Researching Prospective Advisors

  • Departmental Web sites generally list graduate schools' faculty research interests, publications and grants.
  • A campus visit is essential; e-mail is a good way to begin preliminary conversations.
  • To get an idea of other recent publications choose the appropriate subject/field from the Clapp Library Research Guides, and use the "Find articles, books, and essays" searches.


Researching Schools and Preparing Your Application – online resources

CWS Library Resources

  • Applying to Graduate School: Assessment and Application, by Milton Kornfeld Ph.D., CreateSpace, May 2010

Use the Clapp Library Catalog to find books, videos and other resources available on campus. Subjects to include: universities and colleges graduate work; [the subject area you are interested in, such as Psychology] plus study and teaching (Graduate); Universities and Colleges United States graduate work directories. Also try keywords, such as graduate and admissions.

To find articles on particular schools or fields of study, try these Clapp Library Resources:

  • Expanded Academic Index WC 1980-present.
    Find scholarly and popular articles, most with full-text available.
  • LexisNexis Academic WC 1980-present. 
    Full-text articles from wire services and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Tip: Choose "Guided News Search," then News Category "University News."

To finance your education, see Fellowships/Scholarships and Financing Your Education.
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