Support for Research

Click the menu item below for specific information regarding library services available to support your research:


Please see our copyright guide for a full discussion of copyright matters which concern you as an instructor and a researcher at Lakehead University.

Databases AtoZ

Find the best library databases for your research on our Databases AtoZ listing. Databases are organized by subject, vendor and type.

Interlibrary Loan/RACER

Interlibrary Loan is a Document Delivery service allowing users to request books and articles not available in the Lakehead Library collection. Requests are placed through a system called RACER.

See Interlibrary Loan - FAQ for further information and assistance, including How do I reset my RACER password?

Thunder Bay Campus: Users with additional inquiries should contact the Document Delivery Office (807-343-8135), located on the main floor of the Chancellor Paterson Library. E-mail may be sent to

Orillia Campus: Users can visit the library, email, or call 705-330-4010 ext. 2250 (Harvie Legacy Library) or ext. 2252 (Orillia Education Library)

Orillia users please note: To request books from the Chancellor Paterson Library and the Education Library, use the Request link in Omni (you must sign in first to Omni).

Journals by Title

Use Omni to locate a journal title. You can enter a journal title in the search box or Use the Journals by category option on the left side to browse journals by category.

Liaison Librarians & Archivists

Contact our Liaison Librarians & Archivists

Knowledge Commons

Knowledge Commons is Lakehead University Library's online repository. Knowledge Commons began as an e-theses repository and currently holds approximately 700 Lakehead theses. Any Lakehead faculty member may deposit publications in Knowledge Commons as long as they are the copyright holder. Knowledge Commons is considered to be an open access repository under the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications. In addition to journal articles, other types of reports, white papers, presentation slides, images and sound files are welcome.


Omni is the easy-to-use academic search tool that gives you access to high-quality resources from participating Ontario university libraries.

Open Access Support

Check out this list of Open Access Publishing support available at Lakehead University.

Open Access and Scholarly Communications

This guide offers Lakehead researchers comprehensive information on Open Access models, publishing, journal hosting and other Scholarly Communications topics.

Open Access: Faculty Guide to Open Educational Resources - OER

This guide is intended to help introduce faculty to the concept of OER, provide links to Open Access collections and resources.

Research Consultations

You, and your students, can book a library research consultation for one-to-one research support with a liaison librarian.

Research Data Management

Learn More.

Research Guides

Click here to find our Subject Guides and Topic Guides.

Scholarly Publishing Opportunities

Resources available to help faculty, staff and students choose a journal for publication.

Systematic and Scoping Reviews

This guide provides information and resources to aid researchers in conducting systematic and scoping reviews. Support available from librarians is also described. 

Contact Us



Chancellor Paterson (Thunder Bay)

Education Library (Thunder Bay)

Education Library (Orillia)

Harvie Legacy Library (Orillia)

Law Library (Thunder Bay)