10 Things to Know about the Libraries: Faculty & Graduate Student Edition

Welcome to Washington University Libraries! There is a lot to explore, but we’ve listed ten highlights below to point you to services, resources, and more available to faculty and graduate students.

  1. Washington University in St. Louis has 12 Libraries, all with unique features, spaces, and resources to explore. Ten are on the Danforth Campus.
  2. Subject librarians are your personal advocates for library resources and services. Subject librarians can:
    – provide one-on-one research consultation
    – visit your class to provide instruction on library resources
    – create research guides specific to your discipline
    – assist with placing books, articles, videos, and recordings on course reserve for your classes
  3. Graduate student study rooms are located throughout John M. Olin Library and offer a private space to study and concentrate. Swipe your university ID to enter. Graduate student lockers are available on a first-come, first served basis. Request access at the Help Desk on Level 1.
  4. Borrow materials—including textbooks—from libraries anywhere in the world. Request books and articles from other libraries through one of the multiple options in our interlibrary loan system.
  5. The Julian Edison Department of Special Collections provides access to rare and unique primary source materials. Our collection areas include the Film & Media Archive, Manuscripts, D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Rare Books, University Archives, and Local History. A number of the libraries across campus also house unique collections in music, art, business, and more.
  6. Do you need help managing, working with, mapping, sharing, or visualizing data? Our Data Services unit can help you organize your research or plan a project.
  7. Utilize our instruction and information literacy support services, which address learning outcomes and can be tailored to your course needs and disciplines. We can:
    – collaborate on research assignment design
    – teach instruction sessions focused on research, source evaluation, and synthesis
    – embed in the Learning Management System to work online with you and your students
  8. Keep tabs on your research! Track your references with a citation management tool that you can use on or off campus. The Libraries support a variety of citation management tools— including Zotero and Mendeley—and offer regular workshops to help you use them.
  9. Clarify your author’s rights and other publishing options from the very beginning. Explore our website for details about copyright, intellectual property rights, and open access. Plus, the Washington University Open Scholarship repository provides free access to the university’s scholarly output.
  10. Access hundreds of library databases of scholarly articles and journals anytime and anywhere. Log into the proxy server to connect with scholarly electronic resources from off campus.
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