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Library, Archival, and Information Studies

Welcome! This research guide has been developed to help UBC iSchool students, faculty and researchers find and navigate academic and professional resources relating to the study of Library, Archival and Information Studies.


Informatics is a multi-disciplinary field that focuses on the ways in which humans search for and interact with information and media. On this foundation, informatics students, scholars and professionals seek to develop and design specialized technological systems that better facilitate these interactions, anticipate the ever-changing needs of users, and meet the demands required for the application of information technology in a variety of contexts.

This section of the guide presents resources that may be of interest to informatics students with a focus on a number of key areas, including:

  • Information Architecture
  • Information Behaviour
  • Web Design
  • Information Services
  • Instructional Design
  • Usability Testing and User-centred Design
  • Human-computer Interaction
  • Knowledge Organization and Design

Key Journals & Databases

ACM Digital Library (Database)

  • Technology-related journals, magazines, newsletters and conference proceedings. Use for: Technology topics such as e-commerce, supply chain management, human computer interfaces, RFID, etc.

The Information Society

  • Provides a forum for thoughtful commentary and discussion of significant topics in the world of information, such as transborder data flow, regulatory issues, the impact of the information industry, information as a determinant of public and private organizational performance, and information and the sovereignty of the public and private organizational performance, and information and the sovereignty of the public.

Information Technology & Libraries

  • Publishes material related to all aspects of information technology in all types of libraries.

First Monday

  • Publishes original articles about the Internet and the global information infrastructure, including political and regulatory issues, economic, technical and social factors, reports on standards and discussions of the contents of the Internet.

Information services & use

  • Contains data on international developments in information management and its applications. Articles cover online systems, library automation, word processing, micrographics, videotex, and telecommunications.