Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)



  1. Consider the types of sources that you need for your research: 
    • Do you need primary or secondary sources?
    • Do you need books or journal articles? Popular publications for a general audience or scholarly resources for academics and professionals? All of the above?
    • Do you need the most recent information available or historical information? 
  2. Brainstorm words, synonyms, alternative spellings, and jargon that could be search keywords to describe your topic. For example: self-driving car, driverless car, autonomous vehicle, etc.  
  3. Only use important topic terms in your search. Example words that ineffectively limit your search: effects, causes, pros and cons, increase, decrease. They're not worth typing. 
  4. To improve your search results, enclose phrases in "quotation marks." For example: "British Columbia" or "climate change". 
  5. To find variant endings for a word, use the * asterisk (truncation symbol). For example: parent* finds parents, parenting, parenthood, parenteral. 
  6. Many items have direct links to get the full text online. For those that don't, use Get It! to determine if we provide full textonline or in print.

Follow the links below to view answers to frequently asked questions about Library Catalog search:

  1. How do I search for a book in the Library?
  2. How can i check laptop availability?




Copyright law & photocopying

    • Users are advised to observe strictly the copyright law when reproducing materials, whether by photocopying or by electronic means. Users are fully responsible for any legal consequences concerning copyright that may arise.

Copyright limits

    • Monographs - No more than 5% of the number of pages of the book
    • Periodicals - No more than one article from any one periodical
    • For more details, please visit the homepage of Education Bureau regarding Copyright Matters in Education