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Working with specific collections


  • Established in 1963, the University of Illinois Archives is a major center for research and learning. It includes more than 25,883 cubic feet of records, publications, and faculty/alumni papers relating to the University and the Urbana-Champaign campus. It also holds major research resources such as the American Library Association Archives, the Advertising Council Archives, and the records of other professional societies.

Conference proceedings

  • Conference proceedings can be difficult to locate in the catalog and on the internet. This guide will provide you with strategies to search by conference and topic. 

Online resources for historical research


  • Locate dissertations from Illinois, across the U.S., and internationally. 

Finding and using images

  • Finding images that are legal to use is not an easy task. This guide will help you navigate the resources available to you as well as assist in copyright considerations. 

Government information

Grants, fellowships, and scholarships

  • This guide will direct you to myriad sources in order to locate grants across disciplines, scholarships, grant writing resources, travel abroad options, and opportunities geared toward international students. Grant Forward (formerly IRIS) is a searchable database of grant funding opportunities across disciplines.

Legal research

Numeric and spatial data

  • The Library provides data services including: acquiring data sets needed for teaching and research; locating, downloading and preparing data for secondary analysis; and identifying and creating course materials and teaching tools (including customized data sets drawn from various data repositories). Visit the Scholarly Commons to use our software programs or for more assistance.

Primary sources

  • Primary resources are actual artifacts that have survived from past historical events, including letters, photographs, and physical objects such as clothing or utensils. They provide firsthand evidence of historical events, and represent a wide variety of formats that are generally not formally published. Learn more using the Global VILLAGE.

Research by subject

Statistical Information

  • A bibliography of statistical information including general statistics databases, population and demographics, social science data, economics and business data, and science, history, and miscellanea.

Illinois Library Newspaper Database

  • Find newspapers held at Illinois in all formats including print, microfilm, and digital.