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Essential Research Skills

Library research skills presented at Robarts User Services workshops

Improve your library research skills!


Support for library research skills development is offered both through self-directed learning modules and four in-person workshops scheduled each Fall. Visit the Library Workshop Calendar to see when the next in-person session will take place. 

Offered by the User Services Department at Robarts Library in-person workshops are open to any current student or University employee. Take any workshop that speaks to you or attend all four to build a set of essential research skills. 

Collectively, workshops focus on the full research process and include: 

  • Finding background information
  • Finding scholarly sources
  • Managing your sources
  • Using your sources effectively 

Set yourself up for academic success by learning essential library research skills that can help you save time, strengthen your writing, deepen your engagement with any subject, and boost your confidence. These skill will help you become a better consumer of information as a scholar and in your everyday life.


Just looking for a book to guide your writing? Here are two collections of writing books to get you started:

Sage Study Skills: A series created to support the writing of English-speaking researchers whose primary language is English.

English for Academic Research: A series created to support the writing of English-speaking researchers whose primary language is not English.