Important Info for New Graduate Students

Posted on: May 26, 2020

Congratulations on beginning your graduate studies at James Madison University! Here are a few 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 access to our books: The print books in the JMU Libraries collections are currently not available, because all JMU Libraries physical spaces are closed until further notice to support public health. We have a wide variety of e-books and other online resources. Please contact your librarian or Ask the Library for help getting access to the books you need. Read more about access to print books.
  • Learn about Interlibrary Loan (ILL): Usually, we can get you almost any book or article from any library in the world via ILL. But libraries around the world are not shipping books to each other due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so JMU Libraries’ ILL service is not able to request books from other libraries until further notice. You can request journal articles and book chapters, and ILL will try to get them for you in digital format. Read the latest news about ILL at JMU.
  • View this brief video about library resources and services:

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 May 26, 2020 by Kristen Shuyler.

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