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Omnivore OneSearch Help Guide: Getting Started

What is Omnivore OneSearch?

Omnivore is a search engine for library resources.

With one search box, it searches across the CIA Library's book and ebook collections, article databases, media and more.

Omnivore uses WorldCat Discovery from OCLC (a global library cooperative.)

Discovery search helps you find materials in many different resources and
directs you to the optimal resources for your research.

Plus, you can expand your search beyond the CIA Library and find information about books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

More Features:

  • OpenURL Link Resolver - what?! Simply put, a link to full-text from one database to another
  • Google Scholar - links from Google to full-text in CIA Library databases (off-campus set-up)
  • Streamlined Interlibrary Loan- click a button to send a request for books or articles. Learn more about ILL.
  • Access to My Library Account -  View your checkouts, renew, place holds and request recalls
  • A to Z Journal Finder - browse or search to find journals with full-text

Basic Searching and Using Filters

Basic Keyword Searching

  • Search Everything - includes books, ebooks, DVDs, media in the CIA Library collections and articles in CIA Library Databases
  • Search Books - includes books and ebooks in the CIA Library collections
  • Search Articles - searches for articles across CIA Library Databases
  • Search Tip - use the results to identify databases and collections to continue your search in more depth


Using Filters to Modify Search Results 

  • Libraries Worldwide - expand your search to include items from other libraries beyond the CIA; discover books and articles you can request via Interlibrary Loan
  • Full Text - limit results to articles and ebooks with full text attached
  • Peer Reviewed - limit results to scholarly articles from academic journals that use peer review, learn more about scholarly journals
  • Format - show results by type of item: book, article, DVD, etc.
  • Databases - Select to view results from one database
  • Year - select the publication date range for the results
  • Topics - general subject categories based on academic discipline; view the item record description to see specific subject terms


Share, Cite and Save

Items in your search results will include buttons to quickly add records to a list, email a record, copy a record link, or create a citation.


  • Email record - email a single record. Note that you also have the option to add a record to a list and email the list at the end of your session
  • Record link (permalink) -  takes you to a page where a permanent link is displayed. Copy the link and use it to access the page directly


  • Format a citation - generate and copy a citation in APA, MLA or Chicago style
  • Export a citation - cite the record using EndNote or RefWorks


Add a record to My List
Email a list to yourself or share it with others
Records added to a list are stored temporarily until the session times out
Sign in to save records to your Account and access them after the session
Learn more about saving records and My Library Account

More Tips for Searching

Searching is a process, you will try one search, evaluate your results, modify your strategy and try again.

  • Start with simple keyword searching
  • Use the Database Options to Refine or Limit and narrow your search
  • LIMITS include;
    • Scholarly & Peer Review
    • Full-Text
    • Date of Publication
    • Format or Document Type e.g. article, book review, letter to editor
  • Evaluate an article by reading the Abstract or summary.
  • Review your results to identify concepts & terminology that can help improve your search results.
  • Look at Subject Headings & Descriptors, standard vocabulary terms that describe the contents of articles
  • Use the Advanced Search screen to mix and match keywords and subjects and more.

Advanced Search Tips

Phrase Searches    
Search for complete phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks. Words enclosed in double quotes will appear together in all results exactly as typed, e.g. "culinary science", "fast casual"

Wildcards *  
The asterisk ('*') matches non-space characters, starting at the specified position in the word. For example, "farm*" will match "farm", "farmer", "farmed", "farming", "farmworker", "farmhouse", etc.

Boolean Operators
Use AND or OR to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use AND NOT to exclude words.

  • stocks AND sauces {search results must have both terms}
  • stocks OR sauces {must have at least one of the terms}
  • stocks NOT sauces {must have first term and must not include second term}
  • Use the Database Tools to Email, Save & Cite articles.

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