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Graduate Student Guide


Welcome graduate students! The Mansfield Libraries are here to support you with your research, teaching, and other information needs.

Collections and Research Tools

Print and Electronic Collections

Circulation and Course Reserves

  • Check out books, bound journals, and media for four months using your Griz Card or a picture ID.
  • Course reserve items can be borrowed for the time period the instructor designates.

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

  • Request books, journal articles and other materials not owned or subscribed to by the Mansfield Library.
  • You can also request that articles and book chapters owned by the Mansfield Library be scanned for you, and you will receive an email link to download the materials once they are available.
  • Click on "Interlibrary Loan" from the library homepage for the request form.

Reference Management

  • The library subscribes to two online reference management services, RefWorks and EndNote Basic. The tools enable you to: keep track of your research sources, automatically generate a bibliography in a variety of citation styles, and add in-text citations to a paper. You can store documents in RefWorks, too.
  • Access each resource via the “Databases” tab from the library homepage.

Research Assistance

Librarians and Research Consultations

Librarians can answer your research questions, provide guidance on the research process, and point you to relevant resources for your work. You can receive guidance on:

  • data management,
  • digital file preservation,
  • open access publishing, and
  • reference management, among other topics.

Email a librarian or reference personnel with questions or to set up a meeting.

Reference and Instruction

  • Receive assistance in-person at the Reference Desk (10am-4pm Monday-Friday), and by phone, email (, and chat (linked from the homepage, 10am-4pm Monday-Friday).
  • Library instruction may occur in your classes, program orientation, and is offered via drop-in Workshops.

Online Research Guides

Study and Workspace

The library is a large building; you can find quiet or noisy spaces, study rooms and study carrels.

  • Group Study Rooms, on levels 2 and 5, can be reserved for up to three hours a day, up to two weeks in advance, these include a Family-Friendly and a Veteran’s Study Room.
  • An Accessible Technology Room is also available, on a first come, first served basis.
  • There are 20 study carrels on levels 1 and 2 for daily use on a first come, first served basis.

Computers, Technology, and Printing

  • You’ll find computer workstations in the library, including multimedia computers, and book and bulk sheet scanners.

  • There are laptops, WiFi Hotspots, and webcams for check out.

  • Three of the group study rooms are technology-equipped, and the library provides production studios that include a One Button Studio Space, Podcast/Video Studio Space, and Lightboard Studio.

  • A full list of available equipment, as well as the software on computers, is on the library website under "Technology and Spaces."

  • Paw Print is a fee-based print, copy, and scan center. Color and large-format printing, as well as 3-D printing, are available.

FAQs: How do I...

access databases from off-campus?

  • Use your NetID and corresponding password.

find journal articles and books?

find theses, professional papers, or dissertations written by UM students?

connect Google Scholar with the library collections?

  • Choose "Settings" from the Google Scholar homepage, then “Library links.” Search “University of Montana,” check the box next to “University of Montana-Missoula - Link to Article @ UM” and then click Save.
  • When you search Google Scholar you will then see a link labeled “Link to Article @ UM” if the Library provides that content, and will be able to link directly to the item (once you log in to the UM system).