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Get started on your research
Start your research here - An overview of how to develop a research topic, how to select the best research tools for your needs, and how to access books and articles.
Subject research guides - Use these guides to minimize your research time and find valuable information sources in your field of interest.
- Many of these guides also include links to course pages which provide strategies for doing specific research assignments.
- You can also contact one of our Liaison Librarians, who are subject specialists.
Find for information on your topic
Use Library Search to start searching for books and more
Library Search is the default search engine for the SFU Library, with a search box on most parts of the Library website. This is the best place to start when looking for print or electronic books, journal or magazine articles, subject and course guides written by our subject librarians, information about the Library's services and initiatives, and many other types of information.
Search specialized databases for detailed information on your topic
Access web-based books and articles
To access online books and articles, you will need to verify you are part of the SFU community. In the Library Catalogue or when prompted in a database, sign in with your SFU computing ID and accompanying password.
If the full text of an article or book is not readily available or apparent, use the Where Can I Get This? link located in many specialized databases to locate print or online copies of books and journal articles.
If there is not a Where Can I Get This? link, search for the journal title or book title in the Library Catalogue to locate online or print copies.
Obtain print-based books and articles
Receive paper books and articles at home
As a distance education student, you are welcome to use the Telebook service to have SFU paper books and journal articles sent to you.
Request items not carried by the SFU Library
If SFU Library does not have a book or an article that you need, you can request items from other libraries (pickup location: Telebook).
Borrow books from other university and college libraries
You are also eligible to borrow books in person from other non-SFU academic libraries. Contact the Telebook office for more information.
Writing, learning, and studying help
For help with academic writing, learning, and studying, see the Student Learning Commons web site.
Help with APA, MLA, copyright & plagiarism
We are here to help. Please Ask a Librarian if you need assistance.
If you are in another time zone, check the current local time in Vancouver (and British Columbia) should you wish to make real-time contact with an SFU librarian.