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  • The publisher Springer makes available for purchase to individual end-users for personal use only, a print on demand copy of Springer ebooks in a black-and-white softcover version under the MyCopy program.

    MyCopy purchases are for individual use only. SFU Library patrons may purchase a MyCopy version of a SpringerLink ebook at their own discretion.

    Please read the FAQs provided by Springer when you click on the "Buy a Print Copy of this Book for $24.95 Including Shipping" link above the ebook's Table of Contents.

    For further details, you can review the MyCopy webpage from Springer.

  • Peer-reviewed (or refereed) journals

    Peer-reviewed or refereed journals have an editorial board of subject experts who review and evaluate submitted articles before accepting them for publication. A journal may be a scholarly journal but not a peer-reviewed journal.

    Peer review (or referee) process

    • An editorial board asks subject experts to review and evaluate submitted articles before accepting them for publication in a scholarly journal.
    • Submissions are evaluated using criteria including the excellence, novelty and significance of the research or ideas.
    • Scholarly journals use this process to protect and maintain the quality of material they publish.
    • Members of the editorial board are listed near the beginning of each journal issue.

    How to tell if a journal is peer-reviewed

    • If you are searching for scholarly or peer-reviewed articles in a database, you may be able to limit your results to peer-reviewed articles. 
    • If you're looking at the journal itself, search for references to their peer-review process, such as in an editorial statement, or a section with instructions to authors. 
    • You can also search for your journal title in Ulrichsweb (a directory of periodicals worldwide, previously called Ulrichs], which includes basic information about each publication, including whether it is peer-reviewed/refereed.


    For an overview of the different types of journals, see What is a scholarly (or peer-reviewed) journal?

  • Also known as the checkout counter, the circulation desk is where you can borrow materials, pay fines, and pick up requests (or holds). You will need your library card to borrow materials.

    The circulation desk is located near the library entrance at all SFU Library locations

  • Reference books are frequently consulted and usually contain brief factual information, e.g. encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks.

    The Reserves collection houses books and articles which are normally in the stacks but are currently being used in courses and therefore a high demand is anticipated by faculty. There is a limit of 6 Reserves items checked out at a time.

    See also: What are Reserves? and  What Are Reference Books?


  • The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is a multi-university initiative developing (free) open source software and conducting research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing.

    Based at the SFU Library, PKP is best known for its Open Journal Systems (OJS) software, currently used to publish over 10,000 open access journals around the world. 

  • The Reference desk is a service point where you can ask for help in finding library information. At Bennett Library, the reference desk is also called the Ask Us desk.

    If you need help finding the Reference desk at any of the SFU libraries, you can ask at the Circulation/Loans desk (which is directly beside the entrance to the library).

  • Department library representatives:

    • work with the liaison librarian on collections activities such as coordinating serials reviews and book selection activities within the department.
    • review approval plan profiles and other collections policies with their liaison librarian.
    • keep the liaison librarian informed about departmental issues, developments, and concerns related to the library
    • communicate with the liaison librarian about information-seeking behaviour, research patterns, and scholarly communication trends in the discipline.

    To find the department library representative for your area, please visit Liaison librarians: Contact Information.

  • Liaison librarians are subject specialists who work closely with SFU departments. 

    To find your liaison librarian, see Liaison librarians: Contact information.

  • Satisfy SFU's Open Access Policy (OAP) requirement in one easy step: share the finalized text of your published articles with the Library, and we will make them available to the public. 

    For more information, and to deposit your work, see the SFU Open Access Policy.

  • The W.A.C. Bennett Library is the main branch of the Simon Fraser University Library, located on the Burnaby Campus of SFU. 

    The majority of the Library's physical collections, staff, and services, are based at this location.

    Location and contact

    To find the Bennett Library, see What is the address of the Library?

    To find a phone number or to reach Library managers or staff, see Contact us.

    More information

    Search the Library site [[multisearch]].