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 Overview for Graduate Students (Flash Player required).
Enroll in Online Grad Course
The University of Arizona Libraries offers an entirely online, one-credit 10 week course on information research strategies focused on the library research needs of graduate students.
- Developing advanced-level database searching skills for conducting comprehensive literature reviews
- Managing citations and creating bibliographies
- Copyright basics
- The "open access" movement in academia
Students can register for LIBR 696a through UA Access. It is listed under "Library Studies."
Let us know what you think of the web pages for Grad Students.
Last modified: August 13, 2012
For Graduate Students - Using the Library
Using the Library
Introduction to Library Services
Learn all about resources and services of special interest to graduate students. This is a Flash-based video presentation.
Get material for your research
Circulation & Borrowing Information
Information on circulation and borrowing policies and procedures.
Find out how to have articles and book chapters scanned and e-mailed to you.
A service that provides access to materials not owned by the UA Libraries.
Find a place to study, write and store your materials
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.
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.
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.
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: August 26, 2013
For Graduate Students - Search & Find
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
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.
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: May 11, 2011
For Graduate Students - Dissertation & Thesis Support
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.
- How do I locate Dissertations and Theses?
Information about locating UA and non-UA dissertations and theses.
Dissertation & Thesis Writing Tips
- The Literature Review
A guide on what literature reviews are and how to research and write your own literature review. Includes examples.
- Guide to the successful thesis and dissertation: a handbook for students and faculty
An e-book available to the UA community.
- Selected books in the UA Libraries on writing dissertations and theses
Dissertations, Academic - Authorship
Dissertations, Academic - Handbooks, manuals, etc.
- UA Graduate College Manuals for Submission of Theses & Dissertations
Includes specific formatting requirements for print and electronic formats.
- UMI Electronic Submission Website for UA
Includes formatting requirements, various publishing guides on copyright and other topics, help for creating PDFs and more.
- UA Writing Center
Free writing support by drop-in or by appointment.
- 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
- Human Subjects Research
UA policies and procedures for conducting human subjects research.
Last modified: August 26, 2013
For Graduate Students - Citation Management
There are a number of citation management programs. The UA Libraries has a campus-wide license to the first two programs listed below.
- RefWorks RefWorks Guide
RefWorks is a web-based citation manager program available to UA faculty, staff and students. It allows one 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 as you write your paper to allow you to access your citations stored in RefWorks and to automatically create footnotes and a bibliography.
- EndNote Web EndNote Web Tutorials
EndNote Web is a 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 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.
RefWorks/EndNote/Zotero Features Comparison Chart
(University of Wisconsin Libraries)
Citation Style Guides
- Research and Documentation Online
Diana Hacker's excellent site focuses on MLA, Chicago Style, APA, and CBE styles with sample papers and good examples.
- OWL - Purdue Online Writing Lab
Good descriptions and examples for APA, MLA and Chicago Style.
- Discipline Specific Citation Guides
Information and links to citation style guides from such areas as Agriculture to Medicine to Sociology.
Preparation & Submission of UA Dissertations and Theses
- UA Graduate College Manuals for submission of Theses & Dissertations (includes specific formatting requirements)
- UMI Electronic submission web site for UA (includes formatting requirements, various publishing guides on copyright and other topics, help for creating PDFs and more)
Accidental Plagiarism - Don't Let it Happen to You (Tutorial)
A concise depiction of what constitutes plagiarism and tips to preventing plagiarism.
Last modified: May 11, 2011
For Graduate Students - Get Help Now
Looking for discipline-specific article databases? Go to the list of Subject Guides for suggestions by discipline.
Last modified: August 27, 2012