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Learn how to use library search tools

The University of Illinois Library is constantly and consistently trying to make it easier for you to find the research materials you need. To that end, we are improving the tools you use every day to search. Below are links to instructional pages that will help you get used to some of the most recent updates. 


When you know what you want (e.g. you have a citation)

Find a specific article

Find a specific database or journal

How do I use CitationLinker?

Video: Find an Article with a Citation

Find an article not at Illinois


When you don't know what you want (e.g. when you don't have a citation or only have part of a citation)

Find articles by subject

How to use the Journal and Article Locator

Video: Finding an Article Without a Citation 

Video: Search by Topic, Part 1

Video: Search by Topic, Part 2

Linking to subject searches


Print Materials

Find print materials

Request a book not at Illinois


Getting Help

Library search tools FAQ

Report a problem

Ask A Librarian