Graduate-Level Research: Services, Resources, and Tips

To find an Advisor's Students

Researching an Advisor

According to Marie desJardins, author of How to Succeed in Graduate School: A Guide for Students and Advisors, the "ideal advisor will be in the area you're interested in working in, will actively be doing high-quality research, and be involved in and respected by the research community." DesJardins also suggests that students "talk to other graduate students and recent graduates. Ask them how their relationships with their advisors are/were, how quickly the advisor's students graduate, and how successful (well recognized, high quality) their research is." Her full essay appeared in Crossroads (Part I and Part II); access is limited to users on the campus network or off-campus through the Bruin On Line proxy server for eligible users.

To find out whether a potential advisor, such as the author of an article or book, is actively doing quality research and is involved in and respected by the research community:

  • Use Web of Knowledge / Web of Science to see how much their work is cited and by whom. Use  to obtain article text or call numbers.
  • Read articles to find out what research they have published, in which journals, and how other researchers are using it. Use Journal Citation Reports to evaluate a journal's impact in a field.