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Graduate Students' Guide to the Library: Getting Started

Graduate students have specialized research needs. This guide provides tips and tricks for getting started, but we also recommend that you get to know your subject librarian for in-depth questions and support.

Information Resources for Graduate Studies

This Research Guide is designed to get you started with exploring library and information resources that may help you in your learning process as a graduate student. UW Libraries provides access to a wide array of content for the scholarly community. 

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Handouts about Literature Search & Review

Exploring Resources

Graduate studies demand greater exploration of available scholarly works than is typical for undergraduate studies, in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of topics and areas of research. Understanding the purpose of your information search and the types of information sources that may be suitable are important for focusing your search strategy. Publication formats can provide clues to the intended purposes of content, although they may differ by discipline. For example, books (including eBooks) and monographs are core sources of scholarly debate in the humanities and some social sciences, whereas they typically serve as reference materials and syntheses of topical subjects in the sciences. Journal articles constitute the core communication for original research in the sciences and some social sciences. Research in the humanities and some social sciences often relies upon locating first hand accounts in sources such as newspaper articles, interview recordings, or historical records. Distinctions between format types has become more blurred as more publications have been created digitally; however, the distinctions remain important. Communication formats continue to evolve, with multimedia content and interdisciplinary works becoming prevalent in recent years. With the proliferation of Internet sources, it especially important to critically examine information sources for credibility, accuracy, currency, and appropriateness.  

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Search QuickSearch Scopes

UW Libraries QuickSearch: includes the collections of the University Libraries, UW Law Library, and the American Heritage Center. Searches almost everything.

Use this QuickSearch link to search Books, E-Books & Media.

Lastly, use this QuickSearch link to search Course Reserves.

Interlibrary Loan: UW students, faculty and staff can request books, journal volumes, journal articles and other materials, regardless of whether it is available in the UW Libraries, online or in libraries around the world. A free service! Interlibrary Loan link.

Library Search/Retrieval Options

 

UW Libraries QuickSearch: includes the collections of the University Libraries, UW Law Library, and the American Heritage Center.

 


Prospector: a unified catalog of twenty-three academic, public and special libraries in Colorado and Wyoming. UW students, faculty and staff can borrow materials from Prospector.

 

 

yellow arrow on a sky blue boxInterlibrary Loan: UW students, faculty and staff can request books, journal volumes, journal articles and other materials, regardless of whether it is available in the UW Libraries, online or in libraries around the world. A free service!