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What is searched in iCONN OneSearch?

iCONN OneSearch is the single, most comprehensive information resource that iCONN has ever offered. It searches all licensed databases, newspapers, digital collections and audiobooks for each audience: colleges & universities, public libraries, high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools. All search results are full-text and listed in order of relevance to the search request.
These are the only licensed resources in iCONN that OneSearch does not search:

  • HeritageQuest Online – searched using the Genealogy (HeritageQuest) link
  • Statewide Library Catalog - searched using "Find Books, DVDs and more in CT Libraries"

Colleges & Universities

iCONN OneSearch for colleges & universities searches all resources described above for iCONN OneSearch as well as:

  • CINAHL with Full Text
  • PsychINFO

What is the difference between iCONN OneSearch and EBSCOhost?

iCONN OneSearch is the simplest and most comprehensive search facility that iCONN offers, as described above in “What is searched in iCONN OneSearch?” EBSCOhost, on the other hand, provides a much richer, advanced search facility to enable very precise searches but the scope of its search is limited to searching just EBSCO databases. Although the advanced search facility of OneSearch is more limited, its search results page provides many ways to further refine the search results.  Here is a tutorial on EBSCOhost's advanced search facility: http://support.ebsco.com/training/flash_videos/adv_guided/adv_guided.html


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After doing a search, how do I return to my starting point?

  1. To do a new search, click on "New Search" in the top menu bar [see figure 1 below], or hit your browser's Back button.

  2. To return to the iCONN landing page [see figure 2 below], click on "To iCONN.org" in the top menu bar [see figure 1 below].

  3. To return to the iCONN resources page [see figure 3 below], click on "Select iCONN Resource" in the top menu bar [see figure 1 below].

iCONN OneSearch Menu Bar
Figure 1. iCONN OneSearch menu bar



Figure 2. iCONN Landing Page


iCONN Resources for the Public page

Figure 3. iCONN Resources Page

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How do I select one or more iCONN databases (resources) that I can search simultaneously?

  1. Point your browser to iCONN.org, then click the link called Search Individual Resources [see figure 2 above] which will bring you to the iCONN resources page [see figure 3 above] where you can select any one database to search.
  2. To search more than one database at a time, return to the iCONN landing page [see figure 3 above], then click on the EBSCOhost button and select the EBSCO databases you want to search.

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How can I determine if iCONN has a particular magazine title?

The best and easiest way is to use iCONN’s E-Journal Finder to search for the title.  There are two E-Journal Finders:

For all residents and K-12 students

For colleges & universities

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How do the new resources provided by EBSCO correspond with the resources I am familiar with that were provided by Cengage Gale?

Although there is not an exact one-to-one correspondence between the new and previous resources, we prepared a cross-reference guide to help situate the new resources.

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The “Search Options” and “Advanced Search” screens allow the user to limit searches by “Lexile Reading Level” or “Lexile Reading Score” for certain databases. What do these limiters mean?

Lexile levels or scores are based on a rating system – called the Lexile Framework for Reading, developed by MetaMetrics, Inc. - designed to measure the reading difficulty of the content based on word frequency and sentence length. The scores range from 200 (easiest to read) to 1300+ (the most complex). When limiting a search by a specific Lexile Reading Score rather than a range, the system will display results which have a Lexile Reading Score of -100 to +50 outside the score you specify. More detailed information about how EBSCO uses Lexile scores in its databases can be found here.  References to analysis of text complexity can also be found in Common Core State Standards For English Language Arts & Literacy In History/Social Studies, Science, And Technical Subjects.

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What is the purpose of the Integrated Search links and how do they work?

iCONN OneSearch Connectors

The EBSCO Discovery Service link above is actually iCONN OneSearch, which is powered by the EBSCO Discovery Service – the link will be renamed iCONN OneSearch in a forthcoming release. It is checked by default because iCONN OneSearch is the default search engine. The other links represent resources whose content is not contained in iCONN OneSearch. National Newspapers (ProQuest) includes:

Christian Science Monitor (1988 – present)
Los Angeles Times (1985 – present)
New York Times (1985 – present)
Wall Street Journal (1984 – present)
Washington Post (1987 – present)

Clicking on any of these links will display the search results for just that resource. If you check any of the checkboxes next to the links, and then click the Update button, the search results for the resources you checked will be integrated with the search results for iCONN OneSearch.

You should be aware that the “Limit to Peer Reviewed” limiter in the left column of the search results screen will not produce search results in the Integrated Search links because these links do not support this limiter function.

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How do I obtain an audiobook after receiving the search results?

There are two ways you can obtain an audiobook.  The quickest way is by clicking on the “Online Access” link displayed in the initial set of search results:

You can also click on the “Online Access” link at the end of the full record:

Note:  The two buttons at the top right of the full record display – “Sample” and “Download this Audiobook” – do not work and will be removed by late July / early August.

