- Your OneCard is your library card. New cards should be automatically registered.
- You will be asked to login when accessing paid resources from off campus
Finding a focus
- Consult Dictionaries and encyclopedias
- read each source as you go along; each one will lead to more
- identify more items than you need (some may be hard to find or off topic)
- keep track of where you look and the keywords you use
- start early (library staff can deliver articles from other libraries)
- use Boolean Searching (AND, OR) for best results
- check the Reserve Catalogue to see if there are readings for your course
- How to find scholarly books (3:04)
- use the Primo Catalogue to identify books at Laurier, the Universities of Waterloo and Guelph, and the Annex
- where are the books? See floor plans
- Requesting books from other libraries in Primo (1:40)
- item's not in Primo? Requesting interlibrary loans (2:13)
- use WorldCat to identify books available in other libraries. Use interlibrary loans to have books sent to Laurier
- Check ebook collections. These let you search the full text of available books.
- Check Primary Sources. These include full-text drama, poetry, film scripts, letters, and more.
- What is a peer reviewed journal? (1:42)
- Start with the MLA Bibliography to identify articles on your topic
- Other useful databases for finding articles
- Trying to find an article from a list of references? Finding a journal article when you know the title (3:50)
- Evaluating resources: checklist
- Improving your thesis statement (5:25)
- Citing sources: examples of MLA style
Having problems? Don't hesitate to contact me: email, call (519-884-0710 x3384), drop in, or make an appointment. My office, L3-312, is one floor up from the main floor of the Library on the Waterloo campus. Come up the stairs, then walk straight ahead.