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This is Your Library: Build Your Research Skills

Whether you’re writing your first research paper or searching for resources for your dissertation—finding good information is imperative for creating an effective argument.

At the library, we understand that searching for information can be intimidating—with the plethora of information accessible on the Internet, it can be difficult to decipher what is of relevance to your project. No matter what stage you are at, we have services that can assist you.

This is your library, and this is how we can support you in your research.

The Research Help Desk

Located on the first floor of the library at the Ask Us Desk, the Research Help Desk is a starting point for any questions regarding your research project, or finding relevant sources of information. Staff can also suggest keywords and basic research strategies you can implement moving forward with your research project.

We encourage you to start your research support journey at the Research Help Desk. If they can’t answer your question, the staff can refer you to one of the other research services at the library that may better suits your needs.

This desk functions on a drop-in basis and is where you can get advice directly from our staff. Up-to-date hours for the Research Help Desk can be found on our website.

Online Virtual Reference

The library also offers Ask a Librarian, a virtual reference service. This online service connects students, faculty members, and researchers with librarians through an online chat. This service is available on- and off-campus and can provide you with trustworthy answers to research-related questions.

The library has also developed a suite of guides that can help you navigate the research process. From choosing the best information to finding industry information, these guides cover an array of topics designed to support your research needs.

In-Person Appointments

For more complex research questions, book a one-on-one appointment with one of the members of our Information Literacy (IL) team. We recommend starting at the Ask Us Desk where our friendly and knowledgeable staff can direct you to the best support for your questions and concerns.

Appointments with our IL Team usually last about an hour and can help with things like:

  • Identifying and narrowing your topic
  • Learning advanced research skills
  • Getting started on a literature review, scoping review or systematic review
  • Receiving assistance with Zotero, Mendeley, or EndNote

Generally, the sooner you meet before a deadline is best, as subsequent appointments can be made after the initial appointment.

Our IL team provides assistance to students, faculty, and other researchers who wish to have support in their information research skills. They can help students develop the information, knowledge, and research skills to help them succeed during their time at U of G. The IL team also helps faculty members extend their support for students, as they develop these important information knowledge and research skills, through customized in-class instruction, and consultation services.

Questions about research assistance at the library? Send us an email at library@uoguelph.ca.