As a graduate student at Queen’s University, finding reliable and relevant information is crucial to academic success. That’s why I’m excited to introduce you to a fantastic resource that has made my research journey much easier – Omni that can be accessed using the following link- https://library.queensu.ca/search/omni.
Omni is an easy-to-use academic search tool that provides access to a wealth of resources from Queen’s University and 17 other Ontario universities. This cutting-edge tool replaces our former search tools, QCAT Library Catalogue and Summon, and offers a wealth of features to help you quickly find what you’re looking for.
With Omni, you can find books, ebooks, articles, videos, documents, and more. You can even search across all 18 Ontario partner institutions and beyond, ensuring you have access to a diverse range of resources. Once you’ve discovered the information you need, you can request materials from other institutions with just a few clicks.
One of the standout features of Omni is the ability to filter your search using a variety of options, such as date range, author, and format. You can also browse virtual shelves and save your favourite resources by pinning them or adding tags for easy retrieval later. Additionally, Omni makes it easy to manage your citations, allowing you to email, export, and cite your resources with ease.
Omni also enables you to follow citation trails, making it easy to see the connections between articles and follow the flow of research in your field. Whether you’re looking for background information, multiple articles to get started, or sources on a specific interdisciplinary topic, Omni has you covered. And if you need help, our librarians are always available to offer guidance, either through chat, email, or in-person consultations.
While Omni is an incredibly useful resource, it’s important to keep in mind a few key points. Firstly, the system will time out after 30 minutes of inactivity, so be sure to log out if you need to step away from your computer. And when accessing Omni from off-campus, you’ll need to log in through the Off-Campus Access link on the library homepage (https://ocul-qu.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/discovery/search?vid=01OCUL_QU:QU_DEFAULT&lang=en&_gl=1*mwlldh*_ga*MjA1NTUzODIxNy4xNjc2OTE2OTg3*_ga_G0J9TQJER1*MTY3NjkxNjk4Ni4xLjAuMTY3NjkxNjk4Ni4wLjAuMA.). This is the gateway to full-text library content and ensures you have access to all of the resources you need, no matter where you are.
When it comes to using Omni, it is recommended for students who are looking for background information, several articles to get started, an exact book or article title, sources on an interdisciplinary topic, local and/or unique resources, or course-specific resources. Additionally, university librarians have created subject and course guides to help students with recommended tools, resources, and research strategies. If students need assistance, they can chat with the librarians, book a consultation through the website, call, or access the email services.
In conclusion, I highly recommend taking advantage of the many features and resources offered by Omni. Whether you’re just getting started with your research or are well into your graduate studies, this tool will help you find the information you need to succeed. So why not give it a try today?
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