Working on an assignment and need help? Look no further.

Research Help Consultations are scheduled one-on-one appointments with a librarian to assist you in any state of the research process, from defining your research question, finding the best source, to formatting your citations.

The Kelly’s team of research help librarians – Dave Hagelaar, Noel McFerran, Richard Carter, and James Roussain – can help you with any stage of the research process so you can pinpoint your research question, find the best resources, and cite your sources correctly.

All Research Help appointments will be delivered online for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Here are some of the skills we can help you with:

  • Narrow a topic and form research questions
  • Navigating article databases
  • Finding and using primary sources
  • Advanced searching
  • Taking advantage of encyclopedias and bibliographies
  • Using the UofT Libraries’ catalogue
  • Avoiding plagiarism and citing sources correctly

The St. Mike’s Writing Centre, supported by the Principal’s Office and housed in the library, offers 30-minute one-on-one appointments with a writing instructor. Instructors help all registered St. Michael’s College students, including students in the Faculty of Theology. Any individual enrolled in an SMC course may also receive help with their SMC writing assignments.

Our goal is to help you develop your own skills in writing, revising, and editing your own work. You can work with a writing instructor on any kind of written assignment such as essays, book reviews, critiques, essay exam preparations, presentations, and reports (yes, including science reports) at any stage of development, from conceptualization to final draft. You can also discuss your graduate school and scholarship applications.

During the appointment, students can receive instruction in and an objective critique of their written assignments for coursework in any discipline. We can discuss focus, thesis statements, argumentation, clarity in style and overall organization, citing sources, and grammar.

While our writing instructors will advise on organization and style, they will not proofread your essays, correct grammar, or provide feedback on the accuracy of your interpretation of the material in your assignment.

All Writing Centre appointments will be delivered online for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Were you unable to get a research help appointment? Do you just want a quick opinion?

The Kelly Library hosts Writing / Research Help Drop-In hours in the fall / winter terms. Questions are answered on a first-come, first-served basis in a one-on-one virtual setting. No appointments necessary.

Writing / Research Drop-In Help will resume September 2021. Please check back later for more details.

If you have a question, please get in touch. You can use either our general email address or our online form below.


Contact your Subject Librarian, who can consult with you on the services and resources available for your program or research.  

Richard Carter

College Programs

  • Celtic Studies
  • Mediaeval Studies
  • SMC: The Boyle Seminar in Scripts and Stories

Language Departments

  • Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Noel McFerran

College Programs

  • Christianity and Culture

USMC Faculty of Theology

Remi Pulwer

Language Departments

  • Department of Italian Studies
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures

James Roussain

College Programs

  • Book and Media Studies
  • SMC One: The Gilson Seminar in Faith and Ideas

Language Departments

  • Department of French

Use this interactive guide to learn about and get help with all the major steps in a research essay, from narrowing a topic to finding sources, tweaking a thesis statement, developing an argument, structuring a paper, citing your sources, and revising.

Try SMOLworld, our interactive research essay guide.

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