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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.
Call for Papers: SMC Undergraduate Research Forum
Submit an abstract and your best research paper or project between November 1, 2013 to January 7, 2014. Successful participants will then summarize their research into posters, attend forum events, and present at the Undergraduate Research Forum on February 27, 2014.
- Research process
- Starting your research
- Finding primary and secondary scholarly materials
- Evaluating sources
- Citations and referencing
How it Works
Book an individual 40-minute appointment with a Kelly Librarian on any aspect of Academic Research.
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!
Drop-ins will resume in January. Please check back.
- Clarifying topics
- Critical reading
- Brainstorming ideas
- Thesis statements
- Paragraph and sentence structure
- Essay structure and grammar
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.
- 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
Contact Your Personal Librarian by E-mail
If you are a first year SMC student and your last name starts with:
If you are a student with the Faculty of Theology »
- 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)
Kelly Café, John M. Kelly Library