Library:Help for Graduate Students
Most of the information in this guide can also be found in the 2016 Graduate Student Guide (PDF)
- 1 Start
- 2 Access & Borrowing
- 3 Researching
- 4 Writing
- 5 Teaching
Learning, knowledge, research, insight: welcome to UBC Library, the second largest research library in Canada. The Library has more than ten branches and divisions, including on- and off-campus locations and its Okanagan campus location. The Library's collections include more than 6.5 million items, and it offers students, faculty and staff a wide range of services, including one-on-one research help, workshops, interlibrary loans, document delivery, off-campus access to ebooks and online articles, data services, a GIS lab, microform readers & scanners and much more.
Library Research Commons
- format your dissertation or thesis to meet the requirements of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
- use any of three popular citation management tools RefWorks, Mendeley or Zotero to save your citations and format your works cited list.
- perform quantitative analysis with SPSS software.
- use NVivo software to perform qualitative analysis.
Ask a Librarian
Every branch of the Library has staff who can help you find what you need. Looking for articles, primary sources, data or statistics to support your research?
- Don’t hesitate to ask us for assistance at the reference desk, via email, online chat
- Or make an appointment with your subject librarian, who can provide personalized help with your research.
- Public Computers & Labs
- Printers, photocopiers and scanners
- Data/GIS Lab
- Silent Study Areas
- Connect from anywhere: Current UBC students can access licensed Library resources from off-campus computers. All you need is a valid Campus-Wide Login (CWL) or Library card barcode.
How do I?
Access & Borrowing
Connecting from Home
As a UBC student, you have full access to the wide range of print and electronic collections through the Library from home, as well as in person. To get instant access to online Journals, Indexes & Databases, and other Library licensed resources from off-campus locations you can use the EZproxy login.
You'll need your Campus-Wide Login (CWL) or your UBC Card's barcode and PIN number.
- Don't know or forgot your PIN number? You can request a new PIN here: http://ilsauth.library.ubc.ca/login/forgot.php
- 1. Check your connectivity: make sure that your internet service provider is working.
- 2. If you can't log in with your Campus Wide Login (CWL), contact UBC IT Service Centre Help Desk, by phone (604-822-2008 weekdays, 8:00-4:30) or via this form.
- 3. If you can't log in using your Library barcode and PIN, you might have a Library PIN problem. Call the Library's Borrower Services division at 604-822-2406. More information here. Forgotten your Library PIN? Reset it here.
- 4. If your access problems are intermittent, i.e., you can access some online journals from home but not others it may be that there's an issue with the journal itself. You can report access problems relating to specific journals and/or databases here: http://about.library.ubc.ca/contact-us/ejournal-help/
- Your UBC Card is your Library card
- You can also apply for Reciprocal Borrowing privileges at many other Canadian and U.S. post-secondary institutions.
- Log into your account to:
- change your PIN
- renew items
- pay your fines online
- set up email reminders for item due dates
- Document Delivery (from one UBC Library branch to another)
- InterLibrary Loan (request an item not owned by UBC Library)
- Library services for people with disabilities
- Learn how to access course reserves & readings in Connect
- Summon: Keyword Searching on the Library Homepage
- Search for databases available at UBC Library
- UBC Library Open Collections
- cIRcle: UBC's institutional repository
- contains most of the theses & dissertations produced by UBC students since 1919
- WorldCat: searches 3000+ Library catalogues
Citing & Bibliographies
Contact A Librarian
- Subject Research Guides: Need articles for a project and don’t know where to start? Search our subject-specific guides for help with your research.
- Guide to Primary Sources
- Government Publications
Copyrighted materials are everywhere—you produce them, and you use them, every day. Be responsible in your research and studies: know what you can and can’t do under copyright law. Infringing copyright is a serious matter. Find information about copyright, UBC’s requirements and more: copyright.ubc.ca
- Copyright at UBC: The Copyright at UBC site contains links to information about copyright law in Canada, resource guides, an FAQ and much more. Of particular interest:
- Thesis and Dissertation Format & Submission: This is your go-to guide to find UBC's Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for your thesis proposal, as well as research ethics and planning and defending your thesis. Of particular interest:
- the Dissertation & Thesis Preparation page which contains links to format requirements, a sample thesis and how to include published material in your work.
- cIRcle is UBC’s digital repository for research and teaching materials created by the UBC community, openly accessible to anyone on the web. This is where you will ultimately submit your final thesis/dissertation.
- see the Final Dissertation & Thesis Submission page for more information.
Looking for theses?
- Guide to Finding Thesis & Dissertations: UBC, Canadian, North American and international theses.
Your Research Data
- http://researchdata.library.ubc.ca/. This website, developed and maintained by UBC Library, provides valuable information and resources related to UBC's Research Data management strategy. If you are producing, reusing or interested in preserving and sharing your research data, please visit the site.
Beyond the Thesis/Dissertation
- Creating and Maintaining your Academic Profile: guide to the skills and tools you need for discussing, interacting, presenting, writing, commenting, and finally publishing your research.
- Citation Metrics: explains how to use citation analysis tools to measure the impact of articles, books, journals and individual researchers.
- Scholarly Communications @ UBC: UBC's information portal for those interested and/or involved in scholarly authorship and publication.
Online Course Reserves & Readings
- Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
- Creating Persistent Links to Articles
- The Digital Classroom: Copyright FAQs