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How to Use the IFSI Library: Information Literacy for Firefighters: How To Search: Libguides and Databases

This Libguide is for the Firefighters that use the Illinois Fire Service Institute Library Catalog and materials who may need guidance on how to locate and manage resources for classes and research.

What is a Libguide?

A Libguide is a good starting point for any research. Resources have been curated by our librarians to provide a well-rounded explanation and list of sources on a specific subject. If you are initiating a research project or want to learn more about a specific area of the fire service or its history, a Libguide depicts general resources that touch on a broad range of topics within your area of interest. The Illinois Fire Service Institute Library is constantly expanding our number of Libguides as our collection and patron interests grow. Check back often to the Library webpage to see what is new.

What is a Database?

A database is a centralized online search location that pulls information on a subject or related subjects from various sources. Databases may focus on broad topics, such as history, science, or medical research, or on more narrow topics, such as the forest service, dentistry, or urban studies. If you currently have an I-card through the University of Illinois, you have access to all of their databases linked here: A-Z Databases.