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 Information Sciences courses or topics, and selected other guides likely to be useful for InfoSci 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.
iSchool Course Guides
This list includes guides current and recent courses at the iSchool. You can also directly see the list of guides for InfoSci on the LibGuides platform, although you will need to scroll down to find course-related guide in order of course number.
- IS 505: Information Organization and Access
- IS 510: Libraries, Information, and Society
- IS 544: Administration and Management of Libraries and Information Centers
- IS 503: History of Children’s Literature
Subject Guides for IS Topics
- After Graduation: Open Resources for Information Sciences Research
This guide outlines key open IS 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.
- Basic Search Tools for Information Sciences Research
This guide introduces key article databases in IS as well as options for searching hard-to-find IS 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 IS.
- Cataloging Your Books
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.
- Computer Science Research Resources
A research guide for computer science. See especially the tabs with information on searching for standards, technical reports, and patents.
- Legal Research for UIUC Students (Non-Law)
A research guide for legal topics, including information on how to search for case law, statutory law, administrative law, and foreign and international law.
- Researching Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Learn how to find children’s books, related reference resources, book reviews, author information, and more.
Research Presentations, Writing, and Citation
- Research Posters
Tips and tools for creating a research poster.
- Writing an Annotated Bibliography
A discussion of the purpose, format, and expectations for annotated bibliographies.
- Literature Review Demystified
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:
- Citation Management Software Overview
This guide helps users choose a citation management tool and provides links to other guides on specific options like Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote. Find how to export citations, create an automated works-cited page, import directly from the library catalog, and more.
Other Guides of Interest
- Find conference proceedings.
A guide to finding tricky-to-locate conference proceedings held by the library.
- Mobile-Friendly Resources
A review of apps for accessing library resources, some produced at Illinois and others created by vendors of our various online resources.
- What Google Scholar Can Do for You
A guide to making the most of Google Scholar as a search tool.
- Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships
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.
- Create and Manage and Online Scholarly Presence
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.