Learning Resources

learning resourses

The following resources give you ideas on how to get the most out of your time and energy while enrolled in JIBC courses or programs. Visit the Library for more help.

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The best place to start your research is at the JIBC Library.  The Library’s collection includes books, DVDs, journals, and audio-CDs.  In addition, the Library provides access to eResources such as eJournals, eBooks, article databases, streaming media, case law, legislation, codes, and standards.

Contact us 

Phone: 604.528.5599 
Fax: 604.528.5593 
Email: library@jibc.ca 
Web: www.jibc.ca/library

Library Services

Library services and resources are available to students at all JIBC campuses and also to online learners. A free mailing service is provided to students registered in JIBC programs.

The Library catalogue and other online resources may be searched while on or off campus. The licensed eResources require a Username/Password for off-campus access.  Contact the Library for the Username/Password.

Librarians are available to help you find information for your assignments and to give tips on how to cite your sources.

The JIBC Library participates in AskAway, an online chat reference service that allows students to contact a BC post-secondary librarian during regular hours, in addition to evenings and weekends.

Computers & Internet

The 20-plus computers available for student use in the Library all have Microsoft Office and Internet access. Laptops and iPads are available for short-term loan to New Westminster Campus students registered in JIBC Certificate/Diploma/Degree Programs, actively taking courses. Group study rooms in the Library are equipped with a computer, a 40-inch monitor, a DVD player, and, connections for laptops. Printer, photocopier, and fax services are available for a nominal fee.

Research Tips

  • Visit the Virtual Learning Commons for Writing and Study Help.
  • Try the Assignment Calculator to help you complete your essays on time!
  • Define your topic and write a research question.
  • Determine what information you need based on assignment requirements.
  • Search for information on your research question, keeping a research log of terms you used in your search.
  • Evaluate your findings, to see if your sources are relevant, appropriate, and, authoritative.
  • Cite all your sources using APA citation style.

Learning Strategies

Many students find that learning in a postsecondary institution is challenging!  High school may seem like it was a long time ago.  The workload is huge.  The tests are more stressful.  And many postsecondary students are juggling work and school.  Here are some links to help you improve your work!

Askaway- online resource 

Askaway allows you FREE access to a librarian (yes, a real person!) who can actually answer a question in 24-48 hours.  All services are confidential.  Click on the link above to take you to this service.

Here are some additional links to help you with writing.


More information on Study Skills and Test Taking Strategies

Approaching a study session or a test situation requires preparation, repetition, a plan or strategy, and confidence that you will be successful.  The more organized, prepared, rehearsed and confident you are, the more likely you'll do well on your tests.  

Multiple Choice Tips

Test Anxiety Tips

Study Skills Tips

Memory Strategies:

Effective Reading and Note-taking

Peer Writing Support

Have a research paper and need help with the lit review?

Have an essay and not sure how to choose a topic?

Need someone to help you create or revise a thesis?

Meet with a peer tutor for writing support.  It’s free and easy to set up.

Send an email to writingsupport@jibc.ca to request an appointment.  Make sure to include your name and a few dates/times that work for you.  Your email will be answered by Mark Williams, the Manager of Student Learning Support and Disability Resources.  She will contact the tutors and see who’s free to meet with you.

Appointments take place in CL201 last about 45 minutes to one hour.  Bring a hard copy of your paper to your appointment.  The tutor will review it and talk with you about ways to improve your writing.

If you are taking classes online or at another JIBC campus and cannot make it to New West for an appointment, you can submit your paper via email.  Please email writingsupport@jibc.ca for more information about this option.

Peer tutors are students at the JIBC who have completed at least one year of their academic program and are recommended by a faculty member.  They complete the National Tutoring Association’s tutor training program and receive ongoing support through the JIBC library and Student Learning Supports.

Contact Mark Williams, the Manager of Student Learning Supports and Disability Resources for more information.


604-528-5884 or (toll free) 1-877-275-4331

Stop by room CL201 on the New West campus  

Online workshops

StudentLingo* offers short online workshops on a variety of topics including:

  • How to Reduce Test Anxiety
  • Pre-Writing Techniques
  • Developing a Strong Thesis Statement
  • Drafting Introductions, Body Paragraphs, and Conclusions
  • The Revision Process: How To Proofread & Edit Your Writing
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Stress Management Techniques

Get started by setting up a free account.  You can access videos from any device with internet access.

JIBC Tip Sheets

Have you ever stared at a blank page or screen, struggling to start an essay? Have you ever had too many ideas and struggled to organize them into a structured piece of writing? If the answer is yes to either question, you may be missing some important stages of the writing process: planning, generating ideas, and deciding on a focus. 

Check out these tips sheets for more information on study skills, writing skills, and stress management techniques.  Feel free to print these out or stop by room CL201 on the New West campus to grab a printed copy.

Writing Tips

Mental Wellness Strategies

Last updated March 9, 2018