Student Resources

As a graduate student at York University, you have a variety of outstanding of resources available to you to help in your pursuit of a degree.

Libraries/Archives

Housed in five buildings, York’s collections have more than 6.5 million items, 150,000 E–books and 20,000 online journals. Our world–class libraries provide rich collections, value-added services, excellent librarians and knowledgeable and helpful staff.

Innovations include: a designated graduate student reading room; research skills workshops; online tutorials; discipline and course–specific guests lectures and workshops; Ask A Librarian chat reference; RACER, a library resource sharing system, allowing interlibrary loan users the ability to search multiple library catalogues at the same time and track the progress of their requests; and RefWorks, a Web-based bibliographic citation software and RefShare, a RefWorks component that will let you share your RefWorks folders with research partners or students.

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Graduate Student Reading Room, Scott Library

The Leslie Frost Library on Glendon campus houses an extensive bilingual collection.The Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections contains a rich research collection for curricular and ongoing scholarly research.

Visit York’s Libraries website to learn more.

York University Research Centres & Research Institutes

Enhance your interdisciplinary education with opportunities to participate in collaborative research. York University is the leading interdisciplinary research and teaching university in Canada. Working across disciplines and with global partners, we develop ideas and connect with policymakers and practitioners to create meaningful change and a more globally competitive Canada.

As a graduate student, you will benefit from York's 24 research centres and institutes, which provide outstanding research opportunities to supplement your academic program

Visit the York Research website to learn more.

Graduate Student Conference and Board Rooms

Located directly above the Graduate Students’ Association office on the fourth floor of the Student Centre are a large open conference room and two boardrooms. The boardrooms can be booked for smaller meetings or study groups. The rooms’ availability can be checked via the calendar at www.yugsa.ca. To book a conference or for more information, contact (416) 736-5865 or gsa@yorku.ca.

Internet Resources

Individuals in the York Graduate Student Community are invited to submit and maintain Link-lists which they find useful in their research and teaching. As well, internet resources used for a course can be made available on this page.

Important Individual Links
SSHRC — Site Provides Information and Application Forms
www.sshrc.ca/
OGS — Site Provides Information and Application Forms
https://osap.gov.on.ca/OSAPPortal/en/OSAPStarttoFinish/GraduateStudents/index.htm

Career Centre

The Career Centre provides a range of services to assist students finding both part-time and full-time employment. They offer workshops on a number of topics, including developing your CV, and bring employers to campus for both lunches and talks.

Centre for Aboriginal Student Services

The Centre for Aboriginal Student Services provides a range of services for Indigenous students (including academic support, spiritual support, cultural support and physical support) as well as sponsoring events for the York community at large.

Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion

The Centre is a resource available to both students and faculty alike. It offers a venue to pursue complaints about university-related human rights issues. It also offers a series of workshops on a range of topics including racism and anti-bias training.

Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education (The Centre)

This office provides a number of support services for victims of sexual violence and for friends and family members of survivors of sexual violence. There are a number of on-line training modules to educate members of the York community and will help set up training and workshops upon request.

Office of Student Community Relations (OSCR)

For students facing personal crises, the Office of Student Community Relations (OSCR) provides support for them and their families. As their website indicates, this includes “support for incidents such as, but not limited to, critical illness or injury of a student, student death, attempted suicide and sexual assault. OSCR advocates for students to secure academic accommodations, financial assistance, stop-outs/leaves and emergency housing.” OSCR will also assists students that face complaints about their behaviour, including students facing formal disciplinary proceedings.

Student Accessibility Services

Student Accessibility Services provides support to students with disabilities. This includes providing academic accommodation. Information about their services is found at their website:.

Student Papers & Academic Research Kit (SPARK)

SPARK is a series of modules to assist students in improving their research and writing skills. It consists of a series of 13 modules and will help you better understand each step of the essay writing process. The modules include:

Getting Started
Understanding the Assignment
Time Management
Academic Integrity
Choosing a Topic
Books, Journals & More

Exploring
Gathering & Noting Ideas
Research Strategies
Effective Reading Strategies
Essay Structure

Pulling it Together
Creating Bibliographies
Writing Strategies
Revising Your Arguments
Essay Editing

Writing Centre

The Writing Centre offers a number of workshops and drop-in clinics to assist students with their assignments, including course assignments. They are extremely busy so sign up early for their sessions.