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Help Videos

This guide is a collection of help videos that show how to use Milner Library search tools to find books and articles, how to print, and save work at Milner Library.

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Managing Accounts


How to Look at Your Milner/I-Share Account and Renew Items

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The Milner Library/I-Share Catalog login is your ULID and password.

How to renew items/Look at my account – before recording video it is helpful to have a couple of books checked out and a request in I-Share

How to renew items and look at your Milner/I-Share account with a ULID login.

This video will show you how to renew any Milner Library or I-Share items you have checked out or check the status of any I-Share requests you’ve made.

  • From the Library's home page, choose the Library Accounts button under the Start Your Research search box.
  • On the Library Accounts page, select Access your Milner/I-Share Account.
  • Choose ULID Login. Login with your ULID and password.
  • The My Library Card page displays an overview of your checked out items, requested items, fines, and blocks.  
  • If you have items from multiple I-Share libraries, your account will list the items separately under the libraries they came from instead of all on one list.
  • You may have many I-Share libraries on your list since like I do, since libraries are added when you request an item from them but are not removed once you return the item.
  • To view only libraries you currently have items from, change All Institutions to Has Activity.
  • If you don’t see the item you are looking for, check each library for your item.
  • Select the links at the top of My Library Card for more details.
  • To renew a book, choose Loans.
  • Select Renew to get a new due date on your book.
  • Choose Requests to check the status of items you have requested from Milner or I-Share.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!


How to Look at Your Interlibrary Loan Account and Renew Items

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How to look at your interlibrary loan account and renew items.

This video will show you how to look at items in your Interlibrary Loan account and check if you can renew them.

  • From the Library's home page, choose the Library Accounts button under the Start Your Research search box.
  • On the Library Accounts page, select Access your Interlibrary Loan Account.
  • Choose Illinois State University.
  • On the Central Login page, login with your ULID and password.
  • After you login, you will see a list of your requested and checked out interlibrary loan items.
  • To check the status of your requested items, find the item on the list and look for a note next to it under Status.
  • If you request an article and receive an email that it is ready to view in your interlibrary loan account, the article will show up on this list. Choose the Click here to view item link next to the article to view the full text.
  • You can only open the article from your Interlibrary Loan account 5 times and the link expires after a certain date. Be sure to the Click here to view item link and download your article to your computer the first time that you view it.
  • To check the due date of a book or other physical item that you have checked out from interlibrary loan, find the item on the list.
  • You can view your due date next to your item under Status.
  • You may not be able to renew all interlibrary loan items. To check if your item is renewable, look for a Renew request button next to the item.
  • To renew the item, select Renew request. This sends a request to the library the item is from to ask if you can renew the item. The due date for your item will not change unless the library approves the request. You will get an email letting you know whether the library approved your request.
  • To update or add contact information to get email and text notifications about interlibrary loan items, go to Profile at the top.
  • Notifications section shows which ways you have chosen to get notifications. Email is the default option.
  • If you want to get notifications via text message, add a phone number to the box under Phone Number and turn on  Send library account updates by text message.
  • Choose Save changes.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We’re happy to help!

Find Textbooks & Course Reserves


How to Find Textbooks

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How to Find Textbooks

This video will show you how to find textbooks at Milner Library. Generally, the library is unable to purchase every textbook needed for all courses. However, you can always check to see if what you need might be available.

First, check Milner’s Course Reserves to see if your professor might have a copy of the textbook on reserve.

  • On the library's home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research.
  • Change the Everything dropdown to Course Reserves.
  • We recommend searching by course ID.  Enter the three letter abbreviation and number for your course.  I’m going to search for LAL 109 (THE 154)
  • Choose the magnifying glass.
  • Scroll down to view your results. Select the title of the book you want. I’m going to choose Harvest of Empire: A history of Latinos in America.
  • If the catalog lists the item as Floor 2 Course Reserve Desk: Building Use Only, check to see if the book is available. If it is, you can ask for the book by title at the Circulation Desk on the left as you enter the library. You can use it in the library for two hours.

If the book you are looking for is not on Course Reserves, you can check Milner’s catalog to see if it’s elsewhere in the library.

