Search Omni to find books, journals, videos and other materials owned by the Library. You can search by keywords, author, title or subject headings.
The default search in Omni is basic search. Enter one or more keywords into the Omni search box, choose the scope you wish to search (please note, if you are starting your search from the library homepage, the scope is automatically set to Queen's - this can be adjusted once you've executed a search), then click the search button.
Basic search supports the use of Boolean operators: AND, OR or NOT, and they must be entered in uppercase (example: health AND exercise).
To search for a specific phrase, type quotation marks around the phrase, otherwise AND is assumed between each word. (example: "health promotion").
Once you have your initial search results, you can fine-tune them by using the filters on the left side of the screen.
Use the advanced search option for more precise searching. Using the drop-down options within the Advanced Search screen you can limit your search to specific fields and/or a combination of fields (Author, Title, Subject, Call number). You can also specify that your search words must be contained in the search field ("contains", "starts with" or "is (exact)."
Specific dates and languages can be selected. Resource type will limit your search to a specific format or material type, such as book or e-books.
For a comprehensive look at searching Omni, please consult the library's Omni Search Tips guide.
E-books come in a variety of formats (PDF, EPUB, HTML, etc.) with various features depending on the publisher and/or the digital platform where the e-book resides.
Access to e-books varies based on licensing or platform. Some e-books can be viewed by only one user at a time, while others can be viewed by multiple users at once.
The Library subscribes to a large number of e-book packages. There are many different ways to find e-books at Queen's.