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Williams Lake Library


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Ben Mitchell
WLK 1150C
Williams Lake Campus
Thompson Rivers University Library
1250 Western Avenue
Williams Lake, BC

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Summer Hours (Effective May 6th until the end of August)

  • Monday to Thursday
    • 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Friday
    • 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday
    • Closed

Fall and Winter Semester Hours

  • Monday to Friday
    • 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Saturday
    • 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Sunday
    • 12:00 AM to 5:30 PM




Did you know that TRU participates in the AskAway chat service? Librarians and library techs from across BC and the Yukon staff this text-based reference service.

If you're having trouble finding a time to talk to a librarian for research help, or just want another opinion to help get you oriented to your research, try checking out AskAway!

Library Resources and Literacy Guides

Writing Guides



Health Statistics

Trades [forthcoming]

Electrical Trades

Sustainable Ranching


Carpentry [forthcoming]

Saw Filer [forthcoming]

Indigenous Information Literacy

Indigenous Information Literacy outlines best principles and practices for engaging with Indigenous communities and sources in academic research. This includes evaluating sources and citing traditional knowledge, finding Indigenous authors, and working respectfully with Elders.

Elements of Indigenous style: a guide for writing by and about Indigenous peoples by Gregory Younging

Indigenous Information Literacy a free OER by Rachel Chong

Littletree, Sandra, Nicola Andrews, and Jessie Loyer. 2023. “Information as a Relation: Defining Indigenous Information Literacy.” Journal of Information Literacy 17 (2).


Information Literacy


Trust Issues:

Peer Review, Intellectual Authority, and Ghosts

Dr. Ben Mitchell talks about authority, peer-review, and the process of getting a peer-reviewed paper on Alfred Russel Wallace's defence of spirit photography published in an academic journal.


JSTOR Searching Guides

Media and Visual Literacy

Charles Hatfield, and Bart Beaty. 2020. Comics Studies: A Guidebook. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.

McCloud, Scott, and Robert Lappan. 1994. Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. Harper Perennial.

Cultural Literacies


Cultural literacy is a person's ability to understand and fluently participate in constructive dialogue with members of a culture. The Library has several guides and supports of relevant to developing cultural literacy among a range of communities.


Secwépemc Resources

Interested in learning more about the Secwépemc people and Secwepemctsín, the language?

The Library has a Secwepemctsín LibGuide and you can get the Secwepemctsín keyboard application installed on your computer at Keyman Support.

TRU hosts a basic online tutorial for learning Secwepemctsín with audio recordings at Learn Secwepemctsín Online.

TRU's Office of Indigenous Education also hosts a number of resources, including Secwépemc Communities Pronunciations and Secwépemc Nation Research Ethics Guidelines.

First Voices has language learning tools for many Indigenous languages, including multiple dialects of Secwepemctsín. 

Many individual members of the Secwépemc Nation also seek to promote their language and culture online on places like YouTube, such as the Spi7uy Squqluts Language & Culture Society, Tracy Ned, The Smart Owl, and tnekwe7 on Tiktok.


Other Indigenous Resources


The Library has an Indigenous Languages LibGuide as well as an Indigenous Studies Libguide.

The Association for Manitoba Archives has compiled a large Indigenous Resource List, not just for Archives and Museums, but also on topics like being an ally, Indigenous podcasts, repatriation and reparations, Indigenous rights in an international context, land acknowledgements, the Land Back Movement, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

Indigenous Writes A Guide to First Nations, Métis, & Inuit Issues in Canada by Chelsea Vowel


Cultural Literacy LibGuides


Indigenous Studies

Black History

Anti-Racism LibGuide

Neurodiversity LibGuide


Misinformation and Propaganda


Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are free and openly accessible educational tools, and can include textbooks, syllabi, lectures, and more. TRU's OER Librarian is Brenda Smith, who has compiled this LibGuide full of resources for teachers and students alike! Whether you want to find free open access textbooks to reduce student costs, study, or find creative commons licensed images, videos and more, you can find them at Library's OER LibGuide!


What is artificial intelligence (AI) and what does it have to do with ChatGPT? What are some appropriate or inappropriate uses for AI? What are the privacy and security concerns involved in their use? You can find out about that and more at the Library's AI LibGuide

APA Resources

HCA Resources


MedlinePlus: Trusted Heath Information for You

How to cite this source:
National Library of Medicine. (Date). Title. MedlinePlus. https://...

Government of BC


How to cite this source:
Healthlink BC. (Date). Title.  https://...


very well health

How to cite this source:
VeryWell Health. (Date). Title. https://...

Evidently Cochrane

Evidently Cochrane: Sharing health evidence you can trust

How to cite this source:
Author. (Date). Title. Evidently Cochrane. https://...


Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic

How to cite this source:
Mayo Clinic. (Date). Title. https://...

Canadian Government

Public Health Agency of Canada

How to cite this source:
Public Health Agency of Canada. (Date). Title. https://...

Merck Manual

Merk Manual Professional Version


How to cite this source:
Author. (Date). Title. In R. S. Porter, J. L. Kaplan, R. B. Lynn & E. Yeh, (Eds.), Merk Manual (Professional Version). https://.....

Your Textbook

Mosby's Canadian textbook for the support worker

How to cite this source:
Sorrentino, S. A., Remmert, L. N., & Wilk, M. J. (2017). Mosby's Canadian textbook for the support worker  (4th Canadian ed.).  Elsevier Canada.