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Research Bootcamp for Research Assistants & Teaching Assistants

Register now for the 3rd annual Dalhousie Libraries Research Bootcamp! Bootcamp sessions are free to Dalhousie graduate students.

Sessions will run from May 15-June 13 and will cover library basics; literature reviews (searching & writing); citation tools; writing abstracts & grant proposals; copyright, open access & academic publishing; legal resources; engineering resources; Pubmed & other health sciences databases; humanities resources; Canadian data & stats; grey literature; research data management; Excel; data visualization; conference posters.

Full list of sessions and the schedule
Free registration

Getting Started - Finding books

Books, either electronic or hard copy, are the format of choice for starting a term paper --- journal articles are often much too specific.  You may not need to read the book cover to cover  but perhaps the first chapter, the last chapter, the Table of Contents, and relevant passages from the index.

Look in the Novanet catalogue to find books held in most post secondary institutions in Nova Scotia; remember to choose the type of search before keying in your terms. After finding a book of interest, click on the words  Dal Killam Library to find the call number location.

If  the book is held at another Novanet library, you can request that it be sent to you within three days by clicking on the library name and choosing Place a hold or request a loan. If you are not already logged in, you will be prompted to type in your 14 digit barcode number, found on your Dal ID or Novanet card and the last 4 digits of your phone number currently on file with the Circulation department. If your login is unsuccessful please check with the Killam Circulation Desk to update your record.

Novanet includes thousands of electronic books in history, many of which are unique and others which are duplicates of paper copies and may have separate records in the list of results.  

 

Finding books that the Killam Library doesn't have

Dalhousie is a member of the Novanet consortium. Therefore, Dalhousie users have borrowing privileges at all Novanet libraries and can simply go to the library to borrow, view most ebooks, and/or copy materials yourself. Note that EBOOKS cannot be shared with other libraries/institutions.

If you find a book or article in Novanet that would like to borrow or obtain a copy of, you can request delivery of it from within Novanet as follows:

Novanet Express

  • Search for the item. Click on the item title. In the full record display, click on "All locations".

  • Then to order the loan of an item, click on "Place a hold or request a loan".



    To get a photocopy of an article, click on "Request a photocopy.

  • If you are not already logged in, you will be prompted to type in your 14 digit barcode number, found on your University ID or Novanet card and the last 4 digits of your phone number currently on file with the Circulation department.

  • If your login is unsuccessful please check with any Novanet Circulation department.

If you have identified a book or article that is not available in Novanet, request it via the

button if visible.  Alternatively you can access the  Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan service and enter your request --- we will get it from anywhere in the world for you at no charge.

Core academic skills for students

Students! Not sure where to start? Looking to get a handle on some core skills that will help you with research? Look no further!

Visit our Core skills for resources on how to research like a pro!

Subject Librarian

Roger Gillis
Contact:
902-494-2003