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Liaison librarians

  • sharon [dot] rankin [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-6657
  • Sean [dot] Swanick [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-6787
  • McGill users only
  • Open access resource
  • Free resource
  • In-library-use only
  • Catalogue record

Please visit the MyResearch page for more information about this series.


Module 1: EndNote Essentials

Module 1 presentation slides

End Note Essentials handout

The first session of MyResearch provides an introduction to one citation management software, EndNote, which is free to students, faculty, and staff of McGill University. EndNote can store and organize bibliographic information and research notes and generate footnotes and bibliographies according to various citation styles.

In preparation for the MyResearch session, please visit the Library's EndNote page to download and install the software on your laptop.

The Library also provides McGill access to RefWorks, and a number of free online products exist. To decide which citation management software is right for you, use McGill’s comparison chart.


Module 2: Graduate Research Tool Kit

Module 2 presentation slides

Library tools you need to know

Boolean operators and a comparison of McGill Worldcat and Classic catalogues

Google search tips

McGill catalogues and databases

McGill WorldCat Catalogue
A "discovery tool" that searches McGill's classic catalogue as well as catalogues of libraries worldwide plus select article databases.

McGill Classic Catalogue
A powerful catalogue for searching and accessing the McGill Library's print collections.

Borrowing from other libraries

To borrow in person from another Quebec or Canadian university library, get a BCI card from any McGill Library service.

To request an item via interlibrary loan, use COLOMBO.


Module 3: Search Strategies and Techniques

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Request, renew, and review via the Library catalogue

Your library account allows you to perform these important tasks.

Library account PIN: The 11-digit barcode number on your student ID.

Library account password: your birthdate (YYYYMMDD). E.g., 19800307 if you were born on March 7, 1980.

Subject guides and subject-specific databases

Subject guides are created by librarians to introduce researchers to resources relevant to their field of study. Explore those that interest you from the McGill Library homepage under "Subject Guides."

Subject-specific databases are like specialty boutiques: they may not have a broad range of products, but they offer incredible depth within their narrow scope. These core databases are identified in every subject guide. You can also search by database name in the Database A-Z listing.

Citation searching

Traditionally citation searching works backward in time: by studying the bibliography of an article or book, one can discover relevant earlier works. Databases make it possible to search forward in time by linking a document to later documents within the database that cite it. Look for the "Cited by" link that accompanies each article record.


Module 4: Getting Your Research Out

Module 4 presentation slides

Talking Points by Andy Geisler

Academic Integrity

Fair play: A guide to academic integrity (McGill)
Writing centre tutorial sessions

Conferences and poster sessions

University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center: Oral Presentations

Choosing a journal for publication

Quantitative method

Web of Science: Journal Impact Factor (click on "Additional Resources" tab and select "Journal Citation Reports")
Scopus: SJR: SCImago Journal Rank and SNIP: Source Normalized Impact per Paper (click on "Analytics" to access the Journal Analyzer)

Qualitative method

Metrics alone can't determine where you publish your research. New efforts are being made to measure an article's impact, not just a journal's. Read this brief primer commissioned by SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. Who has tweeted your article? Who has blogged about it? What's the relative impact of these "citations" in comparison with traditional print citations? Scholarly communication is changing and new metrics are needed to measure impact meaningfully. Some initial steps are being taken to address these questions. Read more at altmetrics.org.

Open Access (OA)

SPARC Canadian Author Addendum
Creative Commons

Finishing the thesis/dissertation

McGill Thesis guidelines: http://www.mcgill.ca/gps/thesis/guidelines

Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. 7th ed. Revised by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams, and University of Chicago Press editorial staff. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. HSSL LB2369 T8 2007

Guidère, Mathieu. Méthodologie de la recherche: Guide du jeune chercheur en lettres, langues, sciences humaines et sociales. Rev. ed. Paris: Ellipses, 2004. HSSL LB2369 G9462 2004

Bolker, Joan. Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis. New York: H. Holt, 1998. Schulich LB2369 B57 1998

Publishing the thesis/dissertation

Kitchin, Rob, and Duncan Fuller. The Academic’s Guide to Publishing. London: Sage, 2005.
HSSL Z286 S37 K58 2005

Harman, Eleanor, Ian Montagnes, Siobhan McMenemy, and Chris Bucci, eds. The Thesis and the Book: A Guide for First-time Academic Authors. 2nd ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003. HSSL Z286 S37 T53 2003

CVs and academic portfolios

The McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) offers services for graduate students.

Seldin, Peter, and J. Elizabeth Miller. The Academic Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Documenting Teaching, Research, and Service. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009. Education LB1029 P67 S45 2009

Teaching portfolio 

McGill Teaching and Learning Services has assembled a great selection of resources on the academic teaching portfolio.


Toth, Emily. Ms. Mentor's New and Ever More Impeccable Advice for Women and Men in Academia. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009. Education LB2332.3 T683 2009

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