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Graduate Studies Guide

This guide is intended to help graduate students at MSVU make the most of the library. It is loaded with advice on databases, print resources, RefWorks, the open web, and more!

Mount E-commons

The Mount E-Commons acts as an institutional repository and is a service of the MSVU Library that collects, preserves, and distributes digital material. Institutional Repositories are important tools for preserving an organization's legacy; they facilitate digital preservation and scholarly communication.

Where is the Archives?

Room 125/126
Mount Saint Vincent University Library

Telephone: 902-457-6401
Fax: 902-457-6445

Monday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Friday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

University Archives

The Mount Archives is the central repository for both corporate and non-corporate (personal, faculty, staff, and organizational) archival records of Mount Saint Vincent University.  The Archives collects, arranges, describes, and preserves non-current records which document the history of Mount Saint Vincent University, its administration, faculty, staff, and alumnae.  Transferring non-current and inactive records from your unit to the University Archives ensures the storage of historically significant records to be preserved for future generations of researchers.

Visit the Archives website to learn more.

The Archives LibGuide is a fantastic and comprehensive resource on our Archives.

Theses and Dissertations

  • Subject Databases
    Many of our subject databases (including ERIC, PsycInfo, Ageline, MLA, SocIndex, Historical Abstracts/America: History & Life, Child Development & Adolescent Studies, Gender Studies) provide indexing of select dissertations.
  • Degree-granting institution
    Check the home institution for an online repository/archive.  More and more theses and dissertations are being made available in open access format.

E-Thesis Deposit

The Mount Saint Vincent University Library accepts graduate theses in digital format only. Please submit a PDF copy of your finalized thesis with a signed Non-Exclusive License to For more details, please visit the E-Thesis Deposit page.

Copyright & Fair Dealing

Copyright is an important issue for graduate students:

  • Have you correctly used copyrighted material in your thesis?
  • Are you aware of the copyright issues related to the electronic deposit of your thesis? 

Please consult the guides below for more information. Please contact with any questions about copyright.

This guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License.
Creative Commons License

You may copy the guide for noncommercial purposes as long as credit is included. Please be aware that the guide may contain links to subscription based services for which access is restricted. We encourage you to license your derivative works under Creative Commons as well to encourage sharing and reuse of educational materials.