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  • Dr. Ambedkar (1891-1956) was the architect of independent India's constitution, a champion for human and civil rights, a renowned scholar, and the restorer of Buddhism in India. Born a member of the Dalit (formerly untouchable) community, Ambedkar overcame prejudice and systemic barriers to obtain a doctorate, and eventually an honorary doctorate for his accomplishments as a social reformer. The Ambedkar association is a consciousness-raising organization for the Dalit community.

    Through the SFU Institute for the Humanities, the University and the Library have been honoured with the placing of a bust of Dr. BR Ambedkar in the 3rd floor lounge area of the WAC Bennett Library. SFU joins Columbia University and the London School of Economics to be honoured in this way.

  • Usually, the creator of a work (e.g., one who writes a book, magazine or newspaper article, play, poem, song lyrics or other writings, takes a photograph or makes a film, draws a map, or creates a painting, drawing, or sketch) is the first owner of the copyright in that work. However, ownership of copyright may be transferred in some cases, for example to a publisher. Copyright also applies to other subject matter, including sound recordings, performances and communication signals. Owning a copy of a work (e.g. a DVD or a book) does not mean that you own copyright in that work. Additionally, if material was created in the course of employment - unless there is an agreement to the contrary - the employer owns the copyright. Similarly, if a work has been commissioned the copyright will belong to the person or entity that commissioned the work.

    There are exceptions built into the Copyright Act which balance the copyright owner's interests with the public interest in allowing use of works for purposes like research and education, such as fair dealing.

  • Generally, the creator of a work owns copyright in that work unless it has been assigned to another entity, such as a publisher or other person. However, if the work was created in the course of employment, the employer may own the copyright.  

    SFU Policy R30.03 Intellectual Property Policy describes how the University manages the intellectual property rights of members of the university community who create works in a scholarly, professional or student capacity. Members include employees, students, post-doctoral fellows and research grant employees affiliated with the University and who use facilities, resources or funds administered by the University in the course of University-related research and other creative activities. 

    Simon Fraser University faculty and non-faculty staff own copyright in their own scholarly works, including research information and teaching materials. In some cases, an employee's contract may specify a different copyright ownership arrangement. Undergraduate students retain copyright in all works created during their course of study. Graduate students retain copyright in their own works (including theses) unless a research contract in support of the student’s work stipulates otherwise.

  • SFU's W.A.C. Bennett Library is named for the longest-serving premier in BC history. Born in New Brunswick in 1900, William Andrew Cecil Bennett began his BC career as a successful hardware merchant in Kelowna. First active in the provincial Conservative Party, he joined the Social Credit Party in 1951, and became its leader after a surprise election victory in 1952. During his 20 year term as premier, the province saw rapid economic growth and the ambitious expansion of highways, hydro dams, railways, ferry service and post-secondary institutions, SFU among them. After winning re-election 6 times in campaigns against the "godless socialists" of the CCF-NDP (his term), Bennett resigned his leadership a year after his party was defeated by the NDP in 1972. His son Bill Bennett assumed the leadership, and later become premier himself. Known as "Wacky" to his political foes, W.A. C. Bennett died February 23, 1979 in Kelowna.

    A photograph of W.A.C. Bennett hangs on the 3rd floor of the Bennett Library, opposite the south west elevators. The photograph's caption reads, " The Honorable W.A.C. Bennett, P.C.O.C., LL.D., D. Pol. Sci., K.ST.J.; 1900-1979; Premier of the Province of British Columbia 1952-1972; Who gave strong and unconditional support to the concept of Simon Fraser University."

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  • The SFU Library provides access to ebooks from many different publishers on a variety of platforms.  Some of the ebook platforms include DRM (Digital Rights Management) to protect the content of their ebooks from copyright abuse. This means that you will encounter a variety of limitations in how much you can print, download and save from an ebook.

    Access to ebooks on third party platforms is an agreement between the platform and the publisher; the library has no involvement, except for the right to purchase (or lease) the ebook on an ebook platform. 

    It is common for a publisher, or an author, to request additional DRM limits (on top of the platform's standard DRM restrictions). Unfortunately, there is no way to know for sure which ebooks these additional limits apply to -- except when you attempt to do something that is beyond the limits, such as print 20 pages in one session if the publisher has set the limit to 15 pages on that platform.

    Ebook Central

    • The copy and print limits on most Proquest Ebook Central books are based on a percentage of the number of pages in the book.  (per book, per user session) Pages you can print = 30% and pages from which you can copy = 15%.
    • Allows full book download for two weeks (14 days) using Adobe Digital Editions
    • You must register for an account.

    Ebook Collection (EBSCOhost)

    Gale Virtual Reference Library

    • Allows PDF downloads of a single article or portions of a single article at a time

    Safari Books Online

    • Allows one chapter section to be printed at once (usually 2-4 pages) and does not permit PDF downloads.
    • Limited to eight (8) simultaneous users



    You do not need to sign into the SFU Library Catalogue to see the books, journals, and other items held by the SFU Library.  
    Anyone can search the Catalogue and see items owned by the Library without signing (or logging) in.

    How do I sign into the Catalogue?

