Finding Books and eBooks

Book Borrowing Information:

  • Undergraduate students may borrow an item for 120 days (with unlimited renewals subject to recall when another student places a hold)
  • 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

Search Tool

The library has Omni, a search tool that lets you do just one search to find books, newspaper articles, journal articles, etc. You can use our various journal article databases to find journal articles.  This search tool gives you another option that lets you do both at the same time.  

1. Click on Advanced Search and key in your search statement.
2. When you get your results, use the filters on the left side of the screen to further refine your results.
    Find relevant books, eBooks and chapters within books in our library, or journal articles, etc.

If something is available in paper copy in the library, this search interface 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.

Search Tips

Only the titles of journals are included in the search tool: 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/SUBJECT TERM search:
  • Use keywords only, do not search using a full sentence.
  • Combine keywords for different ideas with AND 

                     Example: ethics AND identity

  • Combine synonyms or similar words for an idea with OR
    Example: philosophy AND (film* OR "motion pictures")
  • Use the truncation symbol * when you want to allow for several spellings or variations on a word
                     Example: (women OR feminis*) AND islam

Keyword Searching

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 record. 

When you find a relevant title, scroll down to see the subject headings.

                  Example:  Political Philosophy

Other subject headings

  • Identity (Philosophical concept)
  • Race, Philosophy

A few book titles:

To find documentaries, try a keyword search but restrict the Material Type to Video/Film, or Resource Type to Videos.

For more information on searching, check this page, Omni Search Tips.


To find eBooks search by author, title, keyword/subject terms. 
Do a search and then limit your search to retrieve only eBooks by Content type.




Content last reviewed: January 24, 2021