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Undergraduate Students

Quick overview of library services, resources, research, and accessibility supports for undergraduate students.

Library resources for research

A university library is where people help you learn to use specialized academic search tools to find quality academic books, articles, and other resources you may need to complete your course assignments. Libraries also teach you how to evaluate, use, and properly cite these resources in your assignments.

For a better understanding of the difference between high school and university research, see our video tutorial, University vs High School Research.

The Library provides access to online and print resources, including books, databases, newspapers and journals. A good starting point is the Omni search tool which has books and some articles. For more articles specific to your subject, try the search tools listed under subject guides.

A common concern is properly citing sources. See our resources on Citing sources in different citation styles to help.

There are short tutorials to help with tips and strategies for research.

Help with research

Subject & course guides

We provide online help guides for each subject area, and specific help guides tailored to many of the courses.


We have many short tutorials to help with tips and strategies for research.

Subject Librarians

Each academic program has a subject librarian who helps with research in that area. Your librarian will be happy to talk with you. Find your librarian at our listing of Subject Librarians, or use our Book a Librarian form to schedule an appointment.

Quick help 

If you just need someone to get you started in your search for information, contact us at the main floor Help & Services desk (at the Waterloo Campus), through email or our online Ask Us chat service.

For more information on research help, see Library Research Assistance.

Accessing course readings

If your instructor has arranged it, the Library provides online course readings for your classes through MyLearningSpace and course pages through the Ares systems. For more information on locating course readings, see How to find course readings & exams on reserve

Working and studying in the Library building

The Library supports students with disabilities through a variety of services. For more information see the Accessibility hub or contact our accessibility team at


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