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Support for Teaching: at St. George | at UTM | at UTSC

Support for Students: at St. George | at UTM | at UTSC

Support for Researchers: at St. Georgeat UTM | at UTSC

Support for Teaching

Support for Teaching: at St. George | at UTM | at UTSC

  • Help your students research their papers with a tailored library resources module or guide in your Quercus course.  
    Contact: Your liaison librarian 

  • Give your students access to library research consultations online. Librarians teaching in courses may be able to participate on class discussion boards as a resource, host online drop-in sessions, or develop additional instruction videos to support learning.  
    Contact: Your liaison librarian 

  • If you need course readings, ebooks or digitized copies of printed materials for your students, let us know. We can help with purchasing, digitizing and negotiating permissions with publishers.  
    Contact: Syllabus Service 

  • A number of online video resources are available for educational use and as licensed streaming content. We can purchase them for you through Kanopy and Docuseek, if available.  
    Contact: Syllabus Service

  • Use the MyMedia media repository for streaming lectures. Your MyMedia streams can be placed in your Quercus course page.
    See: MyMedia

For many additional strategies, please see the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation's Continuity Planning page.

Support for Students

Support for Students: at St. George | at UTM | at UTSC

Library services & resources

Online entertainment and diversions

  • Check out Criterion on Demand to access thousands of films. It’s like Netflix, but free! There are recently added films, like the Academy-award winning film Parasite, that you can stream from wherever you are (UTORid login required). 

  • Take a look at other online video resources from the Media Commons that can be streamed online, like Medici TV, with classical music videos including opera, ballet, and symphonies.

Information from the University

Please continue to visit the central COVID-19 hub for the U of T community. The page is frequently updated with the latest relevant information. If your question was not answered in any of the resources above, you may also submit questions through the Contact Us button on the FAQs. Questions will be routed to the appropriate office and staff will respond as soon as possible.

Support for Researchers 

Support for Researchers: at St. Georgeat UTM | at UTSC

Stay on track with your research activities using these resources from the University of Toronto Libraries: 

Find online research materials and manage sources

While U of T library buildings are closed, we can provide access to many digital materials to support your research, including eBooksonline journal article databasesprimary source databases, and streaming videos.  

Looking for books and articles not at U of T or held in closed libraries? Try placing an Interlibrary Loan request. Our expert staff will try to find an electronic copy for you, if one exists. Some publishers are also providing expanded access to their e-resources during this time, which may include books, journals, primary sources and multi-media collections. Contact your liaison librarian for more information.  

Please contact your liaison librarian or book a virtual research appointment to discuss research strategies in depth. You can also browse the Libraries’ online research guides for advice, useful tools, and links to the best resources for your subject area. 

Need help collecting citations from online databases, managing and organizing your sources, or creating bibliographies in well-known citation styles? Try using citation management software

Organize and manage research data 

Research Data Management 

Research data management can keep your data organized and help you address potential grant or publishing requirements. To get started, review the steps below: 

Data analysis software  

The Map & Data Library negotiates and administers access to several different data analysis tools. Additional information is available on their statistical software page. U of T researchers can now get a copy of NVivo for free. You can also request a copy of ArcGIS for your own computer. If you are a UTM researcher, please visit UTM’s Research Scholarship and Data Services page. 

Increase research visibility and comply with funding requirements 

Open Access (OA) refers to scholarly research that is freely available online, without cost or licensing restrictions. Making your research openly accessible increases its visibility, helps to advance research in your field, and allows more people across the globe to benefit from the important work that you do. Many grants and funding agencies also have policies that require recipients to make their research openly accessible.  

Deposit your papers in TSpace  

Depositing your research in TSpace, U of T’s institutional repository, is one way to publish OA and comply with funding requirements, including the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy. Visit the First Time Users page or Help and FAQs to learn more. 

Open Access (OA) support from University of Toronto Libraries 

There are a wide variety of open access options available to researchers. Follow our steps on how to publish OA and find out how the Libraries can provide support to determine which is best for you. Make sure you know your rights as an author before you publish! 

Measure your research impact 

An author's impact within their field or discipline has traditionally been measured using the number of times their academic publications are cited by other researchers. There are several ways your impact can be measured. Because of this, a simple way to illustrate your impact is to create a complete list of your publications and the number of times they have been cited. For more information, visit our research impact and bibliometrics guides.  

Manage your researcher identity  

Have you set up a Researcher ID? Creating and maintaining an online presence has numerous benefits. These tools can help to:  

  • Identify your unique work and increase its discoverability   

  • Eliminate publication misattribution  

  • Improve efficiency by preventing a researcher from entering in data more than once 

  • Build a professional network of researchers with similar interests  

  • Provide more accurate metrics 

In 2017 the University of Toronto Libraries joined ORCID-CA, the ORCID Consortium in Canada. If you do not have an ORCID profile, now is a great time to set one up! 

Track the literature with Current Awareness profiles 

Current awareness searches can help you keep up with the newest research in your field, as well as broaden your view by finding research in other fields. Many databases allow you to create a search on a topic or researcher, and set up alerts for when new literature matching the search has been added to the database. Some databases also allow you to create alerts to let you know when a paper is cited. 

For help setting up an alert, review this guide on setting up current awareness profiles or contact your liaison librarian.  

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