What New Graduate Students Need to Know about the Libraries (Updated August 27)

Posted on: August 27, 2020

Congratulations on beginning your graduate studies at James Madison University! On our beautiful campus, you’ll find four library facilities, which you can tour (virtually) in this short video.

On this page are some pointers to help you make the most of JMU Libraries’ programs and services.

Online learning:

  • View this brief video about how we use Canvas at JMU:


Library resources & services:

  • Meet your librarian: We have librarians specializing in specific research strategies and resources for each graduate program at JMU. Your librarian can help you find, evaluate, and use information for your research and assignments. Find your librarian here, and contact them via email or make an online appointment with them.
  • Online tools specifically for graduate students:
    • Sage Research Methods is a great tool for learning about research methods and statistics.
    • LinkedIn Learning is an online learning platform with video-based tutorials and courses that will teach you skills in technology, software, leadership, business, communications, and other areas.
    • Lots of other online tools and databases, organized by subject, are in our Research Guides.
  • Learn about Interlibrary Loan (ILL): If JMU Libraries does not have a book, journal article, or book chapter that you need, you can request a copy from ILL. Read the latest news about ILL at JMU.
  • View this brief video about library resources and services:


Accessing the Libraries’ spaces:

  • Please wear a face mask covering the mouth and nose (or, if an accommodation is needed, another approved face covering) in all public and shared spaces of JMU Libraries.
  • View our full plan for providing safety-minded access to library spaces in fall 2020.
  • View this brief video about how to access library spaces this fall:


Beyond your research and coursework:

Many offices on campus provide resources that you will find helpful for graduate life:

We are here to support you.

Please don’t hesitate to ask us for help. Visit our Ask the Library page to use our live chat or send us a message. Whether you have a question about an online course, or want help with research, or need info about other JMU services, we are here for you!

Published May 18, 2020. Last updated August 27 (added Thrive).

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