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The Library provides many resources and research assistance for all library users. We provide one-on-one assistance at the Information Desk where you are always welcome to ask any questions you many have. Whether it is finding a print book for your paper or using electronic resources, the Library also hosts group library instruction sessions you can sign up for and sessions for your entire class.


At the Desk


The library Information Desk is staffed with knowledgeable library staff members ready to answer your questions and help you find the information and resources you are looking for. We provide research skills training & one-on-one instruction on searching for electronic resources, e-books and print resources (books, audio/visual materials etc.).

  • There is a laptop across from the Information Desk (Quick Ref) used to demonstrate search strategies with print and electronic resources;
  • Use the Quick Ref laptop to quickly search our catalogue or website without having to take the time to login to a computer;
  • If you have a question, just Ask Us!


Instruction Sessions

Library Instruction classes teach people how to use the library databases to help with their research, course work, or just how to find stuff in the library. St. Mary’s Library offers instruction on:

  • searching for physical materials – how to use the library catalogue to find specific items in the physical collection;
  • finding electronic materials – using electronic databases to find online articles and information; and
  • finding & using the e-books.

The Library usually offers 4 classes of each during the fall term on different days. For the winter term (January), the Library usually offers 2 of each session. Please check the Sessions Schedule for further details.


Sessions Schedule

Seats are available in Library Instruction sessions on a first-come, first served basis. You can sign up for sessions & check the schedule of sessions online @ https://ss.stmu.ca/SelfService/Records/LearningCentreAppointments.aspx. Just use the StMU ID & Password that you use for StMU Webmail and for myStMU.



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Library Instruction Sessions - Fall Term

SESSIONLOCATIONDAYDATE TIME
Searching for Physical Materials in the Library
Tour the Library's physical collection and learn how to search the catalogue to locate & retrieve print materials.
Library B104WednesdaySeptember 13, 20172:00pm–3:00pm
Searching for Physical Materials in the Library
Tour the Library's physical collection and learn how to search the catalogue to locate & retrieve print materials.
Library B104ThursdaySeptember 14, 20172:00pm–3:00pm
Searching for Physical Materials in the Library
Tour the Library's physical collection and learn how to search the catalogue to locate & retrieve print materials.
Library B104FridaySeptember 15, 20179:00am–10:00am
Searching for Physical Materials in the Library
Tour the Library's physical collection and learn how to search the catalogue to locate & retrieve print materials.
Library B104TuesdaySeptember 19, 201710:00am–11:00am
Introduction to Electronic Resources in the Library
Learn how to find relevant resources on the Library's website, pick subject relevant databases, and apply basic search skills.
Library B104MondaySeptember 18, 201711:00am–12:00am
Introduction to Electronic Resources in the Library
Learn how to find relevant resources on the Library's website, pick subject relevant databases, and apply basic search skills.
Library B104TuesdaySeptember 19, 20173:00pm–4:00pm
Introduction to Electronic Resources in the Library
Learn how to find relevant resources on the Library's website, pick subject relevant databases, and apply basic search skills.
Library B104ThursdaySeptember 21, 201711:00am–12:00am
Introduction to Electronic Resources in the Library
Learn how to find relevant resources on the Library's website, pick subject relevant databases, and apply basic search skills.
Library B104FridaySeptember 22, 20171:00pm–2:00pm
Finding & Using Ebooks
Learn how to to search for ebooks using ebrary, and how to work with those ebooks online.
Library B104MondaySeptember 25, 20172:00pm–3:00pm
Finding & Using Ebooks
Learn how to to search for ebooks using ebrary, and how to work with those ebooks online.
Library B104TuesdaySeptember 26, 20179:00am–10:00am
Advanced Electronic Resources
Sharpen your research skills by learning advanced search techniques & how to use the features of the Library's discovery service.
Library B104ThursdayOctober 5, 201710:30am–11:30am
Advanced Electronic Resources
Sharpen your research skills by learning advanced search techniques & how to use the features of the Library's discovery service.
Library B104FridayOctober 6, 20171:00pm–2:00pm


Course-Specific Sessions

Some courses will have one class dedicated to library instruction. These will be arranged by your instructor with the Library. In the event that a course in which you are enrolled has a library instruction session, these will be held in the one of the computer labs in the library. The focus of these sessions will be on course-specific content & materials, with special attention on subject-specific databases.


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