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The New 1-Search


The New 1-Search: a Web Discovery Searching platform to access library’s online catalog and multiple databases simultaneously

In August 2008, the Library introduced a federated search engine for users to search disparate library e-resources from a single interface. We named it 1-Search.


Since then, new searching software with more advanced searching capacities were introduced.  Coupled with the rapid expansion of library’s electronic indexes, databases, full-text journals and e-books, it became increasingly important for the Library to look for a more efficient search engine to facilitate better discovery and access to our vastly expanded collections. After a comprehensive study, SerialsSolutions’ Summon® Service was selected to replace the old federated search engine. The new 1-Search was launched on 15 August 2012.


The new 1-Search is a Google-like search engine that allows our students and faculty to search across multiple library databases and the online catalogue simultaneously.  This new library resources discovery tool provides our users a faster and simpler way to discover and access library materials from multiple sources.


With the new 1-Search software, you can easily find reliable and credible content in the Library’s collections both digital and print materials. Where full-text materials are available online, e.g. e-books, full-text articles from electronic journals, etc., you can access the materials immediately.  It provides guidance for misspellings or low yield queries, delivers search results in a relevancy-ranked list with the most relevant results appear at the top of the list.  You can limit your search results to peer-reviewed materials, full text articles, to filter by year, by language, or to narrow by specific subject terms, etc. Your search results can be easily exported to the RefWorks bibliographic management software.


The new 1-Search is a very good starting point to find materials for your research.  You can use it from the Library website, from your personal computer, tablet or even your smartphone.

The new 1-Search

What is covered in the new 1-Search?

The new 1-Search software covers millions of citations and full-text scholarly materials that the Lingnan University Library owns or subscribes to.  As of September 2012, over 216,212,000 items can be retrieved from the new 1-Search.  These include:


  • 200,000,000+ journal and newspaper articles
  • 430,000+ print and electronic books
  • 38,000+ dissertations and theses
  • 500,000+ records from the Lingnan University Library Catalogue
  • Major library subscribed full-text databases
  • Research in Lingnan University’s Digital Repository
  • Citations from Web Science

The new 1-Search is still under development. Features will continue to improve, and more content will be added.  If you have any feedback or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the Integrated Help Desk at Information Commons, call us at 2616 8571 or use the Ask A Librarian service so that we can improve this service.