Types of Sources

Factual (not interpreted), recorded, original material, research ideas.
Report findings/data from experiments or research studies.
Frequently found in scholarly journals or government reports.
  • Dissertation and theses
  • Government reports
  • Patents
  • Papers and proceedings from scientific conferences
  • Technical reports
  • Surveys
  • Focus groups
  • Interviews
  • Observation
Analysis of primary reports, summarizations or interpretations.
Meta-analysis, systemic reviews, literature reviews.
Letters to the editor, editorials, perspectives.
  • Publications about the significance of research experiments
  • Textbooks explaining works and studies
  • Commentaries or edited works of an original idea
  • Articles that review research work
The purpose of these sources are to index, abstract, organize, compile, or condense other sources.
Tertiary sources usually are not authored by one person, but many.
Repackaged primary/secondary sources in one quick reference source.
May provide subjective commentary on primary/secondary sources.
  • Dictionaries
  • Encyclopedias
  • Almanacs
  • Fact books
  • Directories
  • Guidebooks
  • Manuals
  • Indexing and Abstracting sources


  1. Log into SLC.me
  2. Scroll down the page and click on Print Services
  3. Click on https://print.slc.me/user
  4. Click on Sign in with Microsoft and log in.
  5. In the left-hand menu, click on Web Print . On a mobile device, click on View in Browser Mode .
  6. Click on Submit Job
    Choose between: black & white or colour, single-sided or double-sided.
    Enter number of copies. Upload documents from device.
  7. Tap you student card at any printer and select Release all Jobs
You may be required to create a personal account to download the eBooks, so please use your SLC email address in the email field when registering. However, you can read them through the browser without having to create an account.
Please check the availability of the book you would like as there will usually only be one copy available, but for some of them we do have unlimited copies. Loan times vary, from 24 hours to 3 weeks.
Loading printing credits onto your student card is now fully online . You can also purchase single use cards in the campus bookstore.
From our library website, follow these steps:
  1. In the navigational menu under "Resources" click on Streaming Videos .
  2. Choose something from the list.
  3. Log in with your SLC.me login information. If you are already logged in, it will take you straight to the content.

Technical Issues

You can call, visit, or email I.T. Services. Visit their help guides .
Several things could be the cause of your document(s) not printing. If the printer lights up red and beeps repeatedly, please ask library staff for help.
  • You may have a print balance of $0.00.
  • The printer may be out of paper, please ask library staff to fill the trays.
  • The printer may be out of ink, please let library staff know and they will call for assistance.
  • The printer may not know the size of paper you are asking for, please ask library staff for help.
  • The printer may be experiencing another type of error. Library staff will place an out-of-order sign and call for assistance.
For more information about printing at St. Lawrence College, please visit their website .
If you are having issues viewing videos through the library's Videatives subscription please read the following:
  • You must first be logged into SLC.me.
  • You must be on a desktop or laptop computer, not a mobile device/tablet.
  • Only the Google Chrome browser is supported.
  • Go directly to the main Videatives website .
  • Or the link provided to you by your instructor
Library staff do not have access to Blackboard. Please see I.T. Services for assistance with Blackboard .
*Please note: These steps will work for MacOS/Apple, Windows, and Linux systems. St. Lawrence College I.T. services does not officially support the following browsers:
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  • Apple Safari
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera, etc.
Library accounts are active for all students and employees once they have access to an SLC.me account. For students, their deposit must also have been paid. This is an automatic process.
Common solutions for students if experiencing issues:
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  • Disable adblocker or whitelist/allow sites in the adblocker
  • Whitelist/allow through any firewall(s)
  • Clear browser cache
  • Update browser
  • Update the device
  • Check if you are using any other privacy/security apps or extensions (ex. NoScript, Ghostery)
  • Make sure you are logged into SLC.me
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