Research & Writing Seminars: Develop Your Scholarly Voice

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All seminars take place in the EClassroom on the third floor of the library and organized in collaboration with the Victoria College Writing Centre.


Critical Reading

Learn how to develop critical reading skills and how to incorporate them into the process of research and critical writing. This session concentrates on the skills of analysis and synthesis as they pertain to library research and academic writing.

Writing to Cite

Learn how to develop effective strategies for academic research and how to correctly incorporate primary and secondary sources into your essays. You will learn about the various styles of documentation, incorporating close reading to develop your own research interests and arguments, and avoiding inadvertent plagiarism.

Annotated Bibliographies

The session addresses the “big picture” of the place of annotated bibliographies in the scholarly conversation, as well as “nuts-and-bolts” strategies for researching and evaluating books and articles to identify the best sources on a topic. You will learn how to recognize different types of annotated bibliography assignments and define the scope of your research to make good choices about including and excluding sources, and more.

Literature Reviews

Learn how to conduct comprehensive research and synthesize the “state of the art” knowledge on a particular topic. Through short lectures, interactive class discussion and hands-on exercises, you will learn about the different kinds of literature reviews you may be asked to write at university, the steps to writing a literature review, including how to organize your content, and more.


Registration is not required to attend the seminars, but it is recommended. To register, please complete the registration form.

Seminar Materials

Handouts and other resources will be posted on the seminar research guide. The password to access the materials will be provided by the instructors in-class on the day of the seminar.

About the Seminars

  • attendance can be counted toward credit for the Co-Curricular Record (CCR)
  • they are interactive, and will provide you with practical experience in critical reading, research and writing skills essential to completing university-level assignments


Please contact Colin Deinhardt (librarian, E.J. Pratt Library) for more information: colin [dot] deinhardt [at] vicu [dot] utoronto [dot] ca.

Last updated: September 21, 2017

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