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Biology PhD Students

Introduction to the Library

  • For one-stop shopping, use the Graduate Students portal (in the gray band below the search box on the library homepage)
    Example of info here: Grad students’ borrowing period for physical (print) books is 1 semester.

  • Blommer Science Library is will be open 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on Friday beginning August 25.  It will be closed on the weekends. The Lauinger Library is operating at full capacity 24 hour access and only closed from 3:00 am to 8:00 am on Saturday and Sunday.  Masks are required in the libraries for all users.  Only Georgetown University Students, Faculty and Staff will be allowed into the library buildings.  See COVID-19 Updates and Resources and COVID-19 FAQ for the latest regarding library access, hours, and services.

Research Support

  • Biology Research Guide:
  • Lists and descriptions of the best resources for biology, including contact information for meeting one-on-one with the biology librarian.
  • For non-Biology resources, see other research guides and the Databases tab on the main search box (center of the library’s homepage).
  • Research Consultation (RC) service: A librarian will help you develop search strategies, locate hard-to-find resources, find datasets, help you with data management planning, and troubleshoot access problems.

Get Help from the Library

  • Need help with your database searches or with finding the right books and articles on your topic? Need to know where to access a biochemistry tool (e.g., ChemDraw)?  Click on ASK US for access to:
    • Chat service
    • One-on-one appointment with a librarian (Research Consultation
  • Email

Accessing Library Electronic Collections

  • You will be able to access most library resources from wherever you are by logging in with your GU NetID and Password.  Follow the Instructions on the Off Campus Access Page.
  • The Lean Library browser extension makes it easy to access academic articles, e-books and databases licensed by Georgetown University Library wherever you are and whenever you need them. If the content you’d like to use doesn’t seem accessible, Lean Library will automatically check for open access versions of the article or take you directly to interlibrary loan. Install it on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, or Opera browsers in just a few clicks. Learn more and download at
  • ProxyGU button reloads your current webpage through the Library’s proxy server, allowing you to log in without going back to the Library’s website.
  • Google Scholar configuration for Library resources ensures easy access to Georgetown resources.

Can't Find It

Request books and articles we do not own or that are off campus through InterLibrary Loan. You can request books in the collections of our Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) partners by requesting them in HoyaSearch.

Know of a resource the library should own? Ask us to buy it!

Citation Tools


Many tools are available. Choose the same one your advisor is using because it makes collaborative paper-writing much easier!

  • EndNote plays nicely with Web of Science, but BibTex and others will work too
    • There is a lite version of EndNote that can be accessed at no cost through Web of Science (you must create a personalized account)
  • Mendeley is popular in medical disciplines
  • Georgetown licenses RefWorks
  • Some GU librarians endorse Zotero (open-source)


ArcGIS, MATLAB, Microsoft Office, MiniTab, SAS, SPSS, and other software programs installed on Library computers are available for download and installation on personal computers. Visit the Georgetown University Software Webstore to browse the full list of software available for free for Georgetown students, faculty, and staff.

Software support:

  • LINKEDIN LEARNING (formerly Online video tutorials on software products, including productivity and statistical tools (e.g., Python, Excel, R)
    Example: R Essential Training: Wrangling and Visualizing Data
  • SAFARI BOOKS ONLINE: Topics range from desktop application software to network engineering, and from application to theory

Example: Practical Data Science with R

Remote Access to Software

In partnership with University Information Services, the Library is pleased to announce that Georgetown students, faculty, and staff now have remote access to a variety of software applications through Nutanix Frame, a Web-based tool that provides a virtual computer lab via Web browser. This virtual lab environment offers Georgetown users access to many of the same software programs available on computers at Lauinger Library, including ArcGIS Pro, Matlab, SAS, Stata, and more.

Within Frame, users can:

  • Open any available lab application.
  • Create and open documents from those applications.
  • Copy documents locally to a computer or to Google Drive.
  • Print to a local printer

To access Frame, visit the login page for the Lauinger Library virtual workspace, select the “Sign in with Georgetown-SSO” button, and login using your NetID and password.

More information about using Frame is available from the UIS Service Center. Technical issues and troubleshooting questions should be sent to


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