The John Burton Library and Resource Center

The John Burton Library and Resource Center


Welcome to
The John Burton Library and Resource Center 




Spring 2015 Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00pm


Contact Information
Phone: 703-993-1301


Located in the center of S-CAR,The John Burton Library and Resource Center
is a place to study, to access the School and University resources, and develop skills. 

Explore this page for more information about
S-CAR and University Course and Research Resources

Start at the 'Heart' of S-CAR!



Click here to checkout our library catalogue online 

John Burton Library Resources

We Have:

  • Approximately 7,000 books; 90% of which are available for loan including course textbooks.  We also have course reserves.
  • Technology such as transcription software and foot-pedals, livescribe recording pens and other audio/video hardware is available.
  •  We accept donations, including books, or school supplies to be given away or reused.

We Offer:

  • Trainings and workshops on Zotero, writing skills and other similar topics are organized and/or promoted by the John Burton Library and Resource Center.

  • Help in accessing research software packages such as STATA, NVivo, SPSS.
  • Media editing programs such as iMovie, Adobe CS5 Applications: Indesign, Illustrator and Photoshop, and Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Resources and information on access to campus services, study skills, and grants.

              Technology Resources:

    Research Software: The John Burton Library and Resource Center can help you access a variety of software packages for research available including Nvivo, SPSS, and Dragon Dictate among others.  

    Website Profiles and Promotion of S-CAR Scholarship: Showcase your academic accomplishments on S-CAR's website on your own profile page. The John Burton Library can help get you started.

    Video Taping and Editing:  The John Burton Library can assist in checking out video equipment and training you how to use it. They can then assist you with editing software and similar resources.

Library Lending Policies

Loan Period:
Books- 4 weeks

Technology- 3 weeks
Renewals: up to three (3) times a semester

Overdue Fees:
Books- A fine of one dollar per week ($1/week)
Grace periods: Two weeks. Then it is a dollar a week starting the third week.
Technology- Two dollars per week ($2/week). No grace period is alloted for technologies.

If the Library is closed:

Liibrary books can be returned to an S-CAR staff member at the reception desk, 5th floor Metropolitan Building, Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5:30 pm.

Please note - seriously overdue Items that are not returned by the end of the semester, may have an impact on registration and graduation capacities.  

George Mason Arlington Campus Library Resources and Links

George Mason University Libraries Main Page
(and catalog





Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC-Aladin catalog)




GMU Arlington Campus Library

Circulation 703-993-8188 | Reference: 703-993-8230 
Directions & Campus Map


Doing Research? Contact S-CAR's Liaison Research Librarian 

Mary Oberlies

703.993.8267  or


                  OFFICE HOURS AT THE JBL:   MONDAYS  3:30- 4:30

Book an appointment, attend a research methods class, or recommend a book to be purchased.


Other helpful GMU Arlington Campus Library sites:
Arlington Campus Library Conflict Resolution Portal

Arlington Campus Library Tutorials and Arlington Campus Library Workshops
Arlington Campus Library hours



S-CAR students, faculty and visiting scholars have access to five (5) libraries and/or library systems:

George Mason University Library

The Arlington Campus Library and the Fenwick and Johnson Libraries located on the Fairfax campus are the main libraries used by the S-CAR community.  You can:

The Arlington Campus Library is located on the second floor of Founders Hall.  Computers, study rooms and reading carols are readily available.

The Law Library located in Hazel Hall on the Arlington Campus is also available for S-CAR students to use. The copy center is located in this library. in addition to copying and binding services, the copy center can print off and bind your e-reserves into a course pack for you.


Books in the catalog that indicate another library campus can be delivered to a campus of your choice. To request a book to be sent to another campus you will need to log in and then fill out a form with the book information (it is recommended that you open a new window to copy and past the information from the record. Log in to "Uborrow@Mason" here). 

Alternatively, use the WRLC Aladin catalog (see next) to avoid filling out lengthy forms.  Books and other materials  are usually transfered  within two - three business days.  


The  Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC- Aladin)

George Mason University is part of a consortium of ten other universities in the Washington D.C. area.  Through the Washington Reseach Library Consortium (WRLC),  S-CAR members can access all libraries within the consortium. If a book is not available at one library, copies are often available at one of the other library locations.

GMU library cards are accepted at all consortium libraries. Further, all books and materials can be returned to any consortium library location.

