For Graduate Students

Last modified: May 6, 2011

For Graduate Students - Getting Started

Welcome, UA Graduate Students!

  • Are you looking for help to get started with your thesis or dissertation research?
  • Do you need a quick review of library search techniques?
  • Would you like to learn more about managing your citations?

Explore the resources and services that are available to you through this site.

Watch Library Need to Know: Useful Tips for Graduate Students (YouTube).

Last modified: January 23, 2014

For Graduate Students - Using the Library

Get material for your research

Circulation & Borrowing Information 

Information on circulation and borrowing policies and procedures.

Document Delivery
Find out how to have articles and book chapters scanned and e-mailed to you.

Interlibrary Loan
A service that provides access to materials not owned by the UA Libraries.

Find a place to study, write and store your materials

Scholars' Corner
A quiet reading room for UA faculty and graduate students at the Main Library.

Long Term Study Rooms
Quiet study carrels for PhD candidates and faculty members. Available for long-term  use at the Main and Science-Engineering Libraries.

Dissertation Writers' Rooms
Several shared rooms are available for a semester at a time to those currently writing their dissertations. Located at Main and Science-Engineering Libraries.

Comp Exam Rooms
Available for a month at a time at the Main Library for graduate students currently studying for comprehensive exams.

Study Spaces
Find out about all other study spaces, including our group and quiet study rooms and computer study areas.

Graduate Students Lockers
Available to graduate students for a semester at a time, these are located in the Main Library.

Get help

Ask a Librarian
Connect with a variety of services to help you with your research, including live chat, email reference, reference desk assistance and meeting with a librarian.

Instructional Services
If you are teaching on campus, find out how we can help you through consultations, tutorials, and more.

Share your research

Campus Repository Service
If you have scholarly output you would like to both store and share with others, find out how you can deposit it with us through our Campus Repository Service.

Last modified: January 22, 2014

For Graduate Students - Search & Find

Article & Database Searching
Provides access to articles in popular and scholarly journals. The database list is alphabetical by title and by subject or discipline

Subject Guides
Provides a list of subject oriented resource guides. Guides include descriptions of the major resources in the discipline.

UA Library Catalog
A database of the vast array of resources of the UA Libraries. Many items are now in digital formats. The catalog provides multiple points of access to the materials.

WorldCat Local
A catalog of records for materials cataloged by libraries throughout the world, including UA Libraries. It includes some journal articles.

Center for Research Libraries (CRL)
A consortium that makes available, through interlibrary loan and electronic delivery, hard to find newspapers, journals, documents, archives and other traditional and digital resources for research and teaching.

Dissertations and Theses - Full Text (ProQuest)
A database of all doctoral dissertations and some master's theses from most North American and many European colleges and universities.

Last modified: January 22, 2014

For Graduate Students - Dissertation & Thesis Support

Locating Dissertations and Theses

  • Dissertations and Theses - Full Text (ProQuest)
    Database of all doctoral dissertations and some master's theses from UA, as well as most North American and many European colleges and universities, from 1637 onwards. Full text available from 1996 forward. Many pre-1996 titles are also available online.

Writing Tips

  • The Literature Review
    A guide on what literature reviews are and how to research and write your own literature review. Includes examples.
  • Library books on writing dissertations and theses:

Dissertations, Academic - Authorship
Dissertations, Academic - Handbooks, manuals, etc.

Preparation & Submission

Writing Support

  • Grad Student Writing Course
    A three-week intensive writing program for all graduate students focusing on writing projects, theses, and dissertation work.
  • Collaborative Writing Tools
    Free programs that increase efficiency in creating, storing and sharing documents, bookmarks and citations.

Copyright and Intellectual Property

  • Copyright Information
    Who to contact for copyright questions; copyright basics and advanced topics such as use of digital content in courses; peer to peer sharing.
  • Scholarly Communication
    Libraries support the broadest possible distribution of knowledge created by scholars.  Issues that are of high concern are publishing, intellectual property, and copyright.

UA Guidelines on Human Subjects Research

Last modified: January 22, 2014

For Graduate Students - Citation Management

Managing Citations

  • RefWorks and RefWorks Guide
    Web-based citation manager program available to UA faculty, staff and students. It allows you to import citations from many of our databases, or input them manually, and then create bibliographies automatically in the desired style format.
  • Write-n-Cite is a related software program that can be downloaded and installed from the Refworks site. This program works within MS Word, allowing you to access your citations stored in RefWorks and automatically create footnotes and a bibliography.
  • EndNote Web and EndNote Web Tutorials
    Bibliographic management program that will help you collect and import references from online databases; organize your references for your research topics and papers and create a formatted bibliography for your paper or cite references while you write. All UA staff, students, and faculty are eligible for a free EndNote Web account.
  • Zotero and Zotero Quick Start Guide
    A free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources.  If you have set up an account in Zotero and synced your library on their server, you can also view, but not modify, your library from any computer through your online account. Another option for using your Zotero library on multiple computers is to use portable Firefox with Zotero on a USB flash drive.

Citation Style Guides

Preventing Plagiarism

Last modified: January 22, 2014

For Graduate Students - Get Help Now

 Ask a Librarian
 Use our Ask a Librarian service via chat, email or phone.
Online tutorials
Check out our quick online tutorials to get up- to-speed on library research techniques and databases.

Subject Guides
Looking for discipline-specific article databases?  Go to the list of  Subject Guides for suggestions by discipline.

Last modified: August 27, 2012