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

Instructional Services
If you're 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'd like to both store and share with others, find out how you can deposit it with us through our Campus Repository Service.

Last modified: July 15, 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

  • Graduate Writing Institute
    A summer writing program for graduate students focusing on writing projects, theses, and dissertation work.
  • Graduate writing groups
    Free writing support from the UA's Writing Skills Improvement Program. Groups of 3-4 graduate students meet together with a writing coach for two hours at a time.
  • Writing skills workshops
    The Writing Skills Improvement Program offers free 50-minute workshops (September through May) and custom workshops.
  • Collaborative writing tools
    Free programs that increase efficiency in creating, storing and sharing documents, bookmarks, and citations.

Copyright and intellectual property

  • Copyright information
    Whom 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 of high concern include publishing, intellectual property, and copyright.

UA guidelines on human subjects research

Last modified: May 11, 2015

For Graduate Students - Citation Management

Managing Citations

  • RefWorks
    This web-based citation manager program is available to UA faculty, staff, and students. RefWorks allows you to import citations from many of our databases or input them manually and then create bibliographies automatically in the desired style format. See the RefWorks Guide.
  • Write-n-Cite is a related software program that can be downloaded and installed from the RefWorks site. This program works within Microsoft Word, allowing you to access your citations stored in RefWorks and automatically create footnotes and a bibliography. See RefWorks' Write-n-Cite Guide.
  • EndNote Web
    This bibliographic management program 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. See EndNote Web Tutorials.
  • Mendeley
    Manage your citations, discover content, read and annotate articles, organize papers, share and collaborate with peers, and receive personal recommendations. A basic Mendeley account is free to any user. The UA Libraries are providing free access to the Mendeley Plus plan for all UA students, faculty, and staff. You can join the UA's official Mendeley group by selecting the green "Join this group" button (a valid UA email address is needed).
  • Zotero
    Zotero is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources. If you've 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. See the Zotero Quick Start Guide.

Citation Style Guides

Preventing Plagiarism

Last modified: September 22, 2014

For Graduate Students - Get Help Now

Find your librarian
Contact a librarian in your subject area for help with individual research, acquiring research materials, the campus repository, copyright, open access, citation searches, setting up alerts and using research tools, creating a Google Scholar profile, and more.

Ask Us
Have a question? Get help 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: May 15, 2015