Skip to Main Content

ENGL Library Research Guide

Fall 2023

You have a Librarian who specializes on resources in your area of study

Did you know? The library has a Liaison Librarian who is an expert on information resources in your area of study. Don't know what research resources to start with or want to show your students where to begin? I am  happy to help you and your students! We can talk about resources in your subject area, library instruction, and more!

Contact Mirela Djokic at  Contact Your Librarian.

Looking to book an Instruction session with a KPU Librarian?

We have a new Library Instruction Request form to fill out.

You can now request library instruction through our new Library Instruction Request form.

To use the form, we require at least 2 weeks notice for bookings. When your session is confirmed, you will be informed who your library instructor will be and any further correspondence can proceed directly between you and the librarian.

For more information on library instruction, please visit our KPU Instructional Services and Information Literacy guide.

Help your students learn how to research

Assign all - or parts - of our interactive information literacy tutorial

The Library's Doing Research: A Student's Guide to Finding and Using the Best Sources has four modules: 

  1. Get Started on your Research 
  2. Recognize Types of Information
  3. Develop your Research Strategy
  4. Evaluate your Sources

Every module should take approximately 20 minutes to complete and consists of written text, video, interactive H5P, activities and a short quiz (linked through your Moodle site) that will be graded.

These modules roughly follow the research process, so you can assign one or more of them to your students depending on the class/assignment requirements at any particular point in the course. We have instructions for embedding the modules, or component parts, into Moodle.

If you have questions about this tutorial or have trouble integrating it into your courses, please contact Celia at  

This tutorial is a great alternative to our in-person library research sessions, if you need a remote option. Want to know your options? Contact Your Librarian.

KPU Library Logo

Fall 2023 Newsletter

screen capture of images from KPU Academic Integrity Unit.New Academic Integrity Tutorial

This new tutorial created by KPU's Academic Integrity Unit, in collaboration with KPU Library, replaces our old tutorial from 2020-2023.

Click on the 'Teaching resources' tab above to learn more.

Photo of the back of head of a person with short hair and a striped shirt, in front of a wall with notes and paper pinned up; text 'What the Heck is RDM' at centre; 'A new workshop series' at base.What is Research Data Management? Attend this introductory workshop

The first session of our new workshop series, 'What the Heck is RDM?'

Click the 'Events' tab for full details.

Stock photo of students sitting in library with librarian standing; words 'Citing with APA' at centreStudents need help with APA citations? 

We have a series of APA citation workshops this fall.

Click on the 'Events' tab for more information.

KPU Library is now on Instagram!

Follow us @kpulibrary 

Click on the 'Library Services' tab above to learn more.

Did you know you can rent equipment from the Library?

We have everything from audio equipment, teaching equipment, presentation aids, and more!

For more information and a detailed list of what is available, click here. See below for some equipment highlights:

Microphone - Yeti Desktop

  • Use this for small conferences including online teaching delivery. This style of microphone rests on a flat surface and picks up nearby sounds.
  • Compatible with PC or Mac.
  • The Library has two models, the full size Yeti and the Yeti Nano.


  • Use this to record live action videos
  • GoPro Grab Bag accessory kit, Jaws Flex Clamp, and Travel Charger also available 

Light Kit

  • Use this to enhance the lighting in photography & video applications.
  • Several different models available; contact us to find one that meets your needs.

Want to borrow equipment from the library? Visit any campus library and ask at the Service Desk. You can also request equipment here.

We welcome students' research & citation questions

Get help from librarians when you need it! 

Many students prefer chatting with a librarian through AskAway as they can access help at point-of-need: during their researching or while writing/citing assignments online.

If your students need research or citation help, you can refer them to the Library's Ask Us  page (where they can choose to chat, email or text us).

Or you can embed our AskAway chat widget right into your Moodle site.

Course Reserves vs. Link.Scan.Open: two options for course material 

Designating library material as a Course Reserve means that we limit the loan period of an item in our collection so it is available to a greater amount of students during the semester. This is often done for items that are part of your course readings or needed for class assignments or for reference.  However, Link.Scan.Open provides online, accessible readings to all your students rather than limiting access to one copy of a book. Your students will thank you!

Visit Course Reserves for Faculty to request to place an item on course reserve.

