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Dissertation Boot Camp Library Resources @ Pitt

This guide is designed to help students attending dissertation boot camp sessions find and organize research information.


This guide is designed for students completing the dissertation boot camp program.  Use this guide for information about:

  • Library resources available to graduate students
  • Citation management tools and their uses
  • Helpful tools for organizing your research
  • Additional information including books, guides, and more!

ETDs @ Pitt

More information about Electronic Theses and Dissertations at Pitt can be found at:

The University Library System @ Pitt

The University Library System (ULS) at Pitt includes 15 libraries and provides access to over 6.4 million volumes.  For more information about the ULS, please visit the links below.

What is research data management?

Research data management (or RDM) is a term that describes the organization, storage, preservation, and sharing of data collected and used in a research project. It involves the everyday management of research data during the lifetime of a research project (for example, using consistent file naming conventions). It also involves decisions about how data will be preserved and shared after the project is completed (for example, depositing the data in a repository for long-term archiving and access).

Managing your research data is important for several reasons:

  • Effective data management from the outset of your project saves time and resources in the long run.
  • Good data management practices help to prevent data loss and errors, increasing the quality of your analyses.
  • Funders are increasing requiring research data management plans and data sharing.
  • Well-managed, accessible data allows others to validate and replicate findings, and can lead to valuable discoveries by others outside of the original research team.

The ULS supports research data management at the University of Pittsburgh. Contact us for assistance, or browse our research guide at