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Research Help

The following steps outline an effective research strategy needed to complete an essay, class presentation, or a term paper in most courses at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Find Books

Watch this short video to learn how to find e-Books in the Library:

 

You can search within these specific e-book collections:

Summon searches almost all print and online resources in the Library collection. Learn how to refine your searches by watching this short video.

Watch this short video to learn how to search for books, e-books, and streaming media in the Library Catalogue.

NEXT VIDEO: Library Catalogue Search Tips

Search tips:

  • Use the Advanced Search screen in the Library Catalogue for more precise searching.
  • The library catalogue lists all of the books, e-books, and videos in the library's collection. It does not include newspaper or journal articles.
  • The most typical search in the Library Catalogue is a keyword search. Keywords are everyday terms used to describe a topic. A more precise search is by subject. Subject headings are the agreed-upon terms designated by the Library of Congress and assigned to each item in your library’s catalog.

Find print books on the Library Shelves:

  • Books are shelved in alphabetical and numerical order according to the call number, a combination of letters and numbers on the spine.
  • Call numbers signify subjects, so books on similar topics will have similar call numbers and be shelved near each other. For a brief introduction, check Library of Congress Classification Outline.

Watch this short video to learn how to find streaming videos in Library:

 

KPU has unlimited access to the following streaming platforms:

 Curio.ca Canadian content KPU login required   Streaming video and audio content from CBC and Radio-Canada in both French and English. Please use Google Chrome when playing videos on campus. When using PCs in e-classrooms, videos should be accessible through Internet Explorer.

Please use Google Chrome when playing videos on campus. When using PCs in e-classrooms, videos should be accessible through Internet Explorer.

Please use Google Chrome when playing videos on campus. When using PCs in e-classrooms, videos should be accessible through Internet Explorer.

What are Open Textbooks? 

Open textbooks are part of a larger movement called "Open Educational Resources" (OER). An open textbook is a textbook with an open copyright license that allows the material to be freely accessed, shared and adapted.