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Communication & Mass Media


Search Omni to find books, journals, videos and other materials owned by the Library.  You can search by keywords, author, title or subject headings.
To find a specific known item, search by title or author.  To find books on a topic, either try a subject or keyword search.

Subject Headings vs Keyword Searching

Subject headings allow you to search for resources on a particular author or topic and are often more productive than keyword searches. 

Keyword searches work best if you have multiple concepts or topics and need only a few books. 

For a comprehensive subject search, search with subject headings as well as keywords.

Searching Omni

Start with a keyword search, but expect to revise it. 

Keyword Searching TIPS


Search Technique  

What It Does

quotation marks

Searches for exact phrase

Truncation *

Searches for all forms of a word

Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)

Lets you broaden or narrow your search


For example, do a simple search:   "mass media" AND Canada

When searching OMNI for books, use the facets located on the search results screen, to limit your search results to books & ebooks.

When you find relevant results, note the subject headings assigned. Refining your search using the same subject heading terminology may yield more precise results.

Subject headings

Communication and culture--Canada
Communications in politics
Communication--Social aspects
Journalism Canada
Journalism and literature
Journalistic ethics
Mass media
Mass media and youth
Mass media and public opinion
Minorities in mass media
Video games
War--Press coverage

Keyword Searching

For further information on performing keyword searches, see University of Saskatchewan Library's page, Using Boolean Operators.


The Library subscribes to a number of e-book packages which can be accessed via Databases.  Here are a few:

Skillsoft IT Pro Collection Books
Formerly known as Books 24x7, Skillsoft provides access to collections covering the fields of computer science, information technology and business

Oxford Scholarship Online                       
offers full-text access to scholarly publishing in 20 subjects from around the world,
Provides access to about 600,000 electronic books (ebooks) Prom a wide variety of publishers.
UPSO includes titles from Oxford University Press and other partner presses.  QUL has access to selected titles, indicated by a green open lock icon on search results screens.