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About OneSearch

Basic information about OneSearch including instructions about how to search it & how to access your library account

What is OneSearch?

OneSearch Logo  provides simple, one-stop searching for books and e-books, videos, articles, digital media, and more.

It also helps you manage your research. Sign-in in order to:

  • Renew books and videos
  • Create favorites lists
  • View full search results. (Some databases, only show results when you're signed in.)


OneSearch Login Instructions

How do I login to my OneSearch account?

  1. Login using the "Sign in" link at the top right of the OneSearch screen.

OneSearch Sign in

  1. Select the appropriate login option

login screen

There are two login options, depending on which type of account you have.

  • Current students, faculty, and staff of one of the colleges or the college district login using their single sign-on college credentials used for all OneLogin accounts, including Canvas, Zoom, etc. 

  • Community members, including members of the Peninsula Library System, who have OneSearch accounts login with their OneSearch account credentials and password, which may be set to include any of the following, according to your preferences when you create your account
    • OneSearch account number (assigned by default)
    • PLS Library card number
    • Other user name or id
    • Please note that the password is unique to your OneSearch account, and is not necessarily the same as your PLS account

Use One Search to Find Books, Articles & More

‚ÄčOur library has access to more than 50 databases, many of them tailored for specific fields such as art, business, literature, medicine, and psychology.  We have a complete list of our databases listed alphabetically or by subject on our library website. 


Not sure what database to choose?


Start with Skyline College Library's OneSearch Logo  


Please note: If you are currently a student at the College of San Mateo or Cañada College please use OneSearch from your campus library websites.


OneSearch provides simple, one-stop searching for books and e-books, videos, articles, digital media, and more;  it combines the contents of many of the databases to which our library subscribes.


OneSearch Search Steps 

1. On the Library's homepage, enter your search words into the main search box (OneSearch).
Next, click the search button or hit enter.
2. Next, a window/tab will open with your search results.
You can select options on the left side of your screen to limit your search results to specific resource types, dates and other options.
3.  To view articles or ebooks you've found, you'll need to sign in "to get complete results and request items" (upper right corner). 
Use the same login information you use for Canvas. 
4. Next, click on the title you're interested in, and a window with more information will pop up. 
To access the full text of the article, e-book or other source you'd like to view, click one of the databases (EBSCO, JSTOR, etc.) under "View Online."
For citation information for the article or other source, click "citation" above "View Online."
To email the source to yourself, use the "email" button.