Services for Graduate Students

Borrowing/Renewing Materials (Books, Journal Articles, Theses, & More)

Items owned by the University Library

Materials owned by Other Libraries (Interlibrary Loan)

Research Assistance

Reference Librarians, Appointments, Workshops and Guides

Theses, Projects and Dissertations

Workshops on Graduate Research and Thesis Formatting (schedule and online research guide)

Thesis/Project/Dissertation Formatting Presentation (self-paced tutorial with audio)

Graduate School Resources (including thesis guidelines and forms)

Guides to Finding Theses and Dissertations

Citation Style

Submitting a Thesis or Dissertation


Submitting a Doctoral Dissertation Online

Submitting Master's Thesis or Project Online



Remote Access from Your Home or Office:

From locations on campus, you will automatically be able to access web-based Library resources.  Currently registered CSU Stanislaus students with a valid ID can access licensed (i.e. restricted) online Library resources from any computer connected to the World Wide Web (including off-campus locations). For questions about access or assistance searching databases or other electronic resources, please contact the Library Reference Desk (telephone 667-3233).

Research Assistance

Research assistance is always available on a drop-in basis at the Library Reference Desk. During normal reference hours, CSU Stanislaus Librarians can help you in-person, via telephone or online chat. (After hours, assistance is available via online chat 24/7 from cooperating non-CSU Librarians.)

Students can also make appointments with one of the reference librarians for more in-depth help with their research. Appointments can also be made online or by phone (667-3233) and asking for the reference desk. (See also theses below.)

The library also offers Workshops on Graduate Research and an online research guide.


Borrowing Privileges (University Library Items)

CSU Stanislaus Library books are checked out to CSU Stanislaus graduate students for the semester; periodicals are checked out for 14 days.

Exceptions to these circulation periods include:

Items on Reserve Reference materials
14-day books
"Library use only" and "1-week only" periodicals
CDs (overnight loan)
Videos (1-week loan)

Renewing Library Materials: In most cases materials borrowed from the library can be renewed online. (See the online renewals page for more information.)

Borrowing Items from Other Libraries: Interlibrary Loan

Most materials which aren't owned by the Library can be obtained through interlibrary loan from other libraries, a service provided to you at no cost by the University Library. The average time for a request to arrive is five to seven working days. Articles often arrive in three to five working days. Books mailed from out of state may take longer Lending periods are determined by the lending libraries. Use the Library's online forms for requesting materials through interlibrary loan. 


Workshops: Special Sessions on Graduate Research and Thesis Formatting (schedule, online research guide, and thesis formatting presentation).

Guides to Writing Theses: The library has several guides to help you with the thesis research and writing process. Most of these publications are shelved together in the general collection under the call number LB2369 or under the subject "Dissertations, Academic" in the Library Catalog. For more, see: Theses & Dissertations Subject Guide

Finding Theses: Use the Theses & Dissertations Subject Guide to identify theses written at CSU Stanislaus and at other universities around the nation. The library owns copies of all theses written at CSU Stanislaus, and students can borrow most theses and dissertations written at other institutions at no cost (via the library's Interlibrary Loan service).

Literature Searching and Citation Style: Reference Librarians are available to assist graduate students with literature searches and style manual usage. The Library provides access to EasyBib, a citation management service, as well as online guides to formatting citations.

Formatting Theses:  The library offers workshops on how to format theses,  including an online presentation on following the graduate school thesis guidelines.

Readers and Printing: The Graduate School coordinates some of the thesis reader and printing services via the University Library. See the CSU Stanislaus Theses/Project Guidelines, available from the Graduate School, for more information.

Templates:   Thesis and Dissertation TemplatesTemplate D, Template E

Submitting a Thesis or Dissertation:

Submission Deadlines

Submitting a Doctoral Dissertation Online

Submitting Master's Thesis or Project Online