Resources for Students

Resources for Students

This page is designed to provide a quick and easy-to-find list of some of the resources offered by both UofL and some non-UofL entities.  While it is not an exhaustive list, it is meant to include some of the most useful sites - and will be updated regularly.

Academic Resources

  • The Writing Center
    The Center is located in Ekstrom Library 132 a d offers both in-person and virtual assistance - and is available to help students at any point in their writing process.  While they are not an editing service, they can provide strategies for self-editing.  For graduate students, in particular, there are several workshops each fall and spring focused on topics, such as writing a large-scale project, writing a literature review, writing a cover letter, etc.   Each May, the Writing Center also offers a Dissertation Writing Retreat for doctoral students who are actively working on their dissertations. For other resources on genre, styles, elements of writing, etc., visit the Writing Center's resource page.
  • Ekstrom Library Services for Students
    There are several library services and resources available as you conduct literature reviews, etc, including Research Consultations (where you can meet with a librarian), workshops on citation software (EndNote), guides for customized library searches, as well as accessing resources not available in the UofL library system.  
  • UofL Libraries:  The Process From Choosing a Topic to Writing the Research Paper
    In these DIY slides, the Libraries system offers students a step-by-step guide to help them choose a topic, form a research question, search for and identify appropriate sources, and, eventually, write the paper.
  • Interlibrary Loan
    The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service is available to all graduate students - and does require the student's Cardinal Card for ILLiad registration.  ILL can "obtain nearly anything that has been published, including books, journals, video and audio recordings, and microforms."  Delivery time depends on the scarcity of the item, and Ekstrom (or Kornhauser) Library will pay up to $20 towards the procurement of the item.  Above $20, the student will be asked to pay the difference.  See the policies page for full details.
  • REACH Hackademic Resources 
    The REACH Center has group sessions available on time management, test-taking, note-taking, study habits, etc. - as well as "how to" guides for time management, taking effective notes, reading textbooks.
  • ASA and APA Style Guides 
    Students can purchase the style manuals (ASA or APA) and/or use online resources, such as the ASA Quick Tips Guide, the Purdue University Style Guides
  • National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)
    This site has a variety of tools for faculty and graduate students, and UofL now has a membership.   (For example, there is a site specifically for those writing a dissertation.)  NOTE: To link to UofL's membership, click the "Become a Member" link at the top right of the main NCFDD site and create an account within the UofL membership.  
  • PLAN Events (Professional Development, Life Skills, Academic Development, and Networking)
    The Graduate School offers numerous Professional development, Life skills, Academic planning, and Networking events/workshops each fall and spring - with the calendar of events located here.  The Graduate School also offers several "academies" which meet several times over the course of a semester or year and current academies include those focused on GTAs, community engagement, grant writing, and publishing.
  • Delphi Center (for Teaching and Learning) 
    The Delphi Center offers a variety of workshops and events throughout the year.  Visit their website and click on "Programs and Events" and then "Featured Events" and/or "Technology Training" for upcoming opportunities.
  • The Disability Resource Center (DRC)
    The Disability Resource Center provides services and information for both students with disabilities and faculty/instructors providing accommodations for students.
  • Office of Institutional Equity
    This office has offered a variety of workshops in the past, including those on implicit bias, antiracism, microaggressions, engaging in difficult conversations, power and privilege, and safe zone trainings.  These are open to all faculty, staff, and students, but registration is required.  In addition, the ODE site links to the LGBTQ+ Affirming Healthcare Series offered by the Health Sciences Campus (HSC).  The latter is “specifically designed for healthcare students, professionals and anyone else interested in LGBTQ+ advocacy to address the significant health disparities faced by the LGBTQ+ community” and includes several lectures (modules), including one on “The Impact of Racism on LGBTQ+ Health and Healthcare.”
  • University Guest Speakers and Presentations
    There are often a variety of speakers visiting campus, and students are welcome to use attendance at one that seems relevant professionally or academically. These may include, but are certainly not limited, to: the Sustainability RoundtableDistinguished Speakers SeriesWomen’s Center and the annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture - and more.  Check the UofL Events Calendar for upcoming speakers. 
  • Graduate School's Information for Current Students 
    This site is for current graduate students and includes links to information that includes, but is not limited to, academics (thesis/dissertation information), financial aid, events, etc.  
  • ITS Helpdesk 
    For Blackboard assistance, visit their their website for hours of operation and online chat, or call (502) 852-7997.  NOTE:  Blackboard is generally down each Friday night from 10 PM - 2 AM for maintenance.

