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Date: Monday, February 8, 2016
Time: 11:10am - 12:30pm
Location: Robarts Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

Essential Research Skills workshop series

Set yourself up for academic success by learning essential research skills that can help you save time, get better grades, deepen your engagement with your subject, and boost your confidence. Participants learn how to develop successful research questions; how to effectively search for quality resources; how to choose and critically evaluate the best sources; and how to use information responsibly. These are also skills that employers look for in potential employees

Take these workshops individually or take all four for credit in the Co-Curricular Record. Each workshop will be offered several times over the year - check back for more dates.


Essential Research Skills: Choosing the best sources for your topic

Date: Monday, Feb. 8, 11:10-12:30

Location: Robarts LIbrary. e-classroom, 4th floor, room 4033. Directions

Description:With so much information available - not just scholarly articles but news sources, government publications, websites, social media -  researchers often struggle with choosing the best materials for their needs. This is particularly difficult if you’re new to a subject - how do you know who to pay attention to?

Through lecture, discussion and hands-on exercises, this workshop will help you:

  • develop your own criteria for evaluating the value of a potential source depending on your context
  • recognize external markers of quality
  • take into account academic impact and influence
  • take into account the role different sources play in your writing

Questions? Please contact Eveline Houtman.

Other workshops in the series:

  • Getting Started
  • Finding Scholarly Sources
  • Citing and Organizing Your Work


Date: Monday, February 8, 2016
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: E.J. Pratt Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

Research and Writing Seminars: Develop Your Scholarly Voice. Each session in this suite of four interactive seminars integrates the learning of academic research and writing skills and is taught by a librarian in collaboration with a writing instructor. The goal of each seminar is to help you develop your own voice as an emerging scholar by enabling you to identify, situate and substantiate your arguments in the context of the scholarly discussion taking place in your discipline.

Take any three (3) of the four (4) seminars to earn credit on your Co-Curricular Record.

Annotated Bibliographies

The session addresses the “big picture” of the place of annotated bibliographies in the scholarly conversation, as well as “nuts-and-bolts” strategies for researching and evaluating books and articles to identify the best sources on a topic. Through short lectures, interactive class discussion and hands-on exercises, you will learn:

  • To recognize different types of annotated bibliography assignments
  • How annotated bibliographies fit within the broader framework of documentation and how various schools of documentation treat annotated bibliographies differently
  • To define the scope of your research to make good choices about including and excluding sources
  • To identify landmark or influential studies on your topic

Key terms for this session: Bloom’s Taxonomy, search strategy, background research, scholarly sources, popular sources, description & evaluation

Location: E.J. Pratt Library, E-Classroom (room 306) Directions

Other seminars in this series include:

  • Critical Reading
  • Writing to Cite
  • Literature Reviews
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Presenter: Carey Toane, Helen Kula
Location: Gerstein Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

Demystify business research with the Business Model Canvas

When: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: Gerstein Instruction Lab, 2nd floor, Gerstein Science Information Centre

Are you working on a business idea? The Business Model Canvas is an alternative to a long, wordy business plan used by startups around the world. It's a great way to summarize all the key elements of your product or service in a single page. It’s also a great tool to make sense of exactly what information you will need for your business planning – and how to find it at the library.

Attend this workshop to:

  • Learn the basics of the Business Model Canvas and how it applies to your product or service
  • Understand which free and proprietary library databases are the best fit for your canvas
  • Develop search strategies that will save you time and eliminate frustration, and
  • Get market, industry, or competitor information you can use for your startup or small business venture

For more information contact Entrepreneurship Librarian Carey Toane carey.toane@utoronto.ca or Librarian, Institute for Management and Innovation, Helen Kula helen.kula@utoronto.ca

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Time: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Location: Robarts Library
Campus: St. George (Downtown) Campus

Good exam preparation can reduce anxiety, and increase learning. In this workshop, you will learn the principles of effective exam preparation, good exam writing practices, and leave with a plan to tackle your exams. 

Location: Blackburn Room, 4th Floor, Robarts Library, 130 St. George Street, Toronto

Time: 5pm - 6:30pm

Organizer: Dr. Susan Hopkirk, Academic Success Centre

Registration is required. Please register through Student Life.