Library Resources

As a graduate student, you’ll want to search efficiently and effectively for information. As a TA, you’ll want to pass on these good skills to your students.

Below are key resources & services to get started. Please contact me if you have any questions at all.

Katherine Miller
Reference Librarian, Wooward Library
Tel. 604.822.0295
Email/IM: katherine.miller@ubc.ca
Blog: http://blogs.ubc.ca/lifescienceslib/category/biology/

Subject guides
Not sure where to begin your research? Start with a web page specific to your discipline (biology, botany, fisheries, microbiology and zoology) to find article databases, web sites and reference tools. Good for your students too!

Connect from home
Do your research from home! To access article databases, electronic journals and other online resources off campus, use either the EZProxy or myVPN.

Highlighted resources
The UBC Library has a wealth of online resources. Here are a few to explore.
• ProQuest Dissertations & Theses – find theses/dissertations in your subject area; full text available 1997+
• RefWorks – import, manage and format your bibliographic citations

Instruction and Help
• To improve your search skills, sign up for a library workshop. Look for the Graduate Student Workshop Series, under “getting started”, then “graduate students”.
• 1st and 2nd year biology students complete the tutorial Library Research Skills for Biologists. You can access it too using a guest account at: http://www.library.ubc.ca/home/instruct/vista/library_biol_skills.htm
• Get help online using chat reference.