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Ω High School IB/AP

A guide to some resources available without UAlberta CCIDs. Also generalizable information on academic research strategies and techniques.


This page is under construction so check back periodically. 

In the meantime, feel free to contact with questions.

Library Cards and temporary CCIDs

NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE (Oct 2020) due to covid measures.

SEE for current information

Library cards: for borrowing and placing holds on physical items.

Bring photo ID and proof of current address to any UAlberta library service desk

Temporary CCID: for accessing electronic materials (e.g. ebooks, journal articles, search databases, some digitized sources)

Bring photo ID and proof of current address to any UAlberta library service desk

On campus use only (campus computers or UWS wifi). Expires at midnight. No limit on how often you can get one. 

Searching Strategies and Techniques

UAlberta Library Tutorials

Library cheatsheet (continually updated):

A very condensed summary by David Sulz used in conjunction with library academic research sessions and individual consultations. If anything intrigues you and you want to explore further, feel free to contact me ( 

David Sulz library videos

Made for university courses in September 2020. They were done in one extemporaneous take and only very lightly edited so please be generous. They are not comprehensive and, as with any capture of a live performance, the may omit things, be out of date, or have errors. 

Other ways to learn about searching:

  • Help information on search engines. Look for "help" or "?" 
  • Internet search: (e.g. library searching, how to search a database, etc)

Free and Open Resources

Many search engines and other tools on our can be used fully or partially without a CCID - but you may reach a point where a CCID is required for further access. Good starting points include "search the library" and subject guides. Below are some free web resources but there are millions so these are just some starting points.

Scholarly Sources

Be wary of short-cut words like peer-reviewed, academic journal - they are important but can be misused.

Scholarly sources generally have 4 layers.

  • What do we already know? (broad summary of knowledge and context).
  • How do we know it? (lots of citations and links to exact evidence)
  • What's wrong with what we know? (gaps, controversy, disagreement)
  • What's new? (new evidence, sources, interpretation, application, theory)

Primary Sources. Non-scholarly.

Usually things created at the time but people involved; however, a lot depends on your topic and discipline.


Getting Help

Chat box: for short, straightforward questions

Librarian Consultations: for more in-depth and personalized conversations about finding resources for your project (also things like evaluating sources, choosing credible sources, sharing your research).

Important: Tell us early who you are (e.g. high school student, member of the public, alumni, UofA student, grad student, faculty, staff). We help anyone as much as we can but some things are just not accessible to some people. Help us avoid the frustration of suggesting techniques, tools, resources, links that you can't actually use.