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Library Resources for Graduate Students

This guide presents library resources, services, and programs that may be of interest to graduate students

Publishing, Open Access, Author Identity and Impact

Wondering how and what journals to publish in? Do you want to ensure your publications reach the widest audience? Interested in Open Access publishing? Check out the two guides below from our Scholarly Communications librarian.

Scholarly Communication

Manage Your Research Identity and Track Your Impact

Scholarly communication can be defined as the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use. The Scholarly communications guide provides resources to help the University of Calgary research community navigate the scholarly communication ecosystem.  Topics covered in this guide include:

  • Where to publish
  • Author rights
  • Open access
  • Predatory publishers and conferences
  • Promoting your work

Research identity is important, and it is never too early to start thinking about it. The Manage your research identity and track your impact  guide describes how to build a researcher identity online through the use of unique IDs and social media profiles. It also describes online tools for tracking the impact of your research. Topics covered in this guide include:

  • Author IDs
  • Impact metrics
  • Altmetrics
  • Social networks for researchers
  • Institutional use of metrics


Sharing your work in a repository

In addition to publishing, you may wish to share your data, or share a copy of your publication - following the publisher's agreements. Some publishers require data to be deposited in a repository as part of the publication process - Dataverse is a place for that. PRISM is the University's institutional repository where you can deposit your research. The guide below explains what can be accepted, and how to deposit.

PRISM Dataverse Other data repositories
PRISM is University of Calgary's Digital Repository. It collects, preserves and disseminates the academic works of faculty and students. The PRISM guide covers how to search and submit to PRISM. Dataverse is a place to store and share research data. Dataverse accepts multiple formats of data including tabular, text and images. Dataverse will accept up to 2.5 GB of data per individual.   The data repositories page of the Research Data Management guide highlights other external repositories that exist. The list includes multidisciplinary as well as discipline-specific data repositories.



Copyright protects the form in which literary, artistic, musical and dramatic works are expressed. The copyright page provides information on copyright for educational use. Contact the copyright office for any questions you may have.

Poster presentations

Posters are a specific form of conference presentation. The guide below lists many resources for creating academic posters, including university templates.

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