Get Research Help

The Library has resources and services designed to help you with every stage of your research, from planning to publishing. Whether you’re working on an essay or preparing to publish a journal article, we can help.

Planning Your Research

This section is designed to assist you in the early stages of your research. It covers the importance of understanding your assignment and/or research task, suggestions for how to get started and focus your research, as well as where to go for help when conducting research. Use this section as a starting point for your research.

Talking with a librarian

Understanding your Assignment
Getting Started on Your research
        Brainstorming
        Focusing on a Topic
        Choosing Information Sources
Writing Annotated Bibliographies
Ask Your Librarian
Tutorials & Workshops
Academic Integrity

Finding Resources

This section is designed to assist you in the searching portion of your research process. As a library in the UBC system, users of UBC Okanagan Library have access to over 7 million items, including books, ebooks, films, journals, maps, and sound recordings for their research. Current students, faculty, and staff also have access to even more through our interlibrary loan service. Use the resource guides in this section to find the best resources for your research or contact your subject librarian for assistance.

Research Guides Maps
Books Newspapers
Data and GIS Primary Sources
Databases – Search Strategies Reviews (Book, Theatre, and Film)
Government Publications Summon
Indexes and Databases Theses and Dissertations
Journal Articles Videos and Films

Evaluating & Citing Resources

This section is designed to assist you in choosing the best resources for your topic. This means ensuring that the resources you using are current, accurate, relevant, and authoritative. This section will also help you cite your sources properly and avoid plagiarism.
Pile of books

Evaluating Information Sources
Scholarly vs. Popular Sources
Primary and Secondary Sources
Citation Style Guides
RefWorks
Other Citation Management Tools
How to Cite Data
Academic Integrity & Avoiding Plagiarism

Publishing & Disseminating Research

This section is designed to assist you in the publishing and research dissemination stage of your research. Whether you’re looking for information about preserving your research data, choosing a journal for your article, or building your academic profile, this section will help you navigate your path as an academic.
Reading in the stacks

Ask Your Librarian
Getting started with cIRcle
Publishing a journal article
Building your academic profile
Citation analysis and impact factors
Research Data Management
Copyright Information
Centre for Scholarly Communication