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Library Guides and Tutorials


  • Assignment Planner
    Keep track of your research for assignments. The assignment calculator will break down the research process into steps, with suggested deadlines. Information, tips and direct links to relevant online resources are provided to guide you through each stage.
  • Web Research Tutorial
    The Web Research Tutorial helps you to learn more about how to use publicly-accessible web sites for research, from understanding what kind of information is freely available on the web to what kinds of search tools and techniques will help you get useful results, and how to critically evaluate and properly document what you find.


  • Book Reviews
    Finding a book review is sometimes like looking for a needle in a haystack. This guide provides you with a list of the most important sources within most of the major disciplines.
  • Business research guides
    The Bronfman Business Library has a number of guides to help with your business-related research. Look under the Starting Your Research heading on their home page.
  • Career Research Resources
    This guide will help you with research and preparatory work when conducting a job search. This includes up-to-date information on industries, occupations, companies and jobs available on the free web, as well as online and print resources available through the Career Centre and York University Libraries. The guide also contains tips and techniques for strengthening your resume and cover letter and for creating more compelling answers to interview questions.
  • Cited Reference Searching
    Cited reference searching can tell you who has cited (referred to) previously published works. This page will give you an overview of the major tools and search methods.
  • Current Awareness Guide
    Current awareness tools are notification or alert services that can help you stay up-to-date with publications and news in your area of research and study. Find out how!
  • Data & Statistics
    A subject-based selection of sources of data and statistics. For geospatial data, consult the Geospatial data guide.
  • Encyclopedias
    Encyclopedias are useful sources to find basic background information on a topic, making them good places to start the research process. This guide lists a number of both general and subject-specific encyclopedias covering a wide range of topics.
  • Find it @ York
    Find it @ York is a tool that will speed up your research process and increase its effectiveness by allowing you to connect more quickly to full-text when it is available.
  • Footnotes and bibliographies
    Proper citation is important for all scholarly work. Style guides, or style manuals, provide detailed information about how to use a particular citation style for various media formats. This guide will take you to selections of citation style guides. The electronic guides do not include all the rules and formats of the citation style; the printed style guides have more rules and examples.
  • Geospatial data
    This guide will introduce you to geospatial data and Geographic Information System software. This guide provides information on how to successfully select, obtain and use geospatial data and GIS software for your research and assignments.
  • Government publications
  • Journal Articles & how to find them
    A quick guide to finding journal articles at York University Libraries.
  • Law-related research guides
    The Reference Librarians at the Osgoode Hall Law School Library have prepared a number of research guides for the use of students, faculty and researchers. They have been organized according to jurisdiction and topical areas of law. This page also contains a number of PowerPoint teaching presentations by law librarians.
  • Newspapers
    Newspaper articles can be a good source of up-to-date information on virtually any topic. Learn how to track down Canadian and International newspaper articles.
  • Plays
    Plays are published in a variety of ways: individually, in anthologies/collections of one or more author’s plays, or in periodicals. Some plays may not have been published. Use this guide to help you find them.
  • Primary Sources
    This guide will explain what primary sources are and provide various tools and techniques for finding primary sources (such as autobiographies, letters, photographs and audio-visual materials).
  • PsycINFO Guide
    This guide introduces you to basic search techniques for PsycINFO and then covers more advanced search features that allow you to become more systematic in your searching. Finally, it will explain how to interpret the records you find and provide some advice on how to access full-text to various types of sources.
  • Psychological Tests
    If you are doing research in an area like psychology, education or business management you may have to use psychological tests (also knows as mental measures). This tutorial guides you through the process of researching and finding tests at York and beyond.
  • Science-related research guides
    Check out the offerings of the Steacie Science & Engineering Library.
  • Subject Research Guides
    Use these to locate short lists of important resources (both in print and on the web) within a discipline. These pages are useful starting points for research.
  • Theses & Dissertations
    What is a thesis, and where can I find one? Use this guide to learn more about theses and dissertations.