- Your OneCard is your library card. New cards should be automatically registered.
- Working from home? Log in first
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 (2:17)
- item's not in Primo? Requesting interlibrary loans (2:56)
- 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 (3:14)
- Evaluating resources: checklist
- Improving your thesis statement (5:25)
- Citing sources: examples of MLA style
Having problems? Don't hesitate to contact me: call, email, drop in, or make an appointment. My office is one floor up from the main floor of the Library on the Waterloo campus. Come up the stairs, then walk straight ahead.