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Research Services

Are you looking for something that was published in the Toronto Star? Not sure when it appeared? Star Store is pleased to offer research services for customers seeking articles or images. To request this service, please fill out the following form:
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Please note - if you do know when the page or image appeared, you do not need to purchase research services. Click here for further information. 
The Toronto Star Researcher is experienced with all Toronto Star resources* and will search as many of them as possible in the time allotted to find what you are looking for. The Researcher has worked in several capacities at the Toronto Star including positions in the Editorial Library and in the Photo Archives.  She has over 15 years experience researching photos, pages and text in Toronto Star sources, both digital and physical. 
The fee for the photo, text and page research service is $50.00 per hour. There is a minimum charge of $50.00.  Please be advised that an hour search will likely include researching digital resources only.  Searching archival and microfilm resources takes longer and should be discussed with the Star Researcher in advance. The Researcher will be pleased to discuss your topic and the amount of time you would like her to spend researching.
Please be advised that despite the Researcher’s expertise, she can’t guarantee that she will find what you are looking for.
*Toronto Star Resources: Toronto Star Archive online (digital), Toronto Star photographs (digital), Toronto Star Historical Newspaper Archive (digital), Toronto Star microfilm, Star Weekly microfilm, Toronto Star Photo Archive (prints) at the Toronto Public Library, Toronto Star negative and transparency archive, Toronto Star clipping files
FAQ
Will the Researcher contact me to discuss my topic? 
Yes, the Researcher will contact you to discuss your topic and the length of time it is likely to take to do the research.  Please fill in the Star Store research form.  This form will be forwarded to the Researcher who will contact you within 3 business days. 
Can I ask the Researcher to work only ½ hour for $25.00?
There is a minimum charge of  $50.00 for any research undertaken.
What if my research request takes only ½ hour?
There is a minimum charge of  $50.00 for any research undertaken.
I don’t know how long the research will take.  Can I ask the Researcher to do only 1 hour?
Yes. The researcher will advise you how long the research is likely to take and will stop at 1 hour if requested.  
Do I have to pay for research in advance?  
 Yes, you must pay $50.00 through Star Store in advance.  If you agree to several hours research, the remaining hours can be paid through Star Store after the research is completed and the number of hours is known. The researcher will contact you to discuss your topic and the likely length of time it will take to do the research.  You can set a limit to the amount of time you want the researcher to work.
I know when and where the article I'm looking for appeared. Do I still have to pay for research services?
No - if you know the date and page the article appeared, please contact us directly here. 

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