Welcome to Sheridan's Library & Learning Services! This quick-start guide will help to answer many of the questions you may have as an international student. For more general information on the library, see:
Purchase or rent your textbooks from your campus Book Store.
Borrow textbooks from the library for 3hr loan periods. Keep in mind:
Library textbooks are for quick reference only. You are still expected to purchase or rent your own.
We do not have a copy of all textbooks for all courses.
To look up a textbook in the library, you will need the title, author, and year of the textbook. This information can usually be found on your SLATE course and in the course outline for each of your courses.
Find textbooks from the library by searching for the titles and authors in Summon.
The library carries more ebooks than books on the shelf! We get ebooks from more than one company. Some can be downloaded, but most are available without downloading.
To access ebooks, all you need is your Sheridan Credentials (username/password). No special app or log in is required.
Use Summon Search
Summon is always a great place to start. It searches almost everything we own, and includes all types of content (books, articles, newspapers, etc). Use the left-hand menu to limit your results to Books/Ebooks only.
All around the world, people use different English words to say the same thing. Here are a few common terms you might hear around the library.
Issue, Charge, or Check Out?
(v.)To borrow material from the library for a certain period of time.
- In Canada, we use "check out". Example: May I check out this book, please?
Xerox, Photocopy, or Photostate?
(v.) To produce a copy of a printed page(s) or other item(s) using a photocopier.
- In Canada, we use "photocopy" or "copy". Example: Can you help me photocopy this page?
Database, Site, or Subscription?
(n.) Similar to how you might subscribe to Netflix, a database is a website that a library subscribes to on your behalf. Databases generally provide access to books, articles, videos, audio, or other types of content.
- In Canada, we use "database". Example: Which database should I use?