Student Life > Academic Services
The fifth-largest academic library system in Canada, Western Libraries is dedicated to supporting research, teaching and learning at Western. Western Libraries comprises eight service locations distributed across the University campus and is a member of the Ontario Council of University Libraries, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries and the Association of Research Libraries.
Recognized for the quality of its staff, the access and services provided, and its outstanding collections - which include over eleven million items in print, microform, and various other formats, as well as online access to tens of thousands of digital resources - Western Libraries supports the University's mission of providing the best student experience among Canada's leading research-intensive universities.
Please visit Western Libraries for a listing of Subject Librarians who are available to work one-on-one with graduate students. While Western Libraries features extensive holdings, a document delivery system is available (RACER) to secure needed research materials found at other institutions. All Western Libraries locations provide computers and printing facilities as well as wireless access. Information sessions geared to graduate students are offered by various library locations on topics such as advanced searching skills, keeping current with scholarly literature and citation management (RefWorks).
For a map of library locations across campus, please visit Western Libraries - Maps.
Graduate students are also encouraged to visit Scholarship@Western. Scholarship@Western collects, disseminates, archives, and preserves a variety of materials created or sponsored by The University of Western Ontario community. It aims to facilitate knowledge sharing by providing open access to the academic and professional achievements at Western. Please note that journal articles available from Scholarship@Western may not be the final published version.
Careers and Professional Development
Western provides a number of services to assist in career and professional development. All students are encouraged to take advantage of these resources in order to expand their skills and build their portfolios.
The objective of the 360° Graduate Student Development Initiative is to provide graduate students with the knowledge, skills and mentoring they need to succeed at each stage of the graduate journey, from coursework through comprehensive exams, thesis writing and publishing to the academic and non-academic job search after graduation. Workshops, courses and conferences offered as part of the 360° Initiative provide graduate students with critical communication, grant writing, and teaching skills that enable them to:
- present and publish their research
- teach effectively
- obtain mentorship
- network with scholars in their discipline
- prepare for the job search after graduation
The programs of the initiative complement the disciplinary preparation that students receive in their programs through coursework, research, conference participation and interaction with faculty and peers. A large number of programs are available to facilitate the transition of international scholars to Canadian academia.
The 360° Graduate Student Professional Development Initiative is the result of campus-wide collaboration between the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the Teaching Support Centre, Student Development Services, Western Libraries, the Student Success Centre, Communications and Public Affairs, the Faculties and many other colleagues across campus.
The Series is divided into three unique streams that are designed to meet the differing needs of each of the three main groups that SGPS seeks to support. Within these three streams are workshops, events and programs that will aid our students, postdoctoral scholars and administrators in creating an academic environment that promotes excellence, supports growth, and ensures quality, consistency and accuracy in the administration of our programs.
The Teaching Support Centre works collaboratively with faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and staff to advance teaching and learning at The University of Western Ontario. The TSC believe that the quality and value of university education is enriched through scholarship and pedagogical reflection. Working in partnership with Western Libraries and Information Technology Services, the mission of the Teaching Support Centre is to:
- lead and foster a culture of excellence in teaching and learning
- enhance the practice of teaching and learning
- nurture a community that values and recognizes teaching excellence and innovation
- encourage the exploration of diverse learning styles and approaches to discovery
- facilitate the globalization of education
- contribute to the scholarship of teaching through research
Workshops and learning opportunities are presented throughout the year to assist in continual academic growth.
The Student Success Centre’s mission is to facilitate the development of career, educational, and life competencies for students and alumni through programs and services that guide successful transitions, foster local and global citizenship, promote leadership opportunities, encourage personal growth, deliver career resources, and ignite active engagement.
Graduate students may find the many career-related services offered by the Centre useful during their studies. The Student Success Centre offer job postings, classes and workshops, a drop-in Employment Help and Resource Centre, career and education fairs, employer information sessions, experiential learning opportunities, a resource library, and individual counselling and career assessments.
The goal of the Writing Support Centre is to help you develop your skills and realize your potential as a writer. To achieve this goal, the Centre offers free comprehensive writing support to students, faculty, postdoctoral scholars and staff, and all other members of The University of Western Ontario community. Programs and services include one-on-one appointment and drop-in services, as well as workshops and seminars.
Graduate students may be particularly interested in the GradWRITE!, a suite of services developed specifically for graduate-level needs and offered between September and March each academic year.
Learning Skills Services helps students complete graduate school in a timely manner and is intended for all students, from those seeking to improve academic performance, to those looking to maintain exceptional academic standing. Learning Skills offers one-on-one sessions as well as various workshops to assist you in reaching your academic goals by improving your time management, goal setting, essay planning and helping you deal with test anxiety.