Curriculum and Instruction 550

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  •   SSHEL North (Room 100) and SSHEL South (Room 101), Main Library
  • (217) 244-1864


A Guide to Library Resources for Curriculum & Instruction 550


Articles | Books & Journals | Print Resources | Citing Sources | Research Assistance


Welcome! This site has been created to assist you in exploring library resources related to your C&I 550 class. Our library is one of the largest in the United States and it can be a bit overwhelming at first. We will try to make things a little easier for you, but don't hesitate to ask questions.



Scholarly journal articles are one of the primary means of communicating research ideas. They are an important component of academic research and give you some insight into ongoing debates and scholarly conversations about your topic. You can find articles through database searches.

Finding articles is a two-step process:


Recommended Article Databases



Library catalogs are used for two purposes. First, if you know exactly what you are looking for - an exact title or author - you can use the catalog to locate your material. This works for book titles and journal titles. Second, you can use library catalogs to discover material that might be helpful to you by doing subject and keyword searching.





Guidelines for citing electronic and print resources are available from the Reference Library's Cite a Sourcepage and the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library's Style and Writing Guide.


A great tool for writing papers, RefWorks helps you export bibliographic records from databases, change the citation styles as needed, and import the citation directly into a Word document so you can create bibliographies on the fly. 



Ask-A-Librarian for Help with Your Research

Use our Ask-A-LibrarianService to IM, chat, email, phone or find a reference librarian.

Nancy O'Brien 
Office: Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library, 100 Main Library 

Contact a librarian to request an appointment for an in-depth Research Consultation.

Finding Your Way Around

There are over 25 departmental libraries on our campus, and sometimes it may be difficult to determine where to find the resources you need. For your class, the library that you will be using most is the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library(SSHEL). We are located in SSHEL North (Room 100) and SSHEL South (Room 101) of the Main Library building. Do no hesitate to come in and ask one of our energetic and helpful information desk assistants.

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