Welcome to the Simon Fraser University Library.
Location / Maps
- W.A.C. Bennett Library (map/floor plans) - located at the heart of the Burnaby campus, right across from the Maggie Benston Student Services Centre (campus map).
- Belzberg Library (in downtown Vancouver - floorplan),
- Surrey Library (in Surrey - maps and directions)
The most important thing that you should know about us is that there are Reference Librarians to assist you with your research. It is our job to help you learn how to do research, and you can contact us in a number of ways (Ask Us):
- in person and by appointment.
- at the Reference Desk (on the 3rd Floor, at entrance level of the Library)
- Librarians have different subject responsibilities, and if you are a graduate student, contact Liaison Librarians for your discipline.
- by telephone
- 778.782.5735 - phone for Bennett Reference
- by email
- by web (chat reference)
- AskAway-Live chat assistance
- search our frequently asked questions link. (photocopiers, printers, library cards, and much more)
- Library hours
- building hours, and reference services hours
- Student Learning Commons
- for assistance with academic writing, learning, and study strategies.
We can help you with
- how to get your library card
- how to use the library
- how to find information on your research assignments
- how to use a software such as RefWorks which helps you to manage your bibliographies and cite (give credit to the sources that you consult)
- how to borrow materials that we don't own at SFU Library, through a service called Inter-Library Loans (ILL) - mostly free of charge
- how to borrow directly by going to UBC and some other libraries since SFU Library has agreements with them.
- thesis writing guidelines, regulations for submitting your own thesis
- view your own library record / renew books online,etc.
- you may want to set up email notification so that Library contacts you by email.
- consult the staff at Student Learning Commons, Bennett Library, for help with Study and Writing Skills
- Media Players
- Media Resource Centre, Room 3100 on the 3rd floor of Bennett Library, has a multi-zone DVD player, so you can play DVDs from home
- find lecture tapes in the Reserves section - online MP3 files/ wma files, print materials on Reserves
Guides to services
- Services for Undergraduate Students - where to get a library card, study in the library, borrow a laptop, where are items placed on "Reserves" by your professor, etc.
- Services for Graduate Students - learn about thesis writing, inter-library loans, article alert services, study and computing space, tips for teaching assistants, etc.
Guides to doing research
- Research and Writing Guides - by discipline - important databases, websites, encyclopedias, associations, statistics, etc. Consult the liaison librarian listed on the web page.
- Start Your Research Here. A step by step guide to the library research process
- Guides on how to write academic papers - annotated bibliographies, book reviews, etc.
- Academic writing : writing and reading in the disciplines / Janet Giltrow. [print]
- Guides on how to cite (give credit to sources used) in different styles (APA, MLA, Chicago, scientific style, etc)
- Interactive Tutorial on Avoiding Plagiarism (using someone else's words and ideas and giving them credit)
- Research Checklist - a general list on the process of research and a list of different types of materials you could use.
- Library Skills Drop-in Classes - classes on how to use the library catalogue to find books, and how to find journal aricles... you don't have to register, just come to the class.
- Library Terminology - American Library Association's Glossary of Library terms, and in several languages (Chinese, Korean, Japanese, French, Spanish)
Online Foreign Language Resources
The reference section and in the regular stacks (shelves) there are many foreign language dictionaries. In the Library Catalogue, do "keyword" search for the "name of your language" AND the word "dictionaries",
E.g. chinese language* AND dictionaries --> gives you 55 dictionaries. You will find that most English language dictionaries are in "PE 1628" classification range on the 5th floor.
- Your Dictionary - dictionaries for more than 300 languages
- Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary - includes an audio pronunciation guide - just type in your word and watch for the red logo besides the word.
- Dictionary.com - information on English Grammar and usage, and translations
SFU's Electronic Collections - IDs and Passwords for Authentication
To use the electronic recources (databases, electronic journals and electronic books), people must go through a process called "authentication" since the electronic resources are restricted by license to only the "current" SFU students, faculty and staff. If you need to activate your SFU Computing Account, you can do so from my.sfu.ca.
To gain access to library's electronic resources, when the box appears prompting you for id and password:
- use your SFU Computing Account: enter the same ID and password that you use to gain access to your SFU email and other SFU computing services (for example, if your SFU email address is email@example.com, enter 'bubber' in the username field and your matching password in the password field).
Cross-cultural Issues and Other Resources
- SFU's International Student Handbook.
- SFU - Human Resources - student employment at SFU campus
- SFU English Language and Culture Program
- Continuing Studies - SFU International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Seminar
- Vancouver Homestay - accomodations off-campus / SFU's Offcampus housing guide
If you encounter technical problems while using our website, email assistance with technical problems is available at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also want to consult our Frequently Asked Questions under the library computing category.
Remember, the library staff is here to help you, so don't be shy about asking us questions.