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Electronic Resources

This is a special page designed for Library Friends who are not currently enrolled as students, faculty, or staff members at the University of Illinois. The following information explains which resources can be used by our visitors.


Electronic Journals and Indexes


Browse this special alphabetical list of journals, article indexes, and newspapers, which features over 3,000 titles that are globally available for all Library patrons.

Hint: Because the list is long, it may take awhile for it to load on your computer. If you are looking for just one or two specific journals, try using the Library's internal search engine for online resources. Select "Article Indexes & Abstracts" or "Journals & Newspapers" and enter a significant word from the title in the "search title" line.

Caution: Not all of the titles retrieved via the search engine are available for remote use. Refer to the symbols below the titles to determine the level of accessibility. A Blue "i" Globe indicates that remote electronic access is available to all patrons. A blue and orange UIUC Rectangle indicates that remote access is restricted to currently enrolled faculty, staff, and students.

The Blue "i" Globe listed to the right of each resource title provides a brief description of the database and the parameters of its access. Browse the subject lists developed by departmental librarians for additional help in finding topically relevant resources.


Online Catalog


Use the Online Catalog to find out what materials are available at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Borrowing requests for items circulated by the University Library may be placed electronically by currently enrolled faculty, staff, and students as well as certain other borrower types who have established a library account at the University of Illinois.   If you do not have borrowing privileges at the University of Illinois, your local library may be able to obtain the items on interlibrary loan through the Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery (ILL/DD).


Reference Materials


The Reference Library staff has developed the Online Reference Collection to answer different kinds of questions. The databases that are not available publicly are clearly marked as restricted for use by current U of I faculty, staff, and students.


Questions and Answers about Electronic Resources


1.   Why aren't all the electronic resources listed on the Library's Gateway open for use by Library Friends, Presidents Council members, and University alumni?

Copyright laws and licensing agreements prevent the University Library from providing remote access to most of its electronic journals and databases to anyone but currently enrolled faculty, staff, and students with an authorized University computer account. For more information, please see the University's Information Technology Policies .

2.      If I visit the Library will I be able to use the electronic databases?

Visitors to the Library are always welcome to use electronic databases at one of the Library's publicly accessible computers.

3.      How do I learn more about using web sites?

A good place to start is to check with the Library's departmental libraries for web sites that are recommended for their respective subject areas.

4.      Where can I obtain more information about using the Library's electronic resources?

You are welcome to call Central Reference at 217/333-2290.

Additional questions about alumni access to the Library's electronic resources should be directed to Jason Quackenbush in the Office of Advancement.  



University Library
Office of Advancement
1408 West Gregory Drive, Room 227
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Phone: (217) 333-5682 Fax: (217) 244-7201

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