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Research Guides

ESC101: Praxis I

Doing research is hard! But you can get help!

Finding information for your assignments can be hard! Sometimes you have to try many different words or combinations of words to find what you want. Sometimes you have to search using databases you are unfamiliar with. If you are struggling to find information, or have spent more than 10 minutes trying to find a particular piece of information ask the library staff for help! The Engineering & Computer Science Library staff know about your assignment and are happy to help you find the information you need.

Remember when seeking help to ask smart questions. Give the librarians some background context information to help them understand your needs. You can include information such as what your assignment is, what your question is, what concepts and synonyms you have been using so far and where you have already searched.

Options for getting help are listed below:

Getting help at the Virtual Help Service

Chat or talk using video with the Engineering & Computer Science Library staff virtually. The staff know about your assignment and are ready to help you find the resources that you need. Desk hours can be found here

Select the link below to use the service: 

Getting help through email

Email your question to the Engineering & Computer Science Library reference staff at Response times are usually within 24-48 hours. In your email mention that this is a question for "Praxis" to help staff answer your question quicker. 


Ask a Librarian Chat

This chat is not staffed by engineering librarians but by librarians from all across the University of Toronto. Staff here may be able to help you find some of the information you need but may not be able to assist you will all of your design questions. For the more tricky engineering design questions please use the Virtual Help Desk service or email above. 

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Liaison Librarian

If you are unable to get the help you require from the three sources above you can contact your liaison librarian, Tracy Zahradnik at