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Education Abroad: Library Tools for the Traveling Student: 2. While Abroad

Library resources, instructions for access, and library contact information.

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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.

Wherever you may be...

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.

Collecting Information While Abroad

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:

  • Collect the information.
  • Gather information about the sources so you can cite them in your research.
  • Get contact information for the people you meet and places you visit in your host country.

1. This is your chance to collect information!

Some examples of primary sources are:

  • Artifacts (clothing, furniture, tools, buildings, paintings, artwork)
  • First-person accounts (including newspaper accounts)
  • Government publications (statistics, court reports)
  • Historical documents including broadsides, last wills and testaments, posters, and maps
  • Lab reports
  • Draft copies of literary works
  • Journals, Diaries, Ledgers, Observations/Fieldnotes
  • Correspondence (i.e., written or electronic letters, email)
  • Photographs
  • Official government or corporate/business records or papers
  • Audio recordings (e.g., radio programs, speeches, oral histories, music)
  • Film/Video/Digital Visual Recordings

2. Cite Your Sources!

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.)

3. Don't forget to get contact info!

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.

Off-Campus Access

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.

Off Campus Instructions

Off-Campus Log-In Links

Need to log in to one of your accounts? Click the links below to access:

UK Libraries My Account

Main Campus ILLiad

EBSCOhost databases

(Note: Log into EZProxy with your link blue information in order to begin searching access the EBSCOhost databases.)

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