Q. How do I search a subject?

I am just looking for a basic search engine within the Online Library and am unable to find it.
I am researching "Religious Tolerance" and have had very little success.


Hello Ryan

There is no search engine across online library resources as yet. We are in the process of trialing Ebsco Discovery to do exactly that in a month or two. But is it not yet available right now. What you will have to do in the meantime is go into one of the databases that you choose to search, to find their search box.

Click on the Online Library Databases link in the MyOttawa Portal and go to the link for Ebscohost. Because of your topic I would suggest that you first choose your databases, Academic Search Premier, Social Science Index Full-Text and Religion and Philosophy Collection by checking the boxes next to them and the click continue. In the search box I would enter the terms "Religious AND Tolerance" and then make sure that you check the limiter box below the search box for full-text and peer-reviewed/scholarly articles. Once you have done that then you can click search.  I did the search exactly as I have told you and found 1024 full-text articles on that topic. So I do believe that if you replicate my search, you will find full-text articles.

If you want ebooks on your topic, you can try searching the ebook Academic Collection in Ebscohost separately. I entered the terms "Religious AND Tolerance" and I found 121 ebooks that have some chapters about that topic in them.

Please email me back or call me if you have any further questions about conducting this search.

Gloria Creed-Dikeogu, Ottawa University Library, 785-248-2536

  • Last Updated Sep 25, 2014
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