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Words of Wisdom

With words at your disposal, you can see more clearly. Finding the words is another step in learning to see.

— Robin Kimmerer

Have you visited these university organizations for valuable information?

Thesis Office 
612 Evans Library

The thesis office will review your thesis or dissertation for compliance with manuscript requirements.  Make sure to follow the directions in the Thesis Manual, available for download from their website along with several helpful handouts.

Office of Graduate Studies
302 Administration Building

Find important due dates and the steps necessary to complete your thesis or dissertation.  See a calendar of upcoming workshops, which cover academic integrity, thesis office information, and more. Check with your department for additional forms and deadlines.

Career Center
209 Koldus

Graduate students can get help with job-related documents and interviewing skills. The site gives advice for those seeking academic/non-academic positions, offers resources specifically for international students, and links to web pages such as the Chronicle of Higher Education and CareerBuilder.

Student Counseling Services
Cain Hall (A- and B-Wings)

The goal of this office is to help students achieve success through short-term individual counseling and crisis intervention services. Support groups for graduate course work or writing a thesis/dissertation meet weekly (screening is required to participate in these groups).

Adult, Graduate, and Off-Campus Student Services 
Cain Hall (C-114)

Students and parents with questions about off-campus housing, legal or safety issues, and community connections can contact this office. The website provides links to volunteer opportunities, student organizations, and Aggie Search, a database for those seeking roommates or housing.

English Language Institute
Dulie Bell Building 205

The ELI offers language resources and support to second language learners, either before or during their enrollment at Texas A&M. Application requirements are available on this website, as well as information about TOEFL preparation, conversation partners, and tuition and fees.


Are you aware of these databases, search engines, and electronic resources?

Get it for me

Offered by the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Library system, this website allows those affiliated with the university to request books from other libraries, request books from TAMU libraries’ bookshelves, and request electronic delivery of materials.


This free software is available for download to students, faculty, and staff of Texas A&M. Compatible with Microsoft Word, EndNote is a bibliography software program that creates citations in a variety of documentation styles and catalogs notes and PDF files for hundreds of references.


Designed for extensive research, RefWorks is a web-based program (available via our TAMU Library System) that stores and formats references. Use it to create references with templates, access a built-in search engine for compatible databases, and format in-text citations and references for a manuscript. Other similar online tools for research include Zotero (zotero.org) and CiteULike (citeulike.org).

Google Scholar 

Like the Google search engine, Google Scholar searches for key terms and phrases in a variety of scholarly sources like peer-reviewed journals, theses/dissertations, and books. Each entry is ranked according to relevance, and the user is allowed to see the number of times a particular entry has been cited as well as access related sources.

Library Resources 

Graduate students wishing to find library resources and services appropriate for their advanced research needs should visit this web page. The list includes links to library catalogs, databases, purchase request forms, and resource and format guidelines (“Starting Points for Graduate Research” PDF is also available for download).

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses 

ProQuest is a database with full text abstracts, dissertations, and theses from a variety of disciplines. Users looking for work in their field can enter key terms, look up authors or subjects, and specify manuscript type. ProQuest can be accessed from a campus computer by entering its title into the database search engine on the TAMU Library main page.


WorldCat’s website offers the opportunity to find books, DVDs, CDs, and articles in more than 10,000 libraries around the world. Registering with the site gives users the option of creating a profile or saving reference lists and bibliographies, but most of the search functions are available without an account. Students who access WorldCat from a campus computer will have the option to “Find Text @ TAMU” or “Request from Get it for me.”

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