The library has a multitude of guides on research topics across the disciplines and also to help you with your research regardless of discipline. This page lists guides for particular LIS courses or topics, and selected other guides likely to be useful for LIS students. You can also browse the list of all guides produced by UIUC librarians on the LibGuides platform, or find guides not on that platform by looking at particular subject library websites.
This list includes guides current and recent courses at GSLIS. You can also directly see the list of guides for LIS on the LibGuides platform, although you will need to scroll down to find course-related guide in order of course number.
This guide outlines key open LIS research resources online for use by graduates of the University who no longer have access to licensed materials, or by other members of the public.
This guide introduces key article databases in LIS as well as options for searching hard-to-find LIS topics. The emphasis is on finding published research in the article literature. For background information, statistics, directories, and similar information, see the page on Reference Sources in LIS.
A guide for those visiting the library for help with cataloging and classification of their libraries. In particular, it is geared toward sources that will assist you in assigning call numbers to titles with a focus on Library of Congress and Dewey Classification.
A research guide for computer science. See especially the tabs with information on searching for standards, technical reports, and patents.
A research guide for legal topics, including information on how to search for case law, statutory law, administrative law, and foreign and international law.
Learn how to find children's books, related reference resources, book reviews, author information, and more.
Tips and tools for creating a research poster.
A discussion of the purpose, format, and expectations for annotated bibliographies.
A guide for those preparing different varieties of literature reviews, including a modified approach to searching for this purpose. This guide complements an occasional on-campus Savvy Researcher workshop: check the Savvy Researcher calendar for upcoming events. This guide doesn't have as much info on the actually writing and structuring of the literature review--for that information, try one of the following options:
This guide covers the account set-up and use of RefWorks, the citation management tool licensed by the library for your use as a student and after graduation. Find how to export citations, create an automated works cited page, import directly from the library catalog, and more.
A guide to finding tricky-to-locate conference proceedings held by the library.
A review of apps for accessing library resources, some produced at Illinois and others created by vendors of our various online resources.
A guide to making the most of Google Scholar as a search tool.
A guide for faculty, staff, and students on grant, fellowship, and scholarship resources, as well as information on writing grants. This guide complements an occasional on-campus Savvy Researcher workshop: check the Savvy Researcher calendar for upcoming events.
A guide to online scholarly identity platforms and best practices. This guide complements an occasional on-campus Savvy Researcher workshop: check the Savvy Researcher calendar for upcoming events.