The library's search tool, Summon, allows you to search for books, journal articles, media, and more with a single search. You can access Summon from the library's homepage.
Start with online videos for search techniques and tips -
- Finding Books using Summon
- Finding Articles using Summon
- Search Tips: Boolean searching, wildcards and more
- Finding Government Information
When searching Summon, consider the following:
Once you have your results:
- To see only BOOKS click on Book/eBook.
- To see BOOKS as well as GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS, click on Library Catalogue
- To see only JOURNAL ARTICLES click on Journal Article and click on Scholarly & Peer-Review.
Because there will be many results, it is important to narrow your search.
- Content Type
- Publication Date
- Subject Terms
- Library Location
Discipline and Subject Terms are particularly useful.
Discipline allows you to look at those resources classified as belonging to one specific field of study; e.g., Indigenous Studies, Public Policy, Law, Sociology, Health Sciences, etc. This can be very helpful when researching an interdisciplinary topic from a particular angle; for example, the topic indigenous health care woud span multiple disciplines. It is also useful when one term is used in multiple disciplines to mean something very different; for example, social media research in sociology is very different from social media in business.
Subject Terms are like additional keywords that have been indexed, or tagged, for each document. They can be helpful to further narrow down your results list, or to suggest terms you hadn't thought of that are related to your research.
Also try: Summon Advanced Search
Tip: Always use quotation marks for phrase searching. For example "land claims".
When to Use Summon:
|I want to...||Use this||Why?|
|Search for articles and/or books on a topic||Summon||Summon searches a wide range of sources and will bring you books, articles and other useful resources on your topic|
|Get started on an interdisciplinary topic||Summon||Summon will find resources from databases covering many topics, so can be much more efficient than searching several databases|
|Narrow a topic down||Summon||Summon lets you narrow down your search by subject or discipline, using facets on the left side. Each facet shows you how many results you'll get if you select it, so you can see in advance if you're narrowing your topic down to only 2 or 3 items.|
|Search for a specific book, video, journal title, game, etc.||Library catalogue||The library catalogue lets you do more specific searches and has up-to-date information about whether items are in the library or checked out. This information in Summon may be a few hours old.|
|Renew my library books||Library catalogue||You can only access your library account through the library catalogue, not through Summon.|
|Use specific search options available in a database||Specific database||Summon doesn't let you search by specific fields like methodology, NAICS code, jurisdiction, etc. so you need to go directly to a specialized database to do that kind of a search.|
Use the CATALOGUE to find books, government documents, conference proceedings, and journals. Only the titles of journals are included in the catalogue: use the databases to search for individual article titles.
If you know the title of the item you seek, perform a TITLE search.
If you know the author, perform an AUTHOR search. Enter the author's name with the surname first.
Otherwise, try a KEYWORD search.
Use boolean operators AND/OR to create a relevant search statement.
Use the truncation symbol * when you want to allow for several spellings or variations on a word.
When using more than one operator, use parentheses to group words.
When keyword searching, if a keyword exists in the subject heading or in the title, the resource is much more likely to be about that topic. You can construct sophisticated searches by specifying that your search terms must exist in particular fields of the catalogue record. Prefix the search term with a: to restrict to authors, t: to restrict to titles, s: to restrict to subject headings, and n: to restrict to the notes (where tables of contents are loaded).
Example: business ethics and s:canad*
Scroll down to see the subject headings.
For more information, consult the keyword search help in the catalogue.
eBooks can be found in the catalogue by author, title, subject and keyword searching.
Do a search and then limit your search to retreive only ebooks by using the drop down menu:
- Send me an email to order a monograph title the library doesn't hold or use the Purchase Suggeston form.
- Create a ILL RACER account and submit a request for the missing article or book.
- Borrow from another library.
- University of Ottawa
Catalogue of books and other materials in libraries worldwide. Offers Over 62,000,000 million bibliographic records.
- Library and Archives Canada
- Centre for Research Libraries (CRL)
- Library of Congress
- British Library
WATMEDIA is an extensive, searchable database of approximately 50,000 film and video titles which are held by other Ontario universities and can be borrowed.