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Education commons

Ontario Institute

for Studies in Education



Education commons


Computer labs

Technical Support

Online Learning

Education Commons

Media Services

Research Support



EC Information & Technology Services

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EC Reception

Room 3-395



EC Reception

  • General Q & A

  • User account administration

  • Workshop sign-up:

    • Virtual Library

    • Qualitative & Quantitative Data Management

    • Complete Your Thesis

EC Reception

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OISE Library

The most specialized research collection in education in Canada and one of the largest in this field in the world.

Study Area

Circulation Services





Reference Collection

Computers & Online Catalogue

Current Journals

Journal Reading Area

OISE Library, First Floor

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OISE Library Circulation Services

First floor, Library entrance


  • Loans

    • Books and curriculum resources

    • Videos and computer software

  • Renewals

    • In person at the Circulation Desk

    • By phoning 416-971-2400 (touchtone) or 416-978-8450 (operator-assisted)

    • By going to Services  Renew Books

  • Overdue materials

  • Lost materials

  • Requests/Holds

  • Course Readings

OISE Library, Circulation Desk

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OISE Reference Services

First floor or contact


  • For help with…

    • Navigating the catalogue and information sources

    • Searching databases for scholarly materials

    • Library computers and printers

    • UTORids

OISE Library, Reference Desk

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OISE Collections

Our collection contains…

  • Extensive research materials – both in print and online

  • Over 2,000 journal titles

  • Complete holdings of the ERIC microfiche document series

  • Extensive multimedia resources – DVDs, etc.

  • Curriculum materials and textbooks (current & historical)

  • Specialized collections:

    • Children’s literature

    • Franco-Ontarian

    • Modern languages

    • Women’s education


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Online Resources at U of T Libraries

  • Article databases

  • Electronic Journals

  • Newspapers

  • Reference sources

  • E-books

Go to:

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Intercampus / Interlibrary loans

If an item is not available at the St. George Campus, you can request it from a library located at another U of T campus.

Choose “request” while in the Library Catalogue.

If an item is not available from the

U of T Catalogue or article databases, you can request it from a library at another institution, via the RACER Service.

To register for and utilize this service, please go to Services  Resource Sharing  Interlibrary Loans

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Academic Technology:

Research Support Services

  • The Education Commons offers a suite of research support services and workshops providing start-to-finish support for the research process. Services include:

  • OISE Library Reference Services

    • Assistance with academic research or organization of references

    • Workshops on RefWorks; research drop-ins and Virtual Library course

  • APA Formatting and Thesis Services

    • One-on-one coaching and fee-for-service formatting, editing and proofreading services available

  • Research Design and Analysis Services

    • Help with planning, development of research methods, data collection and analysis, as well as coaching and training on use of statistical software applications

For information on services and workshops, visit:

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Student/Staff #


Bar Code

The University of Toronto TCard:Faculty/Staff/Student Academic Identification/Library Card

  • Identification for academic purposes

  • Library card

  • Needed for borrowing media equipment at OISE

  • Can function as a cash card for photocopying, computer printing, and snacks and beverages at select locations

  • Access to central athletic facilities, housing and career services


St. George St.

Bloor St.


To get your TCard, present a piece of ID and your student number at the TCard Office: Room 2054A, Robarts Library

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UTORid: Computer Services “Key”

Required for access to a number of U of T technologies

Services accessed with UTORid:

  • Library electronic resources

  • Computers at the OISE Library

  • Computers at OISE Computer labs

  • Blackboard Portal

  • Wireless network

  • Free Antivirus software

  • Free webspace

  • UTORmail (E-mail, which you can forward)

  • UTORschedule (Calendar application)

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How to get a UTORid

Get Your T-Card:

Room 2054A, Robarts Library

Take Photo ID and your Student Number

New Students –

Activate your UTORid:

Go to

Click “Activate”

Enter your UTORid (found on your TCard)

Enter your Secret Activation Key (from TCard office)

Returning Students –

Create your UTORid:

Go to

Click “Create”

Enter your Library number (found on your TCard)

Enter your Student number (found on your TCard)

For more information on UTORids at OISE, visit:

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Accessing Library Resources


With the information from your TCard,


  • your library bar code

  • your PIN (last 4 digits of your staff/student #)

With the UTORid method,


  • your UTORid

  • your password

Student/Staff #

Bar Code

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OISE Computer Labs

3rd floor

Resources available to OISE affiliates ONLY

  • 170 computers (Mac and Windows) running MS office, research tools and curriculum software

  • Help with wireless and other connectivity issues

  • Media Services

  • Laser printing

  • 6 bookable labs

  • Drop-in area available 24/7 (except for building closures)

Lab help desk


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Login for OISE Computer Labs


  • your UTORid

  • your password


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While at OISE, you are now required to use UTORMail (this replaces First Class/OISENet.)

You can use Outlook 2007 or the web-based mail system: (note: there is greater functionality with the downloaded Outlook client)

User name = utorarbor\your UTORID

Password is the one selected when you activated your UTORID

For information on migration, visit:

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Blackboard Online Learning System

The Blackboard suite is licensed by The University of Toronto and includes the Learning System, document management tools and the community portal, which serves as the gateway to various functions such as webmail, and student and academic online communities.

Staff/Faculty member? With Blackboard you can put coursework online quickly, share information with students more easily and foster a supportive and collaborative learning community.

To log in, go to and enter:

  • your UTORid

  • your password

To get started with Blackboard, visit:

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Technical Support

Client Care Portal / Help Desk

For hardware and software support, OISENet e-mail accounts, computer lab printing accounts



Lab Help Desk

Room 3-320

Mon-Thur:8am - 9pm

Fri: 8am - 5pm

Sat:9am - 5pm


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Technical Support

Client Care Portal / Help Desk


Web Help Desk Faculty and staff only)

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Multimedia Services

Room 3-320, 416-978-1802

  • Circulating Equipment:

  • Video Playback, Video Camcorders, Overhead Projectors, Slide, Data Projectors, Audio Cassette Transcribers, Portable PA Systems, Microphones, Portable Audio Decks

  • Production Facilities:

  • Non-Linear Editing Suites

  • Production Services:

  • Digital Audio, Recording, Mastering, Restoration, Photography and Imaging;

  • Video Production: Non-Linear Video Editing;

  • Audio Tape, Video Tape and CD/DVD Duplications;

  • Audio Tape and Video Tape Format Transfers;

  • Data Projection in OISE/UT Auditorium;

  • and much more…….

48 hours’ notice is required for equipment bookings

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Need Help?

Interested in learning about technology?

Call our Client Care Portal:


E-mail us at:

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