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Graduate Student Services: Home

USA Graduate School Guide for Preparing Theses and Dissertations

The University of South Alabama Graduate School's Guide for Preparing Theses and Dissertations is online as a PDF.  This is the official style guide which you must follow when preparing your work for review and presentation.

SOUTHcat: Library Catalog

Information regarding USA Libraries' book, audiovisual, and journal title holdings, their format and location, as well as status can be found in the SOUTHcat Catalog.  Check out the following links for tutorials on using SOUTHcat.

Interlibrary Loan

If USA does not own the material you need for your research, we can obtain a book or journal article for you from another library. You will need to register for an Interlibrary loan account.  You can do that here.

By using WorldCat, you can determine if a book or journal is available in other libraries. 

Please see the Interlibrary Loan Information Page for more detailed information.

You may contact the ILL staff by phone at 460-7034, email at

Marx Library Graduate Student Services

Graduate level research, in contrast to that of undergraduate research, is extensive and often uses a wide range of disciplinary and multidisciplinary sources.  You may be expected to do a comprehensive literature review of relevant resources.  Our Dissertation and Theses LibGuide will help you locate the resource lists of other graduate students.  The information below should help explain some of the services you can expect from the Marx Library.  Remember to consult with the librarians often to insure that you are getting the most of your time and effort. 

Library Homepage

The Marx Library homepage is ground zero for all things library.  It serves as the gateway to the catalog, electronic indexes and databases, ebooks, library information, library help, interlibrary loan, and remote services.  The library's electronic sources can be accessed from anywhere in the world at any time as long as you are a currently enrolled student.

Select the Databases link on the library homepage to view the lists of indexes and databases subscribed to by the Marx Library. 

Select Our Journal List link to determine if a journal is available in either print or online (or both). 

For help with remote access, contact the Electronic Services Librarian, Kathy Wheeler, at 460-7938 or 460-7025 or email her at

Reference Services

For detailed or complex research questions, you are encouraged to come to the library and consult with the Reference Librarians on the 2nd floor North.  Reference librarians are always willing to confer about possible research tools and newly available resources for your research needs, though you may need to make an appointment so that the librarian can allow adequate time to assist you. 

Brief factual information is available at the Reference Desk, by phone at 460-7025, or Live Chat.

You can also make an appointment with your department's subject specialist librarian for extensive research assistance. 

Subject Specialist Librarians:

Ellen Wilson: Continuing Education 460-6045/460-7025

Kathy Jones: Social Sciences & Communication 460-7033/460-7025

Amy Prendergast: Sciences & Technology, Engineering 460-2827/460-7025

Kathy Wheeler: Mathematics & Statistics   460-7938/460-7025

Jerry Wright: Humanities & Education   460-5986/460-7025

Circulation Policies: Graduate Students

Graduate students may check out up to 40 circulating items with your USA student ID.  Books have a 4 week check-out period, and if not overdue and have no "holds" pending, may be renewed twice in the library or online.  The library maintains the right to recall books after two weeks if they are needed by another patron. 

Graduate students may check out bound, not current, journals for 3 days with no renewal. 

For circulation or reserve questions, please call 460-7028.

Fee-Based Databases

Specialized databases to which the library does not subscribe may be available through commercial vendors like Dialog and STN.  They may be searched by a librarian for the direct cost of the search.  Please make an appointment for these librarian-assisted searches with Amy Prendergast at 460-7025.

Purchase Requests

Requests for books or media to be purchased by the library can be submitted through this form linked from the library homepage.

Since most book purchases are made in conjunction between the department and the librarian liaison, you may wish to discuss your research needs with your departments's library representative.