Notice: During the Covid-19 pandemic the UIUC Library is adopting an e-preferred policy for books. We are providing access to selected materials from our print collection via the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service, other electronic services, and purchasing electronic books to fulfill requests. Items that cannot be delivered digitally are available for pickup in the Main Library’s Marshall Gallery or in the Grainger Library Engineering Information Center. Please use the Library Primo Catalog to request books and Document Delivery to request scans of portions of books (essays and book chapters).
Step One: UIUC Online Library Catalog
There are two ways to search the UIUC Library catalog. Both offer the same content but the method of searching and presentation of results varies.
Getting the actual book: When you locate your item you have two choices.
You can request the item and pick it up at any of the departmental libraries. Or, you can retrieve the book yourself from either the main stacks or the departmental library where the book is located. If you choose this option, make sure you jot down the location and call number of the item.
Access will depend on the publisher. In some case you will be able to download full books via PDF. In others you might be able only to view the book online. In all cases the Library follow the publisher's requirements.
Step Two: I-Share
Once you have verified that the book you are looking for is either not located in the UIUC catalog or all copies are checked out, you may order it through Primo Library Catalog and selecting "All I-share Libraries." Items typically arrive within 5-10 days and you will receive an email when the item is available for pick up.
Step Three: Interlibrary Loan
If the item is not available in the UIUC catalog or through I-Share, then your next stop will be Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery. First, keep your full citation handy -- you'll need it. Second, login to the ILLiad server using your NetID and password. From the ILLiad main menu, select "Request a Book." Be sure to fill out as much of the form as possible, including the source of your citation. This will ensure that ILL can place your request in a timely manner. You'll be notified by email when your item is ready to be picked up.
WorldCat -You can search WorldCat to find books on your topic, which might not be in the UIUC nor the I-share catalog. Once you find a title of interest, you can order it through Interlibrary Loan
To find databases:
Use the Ask a Librarian chat or email the library if you have any trouble finding or accessing a database or online articles.
Properly citing sources is part of research. The Library has an excellent guide for Citing Sources that can get you started and provide guidance on APA, MLA and Chicago Style citations. Purdue Owl is another great resource for citation formatting.
The Library also has guides to popular citation management systems:
You can also Google to find help from the software vendors themselves, such as:
You can access electronic library resources through one of the following avenues:
Please reach out to the library if you have trouble accessing a resource!
To locate journals relevant to your research, you can search the library website in several ways:
Below is a short selection of German Studies journals. This list is intended as a starting point and is not comprehensive.