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Undergraduate Guide to Research: Need Help?

An introduction to college-level research

Library DIY

This is an interactive "self help" tool designed to help you help yourself with common library problems and questions.

How to Get Help

It may seem obvious, but one of the best things you can do at the library is ask for help!

We can help you be more efficient and successful in your research. 

Ask Us

Look for the Ask Us logo to find out how to contact us in whatever way is most comfortable for you.  

And our best advice: Come to a service desk and ask for help! We’re friendly, knowledgeable, and the reason we’re there is to help you.

Willy T's Self Help Group

Join this Facebook group for UK undergrads!  Students can help each other with library-related questions.

More "Self Help" Options

Introduction to UK Libraries.  This is a collection of short videos about important resources and services.  

Take a virtual tour of Young Library.  

Beginning Your Research

UK Libraries has a huge number of resources and it can be hard to know how to get started.  Be sure to look at our Research Guides to see if there is a Subject or Course Guide that will help you.  These guides can point you to the best resources for your research area or course assignment.  For example, check out these guides for WRD 110 and CIS 110.

Were you asked by your instructor to find Scholarly Articles?  You can find those in a number of databases and journals, but you might want to start with Academic Search Complete, which is a good general academic database:

Academic Search Complete
Limit Your Results

Finally, explore the rest of this guide for more help with the research process!

Overview of InfoKat Discovery

Watch this short video for an overview and tips to get the most out of our new discovery system, InfoKat Discovery. IKD includes our library catalog plus additional resources, including content from some (not all!) article databases and local digital collections.

Questions? Comments? Just Ask Us!