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Why did you drop the Business resource category?

Although you will still find many business-related publications in iCONN, which you can easily discover in iCONN OneSearch simply by selecting “Search Options” or “Advanced Search” and then under “Disciplines” selecting “Business & Management,” we decided not to offer a separate business resource center as we had previously in order to reduce costs and because we think what most users prefer in that category is a business directory product, which is unaffordable in our current budget.

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Why did you drop the Health resource category?

Although you will still find many health-related publications in iCONN, which you can easily discover in iCONN OneSearch simply by selecting “Search Options” or “Advanced Search” and then under “Disciplines” selecting “Health & Management,” this resource category was reconfigured as a public domain resource – the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus for public libraries and PubMed for academic libraries – because we think those public domain resources offer a better value for current, trustworthy health information than resources that the state would have to pay to offer.

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Do you offer Consumer Reports?

Yes, Consumer Reports is among the 1000s of magazines that are searched in iCONN OneSearch.  You can also find direct links to Consumer Reports and many other popular titles here:

For Public Libraries: http://rqst-agent.auto-graphics.com/HomePages/CustomerWide/PopularMagazinesPublic.asp 
For High Schools: 
For Middle Schools: 
For Elementary Schools: 

There is a direct link to the Popular Magazines page listed above from each audience-specific landing page (see Figure 2 above) and each audience-specific classic menu page (see Figure 3 above). 

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What are the advantages of using iCONN.org relative to Web search engines?

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What is the purpose of the Change My Library directory?

This directory has several uses:

  • It allows a college student who happens to be in a public library to click on the direct link for their college library so that they can access the college library resource menu after entering their library card number
  • It allows a public library user who happens to be in a college library to click on the direct link for their public library so that they can access the public library resource menu after entering their library card number.
  • It allows any library participating in reQuest to have a direct link to their applicable resource menu (public or college), which includes their customized version of reQuest. This same link can also be posted on that library's home page for easier access. Using the direct link will bypass the screen that asks users (whose libraries are part of a group) to "Please select one library."

Note: The previous ability that allowed a K-12 teacher or student at home to click on the direct link for their school library and access their school library's resource menu after entering their public library card number was disabled after we realized that this same ability would allow anyone with any CT public library card to potentially access local database resources that were licensed by a specific school for only that school's students and teachers. Regrettably, because this access path would effectively violate these license agreements, we had to disable this feature for schools. As a result, currently, we do not have a method by which a student or teacher can access their school resource menu from home.

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How is the local library name at the bottom of the screen derived?

The "identity statement" at the bottom of the screen [see figure 4 below] identifies the specific library that iCONN associates you with based on how you logged into the system (i.e., either by using the number on the library card that was issued by a specific library or by using the Internet address of the library's computer).

Figure 4. Local library name appearing in identity statement at bottom of every screen

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Where can I find more information about how to use these databases?

You can find online tutorials, webinars and search tips for most iCONN databases at http://www.cslib.org/iconnsitemap/staff/OnlineTrainingPublicSchoolNEW.aspx
If you are a college student and have access to the college-only databases, you can find online tutorials, webinars and search tips at http://www.cslib.org/iconnsitemap/staff/OnlineTrainingAcademicNEW.aspx

We also encourage you to discuss your information needs with your public, school or college librarian who can help you get the most out of these databases.  Contact information for all public libraries in CT is here.

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Why do I have to log in to use iCONN?

iCONN’s license agreements with vendors require us to verify that only authorized users can access the resources.  The log-in procedure ensures adherence to our license agreements.  License agreements typically base their costs on the number of potential users.  If there were no login procedure, access would be completely open and the cost to Connecticut would be astronomical.

iCONN.org uses a single sign-on authentication system because we license resources from different vendors, each of which performs authentication differently. Without single sign-on, which allows you to freely access resources from all three vendors, you would have to log into each vendor's resources separately, which would be confusing and frustrating to most users.

To make single sign-on easier to use, we added the "remember my card number on this computer" checkbox, and also the Try This! button that we encourage you to try (it works 85%-90% of the time). Using either of these methods means that any CT resident can accomplish all the authentication requirements that our three license agreements require us to satisfy with just ONE extra step at the beginning. Once that one step (one click) is accomplished, you can use the entire site as freely as any other "free" resource - except with no ads, with privacy protection (iCONN doesn't track searches), and virus-free - and you will be able to access content that is not generally available at all through web search engines.

Regarding the statewide library catalog, we do provide guest access to the catalog which does not require to  log in, however the ability to request items from the catalog is only presented to users that have logged in because any requests must affiliated with a participating library that offers the interlibrary loan service.  

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