photo of stacks (lower floor)

VIC163 Cultural Forms & Their Meanings


Conducting Research

Oxford Reference
A collection of reference books (dictionaries and encyclopedias) published online by the Oxford University Press. Search this collection to develop a working knowledge of a topic and find scholarly sources.

Oxford Bibliographies
A bibliography is a list of the books of an author or publisher, or on a specific subject. Oxford Bibliographies, compiled by scholars and librarians, contain extensive lists of annotated titles on many topics within the study of:

This resource is a great way to find authoritative sources.

Each subject contains an extensive introduction (which provides an overview of the topic) as well as a list of annotated titles of books, arranged by category.

The Library Catalogue
Find books by title, by particular author, or a specific subject. It lists books, ebooks, and other sources of all U of T campus libraries. You can also search by using keywords.

Additional Resources
Other major research resources are listed by discipline on the University of Toronto Libraries web site, including:

Citation & Style Guide

MLA (Modern Language Association)

Research & Writing Support

Research Help

  • online reference service
  • virtual research consultation service: advance notice required of at least twenty-four hours (excluding weekends and holidays)
  • before booking an appointment, please conduct preliminary research using the resources outlined in this guide, and locate at least one scholarly source (such as a book or journal article) that is relevant to your topic of research
  • we recommend scheduling an appointment at least a week or two before your assignment is due by contacting Agatha Barc, Librarian, E.J. Pratt Library, agatha.barc@vicu.utoronto.ca.

Writing Help

Please book an appointment at the Victoria College Writing Centre.

created by: Agatha Barc | updated: 2 September 2020