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Services for Graduate Students

Students in the Graduate Studies programs at FIT, like graduate students everywhere, will want and need to go beyond the walls of the physical library to conduct their research. Here are some services of special interest to our grad students, but which are available to all current FIT students and employees.
  • Getting books, DVDs etc from other libraries:
    • First check StyleCat to confirm that the item is not owned by the FIT Library.
    • Check WorldCat to verify your citation information (e.g. are the author, title, publisher and date information you have accurate?) and also see if the item you want is available at other libraries.
    • If an item is available at a nearby library and you want to see it ASAP, ask a librarian about getting a METRO library referral or other ways to visit another library. You can't borrow from other libraries directly except from public library systems you might belong to (e.g. NYPL, BPL or QPL), or from other SUNY Libraries
    • If the item is not located nearby and/or you don't need it the same day, request that it be sent to the FIT Library through ILL (InterLibrary Loan).


  • Finding/seeing theses of other graduate students:
    • Copies of FIT students' graduate theses are collected by the FIT Library; browse the listings on our FIT Graduate Programs' Thesis Guide .
      You can also search the most up-to-date listings in StyleCat by author, title, and/or subject.
      If you choose the search field "words in subject", using the phrase "Dissertations Academic Fashion Institute of Technology" it will show all listings, with the most recently received first. You can also include the year and/or name of the department you're interested in.
    • Use WorldCat or WorldCat Dissertations to see what else has been written on your proposed topic, including theses and dissertations of students at other universities.
    • If we don't have the item, you can request it through ILL(InterLibrary Loan) or visit another library that has it.


  • Scholarly / peer-reviewed / academic journals
    • Many of the databases we make available to our students include peer-reviewed journals. See the list of all scholarly journal databases or choose ones that specialize in your discipline.
    • If you have a citation and want to know if you can access the full-text of the article through one of the FIT Library's databases (or to see if we have a print copy of the magazine/newspaper/journal), use the E-Journal Portal or Citation Linker.
    • If we don't have the item, you can request it through ILL (InterLibrary Loan)  or visit another library that has it
    • Google Scholar is another great resource for finding scholarly material on any topic. Although it will help you identify relevant articles, papers, proceedings etc. not everything will link to a full-text version of the item. Increase your success getting what you need by setting preferences to include FIT and other libraries you are connected to.
    • Don't forget to check the databases of other institutions where you maintain an affilitation. For example, some universities have select databases available remotely for their alumni. Public library systems you are connected to may also have databases that supplement what you can use through FIT.



  • Ask a Librarian!
    • We can help you with any stage of your research, from beginning to explore a prospective topic, through identifying and locating materials, to documenting your sources in the appropriate format.
    • Contact us in person, or e-mail, text or chat with us

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