  • Close the item page and scroll back up to the search box.
  • The best way to search for your textbook is by title and author. To search by both of those at once, choose Advanced Search.
  • Under Search for, change Course Reserves to Library Catalog.
  • Choose clear to start a new search.
  • In the first row, change Keyword to Title, and Contains to Contains Exact Phrase and enter the title of the book. I’m going to search for Yookoso by Yasuhiko Tohsaku. In the second row change Keyword to Author/Creator and enter the author’s name. Change Material Type to Books. We recommend searching by title and author instead of ISBN because we might have multiple editions of a book.  
  • Choose Search.
  • Select the title of the book you are interested in.  Check to see if the book is available. If it is, use the location and the call number to find the book on the shelves.

If you cannot find the book in the Milner Library Catalog or if it is unavailable, next try searching the I-Share catalog, which will pull results from over 90 other libraries across Illinois.

  • Close the item page and scroll back up to the advanced search box. I’m going to search for the book Visualization, Modeling, and Graphics for Engineering Design for TEC 116.
  • Hit clear to start a new search, change Keyword to Title, contains to contains exact phrase, and enter the title of the book. Choose Search.
  • Milner Library does not have a copy of this book.  Scroll back up and select All I-Share Libraries under Search for. Choose Search.
  • Scroll down to see your results. Select the title of the print copy of the book you need.
  • Scroll down to How to get it to see the different I-Share libraries that have your book.
  • To see if your book is available to request, choose Sign in next to Please sign in to check if there are any request options.  Choose ULID Login. Login with your ULID and password.
  • Scroll back down to How to get it and choose I-Share.
  • The I-Share request form will tell you at the top if the item is available for request. If it is available, you can submit a request. Scroll down. If you want to pick up your requested items at Milner Library, change Preferred Local Pickup Location to your desired location.
  • If you want to pick up your requested item from an I-Share library near you, select the library from the dropdown beneath Preferred Pickup Institution.
  • To find out which I-Share libraries are closest to you, see the I-Share members map.
  • Choose a marker on the map to see the location and contact information of a university or college.
  • When you are done filling out the form, choose Send Request.
  • You will get an email message when the book is ready for you to pick up either at the Circulation Desk on the 2nd floor of Milner or at the I-Share library you chose.
  • If you would like to get non-Course Reserve Milner Library books or I-Share books via curbside pickup, please see the How to Request a Book for Curbside Pickup help video.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We’re happy to help!


How to Find Course Reserves

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NOTE: Electronic course reserves are not listed or linked in the Course Reserve finder on the Milner Library website. You can find them in the Canvas site for you class in a place chosen by your professor.

This video will show you how to find course reserve items available through the Milner Library catalog. Course Reserve items available through the Milner Library catalog include books, movies on VHS tape or DVD, CDs, and audio recordings.

  • On the Library's home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research.
  • Change the Everything dropdown to Course Reserves.
  • You can search by Course Instructor, Course ID, Course Name, Course Department, and more. We recommend searching by Course ID or name.  I’m going to search by Course ID for Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies 292 So, I’ll enter WGS 292 in the search box. ENG 253 (WGS 292).
  • Choose the magnifying glass.
  • Some reserves are in print format and are available at the Library.
  • Select the title of a specific item you need.  I’m going to choose Finding out: an introduction to LGBTQ studies.
  • If the location is Floor 2 Course Reserve Desk: Building Use Only, check to see if the item is available.  If it is, go to the Circulation Desk and request the item by title. You can use most print reserves for 2 hours in the library.
  • Other Course Reserves are in electronic format.
  • You can find electronic reserves including eBooks, book chapters, articles, streaming audio recordings, and streaming videos in the Canvas site for your course.  Ask your professor where to find them on the Canvas site for your course.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We’re happy to help!

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Find Items in the Catalog


Find a Book by Title

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How to Find a Book by Title.

This video will show you how to find a book when you already know the title.

