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Unabridged: What to Expect

Unabridged introduces graduate students to everything they need to know to prepare for a lifetime of academic research.

Update: Applications for Unabridged 2020 open on October 1. Apply here.


It's almost time for Unabridged 2020 — a five-day intensive program offered during January@GSAS to a selective cohort of 40 graduate students.

A library staff member works with an Unabridged participant.

The program introduces participants to everything they need to know to prepare for a lifetime of academic research.

Over the course of the five days, the program explores topics such as:

  • Assessing your research workflows
  • Constructing expert search queries
  • Planning your research travel
  • Preparing to negotiate with publishers
Unabridged participants look at special collection materials.

Past participants have praised the opportunity to make personal connections with  experts, the welcoming atmosphere, and the awareness they developed of the range and depth of the materials at their disposal. Read their testimonials below. 

The program runs on five days each January. 

“I learned several new things every day. As a mentor, I found the information to be especially useful. I will definitely be passing on things I learned to others who weren’t present. There will undoubtedly be a contagion effect – for good.”
“Practice using the resources – previously had no idea how to find or use these resources.”
“Getting to touch these materials – it helped me to conquer my fear of doing so.”
“The realization that no matter how contemporary my research puzzle is I can connect and find new leads in archival materials.”
“I was impressed at how good the presentations were. There wasn't a single one that I could have done better, presentation style-wise.”