Graduate Students as Learners

Effective academic and scholarly skills are critical for success at the graduate level of study. The GSLI offers an array of services to enhance the skills of graduate students as learners. These skills range from academic writing to time management.

Note that workshops are offered during the 12 weeks of classes each semester, and are usually concentrated near the beginning of the semester. If you don’t find the workshops you’re looking for, please check back in a few weeks or email gsli@uoguelph.ca.

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Academic Integrity & Avoiding Plagiarism

Academic Integrity is fundamental to the University of Guelph’s educational mission. Find out about the University of Guelph's academic integrity guidelines and how you can ensure your work abides by them.

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Academic Presentations & Poster Presentations

Most graduate students will be asked to give a presentation as part of course requirements, their thesis defense, or at a professional conference. Even if you’re an experienced presenter,  why not book a consultation to further develop your academic presentation skills? We also offer resources to help you learn how to create and present a poster.

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Academic Writing

Your writing skills are a central part of being able to communicate and succeed in graduate school. To build on your skills, visit the Writing Assistance site for assistance and to book a writing appointment with a consultant.

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Controlling Procrastination & Perfectionism

The connection between procrastination and perfectionism is more common and apparent with the performance demands of graduate study. Meet with one of our professional staff to learn about the relationship between procrastination and perfectionism. Even if you’re not a perfectionist (or think you’re not!), you’ll benefit from strategies for getting procrastination under control.

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Critical Reading

Graduate students are often confronted with a much larger reading load than they experienced as undergraduates, and must sometimes delve into the literature in new and unfamiliar disciplines. Find out about resources for managing the reading load and for reading critically and analytically.

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English as a Second/Additional Language

The Library offers dedicated assistance to English-as-an-Additional Language (EAL) students. If English isn't your first language and you are a student in a degree program, you can access the Library's EAL programs and services.

  • Do you need help with reading and writing in English?
  • Are you confused by Canadian university expectations?
  • Are you experiencing difficulty in pronunciation and communicaiton?
  • Would you like long-term editing strategies to help you write faster and more clearly?

If so, you can:

  1. Book an appointment with our EAL expert. When booking an appointment, be sure to select "EAL/ESL Writing Appts"
  2. Register for a workshop

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Finding & Evaluating Information

Advanced information literacy skills and effective research practices are essential for the complexities of graduate-level library research. Book a consultation with a Librarian for help with finding and evaluating information. Librarians will work with you on an individual basis to help you to frame your research questions, select and access appropriate sources, critically evaluate sources and content, and understand issues affecting the use of information, including copyright and avoiding plagiarism.

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Information Management

Graduate-level research demands that you manage a great deal of information. Book a consultation with a Librarian for help with information management. Librarians will work with you on an individual basis to help you to develop an information management strategy, develop a data management plan, and evaluate and select a citation management strategy and appropriate information management tools and software.

Consider these tools for managing your sources or try the Manage Your Research activity.

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Numeracy & Quantitative Reasoning

Improve your numeracy and quantitative reasoning skills, and overcome your insecurities around dealing with numbers. Resources are available for graduate students to help you prepare for your courses and enhance your capabilities as a researcher. Online resources are available through the Numeracy and Quantitative Reasoning Repository.

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Referencing & Citation

Writing Services includes information about common referencing styles (e.g., APA, MLA, etc.) are available online and in print on the 1st floor of the library.

Consider these tools for managing your sources or try the Manage Your Research activity.

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Thesis writing

Students from across the disciplines are invited to attend the Brainfood Workshop Series on the planning, research, and writing of a major research paper or dissertation. By completing the workshop series, students can earn a GSLI Letter of Recognition signed by the Dean of Graduate Studies. Learn more about the Letter of Recognition program. Students are also encouraged to book an appointment with a writing specialist for personalized help.

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Time & Project Management

Whether you’ve struggled with time management for years, or find yourself challenged by new demands at the graduate level such as writing a thesis and balancing academics with personal responsibilities, you’ll benefit from the information, tools, and individual consultation available on time and project management.

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Working Effectively in Groups

As undergraduates, many students develop a love-hate relationship with group work. Some students appreciate the benefits, while others question whether it’s worth the extra time required. Others struggle with “problem” group members, depending on others for their mark, or participating fully and actively themselves. These issues carry over to the graduate level, where many programs require group work.  We offer information and advice on effectively managing group work logistics, interpersonal issues, and productivity.

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Writer’s Block

If you’re feeling stuck during your thesis-writing process, you’re not alone. Many students have had the same experience at some point in their careers. You might find it helpful to make an appointment for an individual consultation for more specific advice on overcoming writer's block.

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