Reed Garber-Pearson, ISS Librarian
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The UW Libraries is a set of 16 libraries spread across the Seattle, Tacoma and Bothell campuses. As a UW student, you have access to millions of print and electronic resources, as well as campus study spaces, tutorials and workshops, and individualized help from librarians. The ISS program librarian, Reed, will be working with you in Canvas throughout your studies, but is also available to meet one-on-one to brainstorm keywords, find resources, and navigate coursework. There are many ways you can take advantage of the libraries without ever coming to campus. Below are some resources that will be helpful for you in your studies.

Accessing materials

  • UW Libraries Start your research with the libraries catalog. From here you can search for and access print and electronic books, articles, media, tutorials and more. Off-campus access Access to library materials and services is through your UW NetID and are available 24/7.
  • Article Databases The libraries provides access to a host of article databases that are subject-specific. Don’t know which database to choose? Check out the ISS Research Guide to get tips on where to start!
  • E-books The libraries maintains collections of e-books that you have free access to. You can find these by searching the catalog or by browsing the different collections by subject. Check out these tips on finding e-books.
  • Desktop Article Delivery Want something in print and can’t make it to campus? The libraries will scan and email an article or book chapter to you free of charge. You will be prompted for this option in the catalog or you can log into your account to request an item.
  • Summit Borrowing Do you live near one of our 37 partner institutions? You may qualify for a borrower’s card there and can have UW materials sent to that library free of charge.

Tutorials & Guides

  • ISS Research Guide Find starting points and tips for finding resources specifically related to ISS coursework. This is a great page to bookmark so that you can continue referring to it!
  • Subject Guides Each subject of study at UW as a librarian that creates a guide for top resources in that field of study. These will include article databases, journals and web resources. In addition to being familiar with the ISS Research Guide, it may be helpful to refer to other social sciences guides.
  • Citation Guide This guide is a great starting point for learning how to cite your sources in various styles like MLA or APA. Learn to use a citation management tool that will cite sources for you!
  • Tutorials & videos Browse these tutorials to get answers to frequently asked questions about the libraries and finding resources.

Need Help?

Contact your librarian Reed for more help. Not sure what your question is? No problem, we’ll figure it out together. Have a pressing question you need answered right now? Use the Ask Us service to live chat with a librarian 24/7.