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UF Libraries Guide for New Graduate Students: Get Started

An introduction to Libraries resources and services for UF graduate students.

Welcome to George A. Smathers Libraries! **Click the banner for more information about branches and collections.**

UF has seven branches on campus! **Each branch specializes in one or more subject areas.**


graduate student research series

Could you use a little help with your research? With finding better scholarly sources and building scholarly knowledge? With preparing a research poster? With becoming a good academic writer?

UF Librarians Hélène Huet (European Studies), David Schwieder (Political Science), and Neelam Bharti (Chemistry), and UF Writing Instructor Sean Trainor, will present a series of research-focused sessions to help graduate students with the following topics:

  • Thursday February 8: Finding Scholarly Sources
  • Thursday February 15: Building Scholarly Knowledge
  • Thursday February 22: Designing and Preparing a Research Poster
  • Thursday March 1: Writing for All: How Thinking Like a Journalist Can Make You a Better Academic Writer

All sessions Period 4 10:40-11:30 a.m.
Room 212 Library West (Scott Nygren Studio)
No registration required
All UF Graduate and Professional Students Are Welcome

Research Consultation

ARCS Academic Research Consulting & Services

Research consultation and expertise provided by the UF Libraries.
Areas of expertise include:

• Copyright and Fair Use
• Data Management
• Digital Humanities
• GIS & Spatial Analysis
• Publishing & Archiving
• Research Integrity
• Research Metrics
• Statistical & Data Analysis
• Visualization

To learn more, or to set up an appointment, visit:

Why is it Important to Meet Your Subject Librarian?


Brian Croxall of ProfHacker explains in "An Open Letter to New Graduate Students":

"In your first few weeks on campus, you might not want to add one more person to your list of people to meet. But getting to know your subject librarian can be invaluable. Your librarian will be the person who best knows the university’s entire collection of databases, journals, and books in your field; consequently she or he will be able to help you find the things you didn’t even know were there but are necessary for your scholarship. Plus, the subject librarian is the person who controls library acquisitions in your field. Get to know ‘em and they will likely buy the books you need. (My subject librarian easily bought me 30 books.)

Your subject librarian can also teach you how to most effectively use your library’s catalog. As easy as that might sound—how hard can a search box be?—we’re here to tell you that your catalog is idiosyncratic and you’ll be much faster if you get some quick tips. Finally, your subject librarian likely has an advanced degree in your field. Consider him or her another mentor, even if s/he is in a different building."

Library Use

Places to Study
Library West and Marston Science Library have special study spaces for enrolled UF graduate students.

The 6th Floor of Library West is reserved for grad students for quiet study. Ask for access at the circulation desk.
For more info:
This floor also has a multimedia production and scanning station with Adobe Creative Suite 5--Design Premium software installed: For more info:

Graduate study carrels are available on the 4th Floor of Library West. They are assigned for the academic year by a lottery of eligible applicants. Ask at the circulation desk for applications.

The 5th Floor of Marston Science Library offers lockable study carrels for sci-tech graduate students. Ask at the circulation desk for applications.

The 3rd Floor of the Health Science Center Library is dedicated to quiet study.

Checking Out Books


Services for Graduate Teaching Assistants

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   Library Instruction
   Do your students need help with:

  • Searching for books?
  • Finding & using journal article databases?
  • Identifying & citing academic sources?
  • Avoiding plagiarism?

   If so, ask for a library instruction session.
   A librarian will be happy to visit your classroom or computer lab.
   Or, we can arrange to bring your class to Library West.

Course Reserves
Ares is the UF Libraries online course reserve system. You may reserve print and electronic items (such as textbooks and journal articles) for your students to read through this system.



Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad)

we can get it for you!

Need a book, journal article, or other item not in UF Libraries' collections? Make a request through ILLiad, the online book and document retrieval service, and we will ask another library to lend you the items you need.

UBorrow Info

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UBorrow lets you request materials directly from participating Florida state university libraries when the item is not available at UF. 

Just search the online catalog, follow the UBorrow links to the statewide catalog, find the item you want, and click the  uborrow button button. You can pick up the item at either Library West, Health Science Center Library, or the Legal Information Center.

It’s simple, it’s quick – try it!

UBorrow FAQs here!


RefWorks & EndNote

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RefWorks and EndNote Basic are web-based programs that allow you to store and retrieve your bibliographic citations easily. Access to these programs is provided for all UF-affiliated students, faculty, and staff. UF Libraries offers workshops on using these programs.

Funding Opportunities for Students


The Fellowship Deadlines and Funding Opportunities pdf file above contains a list of grant and fellowhip opportunities for students - both undergraduate and graduate. Opportunities are categorized by deadline, degree level and area of study. The table of contents contains an overview of all the opportunities with the above details. Click on a hyperlink to see more details about the funding opportunity and get a link to the main application site.

Institutional Repository

The Institutional Repository at the University of Florida is the digital archive for the intellectual output of the University of Florida community, and includes research, news, outreach, and educational materials.

The IR@UF encourages university units to contribute their open access research, reports and other materials to the IR@UF for archiving and dissemination free of commercial cost.

Want to learn more? Watch the video about the IR@UF! Learn how to preserve your legacy!

Scholarly Communications Workshops

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Click the image for the current schedule of FREE Scholarly Communications Workshops. Topics include: Copyright, the UF Institutional Repository, and Open Access. You may be interested in a workshop especially for graduate researchers!

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