How to Find Books Using OMNI Search
Begin at the Library
Decide on search terms.
Think of single words or short phrases that
represent the main ideas of your topic.
Examples: The Hobbit, Margaret Atwood,
forestry, drug abuse, children and video
Use these as search terms in the Search Box.
Conduct a Search
Type your information
into the Nipissing
Search or Canadore
Insert a title, author
name or subject of
For best results sign in using your login. Same as WebAdvisor
For best results, conduct your search and access individual items
and then sign in. Same as Network Login credentials.
To change topics
or to try other
ideas add to the
select New Search
from the top
Join multiple search terms with “and”.
Try combining a topic with the name of an author.
Understanding the Search Results
As a default Results are
listed by Relevance (this
can be changed in the
Sort By drop down
Modify Your Search Results
Results include various
types of resources.
Modify your results to
ONLY view books by
selecting Books & eBooks
under resource type.
Don’t forget to APPLY
Modified Search Results
Notice the results
narrowed down from
35,000 + results to 35
Other options are
available (i.e. Date
Author/ Creator, etc.)
Item Information Record
Note the library the item belongs to,
it’s current location and availability.
Location tells you
where to go in
the library to find
In this example, the book is held at the
Commerce Court Library.
The location is
the book is
can be checked
The call number for this book is
FC106.B6 P755 2004, which is on the third floor at the
Harris Learning Library.
In this example, the Location indicates that the
book is checked out and provides its due date.
“Available Online” means that the item is an e-book.
The item record should provide the link to access
the e-book online.
Libraries in the Search Results
Harris Learning Library
Located at the College Drive campus
Canadore – Commerce Court
Located at the Commerce Court Campus
Electronic access only for these items
Harris Learning Library
Item Record Locations
Where is that?
Standard shelving location Regular shelves on 2nd & 3rd floors
Reference material 1st floor, by Info Desk
Circulation Desk 1st floor, near front doors
Archives 1st floor
Popular Collection 1st floor
Audiobooks 2nd floor
Oversize 2nd floor
Electronic resource Accessible online
Not finding what you need?
• Check the spelling of your search terms
• Try variations of your search terms, such as:
• Synonyms, i.e., adolescents, youths, teenagers
• Closely related words, i.e., computer games, video games
• Alternate spellings, i.e., behavior, behaviour
• Plural or singular, i.e., women, woman
• Try broader search terms, i.e., Canada instead of Ontario
• Try more specific terms, i.e., anorexia instead of eating disorders
Here are some tips:
We’re here to help!
If you need any assistance using the OMNI Search
or in the Library, please come to the Info Desk!
You can also contact us at:
705-474-3450 ext. 4221
Or 1-800-655-5154 (choose Library)