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Need Academic Assistance? We're Here to Help.

At the library, we want to ensure that you have everything you need to finish the semester strong and successfully. From research help to writing support the library can support you with a with a variety of academic needs. Whether you’re writing a research paper, trying to perfect an upcoming presentation, or searching for the best possible sources, knowledgeable library staff can assist you.

This article highlights some of the library’s resources and services that are available to you during your time at U of G.

The Ask Us Desk

The Ask Us Desk is your first stop for discovering all of the resources, services, workshops, and events the library has to offer. It’s located on the first floor and is the place to ask any questions you may have about the library, your library account, printing, and more. The Research Help Desk, and the CCS IT Help Desk are also located here.

Our Access Services team staffs the Ask Us Desk and is committed to providing seamless access to the resources you need. These individuals can loan books, help find information, recommend sources for research, and suggest research strategies to you.

Did you know that you can request items from other universities? If the library doesn’t have the book or article that you need, we can get it to you through our interlibrary loan service and document delivery service.

The Research Help Desk

Integrated into the Ask Us Desk is the Research Help Desk. Here, the library offers several services to assist you with your research. Our Ask Us Desk staff can help you find resources in Primo (what your searching when you search on the library’s website) and beyond, choose relevant journal databases, improve your search strategy, and more.

For more in-depth research assistance, you can book a research consultation. During research consultations, library staff can support you in identifying and narrowing your topic, teach you advanced research skills, and more! Think you may need a research consultation? Book an appointment today.

The Learning Commons

The Learning Commons brings together services that support student learning, writing, research, and technology. The Learning Commons plays a key role in helping students meet the academic challenges of university.

The Learning Commons offers in-person and online appointments, where students can meet with a staff member, or a peer consultant. All appointments are free, and confidential. At these appointments, you can:

  • Receive feedback on your writing at all stages of the writing process
  • Learn strategies for organizing your ideas and structuring your thesis, paper, and chapters
  • Gain advanced research skills
  • Read textbooks and scholarly articles more effectively
  • Practice your presentation and receive feedback
  • Control procrastination and perfectionism, and complete your assignments, thesis, or program on time
  • Learn to prepare for many different types of exams, including multiple choice and bell-ringer exams

In addition, the Learning Commons is home to Supported Learning Groups (SLGs), which are peer-lead study groups that are held on weekly basis to help students taking historically challenging courses. For more information about SLGs, read our Supported Learning Groups article and find out what’s being offered today by visiting the SLG Schedule online.

Have questions?

Email us at library@uoguelph.ca