Academic Support

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


General Information
Effective March 12, 2020, the due dates for all outstanding material will be changed upon re-opening of the college campuses. Fines will be waived during this period, so please keep your library materials until you can return them.
We are not lending out physical materials at this time, but our online resources are available 24/7. All library staff are working from home.
Please continue to monitor your SLC email and the St. Lawrence College COVID-19 page.

Library Services
We have pages dedicated to Remote Resource Access and Getting Started with Online Learning.
We are available remotely from Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:00pm via chat, email, and Microsoft Teams.

  • Online Chat/IM: No login required, this chat allows link-sharing.
  • Texting Service (613-707-3542): This service is best for quick questions.
  • e-Appointments using Teams: SLC students may request a library research appointment with a Library Technician. Teams allows video, chat, and screen-sharing and is best for help with research-based class assignments.


  1. Log into
  2. Scroll down the page and click on Print Services
  3. Click on
  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.

Using the black Netlink loader box:

  1. Tap your student card on the light to log in.
  2. Insert bills into the feeder when it lights up and/or insert coins into the top half of the coin slot.
  3. Press the “D” key to end your session.
  4. Take your receipt once it has been printed or recycle it.
  • The machine will accept only Canadian currency in the amounts of 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, $1, $2, $5, $10, and $20.
  • The library is not responsible for lost funds. If you experience issues with the machine I.T. Services will be called. Please wait by the machine until they arrive.
  • The machine does not give change. If you require bills to be broken please check with the library desk or make a purchase in the Cafeteria or Campus Bookstore.
  • If you are unable to tap in, please visit I.T. Services for assistance.
  • Debit and credit is done 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 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.
  • If you sent multiple documents you will have to select the ones you want to print and then press start once it lights up.
  • 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 that size 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
  • 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:
  • Internet Explorer (any version) or Microsoft Edge (old version)
  • Apple Safari
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera, etc.

*If you regularly check-out books, your library account will renew automatically.
Library accounts are active for 12 months at a time. To reactivate your account please call, email, or visit the library with your student or staff card ready.
Staff do not receive library accounts automatically like students do. You need a library account in order to access library resources.
Please call, email, or visit your closest campus library to register. Please have your staff card handy.