Research Support

Targeted research support is available at the local, national, and international level. As well, there are many resources available to support a program of research on the internet. This page outlines some of the research support available specificically to University of Saskatchewan librarians and also to librarians nationally and internationally.

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University Library Research Facilitator
Katya MacDonald brings a wealth of information, support, and ideas to help librarians at all stages of their research.

Bookable research room-Murray 534
Get away from distractions and focus on your research! This room includes desk, computer, printer, and comfortable seating. Self-booking available through Outlook.

The Dean’s Research Lecture Series
This lecture, which is delivered by an invited guest, is intended to showcase current research (or emerging areas of professional interest) and to address issues around the challenges and opportunities for library and information science research.

University of Saskatchewan

Social Sciences Research Lab (SSRL) - The SSRL provides access to research infrastructure and research support to faculty, staff and students undertaking social science research.

University of Saskatchewan Research Services - The main administrative unit of the Office of the Vice-President Research, this unit provides support and helps to facilitate research activity at the University of Saskatchewan. It is responsible for all pre- and post-award administration of grants (individual, collaborative, and institutional) and contracts. This unit also administers a number of institutional programs including the Canada Research Chairs and Canada Foundation for Innovation Programs, as well as International activity related to research.

University of Saskatchewan Research Services advice on writing grant proposals, e.g., for SSHRC

Office of the Vice-President Research, University of Saskatchewan

Research Ethics Office, University of Saskatchewan - Any research or study conducted at University facilities, or undertaken by persons connected to the University, involving human subjects, animals or biohazardous materials must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate University of Saskatchewan Research Ethics Board (REB) or Committee.

Faculty Recruitment and Retention Program (formerly New Faculty Start-Up Funding):
Effective December 2013, the program was changed to provide faculty with:
•    a new computer;
•    a grant of up to $25,000 to match college or department support for any research expense for a new faculty member;
•    in special cases a grant of up to $25,000 to match college or department support for any research expense for an existing faculty member;
•    in special cases funds may be used by the Provost or designate to award a small stipend to approved research enhancement chairs or to award a research grant to existing faculty.

The annual Accountable Professional Expense Fund (APEF) allowance

Sabbatical leaves As faculty members at the University of Saskatchewan, librarians are eligible to take sabbaticals.


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) - SSHRC is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences.

Canadian Association of Research Libraries Librarians' Research Institute (CARL LRI) - Held annually, the CARL LRI provides an opportunity for researching CARL librarians to come together and work on their research in an intensive workshop setting.


The Researching Librarian - This site was created for librarians--new or experienced--who find themselves needing to perform research for purposes of publication, promotion, tenure, or other reasons. Since 2000.

Sage Research Methods - a tool created to help researchers with research projects. It links over 100,000 pages of SAGE’s book, journal and reference content with advanced search and discovery tools. (subscription through University Library, University of Saskatchewan)

Research Methods Knowledge Base – a comprehensive web-bsed textbook that addresses all of the topics in a typical introductory undergraduate or graduate course in social research methods.

Bibliography of Research Methods Texts - compiled by the ACRL Instruction Section Research and Scholarship Committee. The site is a current research methods texts bibliography. It lists English language texts that are currently in print and that focus on research methods in librarianship or the social sciences.