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Graduate Students' Guide to the UWM Libraries: Research

A guide to library resources for grad students

Library Research Assistance for Graduate Students

1. Contact our Research Help services!                                                                                                                    

The Research Help Desk and online Ask a Librarian service assist with research, informational and directional questions. 

Graduate Students can:

  • Use the popular "Live Help" chat service 24/7 !
  • Visit the Research Help Desk (within the Learning Commons, next to the Main Circulation desk) for help during operating hours
  • Ask a Librarian via E-Mail
  • Call the phone line at (414) 229-4659 during operating hours
  • Call or email the librarian who works with your subject area. 

2. Schedule a Research Consultation or Appointment!          

A Research Consultation can be an in-depth, one-on-one meeting with a librarian regarding your research topic. A librarian will work with you to improve your search strategies and help to identify potentially useful resources for your research.

Appointment can also be for a general orientation to resources and services or for help with a specific tool (e.g., RefWorks) or database (e.g., PsycINFO; Data-Planet) or advanced skill (e.g., Data Management; GIS tools; Cited Reference Searching; Search Alerts).


Consultations and appointments can be in-person, over the phone, via Skype/Zoom, or through email . . . whatever format works best for you! 

Best of all, this service is provided at NO COST to currently enrolled students!

By appointment only. Start with the Research Consultation Request form.


3. Attend a Library Workshop or Tour!                                                                                                                 

The library offers professional development and research workshops designed for graduate students. Registration is encouraged. The library also offers tours of the building by request. See the Professional Development and Events tab (above) for upcoming workshops and tours. 

The Graduate School also offers professional development workshops and events.

Specialized Services

Support Services


UWM's Panther Academic Support Services (PASS) are intended to help improve your academic performance and college success. Browse the website to learn more about services including: tutoring, supplemental instruction, study groups, and academic resources. The tutors are top students who can help you understand course content and guide you in college study strategies.

Writing Center 

The Writing Center is open to all UW-Milwaukee writers, current freshmen through graduate students, staff and faculty. Whether face to face or online in real time, you can meet one on one and confidentially with a qualified tutor to discuss any kind of writing project. All subjects and skill levels are welcome.

UITS (University Information Technology Services)

UITS can assist with your technology-related questions such as WI-FI setup or problems with ePanther logins. A service desk is conveniently located at the north end of the Main Circulation desk and staffed at all times that the Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons is open. See the UITS page for more information. 

Send issues to or call at (414) 229-4040


Wēpa is here! As part of the campus-wide printing system, the library  offers Wēpa kiosks for printing. Features include cloud-based options and a way to use your Gold Account for payment. See the guide at for more information. Tech staff at the UITS desk in the Learning Commons are available to help.