  • On the Library's home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research.
  • Change the Everything dropdown to Library Catalog.
  • Enter the title of the book you would like to find.  I’m going to search for The Sisters are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America.
  • Choose the magnifying glass
  • Most of the time, your title should appear at the top of the results list. If it doesn’t, change the “that contain my query words” dropdown under the search box to “that contain the exact phrase,” which will search for results that contain the exact words you put in the box; or begins with, which will search for the first part of the title you entered in the box.
  • When you select one of these two options, it should bring your book to the top of the results list.
  • Choose the magnifying glass.
  • To access the print copy of the book, choose the title.
  • Scroll down to Get It to check if the item is available.  If it is, note the location and the call number and use them to use to find the item on the shelves.
  • To access an eBook, choose the title of the book.
  • Scroll to View Online and choose the link beneath Full text availability.
  • Whether you are on or off campus, you will go to the Milner Library electronic resources login page. Choose Milner Library at Illinois State University.
  • On the Central Login page, login with your ULID and password.
  • You should now have access to the eBook you would like to view.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We’re happy to help!


Find a Book by Author

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How to find a book by author.

This video will show you how to find a book when you already know the author.

  • On the Library's home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research.
  • Change the Everything dropdown to Library Catalog.
  • Enter the first and last names of the author whose books you would like to find. I’m going to search for William Dobak.
  • Choose the magnifying glass.
  • I’m going to choose Freedom by the Sword: The U.S. Colored Troops 1862-1867.
  • To access a print book, scroll down to Get It and check to see if the book is available.
  • If it is, note the location and the call number, and use them to use to find the book on the shelves.
  • To access an eBook, scroll to View Online and choose the links under Full Text Availability.
  • Whether you are on or off campus, you will go to the Milner Library electronic resources login page. Choose Milner Library at Illinois State University.
  • On the Central Login page, login with your ULID and password.
  • You should then have access to the eBook you would like to view.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We’re happy to help!


Find a Book by Subject

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How to find a book by subject.

This video will show you how to find a book when you have a specific subject in mind.

  • From the Library's home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research.
  • It is easier to search for books by subject using the Advanced Search because it provides a specific option for searching by subject. Select Advanced Search.
  • On the Advanced Search page, choose Library Catalog under Search for to get only items available at Milner Library.
  • Change Keyword to Subject and enter your subject terms in the box. I’m going to look for environmental sciences in China.
  • Change Material Type to Books.
  • Select Search.
  • Scroll down to view your results. Select the title of a book to view more information.
  • To access a print book, scroll down to Get It and check to see if the book is available.  If it is, note the location and call number and use them to use to find the book on the shelves.
  • To access an eBook, scroll down to View Online, and choose the link beneath Full text availability to access the full text of the eBook.
  • Whether you are on or off campus, you will go to the Milner Library electronic resources login page. Choose Milner Library at Illinois State University.
  • On the Central Login page, login with your ULID and password.
  • You should now have access to the book you would like to view.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We’re happy to help!


Find a Print Journal by Title

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How to Find a Print Journal by Title

This video will show you how to find a print copy of a journal or magazine when you already know the title.  Print journals are not typically available for checkout, but you can scan articles from print journals for free using our scanner stations on Floors 2-6.

  • From the Library's home page, go to search box under Start Your Research.
  • Change the Everything dropdown to Milner Catalog.
  • Enter the title of the journal you would like to find. I’m going to look for Nature.
  • Choose the magnifying glass.
  • Select the title of the journal you would like to look at.
  • To view volumes of a journal or magazine that are available online, check for a View Online section and choose a link beneath Full text availability.
  • Whether you are on or off campus, this will take you to the Milner Library electronic resources access page. Choose Milner Library at Illinois State University.
  • On the Central Login page, login with your ULID and password.
  • You should now have online access to the journal you would like to view.
  • To view Milner Library’s print volumes of the journal, scroll down to Get It.
  • To find periodicals in Floor 2 Current Periodicals and the Floors 3-6 shelves, check to see if they’re available. If they are, note the call number and use it to find the journal on the shelves.
  • Choose a location to see the volumes and years shelved there. Choose Back to Locations to go back to the list of locations.
  • The newest issues of our periodicals are in the Floor 2 Current Periodicals section. Choose a location to see the volumes and years shelved there.
  • Older bound volumes of our periodicals are on the shelves on Floors 3-6, in this case Floor 5 shelves, and in storage.
  • You can access Items from Storage North and Closed Stacks by requesting them online.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We’re happy to help!


Find a Movie by Title

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How to Find a Movie by Title.

