Fair Dealing Week, 20-24 Feb 2017

In recognition of Fair Dealing Week, educational institutions across Canada celebrate the Fair Dealing provisions of the Canadian Copyright Act. These provisions balance the rights of creators and users of copyright-protected content. As a user-focused exception, fair dealing facilitates the sharing of short excerpts of copyrighted works for the purposes of research, private study, education, parody or satire, criticism or review, and news reporting.

Since the Copyright Modernization Act of 2012, or Bill C-11, expanded the application of Fair Dealing to new contexts of parody, satire, and education, Fair Dealing has become an important option for students, faculty, and researchers sharing copyright-protected content. In the context of teaching, Fair Dealing broadens the range of course readings available to students. For instance, it enables faculty to provide students with readings for interdisciplinary courses and emerging fields of study where textbooks are unavailable. Fair Dealing also facilitates the analysis of short excerpts from course readings and media clips in the classroom. In the context of research, Fair Dealing enables faculty and graduate students to share the latest research, including data sets, with their colleagues.

Overall, Fair Dealing promotes the development of culture and education by facilitating the dissemination of intellectual and creative works.

Under Fair Dealing, you can provide short excerpts of copyrighted content to students and faculty via handout, e-mail communication, D2L, lecture presentation, and classroom display. Specific examples of short excerpts include:

  • a copy of an article from a scientific, technical, or scholarly periodical;
  • a newspaper article;
  • an entry from an encyclopaedia, annotated bibliography, or similar reference material;
  • a short story, play, poem, or essay from a publication containing other works.

Useful Links

Fair Use Week in the United States

Note that Fair Dealing Week in Canada is a counterpart to Fair Use Week in the United States. Keep in mind that Fair Dealing and Fair Use are distinct legal doctrines. Follow these links, to learn more:

For more information, see UNB Libraries’ Copyright pages.

Fair Dealing supports teaching, learning, and research!

Digital Media Editing Studio @ HIL


In recognition of the increasing use of digital media modalities for academic and creative expression, UNB Libraries is now providing space for working on media projects (e.g. video, sound, and image, 3D). The studio is primarily intended to meet the multimedia creation and editing needs of UNB students.

The Digital Media Editing Studio is equipped with three 27″ iMacs with Retina 5K display, each loaded with the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite of software applications as well as iMovie and Garageband. Studio quality headphones (ATH-M20x) and Apple SuperDrives to read optical media such as CDs and DVDs are also available.

This new studio supports the creative learning environment at UNB Libraries. We’ve got the space and the tools for you to do your best work. Drop by and check out the new studio in the John B. McNair Learning Commons on the first floor of the Harriet Irving Library.

If you would like more information about the new Digital Media Editing Studio, please contact Marc Bragdon, Film Librarian at UNB Fredericton, (506-458-7741).

Find more information about media in UNB Libraries’ Guide to Film, Image, and Sound Collections and Guide to Media Arts and Cultures.


For additional help with using UNB Libraries’ resources, consult our online
Research Help pages or contact the help desk of any library at UNB.

You can also Ask Us for help by email, by Instant Message, or by
Text (506.800.9044).

Statista – Getting your Facts Straight

statistaLaunched in 2008, Statista is a holistic and multidisciplinary database, one of the world’s largest statistics portals, covering worldwide markets, industries, and societal topics.

Statista Sources

  • Comprehensive and transparent sources
    (e.g. market research reports, trade publications, scientific journals, and government databases)
  • Data categorized into 21 market sectors
    (e.g. media, business, finance, politics)
  • Data from over 18,000 private and public sources aggregated from North America, Europe, and Asia
  • More than 1.5 million worldwide statistics
  • Forecasts on 500 areas from 41 countries for 5 years
  • More than 20,000 public and private reports
  • Proprietary and exclusive information (including 2,500 dossiers and 40 industry reports)
  • Metadata for each statistic (source, release date, number of respondents, and more)
  • Information prepared and vetted by a research team of 100+ analysts in Hamburg, Germany
  • All data and charts can be republished with full publication rights

Database Functionality

  • Intuitive, innovative, multifaceted, and multidisciplinary research tool
  • Integrates quantitative data on 80,000+ topics from over 18,000 sources onto a single platform
  • Statistics can be directly downloaded in PNG, PDF, Excel, and PowerPoint formats
  • Statistics can be displayed in bar chart, line graph, or table format
  • Infographics to illustrate data visually can enhance presentations
  • Citation tool formats downloaded statistics (APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, and Bluebook)
  • Links provided to original sources for further research

If you would like more information about Statista, please contact Leanne Wells, Business Librarian at UNB Fredericton, (506-447-3075). Or watch Statista’s own demo video.

