Information for graduate students and GSIs

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Research support

  • Contact your subject librarian - Specific librarians are designated to support each academic department and program, and serve as the first point of contact for all research and teaching-related inquiries.
  • Graduate Services in Doe Library (Room 208) offers a core non-circulating research collection in the humanities and history, course reserves for graduate humanities and social sciences courses, a quiet and congenial study space for graduate students, and a Dissertation Writer’s Room for doctoral students advanced to candidacy.
  • Study Carrels - Assigned study carrels in the Gardner (MAIN) Stacks are available to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences, who may apply at the Privileges Desk (198 Doe).
  • Library guides - Learn about library tools, research skills, citations and more.
  • Workshops and tours
  • Subject guides for help finding discipline specific resources

Teaching support

  • Course reserves - Instructors may place print course materials that are expected to be in high demand or that require special security in a library's reserve section.
  • Online reserves and fair use - Get help locating and setting up electronic reserves for your course bSpace site.
  • Instruction Services - The Library offers instruction on library research for undergraduates and graduate students, tailored to courses, assignments and students' research topics, both in-person and online. Have a librarian come to your class.
  • To arrange library instruction in science, engineering, and graduate level courses in humanities and the social sciences, contact your subject librarian.
  • Designing Effective Library Assignments - Suggestions and example assignments to help teach students to navigate the academic research process.
  • Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research - Faculty and GSIs in all disciplines should encourage undergraduate students to apply for the Library Prize, which recognizes students' sophistication, originality and/or unusual depth or breadth in the use of library collections in the creation of a course project.

Scholarly communication and copyright

  • eScholarship - This is the California Digital Library’s open access scholarly publishing platform, providing digital publishing services to the University of California that enable departments, research units, publishing programs, and individual scholars to have direct control over the creation and dissemination of the full range of their scholarship.
  • Scholarly Communication at Berkeley - Learn more about how the crisis in scholarly communication affects you, what you can do to support changes in the current system and how to take advantage of new technologies.
  • Berkeley Research Impact Initiative - Financial support for faculty members, post-docs, and graduate students who want to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication.
  • UC Copyright Education - A wide range of materials related to the use of copyrighted and public domain materials at the University of California.

Data services

  • Scientific Data Services- A variety of tools and resources to help faculty manage and share their data.
  • Library Data Lab - The Lab provides access to data files and analytical software. Lab staff are available for consultations regarding software, data resources and data acquisitions.

Library policies

  • Library code of conduct - Read about standards for Library use intended to create a safe and pleasant research environment for all patrons.
  • Library privacy policy - The Library is responsible for safeguarding the confidentiality of a borrower's transactions, as mandated by the California Information Practices Act of 1977.
  • Database conditions of use - It is the responsibility of individual users to ensure their use of Library electronic resources does not breach the terms and conditions specified in the license agreements.

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