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PSCB90 Physical Sciences Research Experience

Welcome to the research guide for PSCB90. This guide will help you become familiar with relevant research tips & resources for your project.

The Research Process

Once you've selected your topic, your online search of the research literature can begin! 

Select the "Next" link at the bottom right to start navigating through the research process or jump ahead to any section using the links on the left side of the page.

Before You Begin Your Research:

  • Do some background reading so you understand your topic (sometimes your supervisor may directly assign readings to you)
  • Don't quote from Wikipedia, but it is actually a good place to begin your research. Entries in Wikipedia frequently contain links to useful resources that are often considered academic.

Steps to Successful Searching

  1. Brainstorm keywords that represent aspects of your topic. 
  2. Select appropriate places to search for your research topic (example: library catalogue, databases, websites).
  3. Build and refine your search using search terms and boolean logic. 
  4. Review your results. 
  5. Get the full-text of relevant articles.
  6. Evaluate the quality of your sources.

Note: The steps above are often iterative.

Library Session Recording - May 14, 2020

UTSC Library partially open for fall semester

The UTSC Library partially reopened as a study space, Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 10:00 am. The library is currently open Monday – Friday, from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Study spaces are available by appointment to U of T students through the library booking system. TCard or government ID that matches your booking confirmation will be required at the desk. Two floors of the library are open for physically distanced studying. Study rooms for small groups are limited to individual use. All visitors will need to continue wearing non-medical masks in the library, observe physical distancing guidelines and make use of hand sanitizers available on both levels of the library. 

The UTSC Library Makerspace and The BRIDGE spaces remain closed.  Please continue to visit the library website regularly for operations updates.  

Visit the UTSC Library Reopening Frequently Asked Questions for more details on library access, study spaces and borrowing materials.