General Resources

The University of Toronto and the UTSC campus have an enormous wealth of resources at your disposal. We cannot include all of them here, but we would like to point you to a few that may be particularly useful to you, including general campus resources, as well as internet and print resources.

Embedded Counsellor with the Department: 2017/18

Carlin Palme is the new Embedded Counsellor for the Department of English at UTSC. He is available for confidential conversations on any issue you might be wrestling with (including anxiety and stress, depression, relationships, sexuality and gender, physical well-being, self-esteem, etc.).

You can get in touch with Carlin in the following ways:

- He is in HW433A every Tuesday from 11am-5pm during term time, beginning November 14.

- His drop-in hours are from 2-3pm, otherwise by appointment

- To make an appointment, contact Health and Wellness at 416-287-7065 or health-services@utsc.utoronto.ca

- In an emergency situation, please contact Campus Police at 416-978-2222 or dial 911.

 

General Resources:

The Writing Centre

Location: AC 210

Website: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/twc/

The Writing Centre is a multifaceted resource for helping you craft any and all writing assignments, from understanding the assignment instructions to appropriate researching (and avoiding plagiarism) to writing techniques to reviewing and revising for submission to understanding your prof’s feedback and figuring out how to improve. The Writing Centre is best used ahead of time — don’t wait until the last minute to book your appointment.

The English Language Development Centre

Location: AC 310

Website: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/eld/

The ELDC offers support of all kinds for any students who are looking to improve their use of English at the university level, and their services are not meant only for non-native speakers — even if you are fluent in English, you might benefit from the programs and resources offered by the ELDC. In particular, you may be interested in using their Academic English Health Check, a quick computer-based assessment of your language skills: https://utsc.utoronto.ca/eld/academic-english-health-check-aehc

The UTSC Library (Bladen)

Website: http://utsc.library.utoronto.ca

English Liaison Librarian: Chad Crichton (ccrichton@utsc.utoronto.ca)

The library is where you go for books, obviously, but perhaps less obviously it is a resource you can access for help and advice of all kinds, from researching to technology to course-specific research guides to group study rooms.

AccessAbility Services

Location: SW 302

Website: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~ability/

The mandate of UTSC’s AccesAbility is to provide support and accommodations for students with disabilities (whether physical, sensory, learning, or mental health) and other medical conditions.

Health and Wellness Centre

Location: SL 270

Website: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/hwc/

You can find help, guidance, and resources of all different kinds at the Health & Wellness Centre. Their mission is to help our campus and our community feel better and be better.

 

Internet and Print Resources:

For help in researching and writing your assignments (e.g., bibliographies, proposals, lit reviews, and essays), our Liaison Librarian, Chad Crichton, has set up a Research Guide specifically for English courses that you might find a good jumping-off place: http://guides.library.utoronto.ca/utsc_english

Courses in the English department use MLA conventions for citation and essay format. The current MLA Handbook will be a valuable resource throughout your degree, and we recommend either purchasing a copy of the Handbook or getting familiar with its location in the UofT Library: http://go.utlib.ca/cat/ 10277098

The standard and best dictionary for working in English literature is the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), which can be accessed directly whenever you are on a UofT network at www.oed.com, or can be accessed through the library website when off-campus: http://go.utlib.ca/cat/8323833

Oxford Reference is a searchable digitized collection of scholarly reference works in a wide range of subjects, for when you need a definition or explanation of a period, term, theory, or author (among many other options). As with the OED, it can be accessed directly from a UofT network (www.oxfordreference.com) or through the library website when off-campus: http://go.utlib.ca/cat/ 9873644

Two of the most common databases for scholarly journal articles in English literature are:

Plagiarism — which is representing the ideas and words of someone else as your own — is a serious offense in any English course. We strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the concerns of Academic Integrity as expressed in UofT’s Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters, and that you fortify yourself with strategies for understanding, recognizing, and avoiding plagiarism before you find yourself in a precarious position. There are many resources for learning the skills that will help you avoid any problems with Academic Integrity, including everything from proper citation to effective time management.

The Writing Centre, the UTSC Library, and your professors will all have tips and tricks for effective researching — remember that you don’t have to go it alone, and that the sooner you seek help and advice, the better it will serve you.