This video will show you how to look for movies by title in the Milner Library catalog.

  • From the library’s home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research.
  • Change the Everything dropdown to Library Catalog.
  • Enter the title of the movie you would like to find. I’m going to look for movies with music in the title, so I’ll enter music.
  • Choose the magnifying glass.
  • To narrow to movies, change the All Items dropdown under the search box to videos.
  • The current results include all types of items that have music anywhere in the item description as well as in the title.
  • To narrow to movies, change the All items dropdown under the search box to Videos. To get only movies with music in the title, change the anywhere in the record dropdown under the search box to in the title. Choose the magnifying glass.
  • Milner owns movies in a variety of formats including DVDs, BluRay, streaming, and VHS. The format and location of the movie determine how you can watch it.
  • If a movie’s location is Floor 2 Media, choose the title. I’m choosing The Black music of Brazil.
  • Scroll down to Get It and check if the item is available. If it is, note the call number and use it to find the movie in the Floor 2 Media section in the northeast corner.
  • The call number also shows what kind of physical movie the item is. In this case, it’s a DVD. You can also select Details and scroll down to Format to see what kind of movie it is.
  • Movies listed as Available Online are streaming movies. To view these, choose the title. I’m choosing Strange music of Namjune Paik.
  • Scroll down to View Online and choose the link under Full text availability.
  • Whether you are on or off campus, this will take you to the Milner Library electronic resources login page. Choose Milner Library at Illinois State University.
  • On the Central Login page, login with your ULID and password.
  • You should then be able to access to the movie you would like to watch.
  • If a movie is at the Floor 2 Course Reserve Desk, choose the title. I’m choosing Born musicians traditional music from the Gambia.
  • Scroll down to Get It to check if the movie is available. If it is, ask for the movie by title at the Circulation Desk on the left as you enter the library.
  • Some movies on Course Reserve at the Floor 2 Circulation Desk are VHS tapes, and the call number may start with VC for video cassette or VHS.
  • You can only watch course reserves in the Library.
  • You can watch DVDs using the DVD players and VHS tapes using VCRs in the Floor 2 Media area in the northeast corner.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We’re happy to help!


Find a Movie by Subject

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How to find a movie by subject.

  • From the Library's home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research.
  • It is easier to search for movies by subject using the Advanced Search because it provides a specific option for searching by subject. Choose Advanced Search.
  • On the Advanced Search page, change Everything to Library Catalog under Search for.
  • Change Keyword to Subject and enter your search terms in the box.
  • I would like to find movies about France.
  • Change Material Type to Video/Film.
  • Select Search.
  • Scroll down to view your results.
  • Milner owns movies in a variety of formats such as DVDs, Blu-ray, streaming, and VHS. The format and location of the movie determine how you can watch it.
  • If a movie’s location is Floor 2 Media, select the title. I’m going to choose L’armee du crime.
  • Scroll down to Get It and check to see if the movie is available. If it is, note the call number and use that to locate the movie in the Floor 2 Media section in the northeast corner.
  • The call number also shows what format of movie the physical item is. In this case, it’s a DVD. The Details section also tells what format a movie is in the Format section.
  • Movies listed as Available Online are streaming movies. To view these, select the title. I’m going to choose The Fenland.
  • Scroll down to View Online and choose the link beneath Full text availability.
  • Whether you are on or off campus, this will take you to the Milner Library electronic resources login page. Choose Milner Library at Illinois State University.
  • On the Central Login page, login with your ULID and password.
  • You should then have access to the movie you would like to watch.
  • If a movie is at the Floor 2 Course Reserve Desk, it is on reserve for a course. Choose the title. I’m choosing Born musicians traditional music from the Gambia.
  • Scroll down to Get It to check if the movie is available. If it is, ask for the movie by title at the Circulation Desk on the left as you enter the library.
  • Some movies on Course Reserve at the Floor 2 Circulation Desk are VHS tapes, and the call number may start with VC for video cassette or VHS.
  • You can only watch course reserves in the Library.
  • You can watch DVDs using the DVD players and VHS tapes using VCRs in the Floor 2 Media area in the northeast corner.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We’re happy to help!


Find Music Recordings

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How to Find a Music Recording.

