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Introduction to Research at the Library

Learn to think like a librarian! This guide is an introduction (or a refresher) to using the library to find books and journal articles.


Welcome to the online companion guide to the Savvy Researcher Workshop Introduction to Library Research.

This guide is designed to supplement the workshop and direct you to further resources. It provides an introduction (or a refresher) to searching for books and articles through the Library and through institutions beyond UIUC.

For prospective workshop participants or learners that want to review workshop content, check out the materials linked below!

Navigating This Guide

Photograph of the Literatures & Languages reading room showing green walls, high ceilings, bookshelves lining the walls, and long wooden study tables.Whether you are new to the library or would just like to learn how to find resources more efficiently, this guide will take you through finding physical and electronic materials as well as where to go for more help!

Use the tabs to the left to navigate the guide. Look for the hands-on practice activities at the bottom of each page to hone your skills!

Don't forget to check out the page on Support Services - learn how to get one-on-one support, explore alternative ways of accessing materials, and learn to navigate the library with confidence!

About the Savvy Researcher

The Library's Savvy Researcher Workshop Series brings information professionals together with graduate students and faculty to explore topics related to research and academic success. Some workshops are tool-based, some focus on a particular library resource, and others are topical, but the goal of all is to help you understand and use the library efficiently and effectively.

To explore other workshops in the series, be sure to check out our calendar below to browse upcoming topics.