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CSB196: Genes, Genomes and Us

This guide will assist CSB196 students when starting to look for and gather research for papers and assignments.

Research Help

There are lots of ways to get research help right when you need it:

Ask a questions or schedule a virtual research consultation via email

  • Contact your UofT Liaison / Subject Librarian for their expertise on navigating your research
  • Contact the Innis College Librarian Kate Johnson at She is happy to connect you with resources and experts across the UofT Libraries System. Kate supports all Innis College students and courses from InnisONE and Writing & Rhetoric Programs, Innis First-Year Foundations Seminars, and Cinema Studies Institute.

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Visit Innis College Library

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Library Hours & Location 

  • 2 Sussex Ave,  2nd Floor of the East Wing, above the Innis Registrar's Office 

  • Please check hours of operations on Innis College's website. 

Study Spaces 

  • Innis College Library provides quieter study space that is a water-only (beverages in sealable containers are okay too!) and no-food zone to keep our space clean.
  • Our study carrels on the top level are study spots for Cinema Studies Institute PhDs students, but undergrads can use them if they aren’t occupied.

Book Collections 

  • Our library holds book collections for Cinema Studies Institute and Writing & Rhetoric Program. Urban Studies Program can definitely get help with research, but Robarts Library has a huge range of urban-focused resources, Map & Data Library, and Urban Studies Librarian Nicholas Worby

Writing Help - UofT Writing Centres

College Writing Centres are Here for you!

Book Writing Centre Appointments

  • Are you an Innis College Student OR enrolled in Innis College courses (InnisONE, Urban Studies, Writing & Rhetoric) or Cinema Studies Institute courses? Book an appointment for writing help at Innis College Writing Centre
  • Belong to another College? Book an appointment with your College Writing Centre

Writing Workshops 

  • Writing Plus Workshops: Explore these campus-wide series of academic skills workshops to the University’s entire student body over the school year. All workshops are free.


  • Advice & Handouts on Academic Writing: The advice files on this site answer the kinds of questions that University of Toronto students ask about their written assignments. Most were created by writing instructors here—people who are familiar with U of T expectations.
  • Books on Academic Writing: A selective list of books that will show you how academic writing works and how to engage in it. Many focus on the writing done in particular subject areas.

Help @ the Colleges (including Innis)

Services available through your College: 

Connect with a Learning Strategist

College Learning Strategists

All students can meet one-to-one with a Learning Strategist for individualized support. 

Appointments focus on practical strategies that build on students’ strengths and preferences in the following areas:

  • Reading and research
  • Note-taking
  • Review and retention of course content
  • Planning for assignments and tests
  • Creating sustainable schedules and building healthy routines
  • Managing distractions and improving focus
  • Studying for exams
  • Managing procrastination and avoidance habits
  • Increasing motivation
  • Decreasing stress and anxiety related to academic performance

IT Help - Quercus, Zoom & Free Office 365

IT Help 

Information Commons help desk provides IT support for faculty, staff and students.


  • The Student Quercus Guide has information on how to navigate Quercus, access courses and download student mobile apps.
  • The Quercus for Students Blog is written from a student’s perspective with lots of tips and helpful information.

Online Platforms - Zoom & MS Teams  

UofT Zoom:

Microsoft Teams 

Microsoft Office Downloads for UofT Students  

  • Your UTmail+ account gives you access to full desktop and mobile versions of Microsoft Office to install on your personal devices. You may run Office on up to 5 machines (Mac or PC).
  • You can also run the Office Mobile Apps (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) on up to 5 mobile devices (on various platforms).   

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