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5 things you should do before mid-October

5 Things You Should Do (way) Before Graduating

  • Get your Seattle & King County (KCLS) public library cards. They have some resources that UW Libraries does not.  
  • Help build the Libraries’ collections. Come across a new book that supports your teaching or research that the library should acquire? Just email Jessica at
  • Make an appointment with the Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS) advisor to learn about funding opportunities.
  • Present a lightening talk on your research at the quarterly Scholar’s Studio.
  • When the UW Libraries open, take a time out and visit the Suzzallo Reading Room located on the 3rd floor of Suzzallo Library.

Just for You

You have two Comm librarians to help you:

Your research guides:

Read today's news:

  • Read today’s Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune, and Olympian (newspaper, web, and blog content) for free through the library’s UW Restricted Access World News database.
  • Read newspapers and magazines published around the world through the UW Restricted Library Press Reader database.

For fun:

Share your research interests...

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During in-person orientations to new graduate students, we usually spend time getting to know you and your research interests.  We spend some time sharing a bit about yourselves and then students write their research interests on post-it notes.  Those post-its hang on Jessica's wall so that she can refer to them over the days, months, and years, as she purchases materials for the library collection.  

If you'd like Jessica to keep your research interests in mind as she buys materials for the library, please email them to her at  She has a stack of post-it notes waiting to be written on!