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Get help from the Libraries for your online teaching, learning and research

Support for Instructors: at St. George | at UTM | at UTSC

Support for Students: at St. George | at UTM | at UTSC

Support for Researchers: at St. Georgeat UTM | at UTSC

Support for Instructors

Support for Teaching: at St. George | at UTM | at UTSC

  • Help your students research their papers with a tailored library resources module or guide in your Quercus course.  
    Contact: Your liaison librarian 

  • Give your students access to library research consultations online. Librarians teaching in courses may be able to participate on class discussion boards as a resource, host online drop-in sessions, or develop additional instruction videos to support learning.  
    Contact: Your liaison librarian 

  • If you need course readings, ebooks or digitized copies of printed materials for your students, let us know. We can help with purchasing, digitizing and negotiating permissions with publishers.  
    Contact: Syllabus Service

  • Support of textbooks remains a challenge for libraries in online environment. We are working with instructors to explore and identify viable textbook alternatives

  • 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

  • Use the MyMedia media repository for streaming lectures. Your MyMedia streams can be placed in your Quercus course page.
    See: MyMedia

For many additional strategies, please see the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation's Continuity Planning page.

Support for Students

Support for Students: at St. George | at UTM | at UTSC

Library services & resources

  • Are you a student without access to a computer or wifi? We can help!

  • Need access to software on library computers? The RemoteLab provides access to the software and services normally provided via the computers in the Libraries. 

  • The Ask Chat with a Librarian virtual chat service remains open during this time. Library staff are available to help you with library-related questions and research right away.

  • Interlibrary Loan will continue for e-resources only. Due dates for print Interlibrary Loan items have been extended to September 18, 2020.

  • Robarts LibraryUTM Library and UTSC Library offer a Curbside Pickup Service for some print books. Items from Gerstein Science Information Centre can be now requested for pickup at Robarts Library. Other college libraries are planning curbside pickup services. Check individual college library websites for more information.  

  • Search or browse this listing of hundreds of online research guides to see if one exists for your topic(s) of interest. The guides provide advice, useful tools and links to the best resources for your subject or course-specific needs.

  • Research consultations are available by videoconference. 

  • Guides that can help with other kinds of research include:

  • The U of T Libraries’ ‘How To…’ (in one minute or less) YouTube playlist includes tips and tricks for finding and accessing e-books and e-journal articles.

  • Refer to the COVID-19 information guide and a COVID-19 Canadian government guide for factual and up-to-date information on the COVID-19 situation. 

  • Check the old exam repository to get an idea of what may be on your finals. Your UTORid and password are needed to log in (answers are not included!).

  • Grad student? Check out the Support for Researchers area for other online resources.



  • Check out Criterion on Demand to access thousands of films. It’s like Netflix, but free! There are recently added films, like the Academy-award winning film Parasite, that you can stream from wherever you are (UTORid login required). 

  • Take a look at other online video resources from the Media Commons that can be streamed online, like 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.


  • Train at home with U of T Fitness & Performance. Visit the F & P Instagram page for short fitness videos.  

Mindfulness meditation

  • Take a meditation break. Some U of T Mindful Moments sessions have gone online (check the schedule). *Returning in September* 

Student Life & Hart House programming

  • Visit Virtual Hart House for online workshops and events, including board game cafes, a gardening workshop, an online book club and more. 

  • Looking for Student Life’s events and workshops? They have moved online, so now you’ve got fantastic content right at your fingertips! From Career Chats and Mindful Moments, to resources that help you do your best learning from home, you’ll find just what you need to stay motivated, focused and connected.

Mental health support

  • Good2Talk is a free, confidential and anonymous helpline for post-secondary students in Ontario, 24/7/365. Call1-866-925-5454.

  • My Student Support Program – My SSP – provides mental health support for all U of T students. Free, confidential, immediate support. Available 24/7 in multiple languages. Download the My SSP App or call 1-844-451-9700. 

Information from the University

Academic Success Resources is a new non-credit Quercus course created 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

Please continue to visit the central COVID-19 hub for the U of T community. The page is frequently updated with the latest relevant information. If your question was not answered in any of the resources above, 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.

Support for Researchers 

Support for Researchers: at St. Georgeat UTM | at UTSC

Stay on track with your research activities using these resources from the University of Toronto Libraries: 

Find online research materials and manage sources

While U of T library buildings are closed, we can provide access to many digital materials to support your research, including eBooksonline journal article databasesprimary source databases, and streaming videos.  

Looking for books and articles not at U of T or held in closed libraries? Try placing an Interlibrary Loan requestand we'll ask for an electronic copy from another library, if available. Or, request that the Libraries purchase an electronic copy for addition to our collection. Some publishers are also 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. Need access to a book we hold in print? Our collection development librarians will try to purchase the title as an e-book and send you the link: You can also check the Toronto Public Library (TPL) to see if they have it in their e-collections. Don't have a TPL card? You can register online for a temporary virtual card. 

Please contact your liaison librarian or book a virtual research appointment to discuss research strategies in depth. You can also browse the Libraries’ online research guides for advice, useful tools, and links to the best resources for your subject area. 

Need help collecting citations from online databases, managing and organizing your sources, or creating bibliographies in well-known citation styles? Try using citation management software

Curbside Pickup Service

Robarts LibraryUTM Library and UTSC Library offer a Curbside Pickup Service for some print books. Items from Gerstein Science Information Centre can be now requested for pickup at Robarts Library. Other college libraries are planning curbside pickup services. Check individual college library websites for more information.  

Organize and manage research data 

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: 

Data analysis software  

The Map & Data Library negotiates and administers access to several different data analysis tools. Additional information is available on their statistical software page. U of T researchers can now get a copy of NVivo for free. You can 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. 

Increase research visibility and comply with funding requirements 

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.  

Deposit your papers in TSpace  

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. 

Open Access (OA) support from University of Toronto Libraries 

There are a wide variety of open access options available to researchers. Follow our 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! 

Measure your research impact 

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. For more information, visit our research impact and bibliometrics guides.  

Manage your researcher identity  

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 

In 2017 the University of Toronto Libraries joined ORCID-CA, the ORCID Consortium in Canada. If you do not have an ORCID profile, now is a great time to set one up! 

Track the literature with Current Awareness profiles 

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. 

For help setting up an alert, review this guide on setting up current awareness profiles or contact your liaison librarian.  

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