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Optometry and Vision Science Research Guide: Get started

Research resources and information for vision science.

About this Guide

This guide provides access to resources of interest for research, teaching, and learning at the School of Optometry and Vision Science. Here you will find useful information about how to:

  • find evidence-based research articles, eBooks, and theses to support your topic
  • Get help with writing and citing, as well as citation software management.
  • Find consumer health resources, including statistics and patents. 

For more assistance, or for more complex questions, please e-mail me or book a virtual meeting with me. I can help you:

  • identify and use information resources relevant to your research
  • critically appraise, evaluate and select information
  • create workshops, course assignments and research guides for specific courses in Optometry
  • navigate copyright, open access, data management, institutional repositories, academic integrity, and citation tracking
  • collaborate on knowledge synthesis projects, including: narrative reviews, scoping reviews and systematic reviews

The School of Optometry Building at night

The Witer Learning Resource Centre (WLRC) is located on the second floor of the Optometry building in room 2101. The Optometry building is located at the north end of the University of Waterloo campus, at the intersection of Columbia Street and Hagey Boulevard.

The WRLC supports teaching, research and learning at the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry. The WLRC serves the only English-language optometry school in Canada, and one of the largest vision science graduate programs in North America.

In addition, the WLRC provides alumni of the OD and IOBP programs as well as Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) members with evidence-based resources that support clinical decision making.

Postal address

School of Optometry and Vision Science
University of Waterloo
200 University Ave. W.
Waterloo ON  N2L 3G1

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The Witer Learning Resource Centre's expert team support services and research for clinical faculty, Optometry Doctoral (OD), Vision Science Graduate and International Optometric Bridging Program (IOBP) students.


Mirka Freemantle

Circulation Supervisor

Janine Solis Solis

Circulation Desk Clerk

Peter Stirling

Digital Initiatives Officer


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