One Search

Explore the Library's print and online resources with one simple search

Get the One Search widget –embed it in a web page


One Search searches the library catalogue (Tropicat), over 90% of our journal articles, Libguides, eBooks, the eJournal portal, and ResearchOnline@JCU. With one click you can extend that search to include records beyond the library identified as valuable by academic institutions around the world including OAIster and Trove.


Searching works like Google, just type in what you want, or use the advanced search features.

You can limit your results to full text, or scholarly & peer reviewed, an academic discipline or a document type. Mark the items you like and email them, import them into Endnote or print them.

Hover over the citation to see full bibliographic details or click on the title to see the full text or to be taken the library catalogue to place a hold on the item.

One Search will also provide definitions of common terms and phrases, offer related topics and recommend databases and Libguides that match your search terms.

For convenience One Search ‘spotlights’ newspaper articles and images offering links to see more of these if you are interested, rather than crowding out more academic sources in your results display.

Results or presented as a continuous scroll – no need to click ‘next page’ to see more.

One Search uses Responsive Web Design to alter its display to suit the screen size of the device it is being viewed on.


If you are using an assistive technology browser press your tab key to get the link to the accessible version of One Search.

Off Campus Access

While One Search is freely accessible to anyone from anywhere in the world some content is restricted to the JCU Community, including Web Of Science citation counts and some subscription resources.

To get the same full functionality available on campus JCU staff and students should simply click on the Off Campus bar at the top of the search results page:

Off campus log in banner

And use your JCU login and password

We recommend you do this as soon as you see a list of results – the act of logging in removes any facets that have been applied to the search.


One Search can choose your preferred language for One Search

Select language from Drop Down ListNote that this changes the language used in facets, filters and buttons – articles are not translated from the language they were published in.