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HOW TO: Using Library OneSearch (Ebsco Discovery Service)

Looking for specific sources for a research project, or to reserve or request library materials? Here's how to get started searching and saving your resources in Library OneSearch.

Export citations from Library OneSearch

Export item records

Want to export an item record to yourself or someone else, for sharing or storage elsewhere?

When reviewing an item record you'd like to export, click on the "export" icon on the right side of the item's catalog record.

screenshot of Library OneSearch item record, with the export button highlighted in red

Clicking on "export" will open a menu at the top of the item record, where you can choose the file type for the citation you'd like to generate and export from the item record. Select the file type and click the "save" button.

screenshot of item catalog record with export menu highlighted in red

After clicking "save," the citation will download as the file type selected previously. The file can then be added to a citation manager, or stored in some other fashion. We recommend Zotero, the citation manager that's freely available to current university affiliates (students, faculty, and staff). For more information about Zotero, take a look at the box below.

Need more help? Contact the Research Help Desk.

Managing citations with Zotero

Managing your citations with Zotero

Zotero is a free citation management tool that allows users to "collect, organize, annotate, cite, and share research" (Zotero, 2023).

You can use Zotero to save, organize, catalog, and share citations for sources used for your research, and we recommend that users create a Zotero account before beginning the process of exporting citations from Library OneSearch.

General information about this process is below, but if you'd like an in-depth tutorial of using Zotero, click here to review our user guide.

Getting Started - Creating a New Zotero Account:
You need to create an account in Zotero. To create an account:

  1. Visit to create your account. We recommend using your OU email address. Your Zotero account resides on a servicer external to OU. When creating your account, please avoid re-using the password associate with your OU NetID.
  2. Fill out your information and check your email for a message from Zotero with a link to complete the registration process.
  3. Click on the link provided and you'll get access to your new Zotero account, where you can start to save, share, and use resources for your research.

Getting Started - Quick Links