This video will show you how to find CDs and other music recordings using Milner Library’s Catalog.

  • From the Library's home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research.
  • The Advanced Search lets you search for both composer and music type at the same time. Choose Advanced Search.
  • On the Advanced Search page, change Everything to Library Catalog under Search for.
  • I’m going to search for Schubert String Quartets.
  • You can treat the composer as an author. Change Keyword to Author/Creator and enter the name of the composer in the box.
  • On the next line, keep the dropdown on Keyword and enter the type of music you're looking for.
  • Sometimes it makes a difference if the music type is singular or plural, so try both if you don’t get the results you are looking for.
  • Change Material Type to Sound Recordings.
  • Select Search.
  • Scroll down to view your results. The format and the location of a recording determine how you can access it.
  • If a recording’s location is Floor 6 Media, choose the title. Scroll down to Get It and check to see if the item is available. If it is, note the call number and use it to find the CD in the Audio CDs section on the north side of Floor 6.
  • The call number shows the format of the sound recording.  In this case, it’s a CD. You can also select Details to check the Format of the sound recording.
  • Recordings Available Online are streaming music recordings. To listen to these, choose the title. Scroll down to View Online and select the link beneath Full text availability.
  • Whether you are on or off campus, this will take you to the Milner Library electronic Resources login page. Choose Milner Library at Illinois State University.
  • On the Central Login page, login with your ULID and password.
  • You should then have access to the music recording you would like to listen to.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We’re happy to help!


Find Music Scores

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How to find music scores.

This video will show you how to find Music Scores using Milner Library’s catalog.

  • From the Library's home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research.
  • The Advanced Search lets you search for both composer and music type at the same time. Choose Advanced Search.
  • On the Advanced Search page, change Everything to Library Catalog under Search for.
  • I’m going to search for Beethoven String Quartets.
  • You can treat the composer as an author. Change Keyword to Author/Creator and enter the composer’s name in the box.
  • On the next line, keep the dropdown on Keyword and enter the type of music you would like to find.
  • Sometimes it makes a difference if the type of music is singular or plural, so try both if you don’t get the results you are looking for.
  • Change Material Type to Scores. Select Search.
  • Scroll down to view your results.
  • One location for music scores is the Floor 6 Miniature Score shelves. These are small study scores. They are in the lounge area of Floor 6 by the other scores near the northeast corner.
  • Another location is the Floor 6 Shelves.
  • To find out more information about a score, select the title.
  • Scroll down to Get It and check to see if your score is available.  If it is, note the location and the call number and use them to find the score on the shelves.
  • The Details section provides more information that may be helpful.
  • Creator lists the composer and other arrangers and editors.
  • The Creation Date tells you the edition or the year published if you are looking for a specific edition.
  • Format shows the number of parts that each performer may have in addition to the score.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We’re happy to help!

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Advanced Catalog Searching


Set Search Limits in the Library Catalog

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Setting search limits in the Milner catalog.

This video will show you how to use some of the limit options in the Milner Library catalog.

