Global Studies Librarian
303 International Studies Building MC-402
910 South Fifth Street
Champaign, Illinois, 61820, USA
Tues. 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Center for Global Studies,
910 South Fifth Street,
The University Library is the largest public, academic library in the United States. We have over 13.5 million titles and thousands of databases, journals, microfilm collections and multi-media resources in our collection. We also have many subject specialists associated with various libraries providing research services for our community of users. A list of libraries sorted by colleges and majors is also available and may be of help to you.
The Library Gateway provides access to all of the resources you will need to become a successful researcher at the University. You might want to begin your search with the Easy Search tool. This will provide you with a wide variety of resources.
Select More Options to search by title, author, or keyword in a broad selection of sources.
These resources include the Library's Online Catalog which provides you with information about the materials we have available. This can be searched by keywords, titles, authors, subject and ISBN or ISSN and shows you if the item you are seeking is in our collection, and if so, if it is available and where you can find it. This also links to a statewide catalog named I-Share that provides many more titles. Both versions of the catalog allow you to search for the title you want, and if you find it, to request and renew it online. For more information on the details of obtaining materials, go to Learn to Use the Library .
Our electronic databases, journals, and other collections are available through the Online Journals and Databases link. Sometimes our names for these electronic resources are a little confusing. "Databases" refers to resources that you can use to search for materials. You use these to find journal articles, primary resources and other useful information. Databases might include general resources like Academic Search Premier Plus (EBSCO), citation indexes such as Scopus and Web of Science, or specialized databases such as Worldwide Political Science Abstracts or Sociological Abstracts. Once you have searched these databases you may find links to the full text of the resources you have found. If you already have a journal citation (author, title of the article, title of the journal it is found in plus volume/number/year and pages) you can use this resource to see if it is available in full-text by searching the journal title in Online Journals and Databases, then narrowing your search by year or volume and page number.
Several of our many library homepages may be of use to you. These include:
Wherever you go in the virtual library, remember there are people here who can help you find what you need. We also have a chat reference service that you can use. Whether it is in-person, chat, email, or phone, assistance is available to you.
The process of research is a matter of discovery, location and evaluation. We are here to help.