Welcome to our Library!
- What can we expect from library/ librarians?
- Key library terminology
- Library Workshops
- Social Events
- Library Resources on Learning English
- Internet Resources on Learning English
- Library Resources on Academic Success for International Students
- Selected Recreational Reading
- Resources for Exchange Students
- Multilingual Staff
- Foreign Language Dictionaries
What can we expect from our library/librarians?
- Using Library Materials such as Books, Journal articles, Music, Video, Course reading etc.
- Intense Research Help. Contact your subject librarian.
- Citing, evaluating sources and other academic skills via Workshops
- Cultural events to explore Laurier Library Culture.
- Study Space: Open space, group rooms, individual carrel, Graduate commons, Ph.D rooms
- Technology: printing, scanning, copying, wireless access etc.
And much more....
Key Library Terminology
The following is a list of key library terminology used frequently in the library. So, familiarizing yourself with the terminology is a key to successful academic career.
- Abstract: A brief summary of an article or a chapter in a book.
- Article : It is a piece of writing often you will see in a publication. In the library, it is often referring to a publication in a journal.
- Barcode: There are two barcodes you will use for the library. One is the one on your Onecard and the other is the one outside a book to identify the book. You will need these two to sign out books when using automatic machines on the main floor.
- Bibliography: a list of books or journal articles you used to write your paper. It is sometimes called ' Reference".
- Call number: It is an address of a book to figure out where the book is located. Often, it is a combination of letters and numbers. In our library, the call number for a book starts with letters and ends with a combination of letters and numbers. For example, for the call number PE1128 A4573, go to the floor that houses books with PE at the beginning. To find out which floor, click here.
- Catalog: It is often referred to a library database which you can use to search for books and articles.
- Citation: A complete information of a book or an article such as author name, title, publisher, published location, dates, page number, volume etc.
- More available at Glossary or Multilingual Glossary of Terms.
- International/Exchange student specific workshops: There are library workshops specifically tailored to the needs of international students, pre-MBAs, exchange students, LEAF students, visiting/research scholars. If you missed pre-scheduled workshops, please contact the Library to set up an additional one.
- General Workshops open to all Laurier Students: Check out our list of library workshops such as Google, finding your research impact, citation management systems(Zotero, Mendeley, Bibliometrics) and Research Data Management. If you would like someone assisting you in the workshop, please contact the library.
Throughout the year, the library will be holding social events for our international and In-coming exchange students to feel welcome in the library. For example, in the fall, our international students participated in the portrait painting sessions. We plan to host many more events so, please, look out for those events to enjoy and learn about our customs and culture in Canada. In Oct, we will be holding a Halloween gathering which you can participate in costume if you would like. Just watch for an announcement.
In North America, when you use someone else's idea in your paper, you need to give credits to the person you got the idea from. When you don't, it is considered to be a serious offence called "plagiarism". In order to avoid this, you can simply give credit to the person who originally owns the idea in various format using "citation". You can watch the following video tutorial to learn about it more.
The following video tutorials will explain citation style, when and how to cite.
Library and Internet Resources on Learning English
The following resources are helpful in learning English.
- Academic Writing: A handbook for International Students (PE 1413 B28 2015)
- English Grammar for ESL learners- WLU Book Shelves (PE1128 .S9774 2013 ) : help you understand the different rules and elements of grammar with exercises.
- Writing better English for ESL learners- WLU Book Shelves (PE1128 .S978 2009 )
- Rules for writers-WLU Education Collection - Curriculum Stacks (PE1408 .H277 2008 )
- A Canadian writer's reference-WLU Book Stacks (PE1408 .H33 2012 )
- Purdue Online Writing Lab
Library Resources on Academic success for international students
- Beyond the answer sheet : academic success for international students ( LB2375 .B33 )
- Crossing borders : international women students in American higher education (LC3071 .Q56 2009 )
- Succeeding as an international student in the United States and Canada ( LB2376.4 .L57 )
Additional Academic Survival Tips
As an international student, you may find it difficult to adapt the academic environment in Canada such as Classroom skills such as Note Taking, Presentation Group Work, relationship with your instructors, challenges of being an international student Writing related challenges such as writing styles and citations etc. The University offers professional assistance such as writing centre and Study Skills and Course Support. If you would like to discuss these with a librarian, please contact the library.
Selected Recreational Reading
- Comic book encyclopedia : the ultimate guide to characters, graphic novels, writers, and artists in the comic book universe. WLU Book Shelves (PN6707 .G68 )
- The superhero book : the ultimate encyclopedia of comic-book icons and Hollywood heroes. WLU Book Shelves (P96.H46 S87 )
- Dictionnaire de la bande dessinée. WLU Book Shelves (PN6707 .F55 2005 )
Resources for Exchange Students-Outgoing
You can use the following resource to learn about the country you plan to study.
From Canadian Perspective
From Foreign Perspective
We also have paid subscription resources you can use.
- My World Abroad (You will be asked to create an account to use this resource).
- EUROPA world online: political and economic information
For in-depth research on countries, visit our library page on Country research.
We have staff who have the following language skills. Please contact the library if you would like to speak to the staff who speak your language.
- Armenian : Gohar Ashoughian
- Cantonese : Murray Tong
- Dutch : Greg Sennema
- Korean: Eun-ha Hong
- Mandarin: Jingjun Ha, Yanli Li
- Russian : Gohar Ashoughian
- Swahili : Greg Sennema
Foreign Language Dictionaries
- Arabic: Arabic Practical Dictionary WLU Quick Reference Shelves - 2nd Floor (PJ6640 .A934 )
- Chinese: ABC Chinese English Dictionary WLU Book Shelves (PL1455 .A24 ) )
- French: The Pocket Oxford-Hachette French dictionary: French-English, English-French. (4th ed.) available online
- German: The Oxford Duden German dictionary: German-English, English-German available online
- Hindi: Oxford student's English-Hindi dictionary. WLU, Waterloo, Book Shelves (PK1936 .O93 2015 )
- Italian: Italian: The Pocket Oxford Italian dictionary Italian-English, English-Italian (4th ed.) available online
- Japanese: Tuttle Mini Japanese Dictionary. Available Online
- Polish: English-Polish and Polish-English Dictionary. WLU library Annex - Must place hold to obtain (PG6640 .S8 )
- Portuguese: Oxford Portuguese dictionary WLU Reference Shelves - 2nd Floor (PC5333 .O946 )
- Russian: Oxford Russian Mini Dictionary WLU Book Shelves (PG2640 .O94 2014 )
- Spanish: The Pocket Oxford Spanish dictionary: Spanish-English. (4th ed.) available online
- Tuscarora: Tuscarora-English/English-Tuscarora dictionary. available online