As a graduate student, you need to access 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 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 or fill out a Schedule Research Help form to schedule a session tailored to meet your needs. You can meet in person or virtually.
Resources for Graduate Students
ChengFind (read more)(read less)
The ChengFind search box on the library homepage allows you to search the entire library collection-books, ebooks, streaming videos, articles and more-with one search. To view or access many of the items in your result list, you simply need to enter your WPUNJ username and password. As a graduate student you may also want to search in a specific database for information and details about how to do this are included below.
Books & Media (read more)(read less)
You can use the ChengFind search to locate books and media in the Cheng Library collection. Limiting your search results to the Library Catalog will identify books, media, ebooks and streaming videos available in the Cheng Library collection. Graduate students may borrow most print books for one semester. Some books located in the Curriculum Materials Center and media and computer software circulate for three days to two weeks. Reference materials and print periodicals do not circulate. A WPUNJ ID card is required to borrow materials from Cheng Library.
Using Databases (read more)(read less)
Use the Articles & Databases tab to locate articles on a variety of topics. You can limit your search to a specific database, such as PsycInfo or Proquest Education Journals, by selecting the subject area or clicking on the first letter of the database name. From off campus, your WPUNJ username and password will be required for access. A reference librarian will provide assistance in selecting and using any of these databases. For tips on searching databases, please see the Library Tutorials page.
As you search in our databases to locate articles, you will find lots of full text content online. You may also find that some articles are only available in print or as microform. You may request copies of these articles using our Interlibrary Loan/Article Copy Service portal to complete the copy request form. Copies are usually delivered to you via this portal within 48 hours. Not sure if we have the article you need? Use the Journals A-Z list to see what’s available (Tutorial).
Interlibrary Loan (read more)(read less)
Books and Media: The Interlibrary Loan home page provides additional information pertaining to policies and procedures about using this service.
Articles: Sometimes the articles you find in one of our databases are not available in full-text. You can request these articles from other libraries using the Interlibrary Loan/Article Copy Service portal. Simply fill out the appropriate New ILL Request form, and a copy of the article will be delivered to you, often within 1-3 business days. You can also log in to this portal to check the status of your request. For more help, check out our Interlibrary Loan & Article Copy Service @ the Cheng Library tutorial!
Graduate Research Center (read more)(read less)
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 Gary Marks for more information.
Use of Other Libraries (read more)(read less)
We can assist you in locating and obtaining resources from other libraries. Reciprocal borrowing arrangements exist with some New Jersey academic libraries through the VALE Reciprocal Borrowing Program. The VALE program allows graduate students to borrow materials upon presentation of a William Paterson ID card and a letter from the Lending Services Librarian, Victoria Wagner (email@example.com or 973-720-3190).
For information about additional agreements we have with other libraries, please visit the Use of Other Libraries page. The Library also purchases an access card from Princeton University Libraries for faculty and graduate students. Please contact the Reference Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-720-2116 for additional information.
William Paterson Thesis Collection (read more)(read less)
A representative collection of William Paterson Master's Theses is located in the Reference area on the 1st floor of Cheng Library. To view a list of these documents, search ChengFind using the keywords thesis and William Paterson. Limit content type to Dissertation/Theses. You also have access to more recent William Paterson theses through the database Theses @ The William Paterson University of New Jersey. Simply click on the letter T from the database page to access the database.
Research Help (read more)(read less)
The Research Help tab lists a variety of options for obtaining assistance.
- Phone: 973-720-2116
- eMail: email@example.com
- Chat: Use the blue "Chat with a Librarian" button in the sidebar menu to message with a librarian!
- Schedule Individual Research Assistance
We now offer virtual reference assistance!
Contact Us (read more)(read less)
Each academic department also has a liaison librarian, to support students in that subject area, if you would like help with a particular subject area. To find out who your subject librarian is, use the Library Liaison Directory