Visit Link.Scan.Open to request a link, PDF (within Fair Dealing), or open resource for class readings. 

Be Open to the Possibilities

OPUS can help with your online teaching and your scholarly publishing

The Library's Open Publishing Suite of services can help you:

  • Create and adapt accessible open textbooks
  • Create an eJournal where students can submit papers/assignments while participating in the Peer Review process online
  • Search & discover the best OER for your teaching needs

Learn more at Library Support for Open Education.

Follow us on Instagram @kpulibrary

KPU Library is officially on Instagram! Visit our profile page and follow us to stay up to date with service announcements, upcoming events, library service highlights, and more. Stay tuned as we plan on posting quick guides to library services, citation questions, and highlight some frequently asked questions. 

 Student Art Featured at the Library

photo of artist with painting at KPU libraryAs part of a new initiative, KPU Library is displaying art from KPU students! We are looking to create spaces that are inviting, representative, and inspirational. 

The 2023 Collection features four KPU artists and their works; pictured here is artist Eugene Kang.

Want to know more about the art and artists? Visit Library Art Committee.


 Visit the χʷəχʷéy̓əm Collection

χʷəχʷéy̓əm collection sits on a round library shelf





The χʷəχʷéy̓əm Collection is now available at all of our locations. We are formally opening the space at KPU Tech in December.

The χʷəχʷéy̓əm Collection, curated by Indigenous Engagement and Subject Liaison Librarian, Rachel Chong, aims to make Indigenous authors, history and culture more accessible, and the space itself features details that honour Indigenous knowledge, ways of thinking, and art. 

To learn more about the collection, visit our Indigenous Studies subject guide.

You can now browse the Wellness Collection at Richmond Campus Library!

photo of Richmond Campus Library featuring a lounge chair and books and a wall display of 8 books. Above display is a sign with coloured dots that reads ' The Wellness Collection'.Our Wellness Collection is a small collection of popular material that promotes health and wellness. Emotional, physical, financial and mental wellness are just some of the topics covered! Our Richmond Campus Library now has it's own collection so you can browse and borrow in person. 

You can also browse the collection online through our catalogue. Visit The Wellness Collection for more information. 

BC Open Textbook Collection renamed B.C. Open Collection

Image captured from B.C. Open Collection website of a box with documents coming out of it and icons suggesting information above it.BCcampus has renamed the BC Open Text collection to B.C. Open Collection! This means that if you are using any open textbooks hosted by BCcampus, your links may have changed and need to be updated in your course outlines and syllabi. 

Don't know if your open textbook is hosted by BCcampus? Ask us! You can also look for clues in your book's catalogue record (Hint: BCcampus is listed as an 'added corporate author' and in the publisher information; the URL for electronic access will also have '' in it.

You can also browse the B.C. Open Collection from its webpage at B.C. Open Collection.

Image is from B.C. Campus website, B.C. Open Collection.

Board and Card Game collection at Richmond Library

A library shelf filled with board games.Richmond Campus Library now has a board and card game collection! The aim of this collection is to provide students and other library users with the opportunity to check out games to use throughout the semester for stress relief and socialization. 

Not going to Richmond campus? You can also search this collection and order online through our catalogue

Learn about Research Data Management 

'What is Research Data Management? An introduction for researchers' kicks off our new workshop series

You’ve got lots of great research data. But can you remember exactly what all those files are? Collaborate and share them securely? Meet funder and publisher data requirements?

This 1-hour webinar will introduce participants to the basics of Research Data Management (RDM): what it is, why it’s important, and what’s involved, such as data storage, organization, documentation, and sharing. Everyone conducting or supporting research at KPU is welcome to attend.

A little effort invested into data planning at the start of a project can save you a lot of time and stress down the road!

For more information or to register for this workshop, visit KPU Library Events.

This the first session in our 'What the Heck is RDM?' workshop series.  Check back at KPU Library or our event listings for details on upcoming sessions. 


APA Workshops for students 

The Library is offering APA Workshops during Academic Integrity Week! 

October 16-20 is Academic Integrity Week and the library is hosting APA workshops at Surrey and Richmond campuses. Librarians Ulrike Kestler and Melissa Smith will be conducting these 75 minute sessions and everyone is welcome! 

For more information on Academic Integrity Week or to register for this workshop, visit Academic Integrity Week or KPU Library Events.