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Research Help

The Kelly Library offers a number of research help services. Not sure where to start? Send us an email to get help starting on your research and assignments! You can send us an email anytime and a librarian will respond to your message ASAP and work with you to get the answers you need.

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Research Help Consultations are scheduled one-on-one appointments with a librarian to assist you in any state of the research process, from defining your research question, finding the best source, to formatting your citations.

The Kelly’s team of research help librarians – Dave Hagelaar, Noel McFerran, Richard Carter, and James Roussain – can help you with any stage of the research process so you can pinpoint your research question, find the best resources, and cite your sources correctly.

All Research Help appointments will be delivered online for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Here are some of the skills we can help you with:

  • Narrow a topic and form research questions
  • Navigating article databases
  • Finding and using primary sources
  • Advanced searching
  • Taking advantage of encyclopedias and bibliographies
  • Using the UofT Libraries’ catalogue
  • Avoiding plagiarism and citing sources correctly

Contact Your Subject Librarian, who can consult with you on the services and resources available for your program or research.   Richard Carter College Programs: Celtic Studies, Mediaeval Studies, SMC One: The Boyle Seminar in Scripts and Stories Language Departments: Germanic Studies

Noel McFerran College Programs: Christianity and Culture Faculty of Theology

Remi Pulwer  Language Departments:Italian Studies, Slavic Studies

James Roussain  College Programs: SMC One: The Gilson Seminar in Faith and Ideas, Book and Media Studies Language Departments:  French Studies

Were you unable to get a research help appointment? Do you just want a quick opinion?

The Kelly Library hosts twice-weekly virtual Writing / Research Help Drop-In hours on Mondays and Thursdays from 3 pm to 5 pm EST. Questions are answered on a first-come, first-served basis in a one-on-one virtual setting. No appointments necessary.

Please click here to join the Drop-In help!

If you have a question, ask us! Contact a librarian at or send us a message using our online form.

Use this interactive guide to learn about and get help with all the major steps in a research essay, from narrowing a topic to finding sources, tweaking a thesis statement, developing an argument, structuring a paper, citing your sources, and revising.

Try SMOLworld, our interactive research essay guide.