New to the Library?
Here are a few things to know
Obtain a Library Card
Your UBCcard is all you need to gain access to the Library. Simply sign up for your UBCcard and you’ll automatically have access to UBC Library loans and services. Your card will be scanned any time you sign out materials in-person. Please note that UBC Library loan regulations apply to card use. You can also use your card to sign-out laptops and tablets, or even borrow a portable stand-up desk for your laptop.
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Contact your subject librarian
You will have a subject librarian that can support your research. .
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Centre for Scholarly Communication (CSC)
The CSC supports graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty and staff in disseminating their research. The CSC provides one-on-one consultations and workshops about all aspects of scholarly communication, including writing support for theses, dissertations, journal articles, grant proposals, and conference presentations, as well as copyright, open access, and author rights.
Graduate study and meeting spaces
The Graduate Commons is a dedicated graduate space available to graduate students for quiet study, meeting with peers, and collaborative group work. The third-floor space was uniquely designed for the academic needs of UBC Okanagan graduate students.
Library service desk
Our service desk is located on the first floor of the Library and is a central point of contact and support for students. Our front desk staff consists of Library assistants and Peer Technology Assistants who are available to support you and answer questions during Library hours.
Digital Library Tools
UBC Library Document Delivery (UBC DocDel)
UBC Library Document Delivery (UBC DocDel) is a service that retrieves UBC Library materials for you. This service is offered through the UBC Library Catalogue and available to current UBC students, faculty, staff, and community borrowers. A valid UBC/Library card is required.
If you can’t find what you need in the UBC Library, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) will order it for you from another Library. How long will it take: This depends on the availability at other libraries. Articles can take 1-2 days, books at least 7 days. In some cases, it can be longer.
Using the Search Tool
From searching Summon to learning how to use our Indexes and Articles, our Help with Search section is a great place to start.
Citation Style Guides
While the most common citation styles are APA, MLA, and Chicago, there are many others. Different disciplines use different citation styles, so we encourage you to confirm with your instructor which style you should use. Additionally, citing your sources correctly and ensuring that your writing cannot be considered plagiarism is essential in academic writing.
Questions about intellectual property? Learn about copyright infringement, guidance on best practices, and information to help you understand what you can do or cannot do with copyrighted works.