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Xwi7xwa - Distance Research

This guide supports researchers working with Indigenous topics. It also supports faculty who are teaching remotely.

Getting Started

This guide is intended for UBC students, faculty, staff, and researchers who have been impacted by the recent changes in services due to global health concerns. Here you will find updates, information on getting your devices connected to UBC services, and tips and tricks for researching Indigenous topics remotely. 

Our staff are working from home and are available through email at to:

  • answer research questions
  • find online materials for papers & research topics
  • find alternative materials to items only available in print
  • cancel late fees from March 16 until the situation changes

Moving Online

As we progressively move to an online environment Xwi7xwa is shifting away from print and physical materials. Many of the resources we highlight in this guide will be available online (journals, databases, etc.) 

When searching a databases:

Combine keywords about your topic AND keywords relating to the concept of Indigenous identity. For example:

  • "First Nations"
  • Indigenous
  • Aboriginal
  • Indian
  • Native
  • Inuit

Helpful Hints for Keyword Searches

  • Use quotation marks to search for a phrase.
    Example: "First Nations"
  • Use a question mark to truncate a term to search for words with the same stem.
    Example: Aborig? retrieves Aboriginal, Aboriginals, Aborigine, etc

If you are having issues with accessing online resources through the UBC library, please fill out this form to receive help gaining access! 


Please do not come to campus to return or renew library materials.

Common FAQs

Can I borrow or return physical items from the library?

You can no longer borrow or return your borrowed items during the campus closure.

Consider checking out our Ebook Collections at the UBC Library. 

How can I renew my materials?

Renew materials online through your MyAccounts page. Should you have trouble renewing your loans or have any questions, please contact UBC Library via the Assistance Form. Please do not come to campus to return library materials. Please do not come to campus to return library materials unless absolutely necessary. If you are leaving the Vancouver area and will not be able to return your books at a later date, please use either the Koerner Library or Irving K. Barber Learning Centre book drops.

What about my due dates and fines?

The library has cancelled late fees from March 16 until the situation changes. Even if you are unable to renew your items, no fines will be charged. Please contact UBC Library via the Assistance Form with any questions.

Can I still make Interlibrary Loan requests?

Access to print InterLibrary Loans, including copying and scanning from print collections, is unavailable while the Library is closed. Employees will make every effort to fill requests for digital materials, however, it may take some time to follow up with your requests.

What will happen to my recalled items?

If you have items that have been recalled, you do not have to return them until the library reopens. Please contact UBC Library via the Assistance Form with any questions.

For updates with regards to UBC Library during the closure, please visit the Library Service Update.


Research Assistance Email                          or

Borrower Services Email

Head Librarian

Sarah Dupont

Access Services Coordinator

Tamis Cochrane

Information Services Librarian

Karleen Delaurier-Lyle

Technical Services Assistant

Eleanore Wellwood