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Services & Resources for Undergraduates

What Library Services Are Available to Undergraduates?

Research@UWW is a discovery tool that searches across many of the Library's databases, catalogs, ejournals, digital repositories, and other products to help you discover more resources on your topic in a simple search interface. Research@UWW is the place to begin your search for articles, ebooks, government documents, media, reserves, images, guides, and more. For more advanced research, see the full list of the Library's databases and search a database more specific to your discipline. Research@UWW also helps you manage your research: renew library items, create and share lists, export citations, and order materials from other UW System libraries.

Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad)
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is available to all UWW students, staff, and faculty. This service allows users to borrow materials (books, photocopies of journal articles, etc.) from libraries outside of the UW-System.  You can access the request system, ILLiad, through the Library's homepage.

Reference Service
The reference librarians provide a variety of methods in which students can reach them for assistance with research. You can contact the Reference Desk at 262-472-1032, which is staffed most of the hours that the library is open. Virtual reference is also available, with chat and e-mail reference available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We generally respond to e-mail questions within a business day. If you have an in-depth research question, you may want to contact a library liaison in your subject area.

Finding Books

Searches across the Library's physical holdings, like books and DVDs, and most of the Library's databases, including several with ebooks. Change "Everything" to "Books, Media & more (UW Whitewater)" after running a search to find the Library's print holdings and some, but not all, ebooks. You can also limit to Books after running a search and it will find both print and online books.

UW Request 
Formerly called Universal Borrowing, use this service to find materials in UW System libraries. To borrow for free, search Research@UWW and then change "Everything" to "Books, Media & more (UW System)" and run the search again. Sign in is required before placing the request.

Other Library Catalogs
Use this link to explore other libraries in the UW System, public libraries in Wisconsin, and libraries around the world.

WorldCat.org, the free version of the OCLC WorldCat, searches for over a billion items in ten thousand libraries all over the world, including UWW. Enter your zip code to find material in libraries near you.

This guide contains more information about ebooks and contains links to the Library's collections of ebooks as well as listings of free or partially free ebook collections available on the open web.

Finding Articles

Article databases available from the Library offer you the opportunity to find reliable information from respected newspapers, magazines, and journals - all right from your computer, wherever you are. Many of the databases provide the full text of the articles, either in HTML or PDF format.

NOTE: When off-campus, you will be prompted to log in to the proxy server, which allows access from anywhere using your Net-ID and password, just like your e-mail. If you have issues with logging in to the proxy server, please check our Troubleshooting page for known issues. You may also want to consider using VPN (Virtual Private Network) in order to access campus and Library services. Find all of the information about VPN on the iCIT website.

If you have a particular periodical in mind, the Journals tab on the Library's homepage allows you to search for magazines and journals the library has available, both in print and electronically.

Library User Guides
If you're having difficulty using any of our databases or you're looking for more information about the source, make sure to look at the How to Use library guides.

Getting Help

The Library is here to assist you in any way possible. Please contact us with any questions that you may have.

  • Contact the Reference Desk by phone at 262-472-1032 or via email or chat if you need help with your research or using an electronic resource.
  • Contact the Interlibrary Loan Office at 262-472-5524 or via e-mail at libill@uww.edu with inquiries regarding ILL or questions about the service.
  • Check out the online guides for help with the Library catalog and most of the databases.


Andersen Library
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 West Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

Contact the Library

Circulation Desk: 262-472-5511
Reference Desk: 262-472-1032