OneSearch Tip: Broad Searches

If you wanted to find all of our materials that were in French, you can do that in the advanced search mode by using  “*”  (with the quotation marks around the asterisk) and then selecting “French” from the “Language” limiters.

OneSearch with asterisk search term and language limiter

Once you have that search run, you can further refine it by additional terms or using any of the limiters on the side. Here are some ways you can drill down further:

  • Print books: Select “Currently on Shelf” in the “Limit To” options
  • Ebooks: Select “Full Text Online” in “Limit To” and “Books” in “Resource Type”
  • Works by a specific author: Select the “Author” field and enter the author’s last name. Example: all works in French by Ousmane Sembène, which returns both his works of fiction and the films he directed.

Database Trial: SAGE Campus

Description (from the vendor)

What is SAGE Campus?

The SAGE Campus platform provides 250+ hours of structured online learning for skills and research methods. The courses are self-paced, and instructor-led, packed with an engaging mix of video, interactives, formative assessments and more. Our user-friendly platform makes it simple for faculty to assign courses, or for students and researchers to learn autonomously – building practical skills for study, research and the workplace.

What are the online learning topics?

The courses cover critical skills and research methods across all stages of academic study, including the below categories:

      • Navigating information

      • Data literacy

      • Data science skills

      • Research skills

      • Getting published

First-time visitors to SAGE Campus will need to register on the site with their school email address and a password of their choosing.

Trial Ends
May 31, 2021

On and off campus. Use the link on the Trials tab on the databases page.

Please share with any faculty who might be interested and recommend they use the trial feedback form (also linked to on the Trials tab on the databases page).

Using Error Messages to Troubleshoot User Reports of Access Issues

If you’re helping a user who is reporting problems logging in, please consult these resources:

  • “Logging in to Library Resources and Services.” This page on the library website is written for the benefit of our users but may also help you quickly find the information you need, too.
  • “Error Messages.” This page in our password-protected Library Services wiki is for library staff. I added the text of three common error messages so that you can use the search feature in Confluence to quickly find this page if you have a snippet of the error message.

If you run into problems with logins, e-resources, bad links, etc., please report them to me or Michael Waldman as needed.

PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES Now Have New Names

APA has renamed their collections of databases so that APA is now part of the name. They have also decided to stop putting “INFO” and “ARTICLES” in all caps:

  • PsycINFO –> APA PsycInfo
  • PsycARTICLES –> APA PsycArticles

I’ve relabeled the old database links as “APA PsycArticles” and “APA PsycInfo” and moved them from the “O-P” tab on the main databases page to the “A-B” tab. Any research guides that featured links to these databases will now see the new names displayed.

For the benefit of those who will need to learn the new names, I’ve added temporary database links on the “O-P” tab of the A-Z database page with the following links:

  • “PsycINFO (now called APA PsycInfo)”
  • “PsycARTICLES (now called APA PsycArticles)”

These temporary links that indicate a name change will be removed by the end of the year. This summer, I’m planning to update my video tutorials on how to use APA PsycInfo so that the new name is used. Please update your research guides as needed (NB: the database links themselves on your guides have already been updated).

New Database: HeinOnline

The HeinOnline database that we had on trial last year is now something we’re subscribed to. The interface  may also look familiar to you for another reason: for a while we have had access to a few archival collections on that platform:

  • Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law (added in 2017)
  • Gun Regulation and Legislation in America  (added in 2020)

We now have the complete “academic” package that includes many more collections, each of which is described in detail on the company LibGuide (note that the LibGuide describes some collections that aren’t part of our subscription).