  • From the Library's home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research.
  • Choose Advanced Search.
  • Change Everything to Library Catalog under Search for.
  • On the Advanced Search page, the Search for option at the top lets you choose whether you want to search the library catalog, which searches items available from Milner Library; journal articles, which searches for articles from a selection of databases; Course Reserves, which searches items at Milner Library for courses; All I-Share Libraries, which searches the catalogs of the 90+ academic  libraries throughout Illinois called I-Share; or Everything, which searches all of the other options on the menu at the same time.
  • There are search boxes where you can enter your search terms.  
  • There are also two dropdowns next to each box.
  • You can change the Keyword dropdown to search by Title, Author/Creator, Subject, Call Number, and more.
  • The Contains dropdown searches for any items that contain what you enter in the box.
    • You can also use it to search for:
      • Contains exact phrase, which works best for searches like Title where you want to find exactly what you enter in the box, and
      • Starts With, which searches for items that start with what you enter in the box when you are doing a Title search.
  • To the right of that are several limit options.
  • One of the most used options is Material Type, which allows you to limit to journals, books, articles, images, sound recordings, music scores, video/film, and dissertations.
  • The next limit is Language, which provides a dropdown of languages listed alphabetically.
  • Start Date and End Date allow you to enter a range of publication dates that you want your resources to fall within.
  • As an example, let’s look for Spanish poetry.
  • I want to find only items available at Milner Library, so I’ll change Everything to Library Catalog, and I want to look for poetry as a subject, so I’ll change Keyword to Subject and enter poetry.
  • I’ll go to Language and select Spanish.
  • Choose Search.
  • This list of results provides Spanish language poetry.
  • There are ways to limit the search further by using the options under Tweak your results on the left side of the screen.
  • The options you may find the most helpful include:
    • Sort By, which is set to relevance by default, but you can also change it to Date-Newest, Date-oldest, Title, or Author;
    • Availability, where you can choose Available online to narrow to only items you can access online, peer-reviewed journals to get only journals that are reviewed by experts in the field to make sure they are reliable, or Held by library to get only physical items at Milner Library;
    • Resource Type, which different formats of items including books, journals, audio and videos;
    • Subject, which provides a list of topics for the results to let you hone your topic;
    • Location, which lets you narrow to books from a specific area of the library, such as the Teaching Materials Center;
    • Creation Date, which allows you to change the date range for your items;
    • Genre, which offers different genres and types of items, including fiction, picture books, and eBooks;
    • And Language, which lets you choose the languages you want your items to use.
  • When you find a book that looks interesting, you can use the options on the right, including permalink or email, to get a link to the item you could copy or that you can email yourself to get back to the item later.
  • There’s also a pin option that lets you login to your Milner/I-Share account and save the item to your favorites list.
  • When you choose the permalink and e-mail options, it opens the tools menu that you also see under Tools on the page for the item. Other tools include getting a QR code to scan with your phone, export options for RIS and Bibtex files and EndNote, an option that generates suggested citations for the item in a variety of styles, and an option to print the listing for the item.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We’re happy to help!

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Request Items for Curbside Pickup


How to Request a Book for Curbside Pickup

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The Milner Library/I-Share Catalog login is your ULID and password.

How to request a book for curbside pickup with a ULID login.

This video will show you how to request a Milner Library book for curbside pickup.  Illinois State University students, faculty and staff can request Milner Library, I-Share, and Interlibrary Loan books for curbside pickup.

  • From the Library's home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research.
  • Change the Everything dropdown to Library Catalog.
  • Enter the title of the book you would like to find. I’m going to look for Go Set a Watchman.
  • Choose the magnifying glass.
  • Select the title of the book you would like to request.
  • Scroll down to Get It and check to see if the book is available.
  • If it is, choose Sign in next to Please sign in to check if there are any request options.
  • Choose ULID Login.
  • Login with your ULID and password.
  • Scroll back down to Get It. Select Request.
  • On the request form, change Pickup Institution to Illinois State University (ISU) – Normal, IL and change Pickup Location to Milner Library.
  • Select Send Request.
  • You will receive an automated confirmation email when the book is ready for you to pick up at Milner Library. Choose the Schedule a curbside pickup time link in the email to schedule a date and time to get the book via curbside pickup.  You will then get an automated email with a confirmation of your scheduled pickup time and date, and information about the curbside pickup process.
  • For ISU students, faculty and staff requesting interlibrary loan items, you will receive an automated email confirmation when the item is ready to pick up. Click the link to the curbside pickup scheduling form in that email to schedule a date and time to get the book via curbside pickup. You will then get an automated email with a confirmation of your scheduled pickup time and date, and information about the curbside pickup process.
  • Please see the Make an Interlibrary Loan Request with a Citation help video for a refresher on how to request a book from interlibrary loan.
  • For ISU students, faculty, and staff requesting I-Share items for curbside pickup, you will get an automated Item Available Notice email from the I-Share library you requested the book from, which will not include the curbside pickup scheduling link.  To schedule curbside pickup, go directly to the form at https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/MilnerLibrary1@IllinoisStateUniversity.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/.
  • You will then receive an automated email with a confirmation of your scheduled pickup time and date, and information about the curbside pickup process. Please see the Request a Book from I-Share help video for a refresher on how to request a book from an I-Share library.

Once you have scheduled a Curbside Pickup for one item, it is not necessary to repeat the process for additional items that may arrive before your scheduled pickup time.  Access Services will deliver all available items at the time of your pickup

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!

