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Basic and Advanced Library Research : Introduction

Learn how to do basic and advanced research in the Libraries.

Optimize Your Library Research Experience

There are a variety of accounts you can establish through the UNT Libraries to optimize your research experience. The boxes below describe how to establish three of those accounts: UNT Library Catalog, RefWorks, and ILLiad accounts. A fourth type of account is a personal account within an electronic database. That topic is addressed under the Save Article Citations tab of the guide.

BASIC/ADVANCED Your UNT Library Catalog Account: Renew and Manage Your Checked Out Items

All UNT enrolled students, faculty and staff have a UNT Library Catalog account. You can access your account from the Libraries homepage by clicking on the Accounts Login button on the top right.

Next enter your EUID and password in the UNT Library Catalog Login box on the left. There's a help link if you've forgotten your EUID and/or password.

Once inside your account, you can manage the items you have checked out from the library. From this webpage, you are able to see the items you have checked out and their due dates, see hold requests you have on items, and renew items. See Overview: Your Account in the UNT Library Catalog Help for more information about account features.

ADVANCED Your RefWorks Account: Save References and Create Bibliographies

RefWorks is a bibliographic manager software made available to all UNT students, faculty, and staff through the UNT Libraries. With RefWorks, you can store, organize, and share references, and create bibliographies from the references in the citation style of your choice. The UNT Library Catalog and most electronic databases will export references of books and articles to your RefWorks account, making it incredibly easy to gather the citation information from the sources for your papers and projects.

To establish your RefWorks account, follow these steps:

  1. Go the UNT Libraries homepage
  2. Click on the Databases & More tab of the central search box
  3. Select the letter "R" for Refworks
  4. Scroll down the next screen and select the link for RefWorks
  5. Select the Sign Up for a New Account link from the login screen
  6. Complete and submit your registration; you will receive an email from RefWorks containing the group code for remote access

You're ready to start adding references to your account! See the RefWorks Workshop page for full details on how to use your account. 

ADVANCED Your ILLiad Account: Order Articles and Books from Other Libraries

ILLiad is the system the UNT Libraries use to process interlibrary loans (ILLs). When the book or article you want isn't available at the UNT Libraries, you can submit a request in your ILLiad account and the UNT Libraries will find another library that will loan the item to you through the ILL program. All UNT enrolled students, faculty, and staff are eligible to use ILL, and it's free!

You need to establish your ILLiad account because it is not provided automatically. Start by clicking on the Accounts Login button on the Libraries homepage.

Next look to the right for the ILLiad Login. Below it, select the Create An ILLiad Account link. 

Follow the instructions for registering for an ILLiad account. If you are a distance learning student, be sure to pick that option from the Status drop-down menu so you can request library item delivery in the future. 

It takes about 5 minutes to complete registration, and when you're done you can immediately make a request. For assistance with your account, contact the Interlibrary Loan Department.

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