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Faculty Library Resource Guide

Faculty and Instructors' Library Resource Guide


Whether you are in the planning stages of your research, applying for grant funding, or in the midst of completing your study, the library has resources and support to assist you in your research. 

Researchers and students at the University of Calgary are invited to request personalized research consultation meetings with one of our librarians, archivists, or curators to discuss your research requirements.

Topics for consultation include (but are not limited to) providing guidance on research protocol development, data collection, and the development of research data management plans.


Research-related resources & services

Research Data Management

This research guide covers the basics of research data management.

Digital Projects

A guide to outlining the size and scope of the project, technical requirements, and its potential impact.

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL)

Information related to the research, reading, writing and practice of SoTL.

Literature Reviews

This guide walks you through the basics of literature reviews. Created for the Education discipline but applicable to other disciplines as well.

Systematic Reviews

This page contains links to various discipline-specific systematic review guides. It also highlights the librarians who are systematic review experts.

Library Workshops

The library teaches workshops on various research-related topics.

Faculty of Graduate Studies also has a workshops listing.


NVivo is a software that supports qualitative and mixed-methods research. Check out this guide on NVivo which includes how to use NVivo for literature reviews.

Spatial and Numeric Data Services 

Located on the fourth floor of the TFDL, this service can assist you in your research using aggregate and Statistics Canada microdata, GIS & Spatial Data, the map collection, or the airphoto collection.

Metadata Services

Metadata can provide key information for reproduction and management of information resources. Consult with Metadata Services on how to identify and describe your research materials to maximize their reach.


The makerspace is located at the TFDL. It provides hands on access to technologies for DIY making and collaboration, including a 3D printing and scanning, Raspberry Pis, sewing and embroidery equipment and more. 

Digital Media Commons

The Digital Media Commons is located on the third floor of the Taylor Family Digital Library between the Student Success Centre and Lab NEXT. The linked guide also contains information about digital media creation.


Lab NEXT exists to support and promote research & scholarship, and connect scholars to a variety of library services and experts that will enhance their research. Lab NEXT also provides collaborative space for research-related meetings, work sessions, or events.

Keeping current with your research

This pre-recorded workshop covers alerts, alerting services, how to receive research alerts, & database demos for setting up alerts.

Current awareness: introduction and background (part 1)

Current awareness: database demonstrations and conclusions (part 2)

Archives & Special Collections

Archives and Special Collections provides access to archival records, including theses, yearbooks, campus newspapers and the private archives of influential Canadians. From comic books to the EMI Music Canada Archive to the Canadian Architectural Archives to the papers of Nobel Prize winning author Alice Munro, our holdings attract researchers from around the world.

Visualization studio

The visualization studio is available to graduate students & faculty. It is located on the 4th floor of the TFDL.

This Visualization research guide includes links to data visualization software, books, articles, tools, tutorials and a blog. Created for Business but includes content that is applicable to other disciplines.

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