Finding Books

Changes to Library services during the COVID-19 service disruption.

Book borrowing Information:

  • You can have up to 500 books checked out at any one time
  • Graduate students have unlimited renewals
  • You can also borrow books from the University of Ottawa
  • If a book you want is checked out, you can use the Hold/Request button to request it
  • To renew your books, place requests, connect to e-books, journals, & databases from off-campus you only need your MyCarletonOne login and password


The library has a new search tool that lets you do just one search to find books, newspaper articles, journal articles... You can also search for books in Omni and use our various journal article databases to find journal articles, but the library's search tool give you another option that lets you do both at the same time.    

  • Use keywords only, do not search using a full sentence.
  • Combine keywords for different ideas with AND
  • Combine synonyms or similar words for an idea with OR
  • Use the * at the end of the root of a word to find all the forms of that word

Click on Advanced Search and key in your search statement.

Example: english studies AND film* OR "motion pictures"

When you get your results, use the links on the left side of the screen to look at the books in our library, or journal articles, etc.

If something is available in paper copy in the library, Omni will give you the floor location and the call number (which you need in order to find the item on the shelf).   If something is available online, click on the "Full-text online" link.

More Search Tips

Use Omni to find books, government documents, conference proceedings, and journals.  Only the titles of journals are included in Omni: 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 SUBJECT search. 
                 Example:  (women OR feminis*)  AND literature

            Scroll down to see the subject headings.

For more information, consult the Omni Search Tips page.

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Content last updated: July 20, 2020