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Filters to Focus Results

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Results are automatically sorted by relevance. 

  • Frequency of matching search words
  • A value score (query words in author, title, subject, plus date)
  • Proximity of search words to one another 

 If you sort by the newest date, you lose the relevance ranking.


"Peer-reviewed" limits results to content that has gone through an academic peer-review process.

“Open Access" limits results to content that is freely available whether or not you are logged in to the Lakehead’s network. It may also be peer-reviewed.

Available in Lakehead's Library means physically available and includes books, DVDs, posters, kits, artifacts, etc.

Resource Types

Resource Types are listed by frequencies and include:

  • articles
  • audiovisual
  • books & ebooks
  • book chapters
  • conference proceedings
  • data sets
  • images
  • maps
  • newspapers
  • scores
  • reference entries
  • reviews
  • technical reports
  • theses & dissertations
  • videos

Move the cursor to the left of the list to reduce your results to specific resource types. Move your cursor to the right and click on the red check mark to exclude resource types from the results set.

list of resource types
Publication Date Input a specific date range and "Refine".



Includes Library of Congress and medical subject headings and subject tags from article databases.

Search results can be narrowed through selection or exclusion of multiple headings.

Author/Creator Includes principal authors, corporations, and government agencies such as the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the Canadian Wildlife Service.
Omni Libraries Physical holdings of the 16 partner libraries are listed here. You can request print books through the My Request option.