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VIC150 School & Society, 2023-2024

Support for your research and writing

Research consultation (individual or small group)

You can book an online or in-person research consultation with me, Diane, the contact librarian for VIC150 (and other education-stream courses at Victoria).
During a 30-60 minute consultation we can:

  • discuss your research topic, help you fine tune it (narrow it down to an appropriate thesis or research question)
  • discuss the appropriate tools to use to find supporting research, evidence or additional information
  • enhance your search strategy (help you identify the most effective search terms)

Simply email me: and include the following

  • Describe your question or research topic
  • Include an assignment description if applicable
  • Suggest 3 different days/times when you would like to meet 
    (please request dates a minimum of 2 days in advance, counting only weekdays, Mon-Fri)

Drop-in research help (fall 2023):

Come in to the E.J. Pratt Library for on-the-spot research help.
Mon, Tues, Fri: 10am - 4:45pm, Wed: 12:15pm - 2:30pm and Thurs: 1pm - 4:45pm.
During those hours, a Graduate Research Assistant should be available at the library's Research Help/Reference Desk. They can provide suggestions and research strategies.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT: Many resources on this this guide and some of the organization were added by Danielle Wong when working as a Reference Assistant at the E.J. Pratt Library as a graduate student in the Library & Information Science and Archives & Records Management programs of U of T's iSchool.

Research help via chat:

In addition, chat reference is available over extensive hours during the fall and winter semesters.
"Ask, Chat with a Librarian" online research help via instant messaging

The Writing Centre

To help students improve their writing, they offer:

You can book an appointment with Vic's Writing Centre, from this page.