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VDOT OneSearch: Quick Start Guide: Register

The purpose of this guide is to help VDOT employees find and use VDOT OneSearch to perform simple searches. OneSearch is a federated search tool that helps VDOT employees quickly search dozens of databases at once in real time, merging relevant results to

Should I Create An Account?

Creating an account in OneSearch is fast, free, only needs to be done once, but it is not required by any means. That much said, there are some advantages to creating an account. Creating an account enables you to use three cool features: My Library, Alerts and Search Builder. Here's what those features have to offer: 

My Library: Allows you to save and organize important search results as you discover them, so you can get back to them again later more easily. Note: If you are not logged in, you can still access this features to print, e-mail and export results. 
Alerts: Automate your favorite searches and receive e-mail results from those searches. This feature includes an Alerts homepage to help users navigate details of current alerts, create new alerts, modify alerts and delete old alerts. 
Search Builder: Allows you to create your own "custom search engine" based on the look and feel of OneSearch. Custom search engines can help improve narrowly defined searches. 

Follow these steps to create an account: 

1. From the main OneSearch search screen, look for the words "Sign In" at the upper right-hand corner: 

Screen capture showing the location of the "Sign In" option on OneSearch.

2. Choose the option to "Create Account" and you'll see this form. Fill out all required fields as needed and click the "Create Account" button when done: 

Screen capture showing the OneSearch Create User Account page.

Note: Sample data has been entered above. You are not required to register with a VDOT e-mail address (however, we recommend it!) and you can select any password you want. This user name and password will not be tied to your VDOT network account in any way.

Other settings have been left at default for this example. You can modify these elements as needed after the account has been created by selecting "Edit Profile."


3. You'll know you successfully signed in when you see your user name in the upper right-hand corner, like this:

Screen capture showing the patron's name when they are registered and logged in.

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