Graduate Students as Researchers

Conducting scholarly research involves a wide array of skills and knowledge of many issues, from ethics to publishing.  The information presented here is primarily related to opportunities to develop your skills as a researcher, and the research-related services provided by the Library.

At the bottom of the page, you’ll find a list of frequently asked questions about research, and links to answers on the Office of Research’s comprehensive website.

Biosafety Issues

Learn about your responsibilities and training opportunities.

Developing Your Skills as a Researcher

Enhance your skills as a researcher by participating in the Scholarly Project and Research Management Course. It’s a free, non-credit course, providing the practical and fundamental information necessary to a successful student/researcher while undertaking thesis research and beyond. The course will cover basics such as managing finances, compliance issues (e.g. research ethics, animal use, health and safety), research integrity, knowledge mobilization, and publishing and commercialization.

Keeping Up-to-date with Research In Your Field

Keeping up-to-date with your field will help to ensure that you’re well prepared for your thesis or dissertation defence and that your research is fresh, current, and truly novel. There are several services available to help keep you aware of developments in the literature in your discipline. These ‘current awareness services’ include alerting services such as RSS Feeds, Table of Contents alerts, and Saved Searches alerts. Book a research consultation for help on identifying the key journals in your field and to set-up current awareness strategies for your discipline.

Intellectual Property

Open Access Publishing

Open access journal publications offer researchers a new publishing alternative. Researchers have the option of gaining a measure of control over the dissemination and distribution of their own work while maintaining high standards of peer-reviewed publishing.  This may be an appropriate form of publication for your research and it may increase the exposure your papers receive.

Book a consultation to discuss your publishing options with a librarian.

Learn more about Open Access Publishing.

Research FAQs

How can I find out more about the Office of Research?

My research involves working with animals. What should I know?

My research involves working with humans. Where can I find more information about the University of Guelph's policies on human research?

I have questions about funding. How do I get funding? What do I need to do to apply?

I’ve got a story to tell about the research I’m doing. How can I get this story out there?