Guides & more

This page lists selected Inforum, UTL, and other resources that will help researchers in the information and museum fields to effectively find books and articles in the University of Toronto Libraries system.  It also includes resources on academic writing skills, citing sources, working in groups, and other study and research activities.Send suggestions for other inclusions to Nalini Singh, Reference Services Coordinator.

Browse the following categories of information to find what you need.

  • Finding books, journals & articles
  • Resource lists & LibGuides
  • Citing sources
  • Academic writing help
  • Group work
  • Open access resources

Guides to finding books, journals & articles

  • Using the U of T library catalogue to find books & articles  |  Inforum guide, 14 p. PDF  |  Online videos (4)
  • Subject discovery in library catalogues  |  iSkills guide, 11 p. PDF
  • Finding articles in LIS & ARM  |  iSkills guide, 15 p. PDF 
    Includes search strategies useful in any concentration/subject area
  • Finding articles in Museum Studies  |  Inforum guide, 14 p. PDF
  • KMD1001 resource list  |  Course guide, 6 p. PDF
  • Deconstructing databases: Becoming a better (re)searcher  |  iSkills guide, 18 p. PDF

Resource lists & 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.

Museum Studies journals:  A selection of Inforum holdings  |  Resource list, PDF
A selective annotated listing of museum studies journals, both print and electronic.  Includes links to catalogue records for print journals, and to electronic formats.

Critical Information Policy Studies  |  LibGuide
Recommended databases in CIPS subject areas and search tips; current news and issues links; organizations and other web resources; journal literature

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.

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

Citing sources

  • Cite it in APA style  |  iSkills guide, 24 p. PDF
  • Citation with Zotero  |  iSkills guide, 2 p. PDF
  • Citing sources  |  UTL Libguide
  • Plagiarism  |  UTL Libguide
  • Citation guides from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University  |  Link

Academic writing help

  • Writing clearly & concisely  |  Inforum video
  • Writing a thesis statement  |  Inforum video
  • English Language Writing Support (ELWS) at the School of Graduate Studies, U of T  |  Link
  • Writing Advice from U of T  |  Link
  • Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University's list of topics  |  Link

Group work 

  • Working in groups:  A note to faculty and a quick guide for students   |  Guide
    Excellent resource from the Bok Center at Harvard University, with tips and strategies for forming productive groups, and suggestions for overcoming group difficulties and dynamics
  • Manage group work  |  iSkills guide, PDF

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 when new issues are published, with links to UTL fulltext

BrowZine: UTL app  |  Link
An app that allows you to 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
  • OpenDOAR: A Directory of Open Access Repositories  |  Link
    Excellent resource for finding scholarly material using a customized Google search of most university repositories world-wide