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Education (K-12)

Omni Search Tips

All books (print or ebook), can be found by searching Omni, the library’s new search tool.  A complete search guide for using Omni is available here.  

Enter your search words in the main search box.  You can put quotation marks around a phrase. Results are displayed using a relevancy ranking, but you can change this to display your results by newest date first.   Change the “Sort By” option to “Date - Newest” 

To limit your search results you can use the limiters on the left side of your search results screen. 

A few tips to filter your results: 

  • To limit your search to online, under “Availability” select the “Available Online” filter. 
  • You can limit these results further by selecting a “Resource Type”. For example if you are interested in an ebook, you can select the “books and ebooks” filter. 
  • To find print books available in the Education Library (Thunder Bay Campus) only, select “Thunder Bay Education Library” under the “Library Locations” filter
  • To find books available in the Education Library (Orillia Campus) only, select “Orillia Education Library” under the “Library Locations” filter


You can find books using information from the title, author name or subject keywords:

  • Enter one word or multiple words from title (put quotation marks to enclose phrases; use * for alternate word endings)
  • For author, enter last name followed by first name or initial
  • Use "Advanced Search" for combining search words and for searching with specific information (ie title, author, subject, ISBN etc)

To find books on teaching a subject:

  • Click on  Advanced Search, on the right of the Search box 
  • In the “Any Field” drop down box, select “Subject” and Enter a subject word (ie mathematics).  Follow your subject word with keywords study teaching (ie mathematics study teaching ; magnetism study teaching)
  • You can also enter a grade level (ie mathematics study teaching elementary; mathematics study teaching middle school; mathematics study teaching secondary)
  • When you find a book that is suitable for your topic, examine the subject headings, find one that best suits your topic and click for more titles.

Can't find the book/article you need or is it at another location?

It is possible to request books from another library location (Thunder Bay or Orillia campus).  While you are viewing a specific title,  sign into your account to determine which request options are available for that item.   Follow the instructions on the screen to complete your request. 

Interlibrary Loan is a Document Delivery service allowing users to request books and articles not available in the Lakehead Library collection. Requests are placed through a system called RACER.

See Interlibrary Loan - FAQ for further information and assistance, including How do I reset my RACER password?

Thunder Bay Campus: Users with additional inquiries should contact the Document Delivery Office (807-343-8135), located on the main floor of the Chancellor Paterson Library. E-mail may be sent to Operating hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Orillia Campus: Users can visit the library, email, or call 705-330-4010 ext. 2250 (Harvie Legacy Library) or ext. 2252 (Education Library).