EVDS 1660

Research resources from UM Libraries

Today we will look at:

  • Library services during pandemic times
  • Finding sources in the library collection & beyond
  • Citing sources in Chicago Style

Which library services have you used so far during the pandemic?

Answer at www.menti.com/gdbg893u5y

Library services during pandemic times

Accessing Books & Digitized Copies

Includes instructions for:

  • Placing requests for physical books
  • Requesting scanned portions of books
  • Accessing ebooks & articles
  • Accessing items in HathiTrust

Note - during the pandemic:

  • Online library services are always available
  • Returns are quarantined for (at least) seven days
  • Late fees are suspended


Current "physical" services:


Request physical books to pick up at
Elizabeth Dafoe Library

Request scanned portions of books in & outside our collection (up to 10% or 1 chapter)

Study space in Libraries suspended during code red

UM Library Search

  • All physical resources within the Libraries
    • definitely all of our books
  • Some (not all) of the databases we subscribe to
    • ebooks
    • peer-reviewed journal articles
    • some audio & video
    • images (more if you sign in!)
  • Very broad search engine - might get results from across all subject areas.



  • searching with more keywords = more specific = fewer results
  • searching with fewer keywords = more broad = more results


Can give the search more options by putting similar words in round brackets, separated by OR

  • eg: (art OR architecture)
    • All results will have at least one of those words in the title, description, and/or full text (for some e-resources)

Requesting a chapter or 10%

Search for the Table of Contents:

  • in the Details area of a Library Search record
  • via Google Books or Amazon (sometimes there is also a preview...)
  • email documentdelivery@umanitoba.ca just to request the Table of Contents
    • Provide at least the title, author, link to the book in the Library Search


Quick access instructions:

    1. Following the "Full text available in HathiTrust" link, click the LOG IN button in the top right corner. Select University of Manitoba as your partner institution.
    2. Sign in using your UM email account and your email password.
    3. At the bottom of the following page, under Viewability, there will be a Temporary Access link; click on that.
    4. If available, a "Check Out" button will appear on the following screen. If the book is currently in use, check back at a later time by refreshing the page.

Search Tip: to get more results

Try to find all the different ways of expressing the concept you're searching for. This can be done by:

  • putting OR between similar terms (design OR decoration)
  • adding an asterisk (*) to the root of a word:


E.g.: Canad* - finds Canada, Canadian, Canadians

Christian* - finds Christian, Christians, Christianity...

architect* - finds architect, architects, architecture, architectural...


Note - Christ* also finds Christmas, Christo (the artist)...

Search Tip: to get more specific results

(narrowing down your search)

  • Put a phrase "in quotation marks" to find results with those words in that order.
    • E.g.: "gothic revival"
  • Use NOT to exclude unrelated content.
    • E.g. union NOT soviet - for content about unions, but not the soviet one


Quick video tutorials on Undergraduate Help & Services pages

Evaluating Sources

Learn at the Libraries resource page


CRAAP Test - particularly important for evaluating sources found outside the UM Libraries

Currency - Is there a date the page was published or updated? How current are the cited sources? Are there broken links?

Relevancy - who is the intended audience?

Authority - is the author a recognized expert in this field?

Accuracy - supported with evidence (citations)? Peer-reviewed?

Purpose - to inform? teach? entertain? persuade? sell? Check the domain (eg: .com = commercial, .org = non-profit, .edu = educational...)

Finding Images

  • Library Search > limit resource type to Images
    • Pulls images from the ArtStor database (if you're signed in!) and other sources
    • All images in these databases are OK to use for research & educational purposes
  • Images in books and journal articles
    • The publication should have at least nine other images to fall within the fair dealing guidelines for copying an image.
    • Libraries and/or UM Copyright Office can answer Qs
  • Images via Google Images
    • Might be uploaded illegally, might have copyright restrictions... check the terms of use & use with caution (ask us if you're unsure!)

Artstor image database

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Document Delivery during pandemic times

("Request from another library" link in the Library Search)


No physical book requests


Request a copy of up to 10% or one chapter of a book


Request journal articles

Citation Guides

Citing & writing support

For help with:

  • Resources for getting started with citing
  • Questions about citing unusual resources
    • Quick help: Ask Us library chat
    • Ask Ellen (might take 1-2 business days to respond via email during busiest times)

For help with:

  • Going over citation formatting throughout essay
  • Guidance on writing style


General Library Help

  • Questions about your library account, or how the UM Libraries work? The Help & Services page for undergraduate students may have the answer.
  • During the Winter term, library staff are available via the Ask Us chat service: 9am-8pm Monday-Thursday, 9am-6pm Friday, and 1pm-4pm on weekends.
    • Fastest way to ask a general question about the Libraries.
    • If we're not online, your message will be received the following morning.


Research Support

  • Environmental Design subject guide
    • resources for research
    • citation info
  • Contact Ellen for help with your search strategy when looking for resources for your assignments, advice on which databases are the best places to look for various research topics, and with questions about citing.


EVDS 1660 (Black)

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