Answered By: Nancy Schuler
Last Updated: Jul 17, 2020     Views: 5

The Library will be transitioning to a new next generation library catalog and discovery tool in the summer of 2020. This means that our primary discovery tool/search box on the Library website, OneSearch, will be migrated to a new platform. The new platform brings increased functionality, better linking, and improved workflows so that we can continue to provide excellent resources to our community at the time you need it.


When will this happen?

OneSearch in its existing form will continue to be available until July 14th. On July 15th, all links to OneSearch will be updated to the new platform. Throughout the month of July, we will be taking steps to facilitate this transition, which means updating links on our website, as well as links from Google Scholar and library databases. While access should always be available, there will be a transition period to the new platform from July 15-20 as we implement the new system.

How will this impact you? 

If you use OneSearch for searching and linking to content, you will see a new platform interface on July 15th. We will share a new OneSearch FAQs guide to orient you to the new platform around that time, and will be welcoming feedback throughout the summer and fall. 


If you use OneSearch to save records and links to books, articles, and other formats to your OneSearch account, you should consider exporting these records to an external citation management tool if you would like to maintain these lists. The Library can help you identify free citation management tools and assist you in exporting and moving these records to them. We recommend doing this by the end of July, as the previous OneSearch interface will no longer be available after that period.


Do I need to do anything now?

If you save references to your personal OneSearch account, you might consider looking into citation management tools. The library provides an overview of free citation management tools on this page, including EndNote Web (free version), Zotero, and Mendeley. You can also use tools such as EndNote (paid version) or RefWorks if you have access to them. We recommend doing this by the end of July, as the previous OneSearch interface will no longer be available after that period. Feel free to ask the Library for help with this process.


Will I be able to save resources to the new OneSearch platform?

Yes, there is an easy way to save records for articles, books, and other formats you want to keep track of in the new OneSearch in your account. You can also add labels to each record to help with organization. Unfortunately, you cannot import your records from the previous version of OneSearch or any other tools. Citation management tools like EndNote Web, Zotero, or Mendeley are best for this.


How do I save records from my OneSearch account?

Use the following steps to save records from your OneSearch account:

1) Go to the previous OneSearch platform (provided by EBSCO)

2) If you are off-campus, login using the yellow bar at the top.

3) Once you are logged in, the Sign In link appears at the top. Sign in using the OneSearch credentials you created for the site.

4) Click on your Folder (adjacent to Sign Out link) to view all saved records.

  • Select ALL records you wish to save.
  • Click the 'Export' button on the right.
  • Choose what format to export the records in. The RIS format is compatible with EndNote Web,  Zotero, and many other citation managers.
  • Click the 'Save' button. This should download a file called delivery.ris to your computer.

5) Import the delivery.ris file into the citation manager of your choosing.


How can I get help with moving my records?

Librarians are available via chat, Zoom, and e-mail to assist you if you need help with exporting your records from OneSearch and installing them in a citation management tool. Please review the citation management tools on this page and let us know if you need help.


We are looking forward to sharing the new OneSearch platform with you. If you have any issues using the new site or have questions about functionality, please contact a librarian.

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