FSU Libraries support graduate students at every step of your program, from new student orientation to archiving your completed dissertation. Most library resources are available on the FSU Libraries website. For example, you can use the website to ask for help, find books and articles, or learn about specialized materials and tools for your subject area with our library research guides.
Contact your subject librarian for personalized support. Subject librarians are your point of contact for general and discipline-specific library information, research and teaching support, and access to the scholarly information resources you need.
- You can find textbooks and other course readings in OneSearch.
- As a grad student, you can check out materials for extended borrowing times or have them delivered to your department office!
- If the item you want is not available in OneSearch, you can use UBorrow and InterLibrary Loan to request materials that FSU Libraries do not have in its collection.
- We also welcome your recommendations for books we should purchase for the FSU Libraries.
As a graduate student, you will conduct research throughout your career. You will be researching and writing papers in your courses; reading and synthesizing scholarship for your preliminary exams; and finally, researching and writing your thesis or dissertation. FSU Libraries can help you get access to the information sources you need to be successful.
OneSearch is just the beginning when it comes to discovering the latest scholarship in your field. When you need to extend beyond our local collections or deepen your engagement with the literature, consider the following:
- Use OneSearch to discover the resources here at FSU Libraries, or to search the Statewide Catalog for materials available to you from other institutions in the State of Florida system.
To extend your search for journal articles, consider the multi-disciplinary Web of Science, a major database of articles and citations.
To extend your search for books, media, and archival materials beyond Florida, consider WorldCat, a catalog of catalogs spanning major libraries throughout the United States and beyond. You can request materials from other libraries via InterLibrary Loan.
Librarians are happy to meet with you one-on-one to support your research journey. Schedule a research consultation for help navigating research tools and databases, developing efficient and effective search strategies, and more.
Citation management programs, or citation managers, allow you to automatically store and easily organize your citations, create bibliographies formatted in major citation styles, and even create in-text citations using plugins for word processors like Microsoft Word.
FSU Libraries support several citation management tools and librarians can help you choose the best one for you.
Advanced Project Development
Librarians can introduce you to a range of specialized software, digital tools, and unique resources to help analyze and produce next-level research.
Dissertations & Theses
FSU Libraries hosts the Dissertation & Thesis Retreat. These retreats include sessions on completing your literature review, writing strategies, self care, and other helpful resources.
The FSU Libraries will also archive your completed thesis, dissertation, and other scholarly outputs so that scholars in your field can discover and engage with your work.
- Explore past FSU scholars’ work in DigiNole: FSU's Research Repository, a digital publishing platform for depositing scholarly works and data.
Publishing & Presenting your Research
Librarians can also assist you when you’re ready to publish or present your research.
- Know your copyright options when sharing your work or using the works of others.
- Consider publishing on one of many open platforms that reduce barriers to access and therefore increase the potential reach of your scholarship.
- Explore the many innovative ways to share your scholarship with CreateFSU, a free web-hosting service perfect for sharing digital research outputs with the world.
Are you teaching a course this semester? FSU Libraries support course instructors and teaching assistants with a variety of resources and services.