in OneSearch?


Use filters in OneSearch to narrow down the number of results. Filters are located on the left-side menu on wide screens and at top on narrow mobile devices.

Filter Location on Laptops

Location of filters in OneSearch when on a laptop. They are on the left-side.

Filter Location on Mobile Devices

Screenshot of location of filters on narrow mobile devices

Recommended Filters

Some of the most useful filters are year, availability, material type, and subject. In most cases these filters will help us narrow results to get closer to what we really need.

  • Use the year filter to get results only from the date range desired. Frequently we'll only want results from the last few years.
  • Use the availability filter to see only results online, or only in the library.
  • Use material type filter to see only results from specific types of publications, like only books, only newspapers, only academic articles.
  • Use subject filter to see only results that match the subject terms we want. These terms are supplied by authors, publishers, librarians, and databases, so this means that this is a major subject of the source, not just a keyword that appears occasionally.

We can apply one or more filters at a time. Remember that if we apply lots of filters and have too few results, we may have narrowed too much. We can always selectively remove filters to broaden our results.



  • Last Updated Sep 23, 2020
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  • Answered By Ryer Banta

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