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Grad Student Guides to Help You Navigate Library Resources and Services

 It’s a new year and that means getting your head back into the academic game. Whether you’re a new graduate student or a returning one, you’ll want to know all about what the Dewey Graduate Library can do for you. The Graduate Student Library Guide can tell you everything you want to know and more about the University Libraries! It has all sorts of basic information that you should know, like loan periods for graduate and PhD students, library services, and information on interlibrary loan and UA delivery services. It also contains information on how to use the library resources such as our Minerva catalogue and databases. When things pick up (and believe me, they will) you might also find the guide’s research tips helpful as well. And of course, don’t forget to cite your sources. Not sure exactly how you should be doing it? Did you spend all of undergrad using one citation style, only to find out your graduate program uses another? The library guide also has information on citations.


Perhaps most importantly, the library guide also contains a list of all the library subject specialists. Why would you want to know this? Well, while you could just walk up to the library reference desk and ask for help, if you are researching a particular topic in depth, the librarian might just send you to your subject specialist anyway. Why waste time when those deadlines are fast approaching?!


Of course, you might not always have the time to pull up the library guide and search through it, and the Dewey Library has already thought of that! Stop by and pick up a handy Graduate Student Survival Guide pamphlet.  It has all the basics you’ll need, from a quick list of services to the contact information of our resident subject specialists. It even has the hours on the back, so you’ll never have to wonder if you have time to search for that last book for your project again.


If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 442-3693, email us at dewref@albany.edu, or stop by the reference desk. And while you’re here, don’t forget to pick up a survival guide!

Blog post created by Alex Hoag

Photo credit: Morris Stilson

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