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Dissertation Camp Library Resources @ Pitt

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

Library Services for Graduate & PhD Students

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


PittCat PittCat is the main searching tool for all of the materials owned by the University Library System (ULS), including articles, books, ebooks, journal articles, ejournals, audio and video, digital images, government documents, microfilm and movies.

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