Many think that all a postgraduate student experiences during their time at college are books and going to the library. This isn’t anywhere near the case though. In this new age several different things have been added to the lives of postgraduate students. If you’ve been tricked into believing that all an individual would be able to see are these things, you’ll likely be delighted to find out that that’s not the case.
While it is rather lonely to study at times, the postgraduate experience is about so much more than that. You have much more to experience than you did in undergrad which allows you to learn in much more, exciting ways.
Books are the typical pathway to gaining knowledge. Many university libraries feature online catalogues with which a student can go and see all books owned by the library. These catalogues also conveniently display the books reference and catalogue number, making it a very simple task to find the specific book. While libraries may seem like huge places, once you get to understand them they’re much less intimidating.
As you get to the Master’s level, finding information can be a bit more difficult. At times like this the internet and its directness come in handy. Many journals are at your disposal at the click of a button (and with a few other, slightly less speedy keystrokes).
JSTOR and Google books are databases that make the task of searching for information a much less daunting one.
ALSO!These databases are all free for students. You shouldn’t be afraid when you see the article you need is only available for those with a subscription. There is always the ‘ Are you a student?’ option with an institution selection section.
You don’t have to be held hostage by your school’s library. You don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars to gain access to information found on the other side of the world. All you have to do is be aware of inter library loans. This cool library feature gives you access to resources from various schools across the globe. After you find the resource you need all you have to do is contact your school library and they will go through various channels to retrieve it. While it may take some time to get everything together for you but, it does mean that you aren’t required to let the earth stand in the way of information. Inter library loans are usually used for printed transcripts – originals are a bit too delicate for movement.
The British Library
Retrieving the initial document doesn’t have to be the hardest thing in the world to do. If you need to access the primary resource all you have to do is scroll though the British Library’s website. Many other institutions have access to the British Libraries documents via application. Most archivists are able to remember where their collections are and provide you with the necessary documentation.
Don’t think in a box
When it comes to learning, there a many way to do so. One can go to talks with interesting people connected to a subject, society/social gatherings bringing together like-minded individuals, film nights with themes at your local arty cinema, conferences and workshop days. All these opportunities are things that can increase your understanding of a specific area. Not to mention that they will all allow you to leave the dusty library and around people.