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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

International Relations PS281AC: Home


Library Basics

Various guides exist to help you find your way around the physical and virtual University Library.  We try to make things as simple as possible for you, but this is a complex organization and a lot depends on your willingness to explore!

To find books go to the Library Catalog.  If you do not know how to use it and would like some helpful hints go to Using the Library Catalog.

The quickest and easiest  way to find journal articles is to use the Easy Search on the Library Gateway page.

If you have a specific database or journal title in mind, it could be online in the Online Journals & Databases list.

If you have a citation from something you have read, you can check to see if we have it available by using the Journal and Article Locator.

The worksheet for this class is found here.


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306 International Studies Building
Office Hours:
Monday - 2:00-4:00 
Wednesday - 10:00-noon

Research Tools

A variety of other resources are available to assist in your discovery and location of resources.

Interlibrary Loan is helpful on the rare occasion that the item you are looking for is not available through our library.

Savvy Researcher Workshops provides hour-long sessions on specific research topics such as using Zotero or Prezi, managing citations, data management, internet privacy and much, much more. 

MINRVA, available through upload for both Android and iOS, is a fantastic app developed for the University Library. 


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