International Reference @ Illinois
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:
email@example.com] or contact International Reference
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
What We DO
Answer bibliographic and reference queries. If you are in need of a specific piece of information, we
will be glad to try to answer your query. We will use print and online resources in our
searches. We also assist patrons with their questions on the use of fonts and keyboards for
languages in the service areas.
Identify materials in our collection. Identify libraries that hold materials you need. We will
search to find libraries in the U.S, Europe Union, and libraries from the service areas that can
lend or copy the title you need if it is not in our collection.
Verify and correct citations. Oftentimes, titles are not fully or correctly cited in the
existing bibliographic literature. Our staff are trained to search for the correct form of
the citation, ensuring that you get the material you need.
Suggest reference materials you might find relevant for your
research. Unfortunately, we cannot be held responsible for the
completeness or accuracy of online information.
What We Don't Do
Compile exhaustive bibliographies on a particular topic.
Translate substantial sections of text in the languages of our area of
coverage. We can assist with locating a dictionary entry for a particular word.
Charge a fee. International Reference is a federally funded
agency. There is no charge for our reference services. However, we are not a
document delivery service. Should you need a copy of some material from our collection you
will be directed to our Interlibrary Loan Department [See:
Obtain certain kinds of materials, specifically archival materials and
full text of dissertations.
Recommend particular books on a topic. We are all reference
librarians with subject expertise in a variety of areas. None of us are experts in all
areas. Our expertise lies in our familiarity with bibliographic materials. Therefore, we are
not qualified to suggest a specific monograph or article in a subject area over some other
Supply detailed genealogical information. Our library is not
equipped to handle detailed genealogical requests.
What We Need
Details. The more specific your explanation of what you are looking
for, the better we are able to serve you.
Deadlines. All requests are handled on a first come, first served
basis, although requests that have a firm upcoming deadline can usually be worked in. If you
must have an answer by a certain date, please indicate that in your request.
Languages. In order for us to locate information that will be useful we must
know if there are materials that would not be helpful because of language constraints you might
Affiliation. While we welcome queries from everyone, if your question
will require the use of interlibrary loan, it is important for us to know if you are not affiliated
with an academic institution. We may need to make arrangements with your public library to supply
you with the material you need for your research.
Background. In order to make the search as efficient as possible it is
important that we not duplicate the work you have already done. That is why we ask that you
be as specific as possible in listing the sources you may have already consulted.
Sources of citation. All users are asked to supply the original source in which
they found the citation to the material they are seeking. This saves us a great deal of time
in locating and/or ordering material.