Finding Books and eBooks

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
  • 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, but this search tool gives you another option that lets you do both at the same time.  Caution: This new interface does not include databases used when searching for data, statistics and some grey literature. 

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 withing 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

Use the search interface to find books, government documents, conference proceedings, and journals.  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: buddh* AND mysticism

  • Combine synonyms or similar words for an idea with OR
  • Use the truncation symbol * when you want to allow for several spellings or variations on a word

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:  Mysticism -- Buddhism

Other subject headings

  • Religion and literature
  • Religion and culture
  • Religion and science
  • Atheism
  • Death - Religious Aspects
  • Rites and ceremonies
  • Mysticism

A few book titles:

  • American Christianity : the Continuing Revolution / Stephen Cox (2014) (online) (online)
  • An Introduction to the World's Major Religions : a College Textbook / David W. Atkinson (1987) BL80.2.A845
  • Handbook of Denominations in the United States / Frank Spencer Mead, et. a. (2005) BL2525.M425 2005

To find documentaries, try a keyword search but restrict the Content Type to Streaming Video, Video Recording, etc.


eBooks can be found by author, title, keyword/subject terms searching. 
Do a search and then limit your search to retrieve only eBooks by Content type.


Content last reviewed: August 10, 2020