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Request Items for Pickup at an I-Share Library Near You


Request Milner Library Items for Pickup at an I-Share Library Near You

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This video will show you how to request a Milner Library book to be sent to an I-Share library near you.  The Request a Book from I-Share help video shows how to request I-Share books to be sent to an I-Share library near you.

  • From the Library's home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research.
  • Change the Everything dropdown to Library Catalog.
  • Enter the title of the book you would like to find. I am going to search for Antiracism: An Introduction.
  • Choose the magnifying glass.
  • On the search results page, choose the title of your book.
  • Scroll down to Get It and check if the item is available.
  • If it is, select Sign in next to Please sign in to check if there are any request options.
  • Choose ULID Login. Login with your ULID and password.
  • Scroll back down to Get It and choose Request.
  • Not all items are requestable, so please ask a librarian if you have any questions about whether an item is requestable.
  • To pick up your requested item from an I-Share library near you, select the library from the Pickup Institution dropdown.
  • Find out what I-Share libraries are closest to you by viewing the I-Share Members Map and selecting the markers to view library names and addresses near your location https://www.carli.illinois.edu/membership/mem-libs/ishare-map).
  • You will also need to choose a pickup location from the Pickup Location dropdown.
  • After you select a library and pickup location, choose Send Request.
  • You will get an email when your item is ready for you to pick up at your selected library.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!


Request a Book from an I-Share Library (See text under Using I-Share tab in the next section on this page)

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Using I-Share Tab


Request a Book from an I-Share Library

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The Milner Library/I-Share Catalog login is your ULID and password.

How to Request a book from I-Share

This video will show you how to request a book from an I-Share library. I-Share is a group of over 90 Illinois Academic Libraries that share items, and you can borrow books from any of those libraries.

  • From the Library's home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research.
  • It’s important to note that the default search box searches both Milner and I-Share catalogs.
  • Change the Everything dropdown to All I-Share Libraries.
  • I’m going to search for the book Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction.
  • Select the magnifying glass.
  • Choose the title of the book you are interested in.  Scroll down to How to Get It.
  • To request the book, select Sign In next to Please sign in to check if there are any request options.
  • Choose ULID Login. Login with your ULID and password.
  • Scroll back down to How to Get It.
  • Choose I-Share.
  • The I-Share form will show you if the item is available to request. If it is, check the information on the form.
  • Scroll down. If you want to pick up your requested items at Milner Library, change the Preferred Pickup Institution to Milner Library.
  • Illinois State University faculty and staff can choose Campus Office Delivery to have the book mailed to their campus office.
  • If you want to pick up your requested item from an I-Share library near you, select the library from the dropdown under Preferred Pickup Institution.
  • Find out what I-Share libraries are closest to you by viewing the I-Share Members Map, and selecting the markers near your location to view library names and addresses.
  • If you choose an I-Share library, you will also need to choose a Preferred Pickup Location.
  • Note that you will also have a Preferred Local Pickup Location dropdown for Milner Library on I-Share items.
  • This is a glitch with the form and you can set it to Milner Library, and the book will still go to the I-Share library you want it to go to.
  • Choose Send Request.
  • You will get an email when the book is ready for you to pick up at the Circulation Desk on the left as you enter Milner Library or at the I-Share library you chose.
  • If you would like to get I-Share books via curbside pickup, please see the How to Request a Book for Curbside Pickup Help Video.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!


Search for a Book in I-Share When a Milner Library Catalog Search Fails

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This video will show you how to search the catalogs of the other 90+ libraries throughout Illinois that Milner shares items with, called I-Share, to find a book when your Milner Catalog search shows Milner Library does not own the item.

