LAW LIBRARY level 3: E99.M47 S28 2019
Kelly Saunders & Janique Dubois, Métis Politics and Governance in Canada (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2019)
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LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): K1028.3198 .K6613 2016
Ingeborg Schwenzer, ed., Commentary on the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG), 4th ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).

This is mostly for Library staff, but our Patrons should be aware as well:

UBC IT Bulletin posted saying several of our listservs are down.

However, our eResources Help Form is working and we are receiving queries that way. If you need to contact use, please use the Help Form. It will automatically generate a ticket and notify us of your questions/problems.


Your Friendly Neighbourhood eResources Team

As of mid-August, 2019, there has been a change to EBSCOhost search results in databases. They have added “Apply equivalent subjects” to the Search Expanders (under Advanced Search) and set the default to “on” (box ticked).

What this means is that in EBSCOhost databases, if a search term or phrase matches to an equivalent concept within its subjects, that concept will be included in the search as well. For example, in ERIC a search for the phrase “conflict management” also automatically includes the phrase “conflict resolution” – unless the box for “Apply equivalent subjects” is un-ticked first.

However, the “subjects” are not consistent between databases. For example, the above “conflict management” search produces the same results in CINAHL with or without “Apply equivalent subjects” activated. It does not add “conflict resolution“. But a search in CINAHL for “medical device” does bring up different results depending if the “Apply equivalent subjects” box is ticked or not as it will add the subject “Equipment and Supplies” (ERIC returns the same number of results for “medical device” either way).

To add a further wrinkle, some databases will look for plurals & possessives of search terms -even when in a phrase- while others won’t. ERIC does this, CINAHL does not… and this can get very confusing if you start to nest truncation in searches or move between databases expecting that they all act the same way.

Look for the listing of subject headings or Thesaurus in your preferred database (if available) to see what it includes and read the following articles for more info:

Upcoming change to your EBSCOhost search results

Why do truncation (*) searches sometimes return fewer results?

How is relevance ranking determined in EBSCOhost?

Starting Tuesday, October 1, the loan period for UBC library DVD, VHS, and BluRay collections is being extended from 3 days to 7 days. Please note that  the loan period for DVD, VHS, and BluRay collections in storage (ASRS and PARC) will remain at the current 14 days. Faculty members who use these formats in […]

Join UBC students and faculty to discuss what secondary students need to know to be successful in the post-secondary environment. By making connections between inquiry-based learning in the K-12 context and information literacy in the post-secondary environment, attendees will explore opportunities for educators to support student transition between K-12 and higher education.

We’re getting ready to kick off the 10th annual UBC Library United Way Spelling Bee on Thursday, October 17. UBC faculty, staff and students are invited to create a team of 4-10 people and compete for the win in this annual cross-campus event to raise awareness for the United Way.

Orange Shirt Day is September 30. UBC Library’s research guide has compiled curated lists of materials which address the reality of the Indian Residential Schools. Many include additional resources for teaching or encouraging discussion at home.

Autumn is the spawning season in B.C. when salmon fight their way upstream as they complete their final journey. On Campbell River in Vancouver Island or Capilano River in North Vancouver, you’ll be sure to spot salmon leaping their way back home. For this post, we gathered historical images related to salmon in B.C. from our Open Collections, hoping to provide you a taste of these incredible creatures.

The Chung Collection contains books, archival documents, artifacts and photographs about the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, early British Columbian history, and immigration and settlement in BC. This picture in the book By track and trail: a journey through Canada from the Chung Collection illustrates a run of salmon in the Fraser River at North Bend, B.C.

By track and trail: a journey through Canada, 1891, p. 392

As the author and illustrator Edward Roper explained:

The illustration of this scene is not an atom exaggerated, except that I have made the fish more visible, but they were even closer packed in the water than I have shown.

Let’s take a close look. This photo from Fisherman Publishing Society Collection shows how packed they can be!

Salmon run, 1977

This postcard from Uno Langmann Family Collection of B.C. Photographs captures salmon jumping over water.

Salmon leaping the falls, [between 1900 and 1930?]

Salmon watching and fishing are fun activities in many places in B.C. A lot of pamphlets in the Chung Collection list it as one of the best things to do in B.C. This photo is from a pamphlet related to trips to Vancouver Island aboard Princess ships. Look how big the fish can be!

Vancouver Island, an island of enchantment, 1922, p. 27

Another pamphlet that promotes salmon fishing in Victoria, B.C.

Victoria, 1930, p. 19

This photo, from a Canadian Pacific Railway pamphlet, shows fish ladders on the Fraser River. The ladders permit salmon to make their way upstream to spawn in the fresh waters where they were born.

By train… through the Canadian Rockies, [1950?], p. 21

In this map of Vancouver Island, you can even find an “S” in the legend which stands for salmon fishing.

Map of Vancouver Island, [between 1940 and 1951?], p. 8

Finally, here’s a photo depicting Chinese workers unloading salmon at Butterfield and Mackie Cannery, New Westminster, B.C.

Unloading salmon at a cannery, [between 1910 and 1919?]

We’re getting ready to kick off the 10th annual UBC Library United Way Spelling Bee on Thursday, October 17.

UBC faculty, staff and students are invited to create a team of 4-10 people and compete for the win in this annual cross-campus event to raise awareness for the United Way.

  • Date: Thursday, October 17
  • Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: 4th floor Golden Jubilee Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall, Vancouver, B.C.)

To register your team, fill out the online form by Thursday, October 10th.  Registration is on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay!

Download the 2019 Spelling Bee Poster. For more information, please contact

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): K1028.3198 .U5 201
Stefan Kröll, Loukas Mistelis & Pilar Perales Viscasillas, UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG): A Commentary (München: C.H. Beck, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K3165 .G587
Richard Albert, 2017 Global Review of Constitutional Law (Boston: I-CONnect and the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at Boston College, 2017).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF250 .E38 2018
Linda H. Edwards, Legal Writing: Process, Analysis, and Organization, 7th ed. (New York: Wolters Kluwer, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF250 .O18 2018
Laurel Currie Oates, Anne Enquist & Jeremy Francis, The Legal Writing Handbook: Analysis, Research, and Writing, 7th ed. (New York: Wolters Kluwer, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY learning commons (level 2): PM2381.S64 S59 2011
Skwxwú7mesh Uxwumixw Ns7éyknitm ta Snewéyalh = Squamish Nation Education Department, Skwxwú7mesh sníchim xwelíten sníchim : Skexwts = Squamish – English dictionary (North Vancouver: Squamish Nation Education Department & Seattle: in association with University of Washington Press, 2011).

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