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Welcome tips for the new school year!

Welcome, and welcome back!

Here we go again… September. Start of term. Some things to get you off on the right foot…

The Library launched a new website. We think it is much easier to navigate, and it works well on all sorts of different devices. We hope you feel the same!

Library services

Come visit the library to print, scan, borrow laptops, book study rooms, use our computers, or just say hi!

Starting your research?

OCtopus is the search box that you see on the main page. It searches many places at once, for books, articles, and media, and is a great place to start your research.

The Research & Subject Guides tab has many librarian-created guides to help you find authoritative sources for your research, as well as tips on how to evaluate sources and avoid plagiarism!

Our citation guides can help you figure out the complexities of citing your sources in different formats: APA, MLA, Chicago and more…

Some books about about how to be a successful student:

Get sorted! : how to make the most of your student experience / Jeff Gill and Will MeddGetSorted

Becoming a master student / Dave Ellis, Doug Toft, contributing editor, Debra Dawson

Make it stick : the science of successful learning / Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, Mark A. McDaniel

Study skills connected : using technology to support your studies / Stella Cottrell and Neil Morris




Summer Reading

Our friends over at UBC Library’s Small Business Accelerator are tweeting summer reading recommendations, using the hashtag #sbalibrary.

We’ve been inspired! Here are some of those business books that are available in the OC Library:

Thinking fast and slow / Daniel Kahneman thinkingfast

How to fly a horse : the secret history of creation, invention, and discovery / Kevin Ashton flyhorse

Unfinished business : women, men, work, family / Anne-Marie Slaughter

The misfit economy : lessons in creativity from pirates, hackers, gangsters, and other informal entrepreneurs / Alexa Clay, Kyra Maya Phillips

Losing the signal : the untold story behind the extraordinary rise and spectacular fall of Blackberry / Jacquie McNish, Sean Silcoff

More books at the library that were recommended in summer reading lists from Forbes and The Atlantic:

David and Goliath : underdogs, misfits, and the art of battling giants / Malcolm Gladwell

 icarusThe Icarus deception : how high will you fly? / Seth Godin

The advantage : why organizational health trumps everything else in business / Patrick Lencioni

Dark money : the hidden history of the billionaires behind the rise of the radical right / Jane Mayer

And for even more summer reading lists, see the recent post by OC Library News.

Now go grab a book, pack a beach bag and get out there and read! [*or, grab a book and find a nook in your local coffee shop, if thunderstorms are threatening your beach reading]






Last of the Summer Reading List

The back to school ads are upon us, and with the school year just around the corner we all need a few things to keep our minds in summer mode for the last few weeks.

Below are some great reading lists that cover a range of topics in business, and that are not all heavy in content.

JP Morgan 2015 Summer Reading List

10 Business Books For Your Summer Reading List from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business

A Summer 2015 Reading List For Creative Leaders from Forbes

Here are some previous business summer reading picks that are in the library, click on the images to find out where each book is in the library.

Talk Like Ted

Things a little bird told me

Big Data

Lean in






And don’t forget Mark Zuckerberg’s A Year of Books List, several of which the library has. Check out a few below…

Dealing With ChinaGang Leader for a Day

Creativity Inc.


Holiday reading and de-stressing

Exams are upon us, and you’re probably already anticipating the break from school and stress, although holidays can bring on their own type of stress, with parties, gifts, visiting family and friends all becoming competing priorities. You are looking forward to winding down, but did you know: research shows that reading can be a great way to de-stress, while also improving your cognitive abilities and your understanding of other people?

This Wall Street Journal article discusses some of the known benefits of reading and suggests putting aside 30 minutes a day with a good book. We have plenty of books in the library to help you out with that. Check out my suggestions, some of which come from the Financial Times business book awards in the last couple years:

Sons of Wichita : how the Koch brothers became America’s most powerful and private dynasty by Daniel Schulman

The new new thing : a Silicon Valley story by Michael Lewis

Hatching Twitter : a true story of money, power, friendship, and betrayal by Nick BiltonGoogle

Your small business adventure : finding your niche and growing a successful business by James W. Halloran

Google : how Google works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg

The hard thing about hard things : building a business when there are no easy answers / Ben Horowitz

 Private empire : ExxonMobil and American power / Steve CollThe_Org

ScarciThe_Power_of_Habitty : why having too little means so much / Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir

The org : the underlying logic of the office / Ray Fisman andTim Sullivan

The power of habit : why we do what we do in life and business / Charles Duhigg

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