Find more information about data and statistics in UNB Libraries’ department of Government Documents, Data, and Maps/GIS.

For additional help with using UNB Libraries’ resources, consult our online
Research Help pages or contact the help desk of any library at UNB.

You can also Ask Us for help by email, by Instant Message, or by
Text (506.800.9044).

Library Loaner Laptops


Take the library with you on a Loaner Laptop!

UNB students can borrow a laptop for 2-hour and 24-hour loans at all libraries–inquire about availability at each library.

  • Connect to the myUNB WiFi network with your UNB login ID and password.
  • Access UNB Libraries’ e-resources, search WorldCat, check D2L, work on assignments, check email.
  • Book a group study room online.
  • Use the Wireless Presentation System (AirMedia).
  • Borrow a laptop, headphones, and an external DVD drive to watch a movie anywhere you want–inside or outside the library!

*Please note that STU students can borrow laptops for 24 hours from the STU computer lab on the 2nd floor of James Dunn Hall, connect to the eduroam WiFi network with their STU Network Account username and password, book group study rooms online, use the Wireless Presentation System (AirMedia), and borrow headphones and/or external DVD drives. See the STU Guide to Technology at the HIL for full details.

AskUsLogoLgNoShadowFor additional help using UNB Libraries’ resources, consult our online
Research Help pages or contact the help desk of any library at UNB.

You can also Ask Us for help by email, by Instant Message, or by
Text (506.800.9044).

Romancing Roberts: Rescheduled for Feb. 28th

Sir Charles G.D. Roberts, born in 1860 in New Brunswick, was a UNB graduate, known as one of the Fathers of Canadian Poetry, and is among those recognized at UNB’s Poets Corner of Canada, a designated historic site. He was also an inveterate correspondent exchanging letters with acquaintances, friends, literati, and several women with whom he was known to have had romantic relationships.

Robert’s letters to Evelyn Smith, about whom little was known, add another name to the list. On Feb. 28th, we will tell the story of how UNB’s Archives & Special Collections came to acquire this previously unknown collection, and to reveal something about the nature of Smith and Robert’s liaison.

Date: February 28, 2017
Time: 4:00 – 5:00pm
Location: The Lord Beaverbrook Room, 4th Floor, Harriet Irving Library (an accessible building)

Winter Warmer Series in the HIL

cover of book How Learning Works

7 principles – 7 presenters – 7 faculties

The Centre for Enhanced Teaching and Learning (CETL) is offering a new series of 7 sessions based on the book How Learning Works – Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan A. Ambrose et al. (San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2010).

Each session features one of the 7 principles. The 7 presenters come from 7  faculties, and each presenter is free to design the session as s/he wishes.

Find full details about the sessions, including descriptions and times.

All sessions will be in the Milham Room of the Harriet Irving Library.

Sessions are open and free, but pre-registration is required.

Intro to Palaeography (2-part session)

scanned image of a handwritten document

Do you need help reading handwritten documents?

If so, come to these two sessions to learn techniques and strategies that you can use to approach reading, transcribing, and analyzing manuscripts.

Part One:

Wednesday, February 15th (4-5:30pm), HIL Milham Room
An historical introduction to writing materials and styles (hands), plus techniques, strategies, and principles to use in approaching a manuscript, illustrated by examples from the 18th- and 19th-century Atlantic world.

Part Two:

Wednesday, February 22nd (4-5:30pm), HIL Milham Room
Hands-on practice using sources from the 18th-century and 19th-century Atlantic word (including North America and Great Britain).

These free sessions are primarily intended for undergraduate and graduate students working with primary documents, but all interested researchers are welcome. No registration is required.

For more information, please contact Dr. Leah Grandy (lgrandy@unb.ca | 453-4834).

February is Black History Month

UNB Libraries offers a variety of resources that support research into black history, such as the following databases:

Find more resources:

Also check out the blog posts on Atlantic Loyalist Connections:

  • “The Importance of the Book of Negroes”
  • “Black Refugees of the War of 1812”

If you are in the Harriet Irving Library, take a look at the Black History Month book display in the Learning Commons in front of the Research Help Desk.