  • American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
  • Brennan Center for Justice Publications at NYU School of Law
  • Civil Rights and Social Justice
  • Code of Federal Regulations
  • COVID-19: Pandemics Past and Present
  • Criminal Justice & Criminology
  • Executive Privilege
  • Federal Register Library
  • Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)
  • GAO Reports and Comptroller General Decisions
  • History of International Law
  • History of Supreme Court Nominations
  • John F. Kennedy Assassination Collection
  • Law Journal Library
  • Legal Classics
  • NOMOS: American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy
  • Pentagon Papers
  • Religion and the Law
  • Reports of U.S. Presidential Commissions and Other Advisory Bodies
  • U.S. Code
  • U.S. Congressional Documents
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set
  • U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, and Appeals
  • U.S. Federal Legislative History Library
  • U.S. Presidential Impeachment Library
  • U.S. Presidential Library
  • U.S. Statutes at Large
  • U.S. Supreme Court Library
  • U.S. Treaties and Agreements Library
  • Women and the Law (Peggy)
  • World Constitutions Illustrated

Links to HeinOnline can be found on:

The contents of our newly subscribed collections can also be found now in OneSearch (at the article, journal, or book level depending on the document).

Please share news of this subscription with faculty you work with.

New Database: Academic Video Online

After a brief trial, we now have access to a CUNY-wide subscription to Academic Video Online. The 73,000 videos in this collection are now all discoverable within OneSearch or by going directly to the landing page of the database, which is linked to on the A-Z databases page and the “Videos and Movies” database page.

If you go directly to the landing page for the database, you can browse the collection by scrolling down on that page. Another more fine-grained subject browse is available by following these steps:

Go to the landing page using our database link on the A-Z databases page

Click on the menu icon (the three stacked lines icon in the top left corner of the screen) to get to the navigation options:

Icon location for navigation options

Select “Collections” from the navigation options that appear on the left and then select “Academic Video Online” on the right:

Collections menu option

Click the red filter button to reveal a detailed subject browse menu:

Filter button

Please share news of this major new resource with the faculty you work with.

OneSearch Tip: Locking Filters

If you want to ensure that any filters you’ve set in OneSearch are locked in place for any subsequent searches, you’ll want to use the “Remember all filters” option, which is found above the list of filters on the right side of search results pages. This feature is essential when you’re sharing a set of search results with a patron, as it is likely that after the patron has received the search results page you sent them they may then run additional searches from that page and be assuming that the active filters are still in place.

Here is the location of the “Remember all filters” function that you can apply once you’ve selected one or more filters:

Remember all filters option in OneSearch

Once you click “Remember all filters,” each of the active filters will display a lock icon to let you know they are set:

Locked active filters in OneSearch

If you’ve locked any filter, you can unlock it by mousing over it and selecting the unlocked padlock icon that appears.

Bonus Info about URL Syntax of Search Results

If you look closely at the URLs for a search results page with unlocked active filters and for a search results page with locked filters, you can see that the latter includes an “lk” indicator just after the specific facet that’s been locked (highlighted below in orange):

Unlocked active filters:,contains,turtles&tab=Everything&search_scope=MyInst_and_CI&vid=01CUNY_BB:CUNY_BB&mfacet=rtype,include,book_chapters,1&mfacet=rtype,include,articles,1&offset=0

Locked active filters:,contains,turtles&tab=Everything&search_scope=MyInst_and_CI&vid=01CUNY_BB:CUNY_BB&mfacet=rtype,include,book_chapters,1,lk&mfacet=rtype,include,articles,1,lk&offset=0

New Library Website Page Offers Help for Logging In

There is a new page in the Help section of the library website, “Logging in to Library Resources and Services.” There is also a link to this new page on the main Help page.

In the fall, I hope to run usability tests that capture the student experience of logging in and then use the findings from that research to guide further development of this page (including where and how we offer links to it from other our site and systems). Thank you to the folks who provided feedback on the many drafts of this page.

OneSearch Tip: Searching Local Notes Field

With the help of CUNY OLS, we now have indexed the local notes field in our Alma records. This means that you can now do things like find:

If you go to the advanced search screen and then the field search option menu, “Local notes” is now one of the options you can use.


OneSearch Tip: Find Print and Ebooks by Browsing by Author, Title, and More

Since our move from Aleph to Alma in August 2020, the “Browse Search” option in OneSearch now has the expanded ability to let you find ebooks as well as print books. The fields indexed are:

  • Author
  • Title
  • Series
  • Call Number
  • Subject

Here’s a screenshot showing how to get to an author browse in OneSearch:

Browse Search mode in OneSearch