Quick Tips for New Students

Student studying in the library

Welcome to Western. Studies show using the library increases student success.1 So get off to a great start and take advantage of the wide variety of resources and services we have to offer you.

All five libraries are for you

No matter your area of study, you’re welcome at any of our five libraries. We look forward to welcoming you this September. We offer study space, use of public computers and printers, access to our collections, and support services.

Stop by the new Weldon Learning Commons to access research support, the Writing Centre, and Student Success services all in one place!


Course readings

Some professors use our course readings service to help you save on books. Log in to the service from our homepage or check your OWL course site to access Course Readings.

We’re here to help

Struggling with information overload? Need help finding the perfect article for your paper? Unsure how to cite something? Not sure about all the academic jargon and terminology? We can help. Visit a library Info Desk for assistance or contact us through chat, text, or email for one-on-one help.

Take advantage of our collection and online resources

Use the library catalogue to search for books, e-books, and other materials by title, author, or subject. With the catalogue, you can be confident you’re accessing scholarly resources and as a Western student, you can get them for free through the library. Plus, our filters can help save you time by narrowing your search.

Use library databases to save yourself frustration hunting for the perfect article on Google. It can be great for finding general information, but not the kind of quality, credible resources professors expect. Databases can help you search for scholarly articles. You can also find appropriate databases based on subject through our Research Guides.

For tips on how to find materials using our catalogue, check out our research guide.

Book a Research Support Consultation

Don't know where to start? Submit an online form for one-on-one assistance on how to find resources, search databases, or other research-related questions.

Other useful resources

Citation Guides: Find citation resources for APA, Chicago/Turabian, and MLA style.

Group Study Rooms: Book a study room for your group at Taylor or Weldon for up to two hours.

Learning and Food Zones: Learning zones allow you to find the best study area to fit your needs. Weldon is the only library that provides a designated space for eating while studying. All other libraries (Business, Law, Music, and Taylor) do not permit food.

Still not sure where to start? Contact us.

We’re here to help you throughout your time at Western. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter for the latest news, tips, and tricks. Have a great first semester!