Research help for Faculty of Information students

Specially curated research help resources for FI students

Last updated August 9, 2021

This page lists selected resources to assist Faculty of Information students and other researchers in the information and museum fields. Read more about U of T library services available to FI students

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

Help for using the new LibrarySearch system to find books & articles

UTL video tutorials

New videos on using the new LibrarySearch are now available here.

Playlists available on the Libraries’ YouTube Channel include:

Other resources

Finding articles in Information Studies   |   iSkills guide (2020/2021), 16 p. PDF
Includes search strategies and recommended databases for all concentrations

Finding articles in Museum Studies  |  Research guide (2020/2021), 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 bibliography on research methodology books – formerly at the Inforum, now at Robarts – organized into categories such as:  Quantitative Research; Qualitative Research; Statistics, Focus Groups, etc.  Links to catalogue records included.

Critical Information Policy Studies  |  Research guide
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  |  Research guide
Over 500 links about the field, recommended databases, journals, associations & organizations; blogs & directories; areas of museum work; types of museums; EDI; 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  |  Research guide
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 sciencesResearch guide
Extensive guide from Gerstein librarians, with video tutorials for MedLine searching, and much, much more. Techniques useful for literature searching in any discipline.

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

Ergonomic 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 
Hundreds of guides in all subject areas compiled by UTL librarians

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


Citing sources  | Research guide

 Citation management software | Research guide
Includes a very helpful comparison chart.

Plagiarism Libguide

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

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

Academic writing help

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

Writing advice from U of T Writing Centreespecially Types of Writing

Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University

Group work

Bok Center 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)
Advice on course material and copyright, the TriAgency Open Access Policy,  authors’ publishing rights, and more.

Copyright resources at U of T 

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

Staying current

JournalTOCsScholarly journal tables-of-contents  |  Inforum tipsheeg
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
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

Directory of Open Access Journals

Directory of Open Access Books

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

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


Research impact measures

Research impact measurements
Explanation of impacts and measurement tools, e.g. Impact Factor, H-index, altmetrics.

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

Guide to research impacts



This page is curated by Nalini K. Singh, User Services Librarian @ Robarts Library, and former Inforum Reference Librarian.  Nalini is liaison librarian for information studies and museum studies. Please send notification about any broken links, or suggestions for new content to