UNB Libraries’ Research Toolkit

A self-paced, interactive set of modules for learning the basics of library use and academic research. Housed in D2L Brightspace, the Toolkit introduces students to library services and the academic research process at UNB.

Find it in the ‘Free Course Registration’ section in D2L.


•  UNB Libraries’ services and spaces, including course reserves
•  UNB WorldCat, including how to locate items on the shelves
•  Subject Guides, including discipline-specific databases and other eresources
•  Academic research vocabulary, including peer review
•  Academic publication cycle from idea to published findings
•  Research tools, including how to choose the most effective ones
•  Academic integrity, including the mechanics of citing and paraphrasing
•  Strategies for shaping research topics and evaluating sources
Searching UNB Libraries’ databases
•  Keywords, phrase searching, and synonyms
•  Boolean operators
•  Subject headings
•  Citation management via Zotero


Benefits for Instructors: Benefits for Students:
• incorporate content relevant to course requirements
• assign modules for course marks
• focus on subject specific instruction with your librarian
• learn effective use of UNB Libraries’ resources
• recognize markers of quality for academic sources
• discover library services and spaces


For more information contact:
Alicia McLaughlin amclaugh@unb.ca
Aggie Sliwka asliwka@unb.ca


Art Exhibit: Erasing Frankenstein

Erasing Frankenstein: A Collaborative Prison Arts Project will be on exhibit on the first floor of the Harriet Irving Library from mid-September to mid-November. The project received Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funding, and is led by Sue Sinclair & Elizabeth Effinger (Department of English).

On the bicentennial of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this exhibit showcases the result of an artistic collaboration that brings together university students and members of the Walls to Bridges Collective, a group of incarcerated and non-incarcerated women dedicated to creating collaborative and innovative learning communities within correctional settings. Participants each “erased” several pages of the novel, strategically blotting out words to create a new literary work of art: an “erasure,” a long poem piggybacking on Shelley’s original work.

The novel has been reassembled into a rich and crinkly book, which will be on display at the library, as well as blown-up images of some of the individual pages and statements from participants.


Congratulations, Eileen Wallace!

We are delighted to announce that Eileen Wallace, long-time educator and advocate for children’s literature and literacy, has been awarded  The Order of New Brunswick. We at UNB Libraries are proud and honoured to steward her collection of children’s books and to carry on her work of mentoring future educators and supporting the research, publication, and promotion of children’s literature in New Brunswick, Atlantic Canada, Canada and beyond.

To learn more about the collection, visit our website or contact Sue Fisher (sfisher@unb.ca).


UNB Libraries Delayed Opening – Sept. 4th

Please be advised that on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018, UNBF Libraries (HIL, Science & Forestry, Engineering & Computer Science, and South Gym) will open at 10:00 am in order for all staff to attend a session to prepare for the start of the new academic year.  The Law Library will not be affected.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


UNB WorldCat is changing August 1st

UNB Libraries’ catalogue, UNB WorldCat, will transition to a new interface on August 1, 2018!

Since mid-2016, UNB Libraries has made the latest version of WorldCat available to library patrons in a “beta” option on the library home page. Following a number of changes and upgrades, we will transition fully to the new interface this summer! The new UNB WorldCat introduces a host of improvements, including a modern, mobile-friendly interface, improved browsing/viewing of search results, and simplified sign-in (your UNB login is the only one you’ll need).

Access to UNB Libraries’ collections through UNB WorldCat remains the same: over 400 million bibliographic records from libraries worldwide, including e-journals, e-books, films, selected journal articles, and more. UNB WorldCat searches all of these, and ranks UNB Libraries’ material first. For materials not held at UNB, the “Request Item” option makes Document Delivery a quick and easy option.

Please note, if you’ve used UNB WorldCat’s “Lists” feature in the past, your lists will need to be exported/imported to the new UNB WorldCat’s “My Personal Lists” prior to the transition. To migrate your lists:

  1. Sign in to your WorldCat account to view your lists (this is your personal WorldCat account not your UNB/STU account). https://www.worldcat.org/account/?page=login&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.worldcat.org%2F
    If prompted to go to unb.worldcat.org choose to “Stay on www.worldcat.org
  2. Click on “My Lists” link under your name and picture.
  3. Click a list name to view its details.
  4. Click the “Export to CSV” link.
  5. Save the file where you can find it later.
  6. Go to https://unb.on.worldcat.org/importlist/ and sign in with your UNB/STU id and password.
  7. Select your file to upload.
  8. Click the Import list button to begin the importing process.

Please ensure that your lists are exported/imported before August 1 to avoid any loss of lists. At this time, note fields you have entered in your lists are not being imported into the new WorldCat’s “My Personal Lists.”

Questions or comments? Please contact worldcat@unb.ca or “AskUs” for more assistance.