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UF Libraries Guide for New Graduate Students: Get Started

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

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port you in your efforts to learn, teach, and research during this time.

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Library Locations

UF has seven library branches on campus! Each branch specializes in one or more subject areas. Click here for more information about branches and collections: 

map of library branches

Visiting the Libraries

Library West and Marston Science Library have special study spaces for enrolled UF graduate students. The 6th Floor or Library West is reserved for grad students for quiet individual and group study. Ask for access at the Circulation Desk. This floor also has a multimedia production and scanning station with Adobe Creative Suite 5--Design Premium software.

A limited number of graduate study carrels are available on the 4th Floor of Library West. They are assigned each academic year by a lottery of eligible applicants. Ask at the Circulation Desk for an application.The 5th Floor of Marston Science Library offers lockable study carrels for sci-tech graduate students. Ask at the Circulation Desk for an application.

As an enrolled graduate student, you are eligible for the following library privileges:

  • Ability to check out up to 250 books at one time.
  • An 8 week renewable borrowing period for most books.
  • Use of interlibrary loan (ILL) and UBorrow services.
  • Remote access to online resources (ex. databases, full text journal articles, electronic books, streaming video, etc.) through the virtual private network (VPN).

Research Consultation

ARCS Academic Research Consulting & Services

Library professionals offer unique expertise to support your research activities. Areas of expertise include:

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

‚ÄčTo learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit:


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 into the library.

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.




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."

Institutional Repository

preserve your legacy IR at UF

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!


The library regularly hosts workshops on topics such as citation management tools, copyright/fair use, 3D printing, and more!

 Smathers Libraries workshops

 Health Science Center Library workshops

Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad)

we can get it for you! click here for full brochure

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.


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UBorrow lets you request materials directly from participating university libraries within Florida. 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 your item at either Library West, the Health Science Center Library, or the Legal Information Center. Click here for more information on UBorrow.


Bibliographic Management Software

proquest refworks and endnote basic

Refworks and EndNote Basic are web-based programs that allow you to store and retrieve your bibliographic citations easily. Access is free to university-affiliated students, faculty, and staff. 

Learn to use RefWorks in 20 minutes with these video tutorials.

Click here for a guide to using EndNote Basic

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Funding Opportunities for Students

The Fellowship Deadlines and Funding Opportunities pdf file below contains a list of grant and fellowship 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.

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