“Thank you very much for helping me with my search. Your technical advice on aggregators and databases has already come in handy and I know will continue to help as I continue my search. I appreciate your insights into the various markets we discussed and in particular your recommendation about companies to research.”

Sauder School MBA Student

September 2013

Xwi7xwa Library – Closed on Sept 18, 2013

The Xwi7xwa Library is closed on September 18 for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s British Columbia National Event. Xwi7xwa staff will be participating in events at the PNE grounds and on the UBC campus. All other branches of UBC Library are providing full service during their regular hours on Sept 18 and Xwi7xwa will resume regular service hours on Sept 19. For more information about UBC related events please visit www.ubc.ca/OurTruth.

During the Week of Reconciliation, we will participate in order for us to reflect and learn in the spirit of the Senate’s April 2012 decision to suspend classes. In doing so, we will be better prepared to support the TRC-related student-led learning, faculty’s TRC-related curriculum and faculty TRC-related research.

For information about the TRC’s BC National Event, see their website.  For help finding information (including articles, books and videos) about Residential Schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, explore Xwi7xwa Library’s “Indian Residential Schools in Canada” Research Guide. For more information about UBC related events please visit www.ubc.ca/OurTruth, www.facebook.com/OurTruthUBC and twitter @OurTruthUBC


Settling into the new school year? Need a refresher on library research skills? If so, then make sure to check out UBC Library’s Basic Library Skills Tutorial, which introduces users to the core knowledge needed to complete quality research using UBC Library resources.

The tutorial allows students to work through the information they need to succeed in their assignments. It includes five modules:

  • Module 1 – developing a research question
  • Module 2 – navigating the Library website
  • Module 3 – finding books (title/author and topic) using Summon and the catalogue
  • Module 4 – finding articles (title and topic) using Summon and the catalogue, finding subject-specific databases
  • Module 5 – evaluating information sources

Each module should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete. The tutorial includes a self-test element that allows students to assess their skills and highlight areas where they may need help.

Faculty can also assign the tutorial and upload a quiz into Connect, UBC’s learning management system, to test their students’ knowledge about conducting research at UBC Library.  

The tutorial was developed as collaboration between UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. It is meant to be subject neutral and does not cover any particular area. The purpose is to cover basic skills that apply across all disciplines, and is not meant to replace the course/subject-specific tutorials developed by subject librarians.

For more information, please contact Erin Fields, Teaching and Learning Librarian, at 604-822-0977 or erin.fields@ubc.ca.





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