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Library instruction program: Using library resources

Helping Students use Library Resources

Encourage your students to visit the Service Desk in the Riddell Library and Learning Centre:

  • to get oriented to library spaces, services and resources
  • to get help with searching for, finding, and evaluating print and online resources
  • to get help with citations

Encourage your students to meet with their subject librarian:

  • for more in-depth assistance with developing advanced search strategies and using subject-specific information sources and search tools

Sharing Library Resources with Students

To find books and ebooks in the MRU collection, use the search box on the Library's homepage.

Add the title or keywords and search. On the results page, select Books from the drop down menu next to your search terms and click search again.

To the right of the results list, look under Availability to limit your search to either physical items or electronic books.

Ebooks can be added to your Blackboard site.  Here is an example from our most common eBook provider.

You can link to a specific part of the book, too. 

If you have any questions, or if you are trying to link to a book from a different provider, please phone us at 403.440.6019.

To find DVDs and streaming videos:

  • add the title or keywords and search in the search box on the homepage.
  • then, on the left-hand side of the screen, Refine Your Search by selecting Video Recording and/or Streaming Video. "Video Recording" will find videos and DVDs we have on the shelves in the Library.

Films On Demand is one of the streaming services to which we subscribe. It works best in Chrome. After setting up your own Films on Demand user account, you will be able to:

Other video streaming resources through the MRU library include:

To find articles, use the search box on Library's homepage:

  • add the title or keywords and search
  • then, on the left-hand side of the screen, Refine Your Search by selecting Scholarly & Peer-Review and Journal Article

You can also search a specific library database to find articles. Find databases in the home page search box or in this list

To find out if MRU subscribes to a specific journal, search our journals by title.

You can create permalinks to articles in Blackboard for your students. Below are examples of where to find persistent links in our most popular search interfaces. When looking at an article in a different database or journal, look for a DOI or links called something like shareable link, permalink, or persistent link.




See this 

Need more help creating persistent links to electronic resources? Ask your Liaison Librarian or contact the Library Service Desk (403.440.6019).

The Library website provides access to a number of subject guides that provide faculty and students with access to books, journals, videos, websites and other resources relevant to specific subject areas.

Most of these guides also contain course-specific pages that include research tips and tools to help students complete assignments, and that can be used independently by students or in a Librarian-led IL session. Contact your subject librarian for more information.

See the Copyright Guide for information on finding and using information sources for teaching and learning at MRU.