Graduate Students

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Getting Started

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 Services


Library Research Commons

The Research Commons provides support services produced by graduate students, for graduate students. Choose from a workshop or a one-on-one consultation to learn how to:

  • Work with GIS and geospatial data.
  • Use digital tools to advance your research.
  • Use either of two popular citation management tools, Mendeley or Zotero, to save your citations and format your works cited list.
  • Perform quantitative analysis with SPSS software.
  • Manage your research data.

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, and/or online chat.
  • Or make an appointment with your subject librarian, who can provide personalized help with your research.

Where are?

How do I?

Access & Borrowing

Connect to Library Resources

As a UBC student, you have full access to the wide range of print and electronic collections through the Library from off-campus, as well as in person. To get instant access to online Journals, Indexes & Databases, and other Library licensed resources from off-campus locations, see Connect to Library Resources.

Library Cards

  • Your UBCcard is your Library card.
  • You can also apply for Reciprocal Borrowing privileges at many other Canadian and U.S. post-secondary institutions.

Borrower Services

  • Log into your account to:
    • change your PIN
    • renew items
    • pay your fines online
    • set up email reminders for item due dates


Contact a Librarian

Research Guides

Search Tools

Citing & Bibliographies


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 at Copyright at UBC.


Your Thesis/Dissertation

  • The Graduate Thesis: your 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:
  • cIRcle: 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.
  • Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication (Vancouver campus): supports graduate-level writing. Join the writing community to work on your projects every week with the support of your peers or book an appointment to see a graduate writing consultant.
  • Centre for Scholarly Communication (Okanagan campus): provides workshops and one-on-one consultations about all aspects of scholarly communication, including writing support for theses, dissertations, journal articles, grant proposals, and conference presentations, as well as copyright, open access, and author rights.

Looking for theses?

Your Research Data

  • Research Data Management: website developed and maintained by UBC Library that 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

  • Citation Metrics Workshop: explains how to use citation analysis tools to measure the impact of articles, books, journals and individual researchers.


Online Course Reserves & Readings

  • Using Course Reserves: learn about managing course reserves & readings in Canvas and Library Online Course Reserves (LOCR) Standalone.

Your Teaching

Media Services


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