Short videos and guides that answer frequently asked questions about library research, services and more.
What is an annotated bibliography? Why write one? What kinds of sources should you annotate?
A collection of helpful videos on using APA citation; based on the 6th edition of the style guide
Why should you consider using a Citation Management tool? Learn here! (1:32)
Plan your search with a visual representation of your search terms.
How to identify the type of source (journal article, book, chapter in book) based on the information provided (1:58)
Explains why phrasing your research topic as a question can help you focus your research and find relevant information (2:57)
Tips on brainstorming for additional search terms to help you get the best results (2:57)
Reading standard numbers, finding standards at Western, equivalency and currency of standards
Criteria to help you critically evaluate sources of information and ensure that you're only using quality sources of information (2:16)
Western's e-book collections and subject coverage; how to find, download, email, print, read e-books; use with e-book readers
Learn how to find books and ebooks via two routes. Search keywords from the search box on the library homepage or search the catalogue.
What is Market Share? Resources for determining Market Share
How to look up or access course reserves and other reserve materials.
How do I get a full text article from a database or the Get It @ Western button? (1:47)
How do I get a full text article from 'Storage'? (1:22)
Having trouble finding the full text an article? Check the catalogue for the journal! (1:24)
When "Get it @ Western" doesn't get you what you expect, follow these steps
There are a number of ways you can get help from Western Libraries (0:36)
What’s the difference between Google and Google Scholar? Learn how both can help you meet your research needs.
What it is, how to find it, and how it might help your research. (2:39)
Three tips on finding print books in Western Libraries. (1:10)
How to find theses and dissertations from anywhere.
Tips and sources for finding these.
How to pick the right database and get the full text of articles. (1:26)
How to find these in Scholarship@Western and the library catalogue. (2:09)
Tips on skimming and digesting journal articles. (2:34)
How to read those letters and numbers on the spine of a library book. (2:25)
How to find full journal titles and journal title abbreviations.
How do you keep track of your searches effectively, and save time.
Let Skelley the Skeleton show you around the Taylor Library and demonstrate all of our new self-check services. (2:03)
Here are a few things you should know about the library!
Are you a graduate student? Need to do a literature review? Here is how to get started. (3:45)
An explanation of some of the more common types of literature reviews
How to get books from other Western Libraries locations delivered to your favourite library. (0:58)
How to view and renew your books online. (0:41)
How to find the best database for a topic (3:24)
What plagiarism is and how to avoid it.
Tips on creating effective search strategies. (1:35)
How to borrow books or get articles that Western Libraries does not have.
This interactive module will show you how to use your RADAR to evaluate information!
What they are and how they can help you find more sources to support your research. (0:58)
Tips & tricks for narrowing down your search results. (1:22)
Start your research here. There is one for each academic program at Western. (0:54)
An introduction to the metrics used in the evaluation and assessment of research. Includes Impact Factor, h-index, and who is citing your work.
Have an assignment due? Don't know where to begin? Use this toolkit on how to get started and complete your assignment.
What is a review article? How do I find a review article and more. (02:12)
Helpful search tips to use when you can't find any sources on your topic. (1:45)
Learn how to create a effective search strategy using the Boolean operators, "AND" and "OR". (3:43)
What they are and how they can help you find sources. (4:26)
Our Science, Technology & Medicine library.
What is it? Why is it important to know about it? (1:56)
Our Arts & Humanities, Social Science, and Information & Media Studies library. (3:39)
The all-in-one approach vs. the search-history approach. (2:12)
Where to look for different types of information. (1:59)
What is it? What does it search? How does it work? (2:26)
Tour the Reading Room at Western Archives (1:51)
Tips on how to find a book given its citation.
Tips on how to find a journal article given its citation.