New Improved OneSearch Interface

New Improved OneSearch Interface
By: 
Rebecca Marrall
Director of Technology & Discovery Services

Released on January 4, 2019, the latest version of the OneSearch catalog at Western Libraries offers some enhancements to how page navigation options appear, which should make using the catalog easier than before. Although these changes were largely cosmetic, they were designed to make basic tasks easier to perform so that you can more readily find what you need in OneSearch. Features like advanced search, bookmarking favorites, and navigating through search results are now easier to utilize because of their improved visibility.

OneSearch is a shared catalog that searches library holdings at Western and at 37 neighboring Orbis Cascade Alliance-member libraries throughout the Pacific Northwest. Students, staff, and faculty affiliated with any of these institutions have access to materials from all member libraries, and having a shared catalog makes this access possible.

Some improved features that are part of this latest version include:

Screenshot image of "Advanced Search" options in OneSearch

  • Advanced Search: This new interface smoothly transitions from Basic to Advanced Search with a click of a button.
  •  Search Scopes: Search scopes allow you to search throughout different collections within OneSearch. In the former OneSearch, search scopes were organized in a tab format. In the new OneSearch, these scopes present themselves when you type in a search term. They can also be selected within Advanced Search.
  • Search Results Display: Now when you click on a search result, the display of the selected item enlarges across the screen for improved visibility and ease of use.
  • My Library Card: Formerly called MyAccount, My Library Card allows patrons to see existing loans, save search results and favorite searches, pay fines through an intuitive interface, and more.
  • Favorites: The new pushpin icon, located in the upper right corner of every search result and in the upper right corner of the catalog, allows you to save search results and queries to “My Library Card.”
  • Session Search History: You can review your session’s search history by clicking on the clock icon in the upper right corner of the catalog. 
  • Mobile: An improved mobile display of the catalog interface now makes searching from your mobile device easier!


Initial anecdotal feedback from library users has been largely positive and supports previous user-testing that indicated people were better able to complete basic tasks (such as keyword searching and navigating search results) in the new catalog. That being said, we always want to hear from you and we welcome your feedback! Your input helps us make a better system.  If you have questions, comments, or information you would like to share, you can email onesearch@wwu.edu, call (360) 650-4493, or submit a feedback form online here.

Published on: 01/31/2019 - 9:02am

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