Access to the Library's Resources for Distance Education Students

A. How do I get set up and ready to use Leddy's services, journals and databases?

SET UP instructions for Distance Education Students.

Help!! I'm stuck.

I want to talk to a person:

  • For help real time, the Reference phone number on Leddy's homepage.
  • Reference email and Ask Leddy on Leddy's homepage. Yes, Ask Leddy is on the right hand side of this page also.
  • Contact your subject Librarian.
  • Walk in users are usually allowed at any college or university's reference desk. Phone ahead and ask if they are able to help and to find out what they can do for you.

Troubleshoot Access:

 

B. I have my research topic. What do I do next?

a) Articles: Find Your Subject Area's Webpage at Leddy and Search:

  1. Navigate to Leddy's homepage
  2. See left hand column "Search"
  3. Choose the sub-heading "Journal Articles & Research Tools"
  4. Then, for example, if your research topic is on sociology choose that subject heading. Please remember your topic may also be related to other subject areas such as social work, politics, women's studies, etc. and you may also wish to search under those subject headings later.
  5. When on your chosen subject page, note this list is a shortlist of the most recommended databases for searching (and they do cross subject areas, in some cases) for that subject.
  6. For ALL databases containing articles in your subject area/research topic, note the link to "All...Research Tools" at the end of the entries under the first sub-heading on your subject page. Choosing this will take you to the complete list of subject databases you may search.

b) Articles: Set up Google Scholar (to link directly to Leddy's subscribed content from Google Scholar) and Search.

  1. Set up Google Scholar for Off Campus use.
  2. Then start searching for your topic in Google Scholar.
  3. When you find an article you wish to read, choose the Find E Articles @ UWinds link. A popup box appears and you enter your UWinID and password and then you will be sent to the article or sometimes the journal.

c) Articles: to see some of the articles that your professors are publishing on your topic, check out Scholarship @ UWindsor!

d) Books (on-campus) and E-Books:

Choose the Library Catalogue link in the left hand column on the Leddy homepage to search for both print and e-books. You will also find videos, dvds, journals, etc. but NOT journal articles. Only electronic copies of books will be available off campus.

e) Data/Data Sets:

There are a number of online research guides describing the data sets available for your use, e.g. Windsor and Area Statistics, at the Library's Academic Data Centre. If you wish to contact the staff directly, I recommend you start with an email (libdata@uwindsor.ca) detailing the information you are looking for, as they need to match your need with the appropriate data/data sets. Sometimes they can get you started without having to come on-campus!

 

C. Search and Research:

A number of online tutorials are available for help in actually doing your Research. Includes directions on how to search for articles, newspapers, print books, electronic books, music, and videos. Also includes information on evaluating and identifying quality (scholarly) information and how to research effectively.

  • Keep in mind that people use different words to describe the same thing and that you may need to substitute words when searching (e.g. framework or context or model, ...)
  • You may need to use double quotes around concepts/ideas ("critical inquiry" or "social bond").
  • A search for "candy crush" "business model" may be too narrow while broadening your search to "game development" "business model" may be better but "online games" "business model" may get you what you need. You will need to play with words and combinations of words.

 

D. Start Writing:

Writing style guides, for help with documenting your paper and managing your references. Includes information on what the Writing Support Desk can do for you. And, by all means avoid accidentally claiming someone's ideas as your own! Further, make sure you are using the material legally in your presentations and class by checking out the Library's FAQ on Copyright!

 

E. How Do I Order Books and Articles through Interlibrary Loan? Why?

If you need a book, article, etc. for your research that Windsor does not have onsite, it is possible to order a copy from another university. We can not guarantee a delivery date for these items. Delivery date depends on format and where it is coming from. I personally have received articles within a few days, and I have also received an article more than a month after ordering (eventually came from overseas).

You need to set up your account (register) to order items.

Links to requested articles are delivered to your UWindsor email account. Make sure your email account is working (ITS Helpdesk) so you may access and retrieve your electronic article.

Print materials must be picked up from and returned to Leddy Library, or another Ontario University's library. If you are unable to return material in person, phone and ask for an extension on the loan period, if necessary, then send the material back by Canada Post or drop it off at your nearest Ontario University Library. They will send it back to us on your behalf. But don't forget the loan extension if you are close to the due date. We try and accommodate extensions but it isn't always possible! You are responsible for any fines.