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Welcome.  Today you are here to learn how to find resources using the Canisius library.  The following video will touch on searching, limiting and accessing the resources you have available to you here at Canisius. 

Do you need an article that deals with a film, work or author?  Does the article need to be in a different language?   If so, try one of these sources:

The Canisius library owns many dictionaries for many different languages. 

To search for dictionaries in the Canisius Library:

Type in the language you are searching for and the term dictionary. Then use the limit "books and e-books" located in the left-hand column.

ex. Chinese dictionary

To search for books and e-books in the Canisius Library:

Type in the keyword you are searching for and use the limit "books and e-books" located in the left-hand column.

You also have access to the book collections from other private colleges from New York State. Click here to search these collections.  Any book you request will be shipped to Canisius for your use.  Books usually take 5 business days to reach the college. 

You may also request books not owned by Canisius or ConnectNY through Interlibrary loan.


The library has many works by Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, etc authors, most of which will be found in the P section of the library.  Below are some subjects you may want to try searching in the catalog.  You may also want to search by a particular title or author. 

  • Spanish Literature
  • German Fiction
  • French Poetry

The library owns many foreign language films.  Below are the subjects they may be listed under in the catalog

  • Motion Pictures Language  ex. Motion Pictures Spanish
  • Foreign Films
  • Feature Films Country ex. Feature Films Poland

Librarians are here to help you. That's what we do! 

Need more assistance?  Here are the ways you can contact a librarian:

1 - Stop at the Reference Desk
      A librarian is at the reference desk almost every minute the building is open just in case you need help.
      We are here to help you!

2 - Call Us
      Reference Desk 716-888-8411
      List of Librarians

3 - Text Us
       716-712 4357 (HELP)

4 - Ask A Librarian (Online Chat)
      Feeling shy? Studying in the middle of the night? Use our online chat reference service available 24/7.
      Or try Text A Librarian at 716-712-HELP

5 - Book A Librarian
Schedule an individual reference session with a librarian. Get all of your research questions answered and keep your paper
     and reference list on the right track.