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Borrowing Library Materials

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Start by applying for your UBC Card. This is also your Library card, and you will need to know the barcode and pin number associated with it to use the Library's InterLibrary Loans and Document Delivery services. Check out the UBC Card website for more information and/or the Distance Education Students Help Portal if you live at a distance from UBC.

Home Delivery

As a UBC student, you have full access to the wide range of print and electronic collections through the Library. Registered UBC Distance Education students living in Canada or the United States are also eligible for free home delivery of print books and dvds/cds. Return shipping within Canada is also free. Journal articles are delivered online. See the Distance Education Students Help Portal to learn more about these services.

Connecting from Home

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EZ Proxy

The UBC Library's website address is: http://www.library.ubc.ca/welcome.html. Unless you are at a workstation on campus you will need to use the EZ Proxy login to access electronic journal articles, e-books and other online sources that UBC Library licenses on your behalf. EZ Proxy is quick and easy and ensures that you are never asked for a username/password for materials that UBC Library owns or licenses. For more information about EZ Proxy click here: http://services.library.ubc.ca/off-campus-access/connect-from-home/

What if I login with EZ proxy and I get an error message?

This can happen for a number of reasons. To get to the root of the problem you should:

  1. First contact UBC IT Services to ensure that you do not have a connectivity problem or an issue with your CWL. You can call the UBC (Vancouver) IT Services Help desk at 604-822-2008, from 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday, or you can send IT Services an email using this form.
1.1 If you login using your barcode and you cannot remember your pin you can contact borrower services to get your pin number reset. Fill out this form online or, call borrower services at 604-822-2406 (Vancouver).
2. Next, if you don't have a connectivity/CWL/barcode problem contact the Library's Electronic Resources Help Desk to see if you have a different type of access problem.
3. If it turns out that the Library does not own or license the item you need, contact the InterLibrary Loans department to see if the item can be borrowed from another institution.


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Researching

Finding sources for your research
  • Research Guides
    • UBC Library licenses or purchases thousands of books, e-books and journals, as well as hundreds of databases. To make it easier to find just what you need we have created research guides covering every discipline taught at UBC. Each research guide contains links to the best databases, journals and print materials for the relevant subject area.
  • Journal databases
    • If you know you only want to look at journal articles by specific subject you can go directly to our Journal databases by Subject list. This list allows you to choose the most appropriate databases to try for your topic.
  • Summon
    • If your topic is multidisciplinary and/or if you would like to search for a variety of formats, use Summon - the Library's new search engine. It searches for print and electronic books, journal articles, multimedia formats, datasets, maps, theses & dissertations (and more) all at once.
    • If your Summon results list is too long, you can simplify matters by searching for one general format type at a time. For books, e-books, CDs, maps and musical scores search in the Library Catalogue. You can find journal articles by searching in an appropriate database, either via our Research Guides or our list of Journal databases by Subject.
  • Evaluating Internet Sources
    • The World Wide Web dishes up a seemingly endless array of free content - much of it created by average citizens. Unlike traditional academic books and journals, however, no one edits or peer-reviews Web resources. This means that you will have to assess whether or not the sources you find are suitable: i.e, scholarly, accurate, current, unbiased, not plagiarized etc., before using them for your assignments. The Library guide to Evaluating Internet Sources provides information and tips to make this process easier.
  • Evaluating Print Sources
    • Consult the Library guide to Evaluating Print Sources to ensure that your print sources are also suitable for your research.
Citing / Academic Integrity
  • Academic Integrity Resource Centre
    • "Academic integrity is honest and responsible scholarship. As a university student, you are expected to submit original work and give credit to other peoples' ideas...." Read more about academic integrity and plagiarism here:http://help.library.ubc.ca/researching/academic-integrity/. The guide includes an online tutorial.
  • RefWorks
    • UBC Library licenses RefWorks, "a web-based citation management program that enables you to:
      • download, gather, and store references from databases and library catalogues automatically
      • format citations and bibliographies in seconds
      • connect to your RefWorks account anywhere there's web access
      • share your citations with other RefWorks users"

For more information about RefWorks check out our guide here: http://guides.library.ubc.ca/refworks

More Help

If you can't find what you need or you have any sort of library related question - please contact us. We are happy to help - over the phone, online, by email or even in person!