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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

International Student Guide to Using the MPAL

Using This Guide

This guide is meant to provide some tips and resources for international students (or other students!) who need a little extra help doing college-level research in the perhaps unfamiliar and a bit overwhelming Music and Performing Arts Library space. Organized into six main tabs (to the left), the guide pinpoints specific areas for which International students may find more guidance useful:

Library Terms: This is a list of common terms that are related to research and the use of the library, along with their definitions.

General Research Tips: In addition to links and books that can help you better understand how to improve your research methods, this tab provides tips on how to tackle the research process from beginning to end.

Writing Resources: With help from the on-campus Center for Writing, this page outlines some important tools for improving writing skills, as well as some places to go with questions about the writing process.

Language Resources: This tab provides links to some basic resources for ESL (English as a Second Language) students at UIUC.

Citing Sources: Citation can be the most difficult and unfamiliar part of putting together a research project. Under this tab, you'll find resources for deciding how, when, and why to cite your work. There is also a subpage on Plagiarism that will open in a new tab. 

Additional Guides: Here there is a page that lists additional guides like this one which go into more depth about basic concepts of using the MPAL such as locating books, audio, and video; understanding call numbers; and requesting materials that aren't at UIUC.


This guide was created by MPAL GA Mandi Goodsett in Spring 2012, and has been updated by others over time.