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Explore your topic

Introducing Omni- which makes it possible to search across many of the library's collections simultaneously. Including books, ebooks, journal titles, games, music, videos, government information, maps, and more.  Omni doesn't search everything that the library owns or subscribes to so you will still need to search other resources to find everything that you need.  

When to use Omni

  • When starting research on a topic
  • If you are not sure which databases to use

For assistance using Omni please contact the Research Help Desk.

Define and get an overview of your topic or find definitions of key terms and concepts.


Key Databases for Journal Articles

Additional Databases

By connecting via Carleton Library, you will be able to seamlessly connect to the full-text of articles that are part of the library's collection.

Nestor is an international bibliography of Aegean studies, Homeric society, Indo-European linguistics, and related fields.


For more information and assistance, contact Sherri Sunstrum.


  • Ancient City of Athens
    A photographic archive of the archaeological and architectural remains of ancient Athens (Greece).
  • Ancient world image bank (New York University)
    The Ancient World Image Bank is a collaborative effort to distribute and encourage the sharing of free digital imagery for the study of the ancient world.
  • Arachne
    Arachne is intended to provide archaeologists and Classicists with a free internet research tool for quickly searching hundreds of thousands of records on objects and their attributes.  An index and links to the website’s contents is here.
  • ARTstor
  • Beazley Archive
    Includes the world's largest collection of images of ancient figure-decorated pottery.
  • World Digital Library



For video material at the Carleton University library, do a KEYWORD search in Omni and limit by "Material Type" and Video/Film.

If you cannot find what you need search the following database:

Free documentaries online.

Biblical Archaeology


 Site Digs

Research Centres


Referencing your sources is an important part of academic writing. Why?

  • it lets you acknowledge the ideas or words of others if you use them in your work
  • it helps you to avoid plagiarism
  • it demonstrates that you are using the scholarly record and that you can provide authority for statements you make in your term paper
  • it enables readers to find the source information



Content last reviewed: May 21, 2020