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Library News for Students: Spring 2021

A newsletter for KPU students on the latest ways to access the library and its resources.

New to the library or need a refresher? Watch this short video for an overview of the services available to you this semester.



We are still here and ready to help with your research needs.

You can call, text, chat or email us at Ask Us.

Or contact your Liaison Librarian for discipline specific questions. 

Lib logoLibrary News For Students: Spring 2021

Welcome to your Spring 2021 semester!

KPU Library warmly welcomes returning and new students.

This newsletter is to let you know about important library services available to you. Whether you are a new or returning student, the library has services that help support you and your academic journey. Use the above tabs to navigate!

NEW! Connect with Librarians, Virtually

You can contact your liaison librarian and get remote one-on-one help. 

Your liaison librarian is an expert on the research resources in your area and can help you navigate them. Librarians are available through various remote contact options: phone, email and one-on-one virtual appointments. Visit Contact Your Librarian.

Don't know which librarian to contact? Just email the library using the form on Ask Us, and we'll direct it to the right librarian for you and be in touch.

You can also ask a question using our online chat, AskAway; the service has generous hours and has librarians waiting to help answer any question you may have. 

Need research material but don't know where to start?

We have quick instructional videos at the ready. 

If you want to know the basics of finding library resources, we've got videos!

There may be more videos specific to your area of study at Library Tutorials

Want more than videos? We also have a Research Help Guide to help you get started. 

You can also just Ask Us and we can walk you through your search remotely! 



Library Staff and Librarians are still here to help.

All assistance is offered remotely. We do not provide in-person service at this time, except by appointment.

KPU Library buildings remain open, with reduced hours and capacity.

For up-to-date details on our services during COVID, please refer to the KPU Library COVID-19 Responsguide. Please follow current health guidelines and University COVID policies while in our spaces. Thank you!

Learn how to search

If you're going to watch one video watch this one.  

Learn library basics by watching Library Resources for Students.

Learn how to cite

You're not alone: Citation is one of the most popular areas of research we get questions on. 

We have citation guides dedicated to helping you learn how to cite. Our guides cover the most popular citation styles, APA, MLA and Chicago.

You can also check out this e-resource, Academic Integrity, which has sections on these citation styles. Your instructor might also assign this resource to learn about plagiarism and earn an awareness badge!

Learn how to research

Academic research can be overwhelming. Here's how you can get started.  

We have a Research Help guide that gives an overview of the research process at the library. You'll learn how to select search terms, evaluate sources, and find articles relevant to your topic. We also have an e-resource called Doing Research written specifically for students, and covers the research process step-by-step. You can use it on your own, or your instructor might assign it!

Still need help?

No problem. Ask Us or Contact Your Librarian.  

Need your KPU Card?

You can get it any time during the semester.

Your KPU Card acts as your student ID, library card and printing card. You apply for it online, then make an appointment to pick up at one of our campus libraries once it is ready. You need it to borrow library items in-person and if you have a U-Pass. Some instructors require it for exams too, so ask them and give yourself plenty of time. The process can take days! Visit KPU Card on our COVID response guide for full details. 

The library has laptops for students

Get on the waitlist and we'll let you know when one is available for you

Visit Borrowing Equipment on our COVID response guide and there's full instructions on how to get on the waitlist. 

You can borrow books by ordering online

If you need a book, CD or DVD from the library’s physical collection, you can place a request for an item for pick-up using our catalogue. Visit Borrowing Collection Material for instructions.