Library Resources for Graduate Students

As a graduate student, you need to access, evaluate and use a wide variety of resources that are highly specialized. Whether or not you are an experienced researcher or “just a beginner”, we will work with you to guide you through the maze of paper and electronic resources, information retrieval strategies, and information management techniques. Our goal is to help you become a confident and skilled user of information resources and services.

We strongly encourage you to take some time to receive an orientation to our information services. Call 973-720-2663, email or fill out a "Schedule Research Help" form. This session will introduce you to the services and resources available, and help you to use your valuable time both effectively and efficiently.


Library Webpage

The Library Webpage provides links to all of the items mentioned above and includes hours of service, contacts, telephone numbers and much more. The Library staff is widely recognized on campus for outstanding service and dedication to student success. Please feel free to contact us with suggestions for improving our collections and services.

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Graduate Borrowing Policy

Graduate students may borrow most books for one semester. Media and computer software circulate for three days to two weeks. Reference and periodicals do not circulate. A WPUNJ ID card is required for circulation. A bar code is affixed to your ID card and that code is your library account number. Students can view a list of materials checked out and their due dates by selecting the My Account option from the Library Online Catalog.

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Graduate Research Center

The Graduate Research Center is a quiet study area located on the 2nd floor of the Library. The center has study carrels and soft seating and is available to graduate students exclusively. Students can obtain keys to access the center from the Lending Services department. Within the center there are 15 storage lockers available on a first-come, first-served basis for the storage of research or personal materials. Lockers may be reserved for periods ranging from one month to one semester. Locker requests can be made at the Lending Services Department. Call 973-720-3182 or e-mail for more information.

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Wireless Access

Access to the WPUNJ network and the Internet is available in the Graduate Research Center and throughout the Library via the wireless network. Laptops for use within the Library may be checked out at Media Services. To use your own laptop, a functional wireless network card is required.

For more information on how to get started using wireless, please visit the University Information Systems page.

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Reference By Appointment/Schedule Research Help

Drop-in reference assistance is available 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on most days at the Reference Desk. Email reference questions to, call 973-720-2116 or click the askLive icon on the Library Homepage to chat with a librarian. Graduate students may also arrange for individual consultations either for general orientation to the Library or for assistance with a specific research project. Call 973-720-2663 to schedule an appointment or complete a "Schedule Research Help" form on the Library Webpage.

Every program has a librarian liaison who can also provide assistance:

Graduate Program Liaison Librarian
Applied Clinical & Counseling Psychology Bill Duffy
Art Susan Sabatino
Biology/Biochemistry Kurt Wagner
Business Administration Kathy Malanga
Communication Disorders Jane Bambrick
Education Yvonne Roux
English Bill Duffy
History Richard Kearney
Kinesiology Jane Bambrick
Media Studies Deborah Pluss
Music Bob Wolk & Tony Joachim
Nursing Victoria Wagner
Public Policy & International Affairs Bob Wolk
Sociology Tony Joachim
Special Education & Counseling Yvonne Roux

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Use of Other Libraries

We can assist you in locating and obtaining resources from other libraries. Reciprocal borrowing arrangements exist with most New Jersey academic libraries and with the public libraries in Passaic County. Simultaneously search catalogs of area libraries through Jersey Cat by selecting "Other Libraries" from the Cheng Library Online Catalog. The Library also purchases an access card from Princeton University Libraries for faculty and graduate students. The reference librarian can assist you in locating materials not owned by the Library. For further information about the use of other libraries, click here.

The Interlibrary Loan Department will borrow research materials from other institutions and will arrange for photocopies of articles as well. Interlibrary loan requests can be made online from the Library Webpage. Articles received through Interlibrary Loan will be sent to your university e-mail account. Books and other materials received through interlibrary loan are picked up at the Periodicals Service Desk.

Copies of articles that are not available in electronic format, but are owned by the library (WPUNJ Print, Fiche, or Film) can also be requested online using the Article Request Form. These articles will be scanned by library staff and emailed to your University address, generally within 48 hours.

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Off-Campus Access to Library Resources

For most databases, all you need is your William Paterson username and password to access library resources from anywhere. The Library Catalog and a complete list of Journals & Periodicals are easily searched from the Library Webpage. Visit Resource Guides for a selection of websites appropriate to your discipline and research interests. The Library also subscribes to an extensive collection of databases and electronic journals accessible from the Library Webpage with your William Paterson username and password. Ask at the reference desk or consult our online guide for more information on remote access.

Don't know your username and password?

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Electronic Journals

The Library has access to over 35,000 print and electronic journals. For convenience, a list of journals & periodicals is available on the Library Webpage. These listings are under constant revision and you are encouraged to ask at the reference desk for additional assistance.

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Databases by Subject

A complete list of the available databases is on the Library Webpage. Many of the databases contain full-text items or the possibility of linking to the full-text if available in one of the publisher subscription databases.

Subject databases include:

  • Applied Clinical & Counseling Psychology (PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, Health and Psychosocial Instruments)
  • Art (Art Abstracts, ARTStor)
  • Biology/Biotechnology (Biological Abstracts, Science Direct)
  • Business Administration (ABI, Business Source Premier, CCH Tax Research Lexis-Nexis Academic, Westlaw)
  • Communication Disorders (ComDisDome, Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts)
  • Education (ERIC, Education Abstracts, Kraus Curriculum Development Library, Children's Literature Comprehensive Database)
  • English & Literature (MLA International Bibliography, Iter, Literature Resource Center, World Shakespeare Bibliography)
  • History (America: History & Life, Historical Abstracts, JSTOR)
  • Media Studies (Communication & Mass Media Complete, Film & Television Literature Index)
  • Music (RILM, International Index to Music Periodicals)
  • Nursing (CINAHL, MEDLINE, Health Reference Center)
  • Public Policy and International Affairs (PAIS International, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts)
  • Sociology (Sociological Abstracts, Criminal Justice Abstracts, Social Services Abstracts)

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Resource Guides by Subject

Online resource guides are available to students in all of the academic department on campus. In addition, some course- or interest-specific guides have also been created. Access to these resources are available under the Research Helptab on the main library page, or by using the menu below.

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Current Awareness Services

Students and faculty may register for personal accounts with IngentaConnect, a service providing tables of contents for new issues of favorite journals and alerts about newly published articles matching your own custom search criteria. Similar current awareness services are also available for a number of other Library databases and can be set up for delivery by email or through RSS feed. Please contact the Electronic Resources Librarian for more information or assistance in setting up your own account for new issue or search alerts. Contact the Periodicals Librarian or Electronic Resources Librarian for more information.

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William Paterson Thesis Collection

A representative collection of William Paterson Master's Theses is located on the Reference bookcases on the 1st floor. To view a list of these documents, conduct an Advanced Search of the Library Catalog with the keywords thesis and william paterson.

A new initiative to provide online access to William Paterson Master’s Theses is underway. The first set of theses is now available. Select Theses @The William Paterson University of New Jersey from the list of databases on the Library Webpage.

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