Research help for Faculty of Information students

Specially curated research help resources for FI students

This page lists selected resources to assist Faculty of Information students and other researchers in the information and museum fields. For a broader range of research guides, peruse the UTL listings.  To read more about library services available to FI students, visit this page.

Finding books, journals & articles  |  Resource lists & research guides (LibGuides)  |  Citation  |  Academic writing help  |  Group work  |  Scholarly communication & copyright  |  Open access resources  |  Research impact measures

Guides to finding books, journals & articles

Finding print and electronic resources at the University of Toronto Libraries Inforum tutorials (2)
Useful for ANY concentration/subject area

Using the U of T library catalogue to find books & articles  |  Inforum guide (2019/2020), 14 p. PDF
Useful for ANY concentration/subject area

Finding books by topics: Making library catalogues work for you  |  iSkills guide (2019/2020), 11 p. PDF
Useful for ANY concentration/subject area

Finding articles in LIS & ARM  |  iSkills guide (2019/2020), 15 p. PDF
Includes search strategies useful in ANY concentration/subject area

Finding articles in Museum Studies  |  Inforum guide (2019/2020), 14 p. PDF

Deconstructing databases: Becoming a better (re)searcher  |  iSkills guide (2017/2018), 18 p. PDF

About scholarly journals & peer-reviewed articles  |  Tipsheet (2018) PDF

Subjects A-Z:  Use these UTL listings to help you find resources (databases, etc.)  in specific subject areas, e.g. Museum Studies, e.g. LIS, etc.

Resource lists & research guides (LibGuides)

Conducting research:  A selection of Inforum resources  |  Resource list
A comprehensive listing of Inforum holdings on research methodologies, organized into categories such as:  Quantitative Research; Qualitative Research; Statistics, Focus Groups, etc.  Links to catalogue records included.

Critical Information Policy Studies  |  LibGuide
Recommended databases in CIPS subject areas and search tips; journals, current news and issues links; organizations and other web resources; suggested subject headings for finding books on CIPS topics

Museum Studies  |  LibGuide
Over 500 links about the field, recommended databases, journals, associations & organizations; blogs & directories; areas of museum work; types of museums; issues and trends. Suggested subject headings for finding books in all areas covered by the guide are included.

Library & Information Science (LIS) literature, publishing, & communication  |  LibGuide
Intro to different types of both scholarly and professional LIS literatures; overview of LIS publishing landscape, covering selected LIS publishers; scholarly and professional communication venues for practicing librarians in any area; brief explanation of journal rankings and the journal impact factor.

Searching the literature: A guide to comprehensive searching the health sciences |  LibGuide
Extensive guide from Gerstein librarians, with video tutorials for MedLine searching, and much, much more

Demystifying primary sources for historical research  |  Research guide
Excellent guide from E.J. Pratt Library, with tips on how to find primary sources in the catalogue, and more

Healthy computing resources  |  Resource list
A Inforum bibliography of websites, books, and articles about how to avoid repetitive strain injuries, which are an occupational hazard of information professionals. Includes links to healthy ergonomic workstation set-up, and tips on how to use laptops while minimizing risk.

LibGuide collection at U of T Libraries  |  Link
Hundreds of guides in all subject areas compiled by UTL librarians

Library FAQs  |  Link
Extensive searchable list of questions & answers from Robarts and other central libraries, with topics ranging from facilities to research help


Cite it in APA style  |  iSkills guide (2019/2020), 26 p. PDF

Citing sources  |  UTL Libguide

Citation management software  |  UTL LibGuide
Includes a very helpful comparison chart.

Plagiarism  |  UTL Libguide

Citation help from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University  |  Link

The Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.) is available online via the U of T Library

Academic writing help

Writing clearly & concisely  |  Inforum tutorial

Writing a thesis statement  |  Inforum tutorial

Graduate Centre for Academic Communication (GCAC) at the School of Graduate Studies, U of T  |  Link

Writing advice from U of T  |  Link

Online Writing Lab (OWL, Purdue University) academic writing help section |  Link

Group work

Group work  |  Guide
Excellent resource from the Bok Center, Harvard University, in two sections:  For faculty (A note to faculty) & students (Getting started).

Scholarly communication & copyright advice

Scholarly communication & copyright office (SCCO)  |  Link to UTL info
Advice on the TriAgency Open Access Policy, course material and copyright, authors’ publishing rights, and more.

Copyright resources at U of T  |  Link to UTL info

Tspace  |  Link
U of T’s scholarly repository, with excellent help guides to help you upload material.

Staying current

JournalTOCs:  Scholarly journal tables-of-contents  |  Inforum tipsheet, PDF
Free web service of scholarly journals’ tables-of-contents.  |  Pick  journals to follow.  |  Get email TOC notifications of new journal issues, with links to UTL fulltext.

BrowZine: UTL app  |  Link
An app that lets you browse, read, share, and save online journals directly to your tablet or smartphone. U of T students, faculty, and staff can access many UTL licensed online journals via BrowZine.

Open access resources

Open Access Directory  |  Link

Directory of Open Access Journals  |  Link

Directory of Open Access Books  |  Link

CORE: Aggregating the world’s open access research papers  |  Link
Millions of research papers from scholarly repositories and journals worldwide.

Digital Commons Network (Bepress) Link
Peer-reviewed scholarly sources in many subject areas from universities and colleges.

OpenDOAR: A directory of open Access repositories  |  Link

HathiTrust Digital Library  |  Link

OpenGrey  |  Link

Research impact measures

Research impact measurements  | Link to UTL info
Explanation of impacts and measurement tools, e.g. Impact Factor, H-index, altmetrics.

CARL guide on altmetrics  |  Link
Written by UTL librarians for the Canadian Association of Research Libraries.

Guide to research impacts  |  UTL LibGuide

This page was curated by Nalini K. Singh, former Inforum Reference Librarian.  Please send notification about any broken links, or suggestions for new content to