Omni FAQ

Omni, your new academic search tool goes live on December 12. We are building this page to provide you with helpful information about what has changed and why, and what it means for you as a student or instructor.

Questions or concerns about Omni? Contact your Liaison Librarian or email libhelp@brocku.ca

Omni is a library search tool that enables the search of multiple library collections and databases simultaneously.

Learn more: Meet Omni: Ontario’s new academic search tool

Everything the library owns in physical format and the resources in our online subscriptions are included. Because Omni is a shared system, Brock users will also be able to see the physical holdings at all 14 Omni schools.

Omni has some useful features to assist the user with their research.

Extensive Access: Omni allows you to search and explore a vast, shared collection of physical scholarly resources that includes books, journal articles, videos, music, and more.

One quick search: Finds ALL items owned by our library, whether they’re online or physical.

Powerful filters: Refine by resource type, library collection, focused subjects, availability, and more.

Follow Citation Trails: In your search results, it’s easy to find sources citing the article you’ve found. You can also find other sources cited in the article.

Related Reading: Lists of related reading pop up in search results to help you find more.

Virtual Browse: The virtual browse option appears within book records, allowing you to virtually scan physically adjacent items.

Detailed information about how to search Omni is available in the Omni Search Tips guide.

Links to SuperSearch will no longer work after migration. In advance of the change and for next term’s classes, we recommend that you use our Course Reserves service to help you prepare.

Consider uploading your syllabus to the Reserve List Request form or send it to reserve@brocku.ca. Reserve staff will scan your materials for uploading to the reserve system and will ensure copyright compliance, accessibility, and off-campus access.

Another option is to manually change the SuperSearch links to publisher or vendor platform links. For example, instead of using the Permalink from SuperSearch that looks like this:  https://proxy.library.brocku.ca/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ1180282&site=eds-live&scope=site, use a link to the article on the publisher website or vendor platform. 

Use the link checker, https://library.brocku.ca/proxy/checker.php, to ensure that the link will work off campus. 

For more help, see How to Create Persistent Links.

All saved information in your MyEBSCOHost folders will continue to exist after our subscription to SuperSearch ends on December 31. However, you won’t be able to view the full text of the articles, just the metadata and abstract information will be visible.

Log in to EBSCOhost or any EBSCOhost database, such as Academic Search Complete, to print, email, save, or export the citations from your folders.

By implementing Omni together with 13 partners, we can offer broader access to resources for our communities. The collaboration builds upon 50 years of successful cooperative work among Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) member libraries. We’ll have the common infrastructure needed to work together in new ways, share expertise, and collaborate more efficiently in managing and preserving our collections.

Here’s what we’ve been working on:
Phase 1: Feasibility Study (November 2014 – July 2015)
Phase 2: Developing System Requirements and Pre-Procurement (August 2015 – Fall 2016)
Phase 3: Procurement and Implementation at Libraries (Winter 2017 – Ongoing)
Onboarding and implementation (Fall 2018 – Fall 2019)

Go-live date: Dec. 10, 2019

Partners:

  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • University of Guelph
  • Lakehead University
  • Nipissing University
  • Ontario Tech University
  • University of Ottawa
  • Queen’s University
  • Trent University
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Windsor
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • York University

Questions?

Contact us in-person at the Ask Us Desk, via telephone at 905-688-5550 x4583, or via email at libhelp@brocku.ca