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Welcome New Students: Finding Info For Your Assignment

COVID-19 Update

Library Service during COVID-19

We're here to help both in-person and online. Most of our services can be accessed online through kpu.ca/library.

Our buildings are open and KPU students and employees can browse for library material, receive service at our Service Desks, and use study space and computers in our general areas. Assistance from Librarians can still be accessed online through Ask Us

 We ask that you adhere to University pandemic policies while in our spaces. 

If you need assistance, you can chat, call, text or email the library.  We welcome your questions!

Library Resources for Students

QUICK SEARCH EVERYTHING (almost)

Try our Summon Search and find resources across the entire Library collection - ebooks, print books, journal & newspaper articles from our databases and much more! The Summon Search box in the middle of the library's homepage

When you are searching using Summon, it is important to remember to use the filters in the left column of your results page.  Because Summon searches so much of our collection at once, chances are your result list will be really big.  The filters let you refine your search by format, subject, scholarly/peer reviewed, availability in full-text and more.

SOME ADVICE  1. Start your search using the best keywords to describe your topic.  2. If you find a book, article or some other item that exactly matches your topic, do another search using the subject terms listed for that item.  You can easily find the subject terms for an item by clicking on the Preview link. The link allows you to see more information about the item (including any assigned subject headings).

NOT FINDING WHAT YOU NEED?

Some alternatives to find what you need:

1. Maybe you need help with your search strategy.

Check out our Research Help guide. This will give advice on how to figure out what kind of information you need and what keywords to use in your searches.  You'll also find search tips, research tutorials and much more.

2. It may be what you need is not included in a Summon Search.

Try looking at our Subject Guides, subject specific research guides for the different disciplines taught at KPU.  There may be a specialty database or website linked there that is a better resource for what you are trying to find.  You can always contact the Liaison Librarian listed on the guide you are looking at for additional help.

3. You've found a book in the catalogue that you want, but you're just not sure how to find it  in the library. (NOTE: Right now, you are not able to visit our library shelves. You can still place a hold on our material and pick-up at your campus of choice). 

The text highlighted purple tells you information about the item: It is a Book, there is 1 copy, and there is no hold on the item (the item is not requested by anyone else). 

The text highlighted green tells you information about where to find the item: It is at Surrey Campus Library in the General collection and shelved under the call number QB 472 T83 2017. If a due date is listed under 'location,' this means that the item is currently signed out to another user until that date.

The text highlighted blue is the link you click to place this item on hold. This means you want to reserve the item under your name, to be brought to the campus library of your choice. 

4. Just ask us!

If you can't find what you need, let us help you.  It may be that you have a difficult question, need to look at a hard to find resource, or just need to approach your search from a different angle.  We can get you on the right track.