Please consult the iSchool’s Grade Interpretation Guidelines, the University Assessment and Grading Practices Policy and Guidelines on the Use of INC, SDF, & WDR. . Note that several graded assignments will be handed back before the final date to drop without penalty.

These documents will form the basis for grading in the course.

The grading breakdown for assignments and exams for this course will be:

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Writing Support

As stated in the iSchool’s Grade Interpretation Guidelines, “work that is not well written and grammatically correct will not generally be considered eligible for a grade in the A range, regardless of its quality in other respects.” With this in mind, please make use of the writing support provided to graduate students by the SGS Graduate Centre for Academic Communication. The services are designed to target the needs of both native and non-native speakers and all programs are free. Please consult for more information. the current workshop schedule.

Academic integrity

Please consult the University’s site on Academic Integrity. The iSchool has a zero-tolerance policy on plagiarism as defined in section B.I.1.(d) of the University’s Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters. You should acquaint yourself with the Code.

Also review the material in Cite it Right and if you require further clarification, consult the site How Not to Plagiarize.

Cite it Right covers relevant parts of the U of T Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters (1995). It is expected that all iSchool students take the Cite it Right workshop and the online quiz. Completion of the online Cite it Right quiz should be made prior to the second week of classes. To review and complete the workshop, visit the orientation portion of the iSkills site.


Students with diverse learning styles and needs are welcome in this course. If you have a disability or a health consideration that may require accommodations, please feel free to approach Student Services and/or the Accessibility Services Office as soon as possible. The Accessibility Services staff are available by appointment to assess needs, provide referrals and arrange appropriate accommodations. The sooner you let us know your needs, the quicker we can assist you in achieving your learning goals in this course.

Academic Dates

Consult the iSchool's online calendar for various course-relevant dates (e.g., October 29 Final date to drop fall session full-year (Y) or fall session (F) courses without academic penalty).

Statement of Acknowledgement of Traditional Land

I (we) would like to acknowledge this land on which the University of Toronto operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.1

iSchool Workshops:

The iSchool workshops are a series short skill sessions that are available exclusively to the iSchool community. iSchool professors, Inforum librarians, current students, alumni, and a collective of professionals and academics from each program and concentration, work together to create these unique rosters. Together with the MMSt and MI curricula, these academic, professional, and technical iSkills workshops provide a robust information and heritage graduate educational experience.

Workshop topics of particular relevance to this course will be noted by the instructor.

In an effort to ensure your success at the iSchool, key information and skills that all iSchool students must possess, regardless of program or concentration, are covered in these online orientation workshops. You should avail yourself of these sooner rather than later.