Key Library Resources & Where You Can Get Help

Are you a new student at OC? Maybe you are a returning student that did not have a chance to previously find the help you needed. Or maybe you are a new faculty member who is not familiar with the services available. There is no need to worry though, the Library is here to help!

Librarians and library staff are available to help with all of your research needs and make life a little easier when it comes to getting your assignments completed on time.

Here is a list of online resources OC Librarians have developed specifically for students:

Research & Course Guides: LibGuides are online subject and course-specific resources developed by OC librarians. Guides are available for some courses (for example ENG100 and BUAD116) and almost all subject areas. There are even guides providing instruction on how to research, how to cite your work, copyright, and how to use or access library resources. If there is a guide that you think would be helpful that is not already created, we want to know!

Listing of Databases Where You Can Find Articles: Instructors will ask you to find articles or use peer-reviewed or scholarly articles when writing a paper. Use the Library’s ERM to find databases available to OC students and staff. The list is organized by subject area or alphabetically, you can search by keyword, or by type of resource you are looking for. For example, are you an arts student look for electronic resources that include eBooks? Select arts from the subject drop-down menu, then select the eBook limiter on the right side of the page. This will bring back all databases and electronic resources that are appropriate for the Arts that include e-books.

E-Journals Listing: Looking to find a specific journal? Use the Library’s e-Journal (also known as CJDB) listings to find a specific journal and access it directly via the database it is indexed in.

Library Catalogue: The Library catalogue is available to help you find books, media and other resources (such as journals, annual reports, government documents, and items in storage) that are available physically in one of the four campus libraries, or online. Using the Library catalogue you can search for items, request items and have them sent to your home library, renew items you have checked out, and check the status of items.

The Library’s Search Engine: New for fall 2011, the Library has recently introduced a search engine that searches across the Library catalogue, databases, and e-journals. Using a single search box, users can find multiple different resource types, with results delivered in a single, relevancy ranked list. You can access the search engine using your internet-capable mobile device with the mobile version.


Asking for help when you are drowning in assignments, struggling with research or when you are not having any luck finding resources can sometimes be a challenge. You do no have to worry though, there are many different ways you can get help.

Library Reference Desks: Information desks are available at all campus libraries. Librarians are available at the reference desk to help with research, citation questions, and anything else you may need assistance with. If a librarian is unable to help with your specific question we will ensure that you are directed to get the help you need. Reference desks are different from the circulation desk where you check-out items from the Library. Depending on the campus library you are at, the reference desk may be located at the end of the circulation desk, or at a different location on the main floor of the Library.

Ask a Question Online: If you would prefer to ask a question online there are multiple ways you can get help. The Ask Us page on the Library’s website will direct your question to an OC librarian who will respond within 24 hours.

You may have noticed the AskAway Chat Box located on the right side of the screen on many library web pages. AskAway is a live, online chat reference service maintained and manned by librarians from post-secondary institutions across the province. For more information about AskAway, including the hours it is available click here. AskAway will open for the Fell term on Sept. 19th.

Contact an OC Librarian Directly: OC librarians are responsible for liaising with departments within the College. If you are a student or instructor and would like to contact the Librarian responsible for your subject area, whether with a research question, to request instruction, or for any other reason click here for contact information.

Contact the Library: You can always contact the Library directly. Click here to find contact information for each campus library, or visit the specific campus library web page available via the Library’s website.

If you ever have trouble accessing the Library catalogue, any of the Library’s databases, or if you have ideas that you would like to see made a reality, please feel free to contact the Library. We love hearing from our users and are here to help!


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