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E-Resources are not available to students who are not currently enrolled at U of I. The contracts signed by the Library on behalf of the University specifically limit the remote access to electronic resources to current members of the Urbana campus community. Information is available here: https://www.library.illinois.edu/geninfo/policies/faq-accessentitlement/
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E-Resource Use Policy
Here is a link to the Library’s E-resource Use policy: https://www.library.illinois.edu/geninfo/policies/faq-accessentitlement/
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Online Reference Collection
Databases by Subject and A to Z
How-To Find Links
Finding a Book in the Library Catalog
Here are instructions for finding books in the University of Illinois catalog: http://guides.library.illinois.edu/c.php?g=435337&p=2967944
A Specific Article
Here are instructions for tracking down a specific article: http://guides.library.illinois.edu/findarticles
A Specific Electronic Article
Here is a tool for finding a specific online journal: http://search.grainger.illinois.edu/linker/
Primary Source Materials in the Humanities & Social Sciences
Here is a guide on how to find primary sources: http://www.library.illinois.edu/ugl/howdoi/primarysources/
Any Articles on a Particular Subject
Here is a guide that explains how to search for articles by subject: http://guides.library.illinois.edu/findarticles
Books not Available at the U of I
Here are instructions for finding books not available at U of I: http://guides.library.illinois.edu/c.php?g=347977&p=2345696
Articles not Available at U of I
Here are instructions for requesting a photocopy of an article not available at U of I: http://guides.library.illinois.edu/c.php?g=504382&p=3455825
Music, Videos, & Games
Here are instructions for finding DVDs and video games at Illinois libraries: http://guides.library.illinois.edu/find_media
Peer Reviewed/Scholarly Articles
For assistance in locating peer reviewed or scholarly articles: http://www.library.illinois.edu/ugl/howdoi/scholarly/
Here is a guide for finding images: https://guides.library.illinois.edu/visualresources
Here is a list of resources for finding dissertations: http://guides.library.illinois.edu/finddissertationstheses
Here is a guide for citing sources: https://guides.library.illinois.edu/c.php?g=348564
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I can definitely help to get you started with that but before I go any further, I’m going to give you the contact information for your subject specialist librarian, [insert name here] as they will be a very important resource for you throughout your program: phone number – [add number]; email – [add email address].
Librarian Cataloging Questions
While I cannot provide call numbers for you, I can provide you with some free resources to help you with cataloging at http://www.library.illinois.edu/infosci/research/guides/helpcatalog/
Referrals for help with writing (3 options)
You can book an appoint with the Writers Workshop at: https://writersworkshop.illinois.edu
The Writers Workshop is a great next step for advice on integrating your sources. You can book an appoint with them at: https://writersworkshop.illinois.edu
I suggest you contact the Writers Workshop as you continue working on your paper, for tips on developing structure and advice on building strong arguments and thesis statements. You can book an appoint with them at: https://writersworkshop.illinois.edu
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