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Research Assistant Training


We are happy to offer training in advanced research skills to both current and aspiring student Research Assistants (RAs).

Training can be customized based on the skills and resources needed for the research project. Refer to the FAQs below for a list of possible topics. 

To arrange for training or for more information, please complete a training request form or contact your Subject Librarian directly


  • Conducting a literature review
  • Translating a research question into a search strategy
  • Identifying appropriate places to search
  • Advanced search strategies like citation chaining
  • Accessing archival or primary source material
  • Locating hard-to-find sources like grey literature, statistics, and data sets
  • Interlibrary loan requests
  • Possible research methods
  • Managing data collection
  • Organizing and sharing citations with tools like Mendeley or Zotero
  • Sharing research findings through articles, conferences, posters, podcasts, and more
  • Archiving your research in a repository
Yes. During the spring and summer months Research Assistants working on campus have the option of reserving computer workstations located on the second floor of the Library. They can also book a locker on the main floor as a secure holding space for personal items as they work on campus. Go to the Book Our Spaces page for more details and to submit a booking.
MRU Faculty and students can continue to use their One Card to borrow Library materials to support RA work. A COPPUL card is also an option, which allows for materials to be borrowed from libraries across Canada.
Follow Copyright guidelines
If multiple chapters of a book are wanted request a loan of the book not copies of the chapters.

Tell us you are an RA and any other relevant details
Adding a note in your request such as "RA, any language, can wait" or just "RA" lets the ILL staff know the item requested is wanted regardless of what language it is or how long it will take Leaving out this information delays your request processing.

Coordinate with other RAs on your team
If multiple people are working on the same project having some method of tracking submitted requests is a good idea in order to reduce duplication of requests Try using a group Mendeley folder or a shared Google Drive document to keep organized.