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GSBS: Making the Most of your Time at Home

This guide will highlight some options for how to make the best use of your time away from the lab due to Covid-19.

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Sally Gore, MS, MSLIS
Manager, Research & Scholarly Communications Services

Lisa Palmer, MSLS, AHIP
Institutional Repository Librarian

Tess Grynoch, MLIS
Research Data & Scholarly Communications Librarian

Leah Honor, MLIS
Research Data & Scholarly Communications Librarian

Free Courses

Practice a new skill that can help you excel: the following online education sites offer courses in programming, statistics, data science, and more.


Ed-X - This site includes courses from MIT, Harvard, and UC Berkeley on a variety of topics.

Coursera - Take classes from Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, and Imperial College London. Coursera includes Matlab courses through Mathworks!

Codecademy - Learn to code for free! Codecademy offers courses on Python and R, as well as many other programming languages.


Data Visualization

Learn how to tell your data story visually by checking out some of these blogs and sites, as well as the Lamar Soutter Library's guide on Data Visualization!

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Reading Research Articles

There is an art to reading a research paper, one that is not always clearly taught in graduate school. Here are some resources to help you improve your research reading skills! Girl reading book under a brain tree


Having trouble accessing journal articles? Check out our guide for off-campus access

Thriving in Graduate School


Graduate school is a completely different experience from the undergraduate years, and it can be a hard adjustment to make. That adjustment can be confusing and stressful (and not just in the early years!). While there are many, many guides to surviving graduate school to be found on the internet, here are a few that focus more on how to be successful while also surviving and thriving!

The older, but classic, "So long, and thanks for the Ph.D!" by Ronald T. Azuma

From Nature, Twenty things I wish I'd known when I started my PhD, by Lucy A. Taylor      

Finally, some Modest Advice, from Stephen C. Stearns  


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