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.
- Check out our guide for students: Get an overview of how to succeed with online learning in our Guide to Online Learning at JMU.
- Check out our guide for instructors: If you’re a teaching assistant, you’ll want to look at our Guide to Online and Hybrid Teaching at JMU as well. Teaching assistants should also review this FERPA information about privacy laws for handling student data.
- Get tech support for Canvas and other learning technologies: Visit Library Tech Support for email and phone (540-568-5312) options for tech support during our service hours.
- 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.
- Connect from off-campus: Almost all of the Libraries’ online journals, databases, e-books, and other online resources are available from off-campus by logging in with your JMU eID/password. Learn how to connect from off-campus.
- 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.
- Check out books: You can check out books and other physical materials from JMU Libraries’ collections via Click & Pickup, our temporary pickup service. We also 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.
- 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:
- Career and Academic Planning
- Community Service-Learning
- COVID-19 information from the Graduate School
- COVID-19 information from the University Health Center
- Counseling Center resources and services, including Therapist Assisted Online (TAO)
- Office of Disability Services
- Online Learning Tips from Learning Strategies Instruction
- Learning Centers, including the University Writing Center and more
- LGBTQ+ Virtual Resources
- Off-Campus Life Virtual Office Hours
- Pop-Up Pantry (supporting students’ basic needs, specifically when it comes to housing and food insecurity)
- Rebound (a program to help you turn failures into opportunities)
- Study Spaces on Campus
- Student Affairs Virtual Programming and Online Resources
- UREC (recreation, health, and fitness)
- The Well (health and well-being resources and services)
- Thrive: Supporting Inclusive Excellence
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. Most recently updated February 16, 2021.
Categorised in: JMU Libraries News