UNB Libraries' Guide to Getting Started
Welcome to the Library!
This guide will help you to get started using your library. Each tab (Reference Sources, Find Books, Find Articles, and Citing Your Sources) offers a sample of the kinds of resources that are available the UNB Libraries. To find out more, either stop by your Library, contact your liaison librarian, or explore on your own using our Research Help page.
These databases help you to locate academic journal articles and other publications on your topic. Some databases are discipline-specific (CINAHL is a health sciences database), and others are interdisciplinary (Academic Search Premier and Scopus cover many disciplines). Search results will have links to open available articles in full text through the Library's subscriptions.
Each library has a collection of Reference sources, like encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks of research, and other tools that will help you to get valuable background information on your subject, define terminology, identify key scholars and research topics. You might use Reference sources if you're:
- Not understanding your course readings
- Trying to focus on a research question or a thesis statement
- Needing to know more about a person, country, event
- Looking for general statistical data
- Looking for a list of sources on a particular topic
- ...or for many other reasons
Some Reference sources are in print, and can be used in the Library. Others are online through the Library's web site. In either format, they will provide you with reliable information throughout your studies.
The library's default catalogue, UNB WorldCat, provides a quick and easy way to search for print and electronic materials at UNB Libraries. Search results will include books, e-books, DVDs, journals, newspapers, and magazines, as well as content from selected article databases.
UNB Libraries also subscribes to several collections of ebooks. These fulltext, searchable databases include books, maps and other authoritative documents in all academic disciplines.
Citing Your Sources
Accurate, properly formatted bibliographies are hallmarks of good academic research. Through citing, you acknowledge the source of any ideas you mention in your writing, document your research, and provide the information your readers need to track down your sources.
Numerous citation styles exist, and each specifies what elements are required (title, author, journal name, etc.) and how the citation should be formatted. Consult your course syllabus or check with your instructor to be sure of using the correct citation style for your assignment.
Ask A Librarian
Head, Reference Services, HIL
firstname.lastname@example.org@unb.ca | 506-453-3516
My office is in HIL, Room 308
Subject Specialties: History; Political Science; Religious Studies; Catholic Theology; Human Rights, GRID
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