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About this guide

 

This guide will help students and faculty in the Department of Knowledge Integration navigate the library to meet their learning and research needs by:

  • linking to relevant databases to find articles
  • providing information about books, print and electronic
  • linking to additional resources and collections
  • showcasing tools that support academic goals and objectives

 

Find articles lists databases for specific topics, such as:

  • climate change
  • sustainability
  • blockchains
  • modelling
  • team cohesion
  • governance 
  • societal change

 

A brief overview of databases on:

  • how to navigate
  • what databases contain
  • some of the functions and benefits

 

Find books has information on:

  • direct link to search the library catalogue
  • how can I get my books during COVID-19?
  • how can I find my books?
  • library catalogue search function
  • placing holds and recalls
  • not in the catalogue?
  • should we order a copy?
  • on-campus book return bins locations
  • new books
  • core texts for the discipline
  • eReference material
  • eBooks and eBook collections
  • questions? Contact me

 

More resources:

  • library guides
    • essential
    • subject specific
    • topic specific
    • for advanced library users
  • unique collections
    • data; statistics
    • films
    • Geospatial Centre
    • Special Collections & Archives (SC&A)
      • Digital library
      • Special Collections / Rare books
  • publications of selected centres and institutes
    • Heritage Resources Centre
    • Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3)
    • Southwestern Ontario Research Data Centre (SWORDC)
    • Water Institute
    • Waterloo Institute for Complexity & Innovation (WICI)
    • Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation (WISIR)
    • Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE)

 

The Research toolkit provides an overview of the research process and tips to help with:

  • academic writing, essays and research papers
  • help with references, citing your work
  • bibliometric tools
  • more than technical skills, soft skills
  • time management tips
  • the research process
  • saving your search strategy
  • setting up alerts
  • publishing your work?
  • need funding?

Access

     

Access to the electronic resources requires your WatIAM credentials. You can login before you start your search from the library's homepage using the get access from anywhere link, located on the Library's homepage, or when the system prompts you to enter your credentials. If, for any reason, you encounter any difficulties with this step, please contact me directly or library staff through our Ask Us service to resolve the issue. 

 

NEW and TRIAL DATABASES

For a limited time we have access to the following databases as a trial:

  • Flipster until October 29, 2021
  • SciFinder-n until January 31, 2022

See our database webpage.

 

Omni: your library catalogue

The library catalogue, Omni, is a dynamic platform that provides more functionality, more options, and additional academic library catalogues to browse and search for information. The redesign makes navigation more intuitive, detailed descriptions provide more context, all of which makes for a more rewarding experience. Searching in the advanced search option is recommended for optimum results.

Faculty and focus of research

 

Rob Gorbet

Interfaces. Physical interfaces, interfaces between disciplines, interfaces between people. Interface design; interactive artworks; human interaction in collaboration, teaching, and learning

 

John McLevey

Social network analysis, computational social science, natural language processing, political sociology and social movements, environmental social science, environmental governance, cognitive social science / cultural cognition

 

Katie Plaisance

Philosophy of science, philosophy of psychology, social epistemology, & interdisciplinary collaboration

 

Vanessa Schweizer

Collective decision-making. This includes many processes such as articulating aspirations and values, exercising foresight, confronting uncertainties and risks, and negotiating tradeoffs

Need help?

 

You can email me with your question(s), or book a consultation. Email questions are answered within1-2 business days. Consultations can be booked up to a month in advance and could be up to an hour in length.

 

Why bother?

Good question.

Because I can help you:

  • navigate databases
  • locate items quickly
  • create a research strategy
  • cite your references
  • and more . . .