It’s always hard to adjust to class again after the holidays, especially when you look over your class schedule and realize you have 3 research projects, a midterm, and a group presentation all looming ahead. But don’t worry—the library offers tons of resources for students to stay on track. Let’s take a look at 5 ways that the library can help you this semester!

Study Spaces

The library is full of study space, and the best part is there are lots of different types of spaces available. Floors 5-10 offer silent, quiet, and group study space—so no matter what you’re working on, whether it’s quietly studying for your exams or working on a group project, there’s a place for you.

If you know ahead of time that you need to meet with a group, I’d recommend the study rooms on the main floor. These private study rooms are perfect if you want to study with a group of friends, work on group projects, or practice presentations. You can book a room online through the library website here. For those of you who study best on your own, there are also individual study rooms located throughout several floors of the library as well, although these are on a first-come first-served basis.

A-Z Learning Services

A-Z Learning Services is one of the great resources we have access to in the library. They offer free drop-in help sessions for multiple subjects, including French, writing, math, biology, physics, and chemistry. If you feel like you could use a little extra help understanding some concepts, drop in during their scheduled hours.

If you want to learn a specific skill or study strategy, they have several upcoming workshops. Different workshops are offered throughout the semester including topics like writing thesis statements, seminar strategies, and referencing.

Both of these services are great ones to make use of now before the semester gets too busy!

Research Databases

There are lots of ways that the library can help with your research. One of my personal favourites is SuperSearch.  You simply type in some keywords for your topic, and SuperSearch will pull up relevant scholarly articles, books, and even news articles. You can adjust the search to only look for peer-reviewed articles or to only look for books in the library. I usually find that SuperSearch is one of the best ways to get started on a research project.

To look for articles for specific subjects, you can check out the program-specific databases here. These databases will pull up results specific to the subject, which can be really useful for research essays.

RACER

If you’re working on a research project and are having a hard time finding relevant sources through Brock’s databases, don’t worry! RACER is an interlibrary loan system that allows Brock students to access articles and book chapters that are available through other libraries. If you’ve never used RACER before, all you have to do is sign up. Once you’ve signed up, search for the article or book you need and request it through RACER. It can take anywhere from several days to several weeks for items to arrive, so be sure to request them early!

For more information on RACER, check out the Frequently Asked Questions.

The Makerspace

The Makerspace is one of the library’s newest resources located on the main floor. The role of the Makerspace is to provide Brock students with access to technology and electronics. Some of the resources can be loaned outincluding a green screen kit and a GoPro kit. If you’re interested in learning about what the Makerspace offers come out to one of their workshops.

The Makerspace is open Monday to Friday from 11-4 pm, so feel free to drop in!

Now that the semester is starting, be sure to check out the resources the library offers—and if you’re not sure where to start, drop in and ask or use Chat with a Librarian to connect with someone!

Good luck this semester Badgers!