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Access to Online Texts for Non-Students

Published by Dipa Barua

Q. I have invested in $35 charge for 4 month access to SFU library materials.  Several of the books recommended in history class are not available in hard book form, which I could sign out to read anywhere, but are available only as "full text online", which I can't access with my current library status.  I can appreciate the library is shifting more and more to digital access which is likely cheaper and provides more variety. But I feel that over time this disadvantages subscribers like me.

Past Course Descriptions Online?

Published by Dipa Barua

Q: I am applying for admission to the Ontario Professional Foresters Association.  I have already submitted a transcript, but they also require course descriptions for courses taken.

Are these available online? If not can I borrow old calendars through inter-library loan? I was in the Master of Pest Management program in the department of Biological Sciences in the late 1980s; my courses were taken from 1985-1987.

Thank you for your help.
Which library?  Bennett (SFU Burnaby Mountain)

A: Thanks for your email.

Looking for my PhD Thesis

Published by Dipa Barua

Q: I completed my PhD thesis in 2010 and submitted all of the appropriate forms to have it added to the thesis repository. I also had the understanding that it would be submitted to the federal government's thesis repository. Apparently, however, the government has no record of the thesis being submitted and they suggested I contact SFU to inquire. I completed my PhD in Archaeology in 2010 (defense; 2011 graduation). My thesis title is: "Spatial Analysis and Predictive Modelling of Clandestine Graves from Rearguard Repression of the Spanish Civil War".

Library Website Search Suggestions

Published by Dipa Barua

Q: I'd like to encourage the library to re-design its web site and specifically its search page. I have no idea what sort of researcher the current page is designed for, but it is certainly not me. I generally go to the library site because I have some specific source in mind and am trying to find it or, in the case of electronic journals, gain access to it, but the current site seems to be trying to be a mini-google but where the algorithm that runs it bears only the most tangential relation to the request.