Academics, Technology and Research Services

 

Academic Success Centre (U of T)

Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College Street

The Academic Success Centre holds workshops and one-on-one sessions designed to help you improve your academic skills. This includes time management, test and exam preparation, stress management, and note taking skills.

 

Drop-in Computer Labs for Student Use (Faculty of Medicine)

Medical Sciences Building, 1 King’s College Circle, Room 3281, 3173

The total capacity of these computer labs is 104 seats. These are sometimes booked for classes, exams or tests.

 

Research Consultation Services (U of T)

The Gerstein Science Information Centre offers consultation services about your choice of database, your search strategy, specialized electronic and print resources, and available Internet resources or research for a paper or presentation.  Students may request a consultation appointment at the Gerstein Information Desk, by phone 416-978-2280 or by email to ask.gerstein@utoronto.ca.

 

Office of English Language and Writing Support (ELWS)

The ELWS provides professional development to graduate students who wish to improve their oral and written communication skills.  The Office offers individual consultations and a range of workshops and non-credit courses for both native and non-native speakers of English.  The program is not an editing service.  It aims to teach students to express their ideas precisely, edit their work effectively, and present their research confidently.

 

Faculty of Medicine Research Office

This FMRO site provides varied information on research ethics and includes a listing of ethics workshops and a schedule of upcoming brown bag ethics discussions at the Medical Sciences Building.  It also provides links to the Faculty of Medicine’s policies on Ethical Research and Guidelines to Address Research Misconduct. Also of the utmost importance are the University of Toronto Research Policies and Guidelines.  The Department requires that all students review the “University of Toronto Framework to Address Allegations of Research Misconduct”.

 

Intellectual Property Guidelines

The Intellectual Property Guidelines, produced by the School of Graduate Studies, are designed specifically for graduate students and their research supervisors.   These guidelines are intended to address issues, which arise in the most varied of circumstances, across all divisions of U of T.   Issues such as who owns the data, who should benefit from the results, and who should be the primary author are addressed.

 

Research Involving Human Subjects: SGS Student Guide on Ethical Conduct

U of T requires that all graduate student and faculty research involving human subjects be reviewed and approved by the relevant institutional Research Ethics Board before work can begin.  Although research methodologies differ, the fundamental ethical issues and principles in research involving human subjects are common across all disciplines.  The standards that must be met are set out in the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (1998).

 

SPSS Online Tutorial

This website includes a brief tutorial of what SPSS for Windows is capable of doing.  The tutorial includes examples from Statistical Methods for Psychology by David C. Howell.  The tutorial should give you a feel for the SPSS program and how to navigate through the many options.  For instance, it includes an overview of descriptive statistics, chi-square and t-tests, and correlational and regression analyses.

 

Statistical Consulting Service

Tel. 416-978-4455

This service operates out of the Department of Statistics. The Statistical Consulting Service (SCS) provides consulting services, including study design, data analysis and interpretation, on all statistical aspects of business and academic research. The first consultation is free and additional fee-based service can be arranged following consultation with the graduate thesis supervisor.

 

The Ethics Office (Research and International Relations)

The Ethics Review Office at the University of Toronto provides information for faculty and students conducting research with human or animal subjects, or using biohazards. Their policies on ethical conduct in research and conflict of interest are useful to all U of T researchers.  There are links to information on whether or not your research needs to be reviewed, when and how to apply, and whether or not your research qualifies for expedited review.  There is also information relevant to informed consent documents and an ethics review committee checklist.

 

Writing at the University of Toronto

This site contains tips on academic writing, links to other web resources, and further information about writing instruction at the University of Toronto.  Examples of some of the useful research and writing tips on this site include: taking notes from research reading; writing a literature review, abstract or thesis proposal; developing critical reading skills; the APA system; and improving oral presentation skills.