LIBRA 1101: Basic Library Research


  1. Learn about the Library's research services
  2. Learn to search the Library's physical and electronic collections
  3. Learn to create MLA citiations

Library Research Services

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services for students

Searching the Library

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  • Use the Library catalog
  • What you'll find: Books, articles, videos, e-books, streaming media, audio
  • Items are from the COD Library, other Illinois academic libraries, and libraries throughout the world


As students,you have convenient access to over 32 million items in 82 academic libraries throughout Illinois.


Searching Databases

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  • Use the Library's article databases and your Library card (for off-campus access)
  • What you'll find: Online full-text or articles from journals, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias and other specialized resources


Free Websites

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Comparing Material Types

  • Books vs. articles vs. websites


Citing Sources & Writing Help

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