    Once you are in the Library Catalogue:

    • If you haven't started searching, click on "Sign in."
    • If your search is already underway, look for the highlighted prompt, "Sign in to request items and for more results," then sign in.

    Use your SFU computing ID to sign in

    If you have a SFU computing ID, use it.

    I'm an alumna/alumnus -- how do I sign in?

    Use your SFU computing ID.  

    If your SFU computing ID isn't working, or you have forgotten it, see About Alumni Email Forwarding to (re)activate your SFU Computing ID. 

    No SFU ID?

    Some borrowers, including non-credit students and external borrowers, are not issued SFU computing IDs.  

    If you don't have an SFU ID but do have a library barcode, you can use your Library barcode and password.

    Sign into the Catalogue to request items, check your record, update your PIN, etc.

    Signing in (also called logging in) allows you to do the following.

    Request items

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    • Request (or place holds) on books and other items if the item is checked out by someone else or to have the item delivered between SFU Library branches.
    • Place an interlibrary loan (ILL) request for an item not held in SFU Library’s collection.  ILL requests may be placed by SFU students, faculty, and staff.

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    You will not see an option to request an item until you sign in.

    See My Library Record, renew books, update your PIN

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    Once signed (or logged in) to the Catalogue, you can:

    • View the books and other items you have checked out
    • Renew the resources, such as books, that you have checked out
    • View your fines, if you have any
    • See requests (or holds) for books that you are waiting for.

    Note that once you have returned books and other materials, they will no longer show in your Library record. However the Library sends an automatic email notification when you borrow materials, and you can use these emails to track your reading or borrowing history. 

    [[fa wrench]] To update your PIN (needed for Self-Serve Checkout):

    1. Sign into the Library Catalogue and go to My Library Record 
    2. In the Personal Details section, update your PIN.

    Under "personal details" tab, select "Update self-checkout kiosk 4-digit pin."


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    Save items or searches to your Favourites

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    Once signed in, you can pin to your My Favourites list:

    • Records for books and other items
    • Saved searches to reuse later
    • Searches performed during a Catalogue search session.

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    View citations or references to items from a few publishers who limit access to their content

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    Almost all content providers allow citations for such items as journal articles to be viewed by anyone anywhere who searches the SFU Library Catalogue.  There are a few resources, however, such as citations contained within the Web of Science database and the MLA International Bibliography, that can be viewed only if you are:

    • On campus, or
    • Off campus and signed into the Catalogue, or
    • Using the SFU wireless network and signed into the Catalogue.
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    You do not need to sign in to the Catalogue in order to view online or web-based resources such as journal articles or ebooks. Within the "View it" area of an item's Catalogue record, click on the publisher or content provider's link (e.g. JSTOR or PubMed).  You will be prompted to log in if off campus or on wireless.

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    Get help with signing in

    Contact staff in Access Services (Loans) for help with your account:

    • 778.782.4345 - W.A.C. Bennett Library, SFU Burnaby
    • 778.782.5050 - Belzberg Library, SFU Vancouver
    • 778.782.7411 - Fraser Library, SFU Surrey.
  • Undergraduate students are given a 3 week loan on all items that are designated "high use." "Low use" items are still available on semester loan to undergraduate students. This policy is in place to ensure that materials in high demand are available for other students.

    See Loan periods: Borrowing Library materials for further information.

    If you have comments or concerns regarding this Policy, please Contact us or speak directly to the Loans staff and/or supervisors if you prefer.

  • Restricted access and use

    The Harvard Business Review (HBR) imposes restrictions on access and use of its 500 most popular articles online.

    This includes popular articles such as "What makes a leader," "Managing oneself," and "Are you solving the right problems?" 

    Restrictions include not allowing direct links to top articles, and not allowing you to print or save online articles from the top 500. 

    Find and access HBR articles (including top 500)

    If you try to access one of these top articles through a direct link, you will see a message saying, "Persistent linking is NOT permitted," or "The publisher offers limited access to this article. The full text cannot be viewed from a persistent link" (or something similar).

    Option 1: "Search within this publication" for your article title

    Search tips:

    1. Make sure JN "Harvard Business Review" stays in one of the search boxes 
    2. Use quotation marks around your article title for best results


    Option 2: If you have a citation: The "drill-down" method

    If you have a citation, including the date, volume, issue, and page numbers in which the article appeared, you can also drill down by browsing for the year in which your article appeared, then the volume, and so on.

    Use this method to find articles via the Library's online subscription to the HBR, or for print copies of the HBR held here at SFU

    Printing or saving articles

    Top 500 articles are available online as "read only," and you cannot download or print them.

    You may scan or copy from a print copy of the HBR held here at SFU.

  • The email function in Factiva will only send you the links to articles, rather than the articles themselves. Unfortunately, those links won't open from off campus.

    You can avoid this problem by downloading your articles in pdf and rich text format and saving and/or emailing them so you will have access to them from anywhere.

    Image showing location of PDF and RTF download buttons in the Factiva interface.

    See also: How do I create a stable link to an article in Factiva? (FAQ).

    If you need help, please ask a librarian for assistance.

  • The Library at SFU Surrey is called the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board Academic Library, or Fraser Library for short, in recognition of a generous donation to SFU Surrey made by the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board.