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John M. Kelly Library and SMC Students

Research & Academic Skills Centre

The St Michael’s College Research and Academic Skills Centre (RASC) is a free service available to all SMC undergraduates.

We offer a supportive environment in which you can learn to think and read critically in relation to academic research. Book a Research Appointment with a Kelly Librarian. Learn about the Kelly Library Personal Librarian Program for first year SMC students and Theology students. Improve your writing skills with one-on-one Writing Appointments.

In addition to improving your research and writing, you can learn to avoid such habits as late night cramming and last minute essay writing. Tutorial sessions and mini-lectures provide instruction in research and writing; these will help you integrate the two into a disciplined mindset that enhances your undergraduate studies. RASC also offers appointments and workshops to address issues related to the demands of academic life such as anxiety and time management.

Contact RASCs Coordinator

Richard Carter, Reference and Instructional Librarian, John M. Kelly Library

+1-416-926-1300 ext.3444

RASC Location

John M. Kelly Library | 113 St Joseph Street | Rooms 229, 230, 231, and Kelly Library computer lab, room 232,

Learn About

  • Research process
  • Starting your research
  • Finding primary and secondary scholarly materials
  • Evaluating sources
  • Citations and referencing

How it Works

If you're a St. Mike's student, use the link on the right to book a 40-minute research appointment with a Kelly Librarian.

If you're not a St. Mike's student, we're still happy to help! Please request an appointment by email: contact Richard Carter.

Research Appointment Schedule

Monday to Friday | 10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm (last appointment is at 3:00pm). Check available appointments through the RASC registration system »


Room 230, John M. Kelly Library.

Though same-day research appointments are not available, you can drop-in and speak to a librarian at the Reference and Information Desk about your essay anytime Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Upcoming Drop-ins. No Need to Register!


Contact RASC

Richard Carter, Reference and Instructional Librarian, John M. Kelly Library

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Learn About

  • Clarifying topics
  • Critical reading
  • Brainstorming ideas
  • Thesis statements
  • Paragraph and sentence structure
  • Essay structure and grammar

Welcome Jordana Greenblatt!


Serving primarily upper-year students, Jordana Greenblatt can help with your general academic writing skills, specific writing assignments, independent study projects and major papers, and grad school and scholarship applications.

After completing a PhD in English at York University in 2010, Jordana taught undergraduates at York and Queen’s, and graduate students in Giessen, Germany, before joining St. Mike’s in January.

How it Works

First, review the following Writing Tips and Strategies supplied by Steve Hoselton. Then sign up for available writing assistance appointments.

Writing Appointment Schedule

Tuesdays, 9:00am to 4:00pm. Check available appointments through the RASC registration system »


Room 231, John M. Kelly Library.

Book an individual 45-minute appointment with a writing instructor. Appointments must be booked in advance. Writing appointments are intended to assist with the essay writing process, not proof reading or remedial editing.

If you're in 1st or 2nd year, please book appointments with Steve.

If you're in 3rd or 4th year, please book appointments with Jordana.

Contact for Writing Assistance

Steve Hoselton, Writing Instructor

UofT English Language Learning Program

Learn About

  • How to navigate resources and build research skills
  • Personal academic research support

How it Works

Your Personal Librarian is your UofT library contact for first year St Michael's College students and all USMC Faculty of Theology students.

Contact your Personal Librarian (see list provided) by e-mail as often as you like throughout the year with any questions you have about your research or using the library system.


John M. Kelly Library, 113 St Joseph St

If you are a first year SMC student and your last name starts with:

David HagelaarA-C »
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Silvia VongD-I »
Silvia Vong | read profile

Richard CarterJ-R »
Richard Carter | read profile

Remi PulwerS-Z »
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If you are a student with the Faculty of Theology »

Noel McFerranNoel McFerran | read profile

Learn About

  • Negotiating the academic environment
  • Tapping into UofT academic resources
  • Time management
  • Communicating with professors and TAs

How it Works

Learn Academic Life Balance and Time Management Techniques with SMC Mentor and Academic Peers (MAPs)

Meet Your MAPs


Kelly Café, John M. Kelly Library

View the Mentor and Academic Peers' Schedule and Drop-in!