This page summarizes support resources available to members of the U of T community. Use the many links to find more detailed information.
Student research support: Point your students to the best resources and databases for their assignments. Start a conversation with your liaison librarian about librarian-built online research guides, subject-specific or course-specific, with links to major databases, research tips, and key library contacts. More information here.
Contact: Your liaison librarian
Online research consultations: Students may request virtual consultations with a librarian. Librarians teaching in courses may be able to participate on class discussion boards, host online drop-in sessions, or develop additional instruction videos to support learning.
Contact: Your liaison librarian
Course readings & reserves support: Our Scholarly Community and Copyright Office is available to help you with course readings, e-books, and digitized copies of printed materials. Help with purchasing, digitizing, and negotiating permissions with publishers is also available.
Contact: Syllabus Service
Textbooks: Support of textbooks remains a challenge for libraries in online environment. We are working with instructors to explore and identify viable textbook alternatives.
Online video resources: 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: Media Commons purchase request form
Lecture streaming: Use the MyMedia media repository for streaming lectures. The streams can be placed in your Quercus course pages.
For many additional strategies, please see the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation's Continuity Planning page.
Use the information in this summary to help make effective and efficient use of our resources, services, and facilities.
Physically-distanced study spaces are available at some libraries
Access to computers and wifi is available for Fall 2020
Specialized software on library computers can be accessed via the RemoteLab service
- HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service offers online access to print materials in UTL stacks that HathiTrust holds in digital form
- Items in library stacks NOT available via HathiTrust may be requested through our Curbside Pickup Service – participating libraries include Robarts, Gerstein Science Information Centre, OISE, Downsview high-volume storage facility, and many others.
- Interlibrary Loan is available for requesting e-resources not held by the University of Toronto Libraries
- Check the old exam repository to get an idea of what may be on your finals. Access with your UTORid and password – answers are not included!
Online help can be accessed immediately via Ask Chat with a Librarian
Library staff are available by email to address your library-related questions
Librarians are available for virtual research consultations
Our YouTube channel includes one-minute video tips and tricks for getting to e-books and finding online articles
Explore this listing of hundreds of online research guides, which provide links to the best resources and useful tools, by subject discipline, and by course
Additional popular research guides include:
Grad students: Examine this list of library supports curated with you in mind!
Please continue to visit the central COVID-19 hub for the U of T community, which is frequently updated with the latest information.
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.
Check out Criterion on Demand to stream thousands of films with a UTORid login from wherever you are. It’s like Netflix, but free! Recently added films include the Academy-award winning film Parasite.
Explore more Media Commons streaming video resources e.g., Medici TV, with classical music videos including opera, ballet, and symphonies.
Toronto Public Library (TPL) is offering temporary access to e-books for those without a TPL card.
Physical & mental health supports
Train at home with U of T Fitness & Performance. Visit the F & P Instagram page for short fitness videos.
Good2Talk is a free, confidential and anonymous helpline for post-secondary students in Ontario, available 24/7/365. Call1-866-925-5454.
My Student Support Program – My SSP – provides free, confidential, and immediate mental health support for all U of T students. Available 24/7 in multiple languages. Download the My SSP App or call 1-844-451-9700.
Take a meditation break. Some U of T Mindful Moments sessions have gone online (check the schedule). *Starting September 21*
Other University of Toronto resources
- Academic Success Resources is a new non-credit Quercus course to help you manage stress, use evidence-based study techniques, connect with supportive people and resources, and more! Available 24/7, your toolkit includes five keys to succeed at U of T:
- Manage stress
- Practice positive self-talk
- Study in ways that work
- Build productivity habits
- Connect with people and resources ready to support you
Stay on track with your research activities using these resources from the University of Toronto Libraries.
For books and articles in the stacks of closed UTL libraries, or for items not held by UTL:
- Check the HathiTrust ETAS service to see if they have an electronic copy of a UTL print-only item
- Request UTL print books via our Curbside Pickup Service, as long as item is not available in HathiTrust's digital collections
- Place an Interlibrary Loan request, for e-articles or e-books another organization's library, if available
- Request that UTL buy an electronic copy to add to our collections. Our collections librarians will try to purchase, and send you the link.
- Some publishers are 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
- Check the Toronto Public Library (TPL) to see if they have it in their e-collections – you may register online for a temporary TPL virtual card
Liaison librarians and virtual research appointments are available to help you hone your research strategies and find material. See also our online research guides in all subject areas, for advice, useful tools, and links to the best resources.
Robarts Library, UTM Library, UTSC Library, Gerstein Science Information Centre, Downsview high-volume storage facility, and many other UTL libraries are offering a Curbside Pickup Service for print books, DVDs, and more.
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:
Create a research data management plan
Keep documentation about your data collection practices
Update your file management strategies
Store and back up your data
Data analysis software
The Map & Data Library negotiates and administers access to several different data analysis tools. See more on their statistical software page. U of T researchers may obtain a free copy of NVivo. You may 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.
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.
Increase research visibility & comply with funding requirements with Open Access (OA) support from University of Toronto Libraries
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.
A wide variety of open access options are available to researchers. Follow these 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!
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.
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
The University of Toronto Libraries joined ORCID-CA, the ORCID Consortium in Canada, in 2017. If you do not have an ORCID profile, now is a great time to set one up!
Maximize your research impact series: Researcher identity - a comprehensive presentation on a variety of Researcher ID tools, their benefits, and how to set them up
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.
Try using citation management software to help you collect citations from UTL licensed databases, to manage and organize sources, and to create bibliographies in various citation styles.