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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.

How We Can Help...

College & School Librarians (Liaison 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 library research skills in a variety of settings
  • provide research assistance ("reference")
  • 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 Research Guides for suggested resources in your discipline

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Scholarly Communications

Open Access:

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

FAQs - Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications - from UofS University Library (PDF)

Flowchart to Comply - Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications - from UofS University Library (PDF)

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

Open Access @ the UofS Library Blog: a blog intended to raise awareness and encourage discussion at the UofS about open access and related scholarly publishing topics.

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): U of S 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; U of S 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 the U of S. BioMed Central staff would then proof the identity and affiliation and deduct the 15% discount afterwards.
  • Royal Society of Chemistry: U of S 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 Research Guide: copyright at the University of Saskatchewan explained.

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 the RefWorks Research Guide for tutorials and other help resources. 

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 the EndNote Research Guide for EndNote and Endnote Basic help.

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. See the Mendeley Research Guide for tutorials and other resources. 

Zotero is a free open-source reference manager that integrates with your web browser, generates in-text citations, footnotes, and bibliographies and integrates with work processors Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, OpenOffice.org Write, and NeoOffice. See the Zotero Research Guide for tutorials and other resources. 

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!