Research Help

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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 printer/copier (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:

  • Library Tour: Tour the physical collection of the Library and learn how the shelves are organized by location and call number. Learn about different types of items, and how to find physical items on the shelf.
  • Introduction to Library Resources: This session will provide an overview of the resources to which the Library provides access, where to find them on the Library website, and the most effective methods of navigating the Library catalog.
  • Research Basics: This session will focus on the basics of academic research in online environments, including navigating the Library’s website and how to structure searches for optimized results.
  • Using Subject Specific Databases: These sessions will build upon the basic search techniques taught in Research Basics (not required for attendance). Students from all disciplines are invited, but the focus will be on the subject specified in the calendar.
  • Using Library Ebooks: Learn how to search for ebooks using Ebook Central or EBSCO Ebooks (register for one or both sessions), & how to work with those ebooks online.

Please check the Sessions Schedule for details on when each class is being offered.


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 2021

SESSIONLOCATIONDAYDATE TIME
Library Tour
Tour the physical collection of the Library and learn how the shelves are organized by location and call number. Learn about different types of items, and how to find physical items on the shelf.
LibraryMondaySeptember 13, 20211:00 – 1:20 pm
Library Tour
Tour the physical collection of the Library and learn how the shelves are organized by location and call number. Learn about different types of items, and how to find physical items on the shelf.
LibraryTuesdaySeptember 14, 20219:00 – 9:20 am
Introduction to Library Resources
This session will provide an overview of the resources to which the Library provides access, where to find them on the Library website, and the most effective methods of navigating the Library catalog.
Library B104TuesdaySeptember 14, 20212:30 – 3:30 pm
Library Tour
Tour the physical collection of the Library and learn how the shelves are organized by location and call number. Learn about different types of items, and how to find physical items on the shelf.
LibraryWednesdaySeptember 15, 202110:30 – 10:50 am
Library Tour
Tour the physical collection of the Library and learn how the shelves are organized by location and call number. Learn about different types of items, and how to find physical items on the shelf.
LibraryWednesdaySeptember 22, 20211:30 - 1: 50 pm
Research Basics
This session will focus on the basics of academic research in online environments, including navigating the Library's website and how to structure searches for optimized results.
Library B104WednesdaySeptember 22, 20212:30 – 3:30 pm
Library Tour
Tour the physical collection of the Library and learn how the shelves are organized by location and call number. Learn about different types of items, and how to find physical items on the shelf.
LibraryThursdaySeptember 23, 20212:00 - 2:20 pm
Using Subject Specific Databases: English
This session will build upon the basic search techniques taught in Research Basics (not required for attendance). Students from all disciplines are invited, but the focus will be on English resources.
Online (MS Teams)MondaySeptember 27, 20212:30 – 3:30 pm
Research Basics
This session will focus on the basics of academic research in online environments, including navigating the Library's website and how to structure searches for optimized results.
Online (MS Teams)TuesdaySeptember 28, 202110:00 – 11:00 am
Library Tour
Tour the physical collection of the Library and learn how the shelves are organized by location and call number. Learn about different types of items, and how to find physical items on the shelf.
LibraryTuesdaySeptember 28, 202111:30 - 11:50 am
Using Library Ebooks: ProQuest Ebook Central
Learn how to search for ebooks using ProQuest Ebook Central & how to work with those ebooks online.
Library B104WednesdaySeptember 29, 20219:30 – 10:30 am
Introduction to Library Resources
This session will provide an overview of the resources to which the Library provides access, where to find them on the Library website, and the most effective methods of navigating the Library catalog.
Online (MS Teams)WednesdaySeptember 29, 202111:30 am – 12:30 pm
Using Subject Specific Databases: Education
This session will build upon the basic search techniques taught in Research Basics (not required for attendance). Students from all disciplines are invited, but the focus will be on Education resources.
Online (MS Teams)FridayOctober 1, 202110:00 – 11:00 am
Using Library Ebooks: ProQuest Ebook Central
Learn how to search for ebooks using ProQuest Ebook Central & how to work with those ebooks online.
Online (MS Teams)MondayOctober 4, 20211:00 – 2:00 pm
Using Subject Specific Databases: Biology
This session will build upon the basic search techniques taught in Research Basics (not required for attendance). Students from all disciplines are invited, but the focus will be on Biology resources.
Online (MS Teams)MondayOctober 4, 20212:30 – 3:30 pm
Using Library Ebooks: EBSCOhost Academic Ebook Collection
Learn how to search for ebooks using EBSCO Ebooks, & how to work with those ebooks online.
Online (MS Teams)Tuesday October 5, 20212:30 – 3:30 pm
Using Subject Specific Databases: History
This session will build upon the basic search techniques taught in Research Basics (not required for attendance). Students from all disciplines are invited, but the focus will be on History resources.
Online (MS Teams)Wednesday October 6, 202110:00 – 11:00 am
Using Library Ebooks: EBSCOhost Academic Ebook Collection
Learn how to search for ebooks using EBSCO Ebooks, & how to work with those ebooks online.
Library B104ThursdayOctober 7, 20219:00 – 10:00 am
Using Subject Specific Databases: Psychology
This session will build upon the basic search techniques taught in Research Basics (not required for attendance). Students from all disciplines are invited, but the focus will be on Psychology resources.
Online (MS Teams)ThursdayOctober 7, 202110:30 – 11:30 am


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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