Using OneSearch

Use OneSearch to find and access information for your studies and research.

You can access an incredible range of useful online resources, including full text articles, eBooks, databases and past exam papers, and locate print resources held in our libraries.

Sign in to OneSearch to unlock useful features
  • Read full text of articles and ebooks when off campus
  • Share organise and save items and searches to My Favourites
  • Request items on loans or from another library. 
  • View past exam papers
  • Improve the relevance of your search results using Personalise
  • View your loans and request, renew loans and pay fines/fees in My Library Account
Focus your search

Before you begin, choose what to search for:

  • OneSearch searches all of UWA Library’s online and physical collections and is the default search option. This option will provide the most search results.
  • Exclude Articles and Reviews will limit your search results to books, journals and other physical items located in the UWA Library in your search results. This is the best option if you are looking for a specific book.
  • WorldCat searches for books and other content from other libraries around the world. This option is useful if you would like to make a Get It request.
  • Databases provide access to journal articles, theses, newspapers, images and more, within a chosen subject area. Use this option to access information in a wide range of formats from a variety of sources. 
  • eJournals provide access to online scholarly journals and allow you to search or browse by subject. Use this option to stay up-to-date on current research in your field. 
Refine your results
  • Improve the relevance of your search results by using the filters under ‘Modify my results’, to the left of the OneSearch results screen.
  • Use the 'Advanced Search' option to combine words and phrases in order to expand or narrow down your search. 
Locating books in the library using OneSearch

On the results page you can see if a book is available or on loan, the library location of the book, and the number on the book’s spine (call number). 

  • If a book is on the shelf or on loans you may be able to request it (see next section) and have it delivered to your choice of UWA library location.
  • The location of a book indicates both the Library building and which collection it is in.
  • The call number provides the exact location of the book on the shelf. Ask staff if you need assistance in locating a book on the shelf. 
Request using OneSearch

Sign in to OneSearch and view an item to see your request options.

UWA staff and students can request:

  • books on loan
  • books and journals in offsite storage
  • books on the shelf at any UWA library 

Regional and offshore staff and students can also request items and scanned digital copies.

Get it

Staff and Postgraduate students can use our Get It document delivery and interlibrary loan service to request resources not available at UWA.

Find resources to request via Get It by using Expand my Search and Worldcat within OneSearch.
• Expand my Search – Tick ‘Expand my Search’ to include resources without full text access.
• WorldCat – When entering your search, select ‘WorldCat’ from the drop-down menu to search resources not held at UWA.

Place a Get It request using the ‘Not held by UWA? Get It from another library’ option in OneSearch.

Get It requests can also be placed from the Get It form in the OneSearch banner.

Find out more about requesting and recommending.

Stay in touch

Contact us to receive help and support from our friendly, knowledgeable staff. You can also share your feedback or make a suggestion and follow the UWA Library on social media to receive helpful tips and up-to-date information about our services.


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