Graduate Research


What kind of research interests you? What types of information will you search for and engage with to inspire your research within your studies or your profession? As you begin or continue your academic journey, it is important to be aware of resources and services to help you conduct research and interact with information and scholarly conversations in your field. At the University of Wisconsin–Madison, there are thousands of people on campus just like you who perform original research and create knowledge in a variety of subject areas. You are joining a world-class research institution. This micro-course will prepare you to join this culture of research as a UW–Madison graduate student. This micro-course is focused on five key areas to help you succeed in conducting research at UW–Madison: how scholars engage with existing research in their disciplines through scholarly conversations; the disciplinary databases and tools researchers use for locating and accessing resources; advanced search strategies to aid in the discovery of disciplinary sources; evaluation methods for assessing and analyzing information in the discipline; and the resources and services available to help you conduct your research as a distance student. Completing this micro-course will help you establish a foundation of information literacy and research skills that will allow you to excel during your time at UW–Madison. Start your journey now!


On behalf of the Libraries, welcome to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin–Madison! As you begin or continue this stage in your academic journey, it’s important to be aware of resources and services to help you conduct your research efficiently, engage with scholarly conversations in your field, and share your contributions with the world.

Learning Objectives

By completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify methods and tools for sharing and discovering research
  2. Find and use tools and resources to organize your research
  3. Search broadly and deeply using disciplinary and cross-disciplinary resources
  4. Assess the value of information sources
  5. Discover library resources specific to your discipline and how to access them off-campus