Financial/Emergency Assistance and Funding Sources for Research

  • Recurring Financial Aid/Funding Sources
    This department webpage includes the recurring sources of (a) financial support (e.g., assistantships, scholarships, etc.) to cover tuition and, in some cases, a stipend (and perhaps health insurance), and (b) funding for graduate student research projects and/or conference participation (e.g., Rieger, GNAS, and GSC).
  • Emergency Funds
    Students who "encounter an unforeseen financial emergency or catastrophic event" can apply for emergency funds meant to help students stay in school during their time of need.  These funds cannot be used for routine expenses or serve as a regular supplement to the student's budget, and students should only apply when all other resources have been exhausted.  If funds are awarded, students are not required to repay the funding amount.  More information - and the application form - is available on the site.

Job/Career Opportunities

  • CardSafe Campus Escort Service
    The UofL Department of Public Safety (University Policy) provides a campus escort service to "any member of the university community from dusk to dawn any day of the year.  Escort Service boundaries on Belknap extend within the campus, to University Park Apartments and up to four blocks off campus.  If you need an escort, contact University Policy at (502) 852-6111.
  • The Counseling Center
    UofL's Counseling Center offers short-term individual, group, and couples counseling, crisis intervention, and psychological testing.  They are located in Cardinal Station (215 Central Avenue, Suite 201) and open Mon/Tues/Fri 8-5 and Wed/Thurs 8-6.  (They are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and during University holidays, closings, and/or delays.)  For more information, call (502) 852-6585 or (although appointments cannot be made through email).
  • UofL Concern Center 
    This site offers students an opportunity to find campus (and other) resources for various concerns.
  • Cardinal Cupboard
    The Cardinal Cupboard is located in the Student Activities Center (SAC) W312 and is open to students, staff, and faculty (by presenting their Cardinal Card ID during their visit. Visit their website for business hours, but those needing assistance after hours can use the Grab & Go food packages.  NOTE:  Only those logged into their UofL accounts via Microsoft can access the Grab & Go form.)
  • UofL Free Store
    The Free Store is located in the Student Activities Center (SAC) W303C and offers a space for the free exchange of clothing, shoes, electronics, small appliances, household items, toiletries, books, and school/art supplies, etc.
  • CardsSPEAK
    SPEAK stands for Suicide Prevention, Education, Awareness, and Knowledge, and Cards SPEAK is a suicide prevention program that provides training and awareness to UofL students, faculty, and staff.
  • Title IX/Clery Act
    UofL’s Title IX/Clery Act Notification states: “Sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and any other nonconsensual behavior of a sexual nature) and sex discrimination violate University policies. Students experiencing such behavior may obtain confidential support from the PEACC Program (852-2663), Counseling Center (852-6585), and Campus Health Services (852-6479). To report sexual misconduct or sex discrimination, contact the Deanof Students (852-5787) or University of Louisville Police (852-6111).  Disclosure to University faculty or instructors of sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, or sex discrimination occurring on campus, in a University-sponsored program, or involving a campus visitor or University student or employee (whether current or former) is not confidentialunder Title IX. Faculty and instructors must forward such reports, including names and circumstances, to the University’s Title IX officer. For more information, see the Sexual Misconduct Resource Guide.”
  • LGBT Center 
    The LGBT Center is a resource for students, faculty, and staff and has a variety of events, groups and organizations, and resources for students.  The Belknap Campus center is located in 126 Strickler, and they can be reached at (502) 852-0696 or 
  • The Women's Center
    The Center is devoted to empowering women both on campus and in the community and offers programs and events throughout the year.