To request books online, browse the WRLC- Aladin catalog  and then click on the red "request" tab on the top right of each record. After you have logged in once, you only need to fill in your G# and indicate which university campus you would like to pick up your books.  Books and materials are usually delivered within 2- 3 business days. An email notification is usually sent informing you of the availabilty of your books for pick up.


Local Public Libraries

The S-CAR community also have access to the regional county public libraries.  Often containing good resources and videos, inter library loans are also available through the individual counties. You will need to obtain a library card for the specific region you wish to take materials out, and return them to locations only within that county.

Arlington Central Library- 1015 North Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22201- Located about seven blocks from the Arlington Campus, this pleasant library also has the Foundation Grants Database, an important resource for finding grants.

Fairfax City Regional Library-  10360 North Street,Fairfax, VA 22030 - Located just off Main street and Old Lee Highway in downtown Fairfax, the regional library has a large collection of books and resources available.


WorldCAT and other Libraries

Books and information can be obtained from around the world through the WorldCAT catalog. It can be accessed electronically through the GMU Library website under the catalog tab or via this additional catalogs link.  Feel free to ask a GMU librarian for assistance with navigating and finding resources within these systems.  The world is yours to research...



Course Resources

General Academic Resources:

Course Resources:

At times, the following links are used or referenced in courses:

Printing and Desk Resources:

  • The Arlington Campus Copy Center, located in the Hazel Hall Law Library, will print off and bind  e-readings into a coursepack from thumbdrive files for a few cents a page.
  • Scanners and some printers are available in the John Burton Library.
  • Desk office equipment including high quantity hole punchers and staplers are available for use in the John Burton Library.
  • Photocopiers are available in John Burton Library and opposite the mail boxes near the Dean's office.  The machines require Mason Money swipe cards (either your id card or a copy card).

Research and Methods Resources:

  • Zotero - Excellent, and Free bibliographic and citation software program. Additional resource pages for Zotero include: Workshops,
  • Infoguides- Advanced information on research tools and resources for students.
  • Fomulating an Argument- Prof. Sara Cobb's guide to writing Theses or Dissertations 
  • Assignment Calculator a great interactive tool to plan your research and writing projects
  • Comprehensive Exam Guide- a guide for S-CAR PhD students. (to be updated soon)
  • Human Subject Review Board (HSRB)- Find guidelines, forms and information to take the exam.
  • Rapid reading techniques- a series of guides to reading course texts effectively and quickly.
  • Parents of the Field project- Watch interviews of the founders of the field.
Plagiarism and Citation Resources

 Resources for Students

Office of Academic Integrity
Has a variety of resources and links to information on standards for academic integrity.This site includes links to examples of plagiarism and tools to avoid it.

Academic Integrity Seminar
This online seminar includes individual coaching, feedback and guidance on maintaining academic integrity. There is a fee for the seminar. Find it at

George Mason University Library Info Guide on Writing and Citing
This webpage links to various guides for writing and citing in different disciplines; Style guides for APA, MLA and Chicago style citations and information on Citation Management Tools.

Blackboard Resources:   New!
Blackboard's SafeAssign is now available to students to check their draft copies before submission. Look within each course under the Content link on the left-hand side of this page. Then, select the SafeAssign Evaluation assignment and read the listed information about SafeAssign and academic integrity. When you are ready to submit your paper, scroll down to Assignment Submission and upload your draft. Select the Plagiarism Tools box and scroll down and click the Submit button. You will be able to view the SafeAssign report from the View SafeAssignment.

If you have any difficulty with this process, you can refer to the reference document at this link.

Zotero and Zotero Training
Zotero is a free citation management add-on to Mozilla Firefox. It can collect citation information and link with word processing programs to provide formatted in-text citations. Bibliographies are done in seconds! Training in the program is available from the university library.   Download Zotero at the Zotero Tour here. Training dates available at

Mason Writing Center
Provides individual tutoring, workshops and training on writing. There is an additional English and a Second Language support program for writing. Follow this link for appointments and information.

An "Avoiding Plagiarism" guide found at

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.

English Language Institute (ELI) / INTO George Mason
The ELI office is merging into a new program called "INTO George Mason". See this link here for more information. This office provides free workshops to non-native English speakers including: public speaking, research writing, graduate level writing, and grammer. Also offers a graduate level writing course. Workshop information is available at

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