Library Learning

Posted by York & U on February 11, 2013

Get In The Know

York’s libraries will be an integral part of your academic success and it all starts with learning how to properly navigate York’s library system.With so many resources at your disposal, where do you even start?

First of all, York has a total of seven libraries, some of which have different specialties. The largest library is the Scott Library, which is located on the Keele campus. Scott offers a wide range of resources, study spaces and workshops. Scott also houses the smaller Map Library and Sound and Moving Image Library. Other libraries at York include the Steacie Science and Engineering Library, which is geared towards students studying science and engineering, and Bronfman, which is catered to the needs of business students.

This study space in the Scott Library allows students to study in groups.

When you’re assigned your first project you may be asked to include a range of material including academic journals, books and online academic resources. So where do you even start? Well, say hello to the Undergraduate Library Guide. This handy guide explains everything you need to know about navigating the York library system. Make sure to take note of the helpful hints on research, bibliographies and borrowing library material.

Another great way find research material is to explore each of the library websites. For example, Steacie’s website offers research guides that are specific to science and engineering students. Guides for specific courses are also sometimes available through the library websites.

Still feeling a little confused? Try taking a visit to the Learning Commons @ Scott, located on the second floor of the Scott Library. The Learning Commons offers individualized assistance with research, writing and assignments. The commons offers both drop-in assistance and by appointment consultations. Do not hesitate to ask a librarian, professor or teaching assistant on how to properly find the material you’re looking for. These people will be able to help guide you in the direction you need. Remember to seek help as soon as possible in order to avoid last minute research panic.

All of York’s libraries also offer a variety of study spaces, perfect for group projects or exam cramming. The Scott Library offers group study rooms, available by reservation. These rooms are perfect for study groups and group projects.

Finding library material will be second nature before you know it. It just takes a little practice.