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Video: What are these Results?

This 2-minute video shows the brief results of a search: how Omni responds to a search and what is displayed.

The video is closed-captioned.

The video is a visual representation of the content on this page.

What Are The Results?

We've done a search and we have results.  Now the fun begins!

Let's take a look at what's happened. 

We searched for: foot odour.  (Note the spelling of "odour".)

  • We searched the default "Trent Library" so that everything we find is available to us, either online or in the library.
  • We didn't include any special symbols or boolean operators, but we could have, if we wanted to. With Omni, it's usually best to keep it simple and trust it to sort your best results to the top of the list.


screenshot of the search results



Omni found over 30,00 items containing the term "foot odour".

  • The results include all types of material: physical books, ebooks, and book chapters; journals and journal articles; videos, news articles, maps, and more.
  • It sorted the results by "relevance", using an algorithm known only to Omni.
  • There's a description of each item - this is called a brief "record".
  • The material type is identified: article, book, video, etc.
  • Articles from "Peer-Reviewed Journals" are identified.
  • It tells you if the item is "Available Online".


These items are all available.

  • Because we used the default search, Omni found items available through the Trent Library. 
  • None of these results need to be ordered or searched for beyond Omni ,
    • unless it's a physical item that someone else has signed out, in which case we can request it.
  • We can click on any one of these to get either full text or the call number/location within the Trent Library system.


Omni made a suggestion.

  • Omni wonders if we actually wanted to search "food odor" instead, so it offers the option to perform that search with a click.
    • It's noticed that we're using an unusual spelling of "odour" - the Canadian spelling.
    • It also knows there are more items about food than feet.
  • If we click this, we'll perform a brand new search with the suggested terms. 
    • But this search won't be gone forever - we can find it again in our search history (during this browser session).