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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

GLBL 200: Introducing Library Research: Finding Books

Guide for introductory research class in global studies

Searching the Catalog to Find Books

The University of Illinois Library Catalog is a database of all the Library's materials, including books, journals, newspapers, e-books, videos, microfilms, and much more! You can use the Library Catalog to:

  • Create a library catalog account
  • Search for items at the University of Illinois
  • Request items and have them delivered to any library on campus
  • View items you have checked out and renew items online
  • Save, organize, and retrieve library records from any device

If any item is not available in the University of Illinois Library Catalog, you can search within the I-Share catalog, which includes most academic libraries in the state of Illinois. 

More Information on Finding Books

There is an entire guide on setting up your library account, searching at both basic and advanced levels, requesting materials, renewing materials and much more found here

Interlibrary Loan

If you find something cited that you really want, but we don't have, go to Interlibrary Loan and use the Illiad system to request your materials.  Two important things to remember - we cannot have the item available on campus and it takes time to get these items so request early.

What do you need?

Available Sources

Scholarly sources are available in both print and electronic forms. Traditionally, scholarly sources were books, journal articles, and newspaper articles. Today websites, blogs, podcasts, or videos can be suitable, depending on the subject of study.

 Chart comparing scholarly sources

Finding Books at Illinois