Contact Information
  • Librarian: Celestina Savonius-Wroth
  • Location: Herman B Wells Library E560
  • Phone: (812) 855-1336
Libraries & Subjects
last updated: 8/24/2011

Guide for New Graduate Students

Welcome to the IUB Libraries! As graduate students in history, you'll be spending countless hours (at least that's how it will feel!) in the Herman B Wells Library and on the IUB Libraries' web pages.

Many of the practical questions you'll have right from the beginning about library services and policies are addressed on the Services for Graduate Students page, including how to renew and recall library materials, request materials from off-site (ALF), recommend an item for purchase by the library, get materials from other (non IU) libraries via Interlibrary Loan, find study carrels and other work spaces in the Wells Library.


The same material is presented in much more entertaining fashion in the IU Survival Guide: Libraries Edition, updated for Graduate Students. If you don't want to read it online, come to the Library and get your very own paperback version!


Four Key Databases
These resources will be your constant companions throughout graduate school:

    • IUCAT: the IU Libraries online catalog.

    • WorldCat: online "super-catalog" including most libraries in the US, and major international libraries. There's also The European Library, which allows you to search the national libraries of a dozen or so European countries simultaneously. Also, you know about Google Books, but be sure to take a look at HathiTrust as well (some additional content and a better interface).

    • JSTOR: full text electronic archive of core scholarly journals.

    • America: History & Life and Historical Abstracts: electronic indexes to history journals in western languages.

Finding texts you need now
Even before you get started on your own research, you'll need to be able to locate course readings, book reviews and review essays. And the first stage of many projects will be thinking about what sources may be available, so you'll need some pointers on finding collections of primary sources.

Ask for help
Libraries are complex (some would say more so than necessary). Asking for help is not an admission of weakness or ignorance, so please don't be shy about it. Just because you are in graduate school does not mean you're supposed to know everything. Please consider joining us for some of our library workshops. Above all, I hope you'll feel comfortable asking me, my fellow library selectors, our colleagues in the Reference Department, and anyone else you may meet in the Libraries, for help, ideas or general moral support!

Best wishes,


Celestina Savonius-Wroth
Librarian for History, Religious Studies, and the History and Philosophy of Science

last updated: 8/24/2011