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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2020 Virtual Summer Research Laboratory

A guide for virtual Summer Research Laboratory participants at the University of Illinois Library. It contains information on virtual services, events, access to digital resources, and research technologies.

Expanded Virtual Research Support

In an effort to offset challenges brought on by the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Slavic Reference Service (SRS) at the University of Illinois is offering expanded virtual services to support remote scholars affiliated with the Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) programs at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign). Core components of the SRS virtual services include:

Open Virtual Office Hours

  • The Open Virtual Office Hours will be kept open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm CST (Time Zone Converter) for the duration of summer.

Personalized Bibliographic Sessions through Zoom

  • These scheduled sessions are more targeted and cover relevant vernacular language sources, collections and materials, research methodologies, and search strategies. Priority will be given to graduate students and junior scholars. A mandatory virtual check-in meeting (15-20 minutes) is attached to all requests for personalized bibliographic sessions. If you do not attend the mandatory check-in meeting, we will understand your research needs have changed.
  • SRS reference specialists will address any follow-up requests through email ( or through the virtual office hours. Follow-up consultation will be available after the end of the SRL period.

Request a personalized bibliographic session:

Duplication requests

  • In order to address a current need among scholars for print sources, the SRS staff will assist with duplication requests for short articles and entries from consultative sources. Duplication requests are restricted to 15 pages and dependent on access to print materials held at the University of Illinois Library. The SRS staff will be unable to fill duplication requests for materials not held at the Library. We will be glad to help you identify materials you may need, and which are not in our collection. These will have to be ordered through your home institution’s interlibrary loan department.

Submit a Duplication Request:

Virtual SRL participants are also encouraged to consult research guides compiled by the Slavic Reference Service and download the SRS Toolbox, which is included below.