There’s a new online community in town!

GradShare, currently in beta format, is a free site that has been developed specifically to address the research needs of graduate students. It was created and is sponsored by ProQuest. Members can explore GradShare by field of interest (i.e. humanities, engineering, etc.) and can link into their institution’s resources. (A college or university can join the network and then make its resources available to students via the site). The site is easily navigable, and has a useful Q & A format. There is tabbed section called “Expert Advice,” which “provides explanations and insights relating to graduate school topics from experienced professionals such as faculty members and administrators.” Examples of topics from this section include “Writing for Conferences, ” “Finding Post-Doctoral Fellowships” and “How to Pick a Thesis Topic? The Conceptual Conversation.”

According the website, “GradShare is a community of graduate students seeking a better experience in graduate school and beyond through the sharing of questions, answers, and links. If you’re a graduate student, a librarian who serves graduate students, or a graduate program administrator, we’re interested in having you participate in the GradShare community.”