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Getting Started with Omni

What can Omni search?

Omni searches two different scopes:

  1. U of G Library: Guelph's physical and online resources
  2. U of G Library + Omni Libraries: Adds the physical resources of the 13 partner libraries

Use the primary dropdown menu, located beside the search box, to select the scope you'd like to search.

What are some basic search tips to use in Omni?

We recommend applying Boolean operators to focus your search results.

Search Tip

Use AND when you have multiple terms. Omni will return results that contain all of the words.

Example

happiness AND productivity AND workplace


Search Tip

Use quotations for phrases. Omni will search for the exact order of words in the quotation.

Example

"genetically modified foods"; "inclusive classroom"


Search Tip

Use OR for synonyms. Omni will search for either word.

Example

habitat OR ecosystem


Search Tip

Use NOT to exclude words. Omni will exclude the word from the results list.

Example

gambling NOT lottery


Search Tip

Use "*" to search for alternate word endings.

Example

"*" for unlimited characters, especially used for word endings; cultur* for culture, cultural, and culturally


Search Tip

Use "?" for single wildcard characters.

Example

wom?n for woman and women


Search Tip

Use brackets to group terms.

Example

Shakespeare (sonnet OR tragedy); "climate change" (ecosystem* OR habitat*) Ontario

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