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Fulbright Resources

This guide provides an overview of resources and services available to support Fulbright study / research grant applicants.


Preparing for Overseas Research

Thursday, February 27
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Regenstein Library, Room A11

In this workshop, we’ll talk about some of the challenges you might face when planning for, and conducting, research abroad. We’ll touch on both library/archival research, and fieldwork (any research that takes place outside of a library or laboratory setting). We’ll focus specifically on how to find and use collections abroad, and how to factor in some of the pragmatic aspects of fieldwork when you’re making your research plan.


Identifying Collections

Before you visit any library for research, start by checking their collections to see if they have what you need. The best place to begin is the catalog for the library, usually available from their website. It will tell you the location and availability of the item.

Suggested Resources

Advice & Tips Before You Visit

Libraries can differ greatly around the world. Here are some things to consider:

  • Libraries may only be open to researchers, not for study space.
  • You will be unlikely to check out materials (unless your Study Abroad site has made special arrangements)
  • Many libraries do not allow wireless or computer access for visitors
  • Not every database to which a library subscribes will be available to visitors
  • Many academic libraries are very decentralized, with specific libraries for departments or residential colleges.
  • Most libraries have "closed stacks", meaning that you will need to request an item to be paged.
  • Materials may be organized in different ways (e.g. different classification systems).
  • Libraries may not have online catalogs or reference services.
  • There may be fees for services or access
  • Most materials will not be online (this is also true in the U.S.!)

The Logistics of Fieldwork


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Laura Ring
Joseph Regenstein Library, Room 564