International Reference @ Illinois

  • Monday-Thursday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 1:00 pm -5:00 pm
  • |Room 321 Main Library (map)
  • |(217) 333-1501


International Reference @ Illinois is a bibliographic service for scholars and librarians. We provide research assistance for Social, Life, and Physical Sciences, and Arts and Humanities, for the regions and languages covered by the International and Area Studies Library.  

We welcome students, independent scholars, faculty, government employees, and librarians to contact us for in-depth bibliographic inquiries, citation verification requests, and scheduling one-on-one instruction sessions with reference specialists. In addition to contacting International Reference, researchers can browse our collection of research guides, which contains information on print and electronic sources.  You can contact Joe Lenkart, IAS Library Reference Coordinator [Email:] or contact International Reference at  Phone: (217) 333-1349.  We are here to assist you.  

In addition to the guides, the International and Area Studies Library and the Slavic Reference Service provide email assistance and chat reference.

New Service!

The International Reference Service is excited to offer online bibliographic training sessions via Blackboard Collaborate. These sessions are designed to provide our patrons with in-depth consultations on all subjects and regions affiliated with the International and Area Studies Library. This free service is open to students, independent scholars, teaching faculty, government employees, teachers, and librarians.
Fill out the form []with information about yourself and your research project. We will contact you to set up a specific date and time to go over research resources for your project. If you have any questions about the form, email us at 

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