Scholarly Publishing: Research


Collecting the “raw material” of scholarship can range from a simple web search to a complex international trip. The University offers a variety of resources to assist your research both on campus and beyond Georgetown. Some University departments and outside agencies also offer grants to defray the costs of research. This section covers:

  • Libraries and Services - Georgetown University
  • Libraries and Services - DC Area
  • Libraries and Archives - United States, Canada, and Europe
  • Research Grants

Libraries and Services - Georgetown University

We encourage you to involve the Georgetown University Library at all stages of the research process. The Library’s subject specialists can offer advice about Library resources relevant to your research, and work with you to obtain materials not held on campus.

The Library’s collections include access to 3.8 million print and electronic volumes and more than 800 research databases. Some of the highlights of the Library’s collections are:

  • The Booth Family Center for Special Collections, the Library’s home for rare books and manuscripts. The Center has particular strengths in Jesuit history, intelligence and espionage, music manuscripts, English and American literature, Native American linguistics, and many other areas. Special Collections also includes the University Archives, a rich source of Georgetown history.

  • The Woodstock Theological Library, one of the oldest and most notable Catholic theological libraries in the United States.

  • DigitalGeorgetown, the University’s institutional repository and showcase of Georgetown University’s digitized collections.

The Gelardin New Media Center, on the first floor of Lauinger Library, offers many ways to incorporate media technology into your research, including video production facilities and multimedia/technology training. Gelardin works closely with CNDLS (Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship) to assist faculty in making good use of technology in their research and teaching.

If your research project involves intensive work with collections in Lauinger Library, we have a limited number of faculty carrels that may be reserved by Main Campus teaching faculty.

The Library’s Interlibrary Loan specialists can help you locate and borrow materials not held at Georgetown or in the WRLC. Law School users should use the E.B. Williams Law Library's Interlibrary Loan Service, and Medical Center users should use Dahlgren Memorial Library's Interlibrary Loan Service

In addition to the collections listed above, Georgetown’s eleven campus libraries include:

Libraries and Services - DC Area

Georgetown offers connections to several other libraries and archives, both within the District and beyond:

The DC/Maryland/Virginia area is one of the richest areas for library research in the nation. In addition to the Library of Congress, WRLC member libraries, and CIRLA member libraries, the following institutions might be relevant to your research:

Libraries and Archives - United States, Canada, and Europe

If your research involves travel outside of the region, many large university libraries in the United States and Canada offer access and borrowing privileges to GU faculty through the OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program. Ask a Library subject specialist for details.

The Harvard Library has a guide with information to help you locate archival and manuscript collections within the United States and in Europe.

Research Grants

There are several University programs that offer grants, fellowships, and other financial awards to support faculty research, or offer assistance in applying and administering research grants:

  • The Library’s Grants Research Guide has several databases for identifying potential funders and links to grant writing resources.

  • The Provost’s Office awards around $1 million each year to Main Campus faculty, to support research. Awards range from $300 to $45,000.

  • The Office of Research Services provides service to Main Campus faculty in their pursuit and management of sponsored activities.

Many GU faculty have secured research support from external agencies. The following foundations, government agencies, and programs have awarded research grants to one or more GU researchers:

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