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Graduate Students' Guide to the Library: Tricky Citations

Graduate students have specialized research needs. This guide will provide tips and tricks especially for graduate students, but we also recommend that you get to know your subject librarian for specialized help.

Tracking Down Tricky Citations

There are a few types of citations that are often difficult to find. Here are some tips and resources on finding a few different types of information.

Google Scholar

For all kinds of tricky citations, Google Scholar can be your saving grace. If you have just a partial citation (like an author, date, and subject) use the Advanced Search in Google Scholar to piece together the missing information.

Many universities are now publishing theses and dissertations in institutional repositories, which are freely available on the web and searchable via Google Scholar. You may be able to find recent dissertations on your research subject online!

Conferences and associations also sometimes publish their proceedings and publications freely online, so they may be accessible through Google Scholar.

Google Scholar is a go-to source for academic librarians, and you can use it too!

Dissertations & Theses

Conference Proceedings


The U.S. government is a major collector and publisher of various types of statistical data. Here are a few places for finding government-gathered statistics.

Setting up Google Scholar

You can configure Google Scholar to connect to UW Libraries resources. The document below will show you how!