1. Collect information while you are there.
2. Gather information needed to cite those sources.
3. Get contact information for sources in case you forget something.
Not sure what the library in your host country will be like? Before you visit a public or university library, you can ask your on-site contact about the libraries and research in your host country. You may need guest access so it is best to be prepared before you go! You can also check out a library glossary on the Resources tab of this guide to learn more about library and research terms.
As a student, you have access to UK Libraries while abroad. That means any time you are away from campus you can still use library databases to access electronic articles and e-books.
While you are abroad, there will be so much to do you don't want to forget the details or any information you might need later. During your Education Abroad program, you might want to collect information about the people, culture, and experience you are having. To do this you will need three things:
Some examples of primary sources are:
Not sure how to cite a primary or secondary source? Check out the Style Guide and Manuals link in the dropdown menu from the Additional Resources tab.
Or you can check out the Library of Congress or Purdue OWL websites for citing sources.
(Please note: There is a citation generator on the Purdue OWL site that is not free or recommended. See the list of recommended citation generators on our guide to Style Guides and Manuals.)
If you interview someone or get information from a source, make sure to get that person's contact information in case you have questions later. You might have more questions or need them to confirm information once you return home.
Also called EZProxy access, these instructions will help you access your library account, databases, articles, and e-books while you are off-campus. You must have your library account activated before you begin so if you missed that step, please contact the Circulation Department at UK Libraries.