Services for Doctoral Students

by | May 10, 2021

Our goal is to make your doctoral research experience as easy as possible. Learn about our services below that will save you time and energy.

Comprehensive Exam Support

Requesting Materials

During comprehensive exams, you are our top priority. Email us one week in advance to let us know when your comp exam will begin, and we will process the interlibrary loan items you have ordered above all others. There is no limit on the number of items you can request through interlibrary loan during the comprehensive exam period.

Research Assistance

As doctoral students, you are expected to be able to conduct research independently, so we cannot assist you with search strategies during comprehensive exams. However, we can help you obtain specific resources. Simply request the item, and we will obtain the requested items for you. Please refer back to your committee chair if you need assistance locating resources during the comprehensive exam.

Once the comprehensive exam concludes, unlimited library assistance resumes. If you have more questions, please make an appointment.

Ed.D. Comprehensive Exam Library Research Guide

Download our guide to the Ed.D. Comprehensive exam, which will walk you through how to research, find instruments, manage time, and much more.

Dissertation Support

Dissertation Guides
ABD? Not for long! Jumpstart your dissertation with our books, which will guide you through finding your topic to managing your committee.

Saint Mary’s Dissertations
Browse Saint Mary’s Ed.D., Psy.D., and Ed.D. dissertations as well as find dissertations from other universities.

Dissertation Templates
Download the Writing Center’s Microsoft Word dissertation template, which is already in APA format.

Instruments
Learn how to find, evaluate, and create research instruments.

Research Methods
Find seminal books on qualitative and quantitative research that you can cite in Chapter 3 of your dissertation.

Research Assistance

We are happy to help you at every stage of your research process. Get help choosing topics, finding books, searching SuperSearch, selecting keywords, or anything else that can help you complete your research assignments successfully.

How to Get Research Help
You can consult with us via chat 24/7, email, phone, or make an appointment.

Tutorials
We also have many tutorials that will walk you through how to choose a topic as well as find, cite, and evaluate resources. We highly recommend our top ten research tips.

Citing & Writing Assistance

Copy and Paste Citations
Don’t waste time typing out APA citations from scratch. Learn our how to copy and paste APA citations from Google Scholar into a reference page.

APA MS Word Templates
Save yourself the trouble of having to format your paper manually. Get a jumpstart on your writing by downloading an MS Word template, which is already formatted in APA.

Writing Center Appointment
For writing help, make an appointment with the Writing Center, Saint Mary’s experts on citation styles, grammar, punctuation, flow, and much more.

Borrowing & Requesting

Off-Campus Access
You can search the entire library off-campus using SuperSearch. Learn how to login and to troubleshoot password issues.

Free Mailing
Not located near campus? Not a problem. Saint Mary’s Libraries will mail books and DVDs to your home for free.

Borrowing Privileges
Learn about doctoral students’ borrowing privileges, including checkout periods, max number of items, renewals, and more.

Requesting Materials
You can request Saint Mary’s materials as well as order items we do not own through interlibrary loan. On average, articles are emailed to you within 1-2 business days, and books and DVDs arrive to Saint Mary’s Libraries within 4-7 days.

Returning Materials
Learn how to return materials via mail or by dropping it off at Saint Mary’s Libraries.

Visiting the Libraries

Learn about the hours, technologies, and study spaces at Twin Cities Library and Winona Library.

Learn More

Browse all library services to learn more about how we can support your research.