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About the Home Page Search

Signing In:
Sign in at the top right of the Scholar OneSearch page with your Northeastern username and password to see results from all databases available. See also "My Account and Personalization" below.

See our video and PDF tutorials: how to find e-books and full text, how to request, advanced search, and saving to citation management software!


What's included in Scholar OneSearch?

1. Library Catalogs + Articles

View a list of journal publishers and databases included.

  • Everything in "Library Catalogs" (see below);
  • Periodical/journal articles (news, professional, and scholarly), theses, proceedings, and more.
  • Links to full-text PDFs or to full-text ordering options

2. Library Catalogs

This does NOT include individual journal articles, but does include physical items in Northeastern's Snell Library and School of Law Library, the University Archives and Special Collections and African American Institute Archives.  It also includes e-books and e-journal titles.  The scope includes:

  • All of the circulating physical collections, including books, videos (videocassette and DVD) CDs, government publications, reports, and children's literature;
  • Subscribed journals, print and electronic (with dates and issues available)
  • Legal update services and reference books
  • Assigned course readings that instructors have placed on reserve, including personal copies
  • Northeastern theses and dissertations;
  • Archival finding aids describing historic items in the University Archives and Special Collections;
  • Links to electronic materials such as e-books, streaming audio and video titles, online data files and reports, and subscribed e-journal titles

Hint: To find a specific book or movie title via the home page search box, put the title in quotation marks and search "Library Catalogs."

3. Course Reserves

Course reserves are items placed on reserve by course instructors for course assignment reading and viewing.  They may generally be borrowed for 2 hours at a time.

Hint: search by course number or instructor name.


Article Searching Tips

For individual articles, use the "Library Catalogs + Articles" dropdown. 

You may enter a DOI or PMID in the search box to find specific articles.

If you have an article title, enclose it in quotation marks for an exact match.

A "peer-reviewed" button on the left of all results pages limits your results to peer-reviewed scholarly articles only.


Words, phrases, and wildcards

To search an exact match on a phrase, enclose the phrase in quotation marks. If you do not enclose the phrase with quotation marks, the system will find items that contain the individual words in the phrase, regardless of whether these words are located next to each other in the order specified. For example "global warming" will find items with those two words next to each other.

? - Enter a question mark to perform a single character wildcard search. For example wom?n will find results matching woman as well as women

* - enter an asterisk to perform a multiple character wildcard search. For example Palestin* will find results matching Palestine as well as Palestinian.

Note: you may not use a wildcard as the first character in a word. For example typing *urals will not find murals or plurals.  It will find Urals.


Boolean operators

The system assumes you want items matching all terms entered (assumes a boolean AND) unless you specify OR or NOT. 

Enter boolean operators in all capital letters.  If you do not use capital letters, the boolean operators will be ignored.  For example, Shakespeare (tragedy OR sonnet) will find items containing either tragedy or sonnet, as well as Shakespeare.

Shakespeare (comedy OR tragedy) NOT sonnet will find items containing Shakespeare and either tragedy or comedy, but anything containing sonnet will be excluded.


Journal Searching

You may use the search box to search journal titles that the library subscribes to.  If your results are too broad, try the following:

Journal Finder located on the home page or in the top banner of SoS allows you to search exact titles.


My account and personalization/customization

Sign in at the top right to:

  • Keep track of, and renew, your borrowed books, videos etc.;
  • Change the interface language to something other than English;
  • Get the most complete article results, especially if you are off-campus;
  • Put yourself on a waiting list for checked out items;
  • Save your search results in personalized folders;
  • Create alerts to be emailed when items that may interest you are added to the collection;
  • Set a personal subject preference so results in that subject rise to the top of your results.


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