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Graduate Student Guide: Home


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

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

Subject-specific research guidance as well as information on topics such as citations, copyright, and data management can be found in online guides. Access the guides via the “Research Guides” link on the library homepage.

Collections and Research Tools

Print and Electronic Collections

Over 1.8 million items and online resources including 250 index and full text databases and streaming audio and video collections are available to you. The Archives & Special Collections preserve unique manuscript and print items that document the history of the region, and the library stewards a collection of federal government publications and manages the UM open access institutional repository ScholarWorks.

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.

FAQs: How do I...

access databases from off-campus?

Use your NetID and corresponding password.

find journal articles and books?

Use OneSearch, the search engine for most library resources at the University of Montana libraries including academic journals, government documents, ebooks, movies, newspapers, and more. Access OneSearch via the library homepage (choose the Advanced Search link). Consult OneSearch Tips for search guidance. Review the list of databases partially covered or not included in OneSearch; search those databases individually.

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

Browse the ScholarWorks graduate student theses, dissertations, and professional papers collection by academic department, or search by topic or author. ScholarWorks is UM’s open access institutional repository (IR), it also includes abstracts from the annual UM Graduate Student Research Conference. To search dissertations beyond – and including – UM, use the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global database.

connect Google Scholar to the library’s 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 at 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).

Study and Workspace

The library is a large 5-floor building; you can find quiet or noisy spaces, study rooms and study carrels. Group Study Rooms on levels 2, 4, 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.

Graduate Student Guide Handout