Services for Graduate Students

Find, Borrow and Renew | Course Reserves | Data Management Plans | Electronic Resources | Off Campus Access | ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan) | Study Carrels | Computers, Ports, Wireless | Subject Librarians | Research Assistance | Instructional Services

Computers, Laptop Ports, and Wireless in the Libraries

You will need to authenticate as a BU student by signing in with a PODS username and password to use any library computer or wireless. Laptop ports and wireless are available in each library, and your laptop can be configured to take advantage of your ITS printing quota.

Course Reserves

Graduate instructors and teaching assistants may place books, visual and audio materials, articles, or other items on reserve. Physical items may be checked out at the Newcomb Reading Room in Bartle Library or the UDC Library. Articles, whenever possible, are scanned and placed in BlackBoard by the Libraries. Consult the Course Reserves Information for Instructors web page for more details.

Data Management Plans

Need to create a Data Management Plan for your upcoming NSF proposal application? Unsure how to complete the sections on describing your data and how it can be shared? The Libraries can help you with creating a new plan or reviewing an existing plan. See the NSF Data Management Plans Resource page which includes information for specific offices, divisions and programs. Contact Elizabeth Brown for further information.

Electronic Resources

The Binghamton University Libraries subscribe to a number of electronic journals and databases. While you are enrolled as a student at BU, you have access to these resources for the purposes of research, teaching, and private study while on the BU network or from off-campus using the proxy server or ssl connection.

Subject Guides contains links to databases in addition to web resources that have been selected by your subject librarian for their authority and relevance.

To determine if the Libraries offer full-text versions of specific journal titles consult the Journals search.

Thesis and dissertations can be located using under the Databases - Browse by Subject area. For information on making your Thesis available in the Libraries, see the Thesis Binding webpage."

Find, Borrow and Renew Materials

Use Find It! or the Library Catalog to search for all formats of materials owned by the Libraries.

Your Binghamton University ID card is your library card. You can borrow up to 200 items at one time. Books, microforms, and government documents may be borrowed for one year. For more information on borrowing privileges and the loan periods of other items, including journals, see the Reader Services page.

Most books can be renewed online and in person. To renew online, you need to sign into the Library Catalog. Instructions are provided for entering your BU patron ID and your password, and for additional help, see the Renew Books Online tutorial.

Signing in to the Library Catalog also allows you to request items that are available at the Library Annex @ Conklin. To request items to be brought back and forth the University Downtown Center and the Vestal Campus, use the University Downtown Center Request Form.

Borrowing and reciprocal access with other institutions is available through such programs as SUNY Open Access and by the Libraries' membership in RLG and CRL. More information is available on the Services to Support Faculty Research page.

ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan)

Materials not owned by Binghamton University Libraries and not available in full-text from our electronic databases may be obtained from other libraries using our ILLiad service. There is generally no charge for this service. Most articles are scanned and delivered electronically as a PDF file to your ILLiad account. You are notified by email that the item has arrived. Books may be picked up at the service desk you select.

Instructional Services for Teaching Assistants

Librarians collaborate with BU faculty, instructors, and graduate teaching assistants (TAs) in support of the teaching mission of the university. Our instructional services include:

  • course-specific and general library sessions customized to meet your course goals and student needs. Librarians can assist with designing effective library assignments to help prevent student plagiarism.
  • personal research consultations for individuals or small groups of students, faculty or staff.

To request a library session for your class, use the Library Instruction Request Form.

More information is available from our Instruction web page.

Off Campus Access to the Libraries’ Electronic Resources

When accessing BU-Only materials from off-campus, you will be required to provide your PODS username and password for off campus access. You can also access the Libraries resources through the ssl connection. More details are available on the Libraries’ Technical Help web page.

Research Assistance

Librarians provide assistance in locating materials on a topic or using the many online resources provided by the libraries for your research and teaching needs. In-person help is available in the Bartle and UDC Libraries. In addition, assistance via email, text, phone, and Skype are offered.

Consult the Libraries’ Ask A Librarian web page for more details.  In addition, you can make one-on-one appointments with Subject Librarians for more in-depth assistance for your research project.

Study Carrels and Study Areas

Locked Library study carrels are available to graduate students. Information on how the carrels are assigned and the application form is available on the Locked Study Carrels page.

In addition, there are individual tables, carrels, and group study spaces available in the Bartle, Science, and UDC Libraries.   Select group study rooms can be reserved online.

Subject Librarians

Subject librarians, who focus on a particular discipline or area, provide a range of services to students and faculty. Contact them or make an appointment for any information you need regarding library policies, the collections, or services. They:

  1. serve as liaisons between the Libraries and one or more of the University’s academic departments, programs, or schools
  2. provide general reference service and specialized research consultation
  3. initiate the selection and acquisition of materials for the collections
  4. provide subject-specific instruction in the use of library and Internet information resources.

Last Updated: 10/9/14