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Find out the many ways the Library can support your teaching and research.

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Strengthening your research | Finding data and information | Publishing your research | Sharing knowledge | Consultations and assistance | Workshops

Strengthening your research

The Library provides access to a wide range of primary and secondary resources. Its extensive holdings of electronic and print collections are available in most disciplinary areas and can be found by searching the WorldCat Catalogue, the Classic Catalogue, subject guides and specialized databases.

When McGill doesn't have what you're looking for

Finding data and information to support your research

Specialist resources

The Library makes available a broad array of specialist resources.

  • McGill's IT Knowledgebase page, Licensed software products and eligible users, provides you with free access to software such as Trend Micro antivirus software, the citation management tool EndNote, and MATLAB, an interactive environment for data visualization and analysis.

Locating theses and dissertations

Search as you browse

LibX makes your search experience a real joy! What is LibX? LibX is a browser plug-in that provides direct access to your library's resources at the point of need. LibX McGill is a McGill edition of LibX, specifically configured for searching McGill Library's print and electronic resources. Once installed, it will stay with your browser no matter where you are online. You can search McGill Library’s resources without leaving your current web page. It places a “cue” (McGill shield) on search results (in Amazon Books, for example) that leads you to McGill Library’s resources. It recognizes ISSNs, ISBNs, PubMed IDs and DOIs and turns them into auto links that you may use to search for specific books and journals.

LibX 2.0 supports Firefox and Chrome browsers. For more information about installation and use of LibX 2.0 McGill Edition, please visit: http://catalogue.mcgill.ca/F/?func=file&file_name=libx2_mcgill.html.

Keep up to date

Many journal publishers now offer table of contents alerts in RSS format which can update you in your chosen sphere of interest. Most links are available from the individual journal home page, and some offer groups of journals as a single feed. Databases such as Academic Search Premier, Applied Science and Technology, Art Retrospective, International Political Science Abstracts, MedLine, Scopus and many others enable you to save searches and receive updated results in RSS or via email.

Keeping track of your reading

Citation software such as EndNote or RefWorks can make managing your research easier by allowing you to create your own database of references.

"EndNote greatly helps us organize our articles, reports and patents database... it’s a joy to retrace an article in a breeze."

Prof. Sylvain Coulombe, Department of Chemical Engineering

Publishing your research

You will wish to publish your research in journals which are well-read and highly cited. Librarians can help you locate the most appropriate editors to approach. Many researchers are now publishing their work in open access venues, either on blogs, in refereed journals that are available on the internet or making their articles available either pre- or post-publication in institutional repositories. Some funding authorities are stipulating the availability of research results in open access sources. You can find a list of open-access journals in your field in the Directory of Open Access Journals. Otherwise try to publish in a journal that allows open access self-archiving. Search journal policies in the SHERPA/RoMEO database.

Journal impact factors
See the number of citations for the average article in a given journal.

Citation analysis
Who is citing you? Track the impact of individual articles (number of times cited by other researchers, who's citing them).

Sharing knowledge

The McGill Library stores, preserves and promotes the scholarship of McGill faculty and students through the University’s digital repository, eScholarship@McGill. Deposit your research publications or thesis in this open access repository to ensure the scholarly output is made available to researchers and peers all over the world.

Presenting your findings

Use our online reference listings to find a conference which might be of interest.

Spaces for you

The Cyberthèque in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library provides glass-encased group study pods which may be booked online, and booth-like banquettes which can be utilized for group work. Group study facilities are available for booking in most branch libraries.

Graduate students who are currently writing theses and do not have office space may book small rooms or desks in some libraries. Graduate facilities are available in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library, Macdonald Campus Library, Nahum Gelber Law Library, Marvin Duchow Music Library and Schulich Library.

Graduate students may access the Nahum Gelber Law Library and Schulich Library of Science and Engineering when the libraries are closed. Access is usually restricted to graduate students and staff in the departments served by the individual branch library. Contact your branch for more information.

Consultations and assistance

Liaison librarians can help track information on particular topics, locate difficult to find information for you, and can assist with resources required for the preparation of research funding applications. You can email, chat online or drop by and visit our knowledgeable staff at any branch library or during your librarian’s office hours. Don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Workshops and classes

Information skills programmes include workshops to help researchers build and refine their research skills, as well as training in software programs used to organize references and format bibliographies.

Upcoming workshops

MyResearch graduate seminar series

MyResearch is a suite of workshops tailored to graduate and postdoctoral students. MyResearch is designed to better equip you with essential research skills, and knowledge about the various ways the Library can support you during your research.

For more information on the date, time, and location of these seminars, please visit MyResearch.

Other workshops

For a complete listing of all upcoming workshops being offered by the library, please visit Classes, workshops, tours.

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