Answered By: Jan Uhde
Last Updated: Aug 14, 2020     Views: 230

Follow these Library catalogue search tips:

  • Use the search box on the Library Home Page to search the library catalogue "Omni".
  • Select which libraries to search by clicking the drop-down beside the search box in Omni. Your choices of libraries to search are: Waterloo, "Waterloo+Laurier+Guelph Libraries", and "Waterloo Library + Omni Libraries".
  • Sign into Omni to be able to make requests for books and other items.
  • Use Advanced Search to pre-limit your search to specific fields, resource type, LANGUAGE, and publication dates.
  • Use Modify Your Results (on the left hand side of the catalogue page) after you have run your search. Choosing how to sort your search results, modify your search by: availability, resource type, publication date, subject and more.
  • Add additional search lines in Advanced Search to combine your search terms using Boolean Operators: AND, OR, NOT

Using Boolean Operators:

When searching Omni the following Boolean Operators can help narrow or broaden a search for your topic:

AND - retrieves results that have all the specified terms. So, for example, a search for apples AND oranges will only retrieve results that have apples and oranges in the results. It is a useful way to narrow your search.

OR - retrieves results with at least one of the search terms. So a search for Cape Verde OR Cabo Verde will retrieve results that include either the terms Cape Verde or the terms Cabo Verde or both. It is a useful way to search for related terms or synonyms.

NOT – excludes any search results that includes the specified term. It is most useful to use NOT when trying to eliminate irrelevant results. For example, if you’re pulling up a lot of book reviews when looking for articles about the Game of Thrones, you might search for Game of Thrones NOT book review.

To broaden a search, enter an asterisk * at the end of a word  to perform a multiple character wildcard search (up to five characters). For example: educat* retrieves the words educate, educator, education, etc.

You can often get better results if you search for a phrase by typing quotation marks "" around the phrase. You can also combine both words and phrases in your search. For example: "African Americans" AND psychology. Note: If you do not enclose the phrase with quotation marks, the Library catalogue will find items that contain the individual words in the phrase, regardless of whether these words are located next to each other in the order specified.

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