Koerner Library and the Research Commons will be closed on Monday, September 5th for Labour Day. We will re-open again on Tuesday, September 6th according to our regular hours of operation.

This session is appropriate for students conducting literature reviews in any discipline.
Topics include
… what is a literature review?
… finding the right databases
… search strategies for databases
… finding scholarly articles, theses and dissertations, books, and more
… resources to help you keep track of your research.
There will be plenty of hands-on time for searching, and assistance from the two presenting librarians.



Claes Van Visscher. London Bridge. (1616)

Many children’s nursery rhymes have a long and at least partially recorded history. For example, English-speaking children and adults have been singing “London Bridge is Falling Down” since before the first known written version in 1744.*

Two important scholars and collectors of children’s rhymes, Iona and Peter Opie, published many collections and annotated compilations of children’s games, rhymes, chants, playground games and stories.  Their personal collection of 22,000 items is now in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.

Part of that extraordinary collection is available at UBC Library on microfiche. Unit 1 and Unit 2 , “Stories pre-1850″, are available at Koerner Library, Level 2. Microforms may be read, printed or saved to a flash drive. Reference and Microform open hours.

Koerner Library Microform Hours   |     Information about Microforms

* Opie, Iona Archibald, and Peter Opie. The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.*

Opie Collection on Microfilm, Units 1 and 2
Opie Collection of Children’s Literature: a guide to the microfiche collection

Image Credit: Claes Van Visscher, London Bridge (1616)





Rendering of completed Koerner Library Level 3 renovations

It’s almost the end of the academic year and we’re putting the finishing touches on the renovations to Koerner Library’s 3rd floor – just in time for final exams and end-of-term papers.

The revamped study space and reading area will re-open on Monday, April 2 and feature new computer stations and open group study areas. The space will also be the home of Koerner Library’s Great Reads leisure reading collection, located next to casual seating and a cozy fireplace.

Students should take note that take-down of the temporary wall will begin on Friday, Mar. 30 so there may be some noise and debris on the 3rd floor during that time.

However, students will still be able to access the look-up computers on this day and into the weekend. The space is scheduled to open on the morning of Monday, April 2.

Should there be any changes to the scheduled opening date, we’ll post the information on the Library’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Census GIS is the topic for this month’s GIS Users Group meeting.  Tom Brittnacher, the GIS Librarian, will be talking about how to get census data and geographic boundaries out of SimplyMap and Abacus, and into GIS.

Wednesday, March 28
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Koerner Library, Level 2, Room 216

JSTOR, a key resource in humanities and social sciences, offers short training videos on a number of topics, including advanced search techniques and how to set up alerts for new articles in your area(s) of interest. Most videos are fewer than 5 minutes long. Frequent JSTOR users should definitely have a look.

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