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Supporting Research

The University Library collaborates with researchers through our Liaison Librarian Program, by providing information resources and research tools, facilitating scholarly communication, and linking with the University’s Signature Research areas.

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How We Can Help...

Selected Tools For...

Scholarly Communications

Support for Signature Research Areas

Librarian Research

How We Can Help...

College & School Librarians are the university community's link to the collections and services of the library. They...

  • select library materials in their assigned subject areas
  • teach research skills in a variety of settings
  • provide research assistance
  • collaborate and partner on specific research projects and/or grant applications with faculty and graduate students

College & school librarians have a diverse range of skills and expertise. Contact your librarian to be referred to an expert in the research tool or topic of interest.

See the Subject Pages for suggested resources in your discipline

Recommend a purchase for the library collections

Selected Tools For...

Research Metrics:

Research metrics measure the impact of scholarly works. Various metrics have been developed to track the impact of individual articles, authors, and journals.

The Research Metrics guide will introduce you to many of these measures and how to apply them to your work.

Finding Publishing Information:

Ulrichs: an authoritative source of information on more than 300,000 serials of all types from around the world

Books in Print: an authoritative source offering complete bibliographic information on more than 16 million titles in print available

Reference Management:

Reference/citation management software allows you to gather, manage, store and share citations, as well as generate bibliographies. Below are several of the most popular options:

RefWorks is an entirely online tool subscribed to by the library (free to you). See tutorials, help guides, and the group code (for off-campus access). Works best on PCs.

EndNote is software you can purchase at the Campus Computer Store for an academic discount. There is also a more streamlined free online version: EndNote Basic. See pdf guides for the software and the basic online version.

Mendeley is becoming a very popular reference manager and networking tool. Drag and drop pdfs into your account, highlight and annotate  the articles, and share and collaborate with colleagues. Download the desktop software for full functionality, and use the online extension for the social tools. The basic version is free.

Scholarly Communications

Author Rights:

Author Rights: information and tools to help you understand and assert your rights as an author

Open Access:

Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

Open Access Library Guide: a compendium of information and resources about open access

Assistance with Article Processing Charges (APCs) of some OA journals:

  • Publications Fund from Research Services: Up to $1000, and possibly $1500 (when funding is available). See this page for more details.
  • NRC Research Press (Canadian Science Publishing): UofS authors publishing in NRC journals are eligible for a reduced fee of $1500 per article for the OpenArticle option. Authors must state that they are affiliated with a "CRKN institution."
  • BioMed Central: The University Library pays a membership to BioMed Central; UofS authors receive a 15% discount on APCs. The discount is set up via IP recognition, so when you submit an article from a desktop computer on campus the 15% discount gets deducted automatically. If you submit the article from home or any other IP address (often includes laptops on campus), then you would need to state manually (via a dropdown box) that you are affiliated with USask. BioMed Central staff would then proof the identity and affiliation and deduct the 15% discount afterwards.
  • Royal Society of Chemistry: UofS authors publishing in an RSC journal can make their article OA for free! The RSC has provided the University Library with a limited number of vouchers for this purpose. Contact the Chemistry Librarian for more details.


Copyright Library Guide: copyright at the University of Saskatchewan explained

Support for Signature Research Areas

The University Library supports six signature research areas as identified by the Office of the Vice President Research

Guides to Resources:

Agriculture: Food and Bioproducts for a Sustainable Future

Energy and Mineral Resources: Technology and Public Policy for a Sustainable Environment (guide currently unavailable)

One Health: Solutions at the Animal-Human-Environment Interface

Synchrotron Sciences: Innovation in Health, Environment, and Advanced Technologies

Water Security: Stewardship of the World's Freshwater Resources (guide currently unavailable)

Documents of Support (Library Assessments):

Aboriginal Peoples: Engagement and Scholarship

Agriculture: Food and Bioproducts for a Sustainable Future

One Health: Solutions at the Animal-Human-Environment Interface

Water Security: Stewardship of the World's Freshwater Resources

Librarian Research

Librarians are faculty at the U of S and maintain active research programs. Discover the research interests of individual librarians, and view their articles and presentations, in the eCommons. Consider collaborating with a librarian!