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Graduate Students Guide

This guide is intended to help graduate students at MSVU make the most of the library.

Joining Library Webinars

Open to everyone.

No registration necessary.

Click here to join our library research webinars.

Please login to the session 5-10 minutes in advance to check audio settings using the audio set up tool.

  • Webinars are facilitated online via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.
  • For assistance before a session please contact

Winter 2023 Webinar Offerings

Finding Books & eBooks at the MSVU Library 

Thursday, January 19th, 2023 – 4:30-5:30PM 

Learn how to search for and access Mount Library journal articles and eBooks.

The Future is Open: Open Access and the Academy

Friday, January 20th, 2023   1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Open Access publishing could provide equitable access to scholarship, so why isn’t everything open? What is an APC? What are your rights as an author? This workshop will introduce faculty and graduate students to the current open access landscape and argue the advantages of open scholarship.

Attend in-person in McCain room 201B or online via Microsoft Teams.

Please contact Nicole Slipp, Scholarly Publishing Librarian, with any questions relating to this session -

*Please note that this session is not eligible for Learning Passport credit.

Effective Database Searching for Finding Articles 

*NEW DATE* Monday, January 23rd, 2023– 4:30-5:30PM 

Do you have a hard time finding journal articles that are relevant to your topic? This workshop will provide tips and tricks for choosing databases, generating keywords for your topic and using Boolean search techniques appropriately. Concepts and strategies learned are common to most search tools.

One Source to Find Them All 

Tuesday, January 31st, 2023 – 4:30-5:30PM 

Have you ever been frustrated because you've found one really good source for your research, but are unable to find others? Sometimes one good source is all you need! This session will discuss strategies you can use to find new sources using the references listed in a source you've already found.

Primary Resources & Where to Find Them 

Wednesday, February 8th, 2023 – 4:30-5:30PM 

Identifying and finding primary sources can be challenging. This webinar will teach you about primary sources and search strategies to find them via the Mount Library databases and through open sources on the web. It will look at a range of sources such as newspapers, photographs, sound recording and film.

Critically Evaluating Resources 

Tuesday, February 28th, 2023 – 4:30-5:30PM 

While being able to find resources is an important research skill to have, being able to critically evaluate those resources is equally (if not more) important. This webinar will provide you with some of the strategies you need to be able to evaluate resources for use in your research.

Finding Data & Statistics Part 1 - Academic Research 

*NEW DATE*  Wednesday, March 1st, 2023 - 4:30-5:30PM

Statistics and data: do you know the difference? Have you ever needed a quick number for your research paper to prove 'how many' or 'how much'? This webinar will introduce you to Mount Library resources in order to help you find, access, and use data and statistics. Don't worry, you won't need to know anything about statistics or SPSS to benefit from this session!

Finding Data & Statistics Part 2 - Business Research 

Thursday, March 2nd, 2023 – 4:30-5:30PM 

For the second part of this data & statistics series the focus will be on sourcing data & statistics when doing business research. You can still attend this session even if you didn't make it to part 1! Some of the things that will be discussed in this session are the Canadian Survey on Business Conditions and the Canadian Price Index.

Online Quality Assurance and you(r students)

Friday, March 3rd, 2023 - 1:00-2:00PM

What makes a good online source outside of the scholarly publishing landscape, and how can you and your students learn to spot misinformation? This workshop will help graduate students and faculty learn more about quality assessment of online sources and how the library can support you in increasing students' digital information literacy. 

Attend in-person in Seton room 507 or online via Microsoft Teams.

Please contact Nicole Slipp, Scholarly Publishing Librarian, with any questions related to this session -

*Please note that this session is not eligible for Learning Passport credit.