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New Biological Sciences Graduate Students: Welcome to Duke Libraries

Fall 2021 Info and Quick Links

As of August 16, 2021, Duke University Libraries will be open to the community on a walk-in basis. Patrons can browse the stacks and check out books without requesting items in advance. Thanks for your patience if you encounter any outdated references to Library Takeout or making appointments to enter the library.

You may want to bookmark the library homepage or catalog. Some useful links are below, and you can find much more on the services for graduate students page or by exploring the menus on the library website. Don't hesitate to contact Elena if you have questions.

Online RCR Library Orientation Workshops

Library toolbox for responsible research in the sciences and engineering (choose one session below)

Wednesday, August 18th, 7:00-9:00pm: 

Friday, September 17th, 9:30-11:30am:

This interactive online workshop will introduce you to a variety of library resources to support your research practices. We’ll cover copyright and fair use, citation practices and avoiding plagiarism, research data management, and issues in scholarly publishing from an author’s perspective. You’ll meet library experts relevant to your discipline and leave the session informed on how to dig deeper and get individualized help when these topics arise in your graduate student career. This workshop has been approved for two hours of RCR credit and is intended for new graduate students in engineering, natural sciences, and basic biomedical sciences. Zoom connection information will be sent via email to registered attendees the day before.


Also check out the great workshops offered by the Center for Data and Visualization Sciences.

Recommended Research Databases

Here are a few good databases to get you started. There are more recommendations on the Biology Research Guide.

Citation Management Tools

These tools save and organize references, and can integrate with word processors to format in-text references and bibliographies. See here for some additional comparisons between the programs. Librarians can help you choose a tool, transfer between tools, and troubleshoot.

Other Featured Library Resources

Subject Librarian

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Elena Feinstein
Perkins Library