How Do I?


How do I find UG Library instructional videos:

How do I learn more about my topic?

  • Our subject and course guides provide important resources for subject-specific background material, as well as more detailed information
  • Face-to-face help with research is available at the Ask Us Desk on the 1st floor of the McLaughlin Library or use our virtual chat at Ask via the AskUs image.
  • Graduate students can contact the Research & Scholarship Team for more in-depth help

How do I find books, videos and other resources?

  • Use Omni, the library's online catalogue, to search holdings/collections
  • Ask Us for Omni search tips
  • Our videos and/or DVD's are listed in Omni and can be found by doing a TITLE search or an ADVANCED SEARCH (select Resource Type: Books & eBooks, Video/Film)

How do I find primary sources?

How do I find and get theses?

  • See: Theses & Dissertations resource page for more information about how to obtain a thesis in paper and/or electronically

How do I find citation/style guides?

How do I find articles from newspapers?

  • See our Newspapers resource page for newspaper article databases

How do I find primary and secondary research articles?

  • Primary research is research that is published based on original observations, surveys, interviews, and experimentation. Normally, this research is written in a style dependent on the discipline or journal, then sent for review to a peer-reviewed (scholarly or academic) journal
  • The article is critiqued, edited, and often, published by authorities. The basic aim of primary research is to learn something new that can be replicated and validated by experts in a field of study
  • Find Primary Sources
  • Find Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources in the Sciences

How do I find articles from scholarly peer-reviewed journals?

  • Articles in scholarly journals typically go through a peer-review process. When a researcher submits an article for publication in a scholarly journal, it is reviewed by peers in his/her area (an editorial board) to determine whether it is a high quality piece of work. Scholarly journals always cite their sources in the form of footnotes or bibliographies.
  • Search the Omni catalogue
    • After searching for your topic, click the Peer-reviewed facet in the left hand menu to narrow your search by scholarly, peer-reviewed articles
  • Search journal article databases
    • Look for a "peer reviewed" check box or linked facet to narrow your search to peer-reviewed articles
  • Ulrichs Web Global Serials Directory
    • Use Ulrich's to determine if a journal is peer-reviewed/refereed
    • Search for the journal title and look for the symbol Refereed icon (JPG 2kb) in the list of results, or for the "refereed" information on the detailed record:


      Ulrich's record for Heythrop Journal highlighting the refereed category

      If Ulrich's does not list the journal, do a Web search for the journal title to find a Web site for the publisher. Check to see if the site states that it publishes peer-reviewed papers.

How do I get full-text articles?

  • Omni catalogue
    • The Omni catalogue is one place to search for our journals. One or more of our partner institutions may have the journal in paper &/or electronic format.
    • If Guelph has the journal in paper only for the year you need, then you must photocopy (or scan) the article, i.e. you may not order a copy from an affliated library.
    • If access is electronic, you may get the article through the catalogue record, as long as you are a current student, staff or faculty member or using our campus network. If you are off-campus see: How do I get access...from off campus?
  • E-Journals List
    • Check the E-Journals List if you do not find the journal in the Omni catalogue. Some journals are available in a package which may only be accessible via the E-Journals List.
  • Journal Article Databases
    • Many journal databases have Get it! Guelph buttons or full-text links when you do a search for articles on your topic. Click on either of these features to access the electronic copy of the article, if we are a subscriber and as long as you are logged-in. Follow the intermediate pages that appear once you click on the Get it! Guelph button because there may be several providers that have an electronic copy of the article, or you may need to connect back to Omni to locate the journal holding if we only have it in print.
  • Request articles not available at the University of Guelph, through Omni, E-Journals or Journal Article databases, by filling out a RACER form.

How do I get an item from UW/WLU/Annex/Guelph-Humber libraries?

How do I get an item not owned by UG/UW/WLU libraries?

How do I get access to library holdings from off-campus?

How do I get an alumni or community borrower card?

  • Obtain a free alumni card or replace a lost card at Alumni House 519-824-4120 extension 56934 or e-mail or visit the Alumni House.
  • Activate it in-person at the Ask Us desk in the library
  • Alumni cards expire every 2 years. Contact the Ask Us desk for re-activation
  • Community members can register for a free community borrower card at the Ask Us desk

    Services offered to Alumni and Community Borrowers:

    Book Limits
    Maximum 20 books at a time on 2 week loan (from U of Guelph, U of Waterloo, or Wilfrid Laurier University). Books may be renewed online or in-person an indefinite number of times barring any holds or recalls on the item.

    Annex (off-site storage facility)
    May book an appointment to visit the Annex warehouse – call 519-821-7946 locally or 1-800-597-8016 long distance to make an appointment. May request that items be retrieved from the Annex by placing a hold through the library collections search system. Items will be retrieved and made available for pickup at the designated pickup location on the next business day.

    Eligible to place holds on books in the general collections at UG, UW, WLU or the Annex. Recalls are not permitted on items charged out.

    Reserve Material
     Material placed on Reserve for course use is not available to alumni and community borrowers.

    AV collection
    The Library’s AV collection is available for in-library use with a validated Alumni or community borrower card.

    Electronic Resources
    Alumni have access to a subset of electronic resources
    Due to licensing restrictions alumni and community borrowers may only use electronic resources on-campus. This restriction is imposed by the database vendors, and enforced as part of our compliance with license agreements. This is standard practice for all database producers and all academic libraries, and not unique to the University of Guelph. 

    The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journal articles.

    The Atrium, a University of Guelph institutional repository covers free, full text, quality controlled scholarly University of Guelph resources.

    In-Library Wireless Access
    Visit the Circulation & Interlibrary Loan desk for a free temporary Guest Access Account.

    Archival & Special Collections
    The Archival and Special Collections material is available for use in the Archive area only. An identification card is required.

    Research Help
    Research help staff are available in the Fall & Winter semesters Mondays — Thursdays 9:00am to 9:00pm, Fridays 9:00am to 4:30pm and Saturdays/Sundays 1:00pm to 4:30pm. Hours are reduced during the spring/summer and between semester periods. Research help is also available online through the Ask chat service.

    Interlibrary Loan
    Material from other libraries may be ordered via Interlibrary Loan. Cost for each satisfied request is $25.00, plus any cost incurred from the lending Library.

    Have questions? Contact the Library through our Ask Us service.

How do I get items if I'm a Distance Education/Open Learning student?

  • See the Distance Education page for more information about getting material via courier

How do I contact someone about my library account problems?

  • The Library Ask Us desk handles Library account problems/enquiries. Contact the Ask Us desk for help.