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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

International Student Guide to Using MPAL

Using This Guide

This guide provides some tips and resources for international students (or other students!) who need a little extra help doing college-level research at the Music and Performing Arts Library. Organized into several main tabs (to the left), the guide pinpoints specific areas for which International students may find more guidance useful:

  • Research at MPAL: This page introduces many of the resources the library has available to help you navigate the research process, including books and instructional guides that can help you better understand how to improve your research methods and tips for navigating the library space and resources.
  • Library Terms: This page provides a list of common terms related to research and the use of the library, along with their definitions so that you can navigate research at the library with more confidence.
  • Writing Resources: This page outlines some important tools for improving your writing skills, guides to academic writing for music, and a list of places on campus and online you can go for help with the writing process.
  • Avoiding Plagiarism & Citation Resources: Citation can be the most difficult and unfamiliar part of putting together a research project. Under these pages, you'll find resources for deciding how, when, and why to cite your work.



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