  • From the Library's home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research.
  • Change the Everything dropdown to Milner Catalog.
  • Enter the title of the book you would like to find. I’m going to search for the 2019 version of the book The Meanings of Dress.
  • Choose the magnifying glass.
  • I can see that our newest version of The Meanings of Dress is 2005, but I want 2019.
  • So, to search all I-Share libraries, I’ll go back up to the search box and change the Library Catalog dropdown to All I-Share Libraries. Select the magnifying glass.
  • Some I-Share libraries do have the 2019 edition of The Meanings for Dress. Choose the title to see which libraries have the book. Scroll down to How to get It.
  • To request the book, choose Sign In next to Please sign in to check if there are any request options.
  • Choose ULID Login. Login with your ULID and password.
  • Scroll back down to How to Get It and choose I-Share.
  • The I-Share request form shows at the top if the item is available for request. If it is, you can request the item from I-Share.
  • See the How to Request a Book from I-Share help video for a tutorial of how to request a book from I-Share.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!

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Find Articles


Use the Everything Search Box

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How to use the Everything search box.

This video will show how to search for many different types of resources using the Everything search box on the Library's Home page. Everything searches the Milner catalog, items put on reserve by your professors for your classes, catalogs of the 90+ academic libraries we share with throughout Illinois called I-Share, and journal articles from a selection of databases.

  • From the library home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research. It is set to Everything by default.
  • For a quick and general search, type in your search terms trying to avoid sentences or questions.
  • Let's say you’re researching the benefits of cocurricular activities for college students.
  • A good strategy is to focus only on the keywords - type 'benefits cocurricular college students’
  • Select the magnifying glass.
  • Your results will include books, ebooks, book chapters, articles, videos, audio recordings, and more. To find out what type of item a result is, look at the word above the title on the results list.
  • Cocurricular Service-Learning Through a Camp for Athletes with Visual Impairments is an article. Student success in college: creating conditions that matter is a book.
  • If an article says Available Online or has a Download PDF or Read Article link, you can access it online.
  • If a book says Available at Milner Library and lists a call number and location under the title, or it if it is from I-Share, it is a print book.
  • If it says Available Online under the title, then it’s an eBook, and you can choose the title, scroll down to Get It, and choose the link under Full text availability to view the eBook.
  • Keep in mind that since Everything searches both Milner Library and I-Share catalogs, you will check the books you find to see if they are from Milner or from another I-Share library.
  • If a book is available at Milner Library, underneath the title on the results list, it should say Available at Milner Library and list the call number and location.
  • If a book is not available from Milner Library but is available from an I-Share library, on the results list it will say Check for available services under the book title.
  • To make sure, choose the title, scroll down to How to Get It, and check which libraries are listed. If an item only lists I-Share libraries, then it is only available at I-Share libraries and not from Milner Library.
  • You can request I-Share books online and they will come to Milner Library in 3-5 days for you to pick up at the Circulation Desk on your left as you enter the library. The How to Request a Book from I-Share help video shows how to request a book from I-Share.
  • Use the Tweak your results options on the left to refine your search results.
  • For example, if you specifically want to narrow to article or books, you can choose those under Resource Type.
  • The How to Set Search Limits in the Milner Catalog help video tells more about the options under Tweak your results.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!


Find an Article by Title

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How to find an article by Title.

This video will show you how to use the Journal Articles Search option on the Everything search box to find an article when you know the title.

  • From the Milner Library home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research.
  • Change the Everything dropdown to Journal Articles to search journal articles from a selection of Milner databases.
  • Enter the title of your article with quotation marks around it to get results for your exact title words. I’m going to search for the article “Renewable Energies in the Agricultural Sector.”
  • Choose the magnifying glass.
  • Choose the title of the article to check for full text access options and find out more about the article.
  • There are two ways to check if Milner Library has online full text access to the article you need. One is to look for a Download PDF  or Read Article link at the top of the page under the article title.
  • The other is to scroll down and look for a View online section. Choose a link under Full text availability to view the article.
  • Whether you are on or off campus, you will go to the electronic resources login page. Choose Milner Library at Illinois State University.
  • On the Central Login page, login with your ULID and password.
  • This should take you directly to the full text of your article.
  • If the article you need is not in the Advanced Article Search results, please contact a librarian for help.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!


Find an Article when Articles Search Initially Doesn't Work

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This video will show you how to find an article by title when it doesn’t appear the first time you try the Journal Articles search option in the Everything dropdown of the Start Your Research search box.

  1. From the Milner Library home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research.
  2. Change the Everything dropdown to Articles to search articles.
  3. Enter the title of your article with quotation marks around it to get results for your exact title words. I’m going to search for Serving the Needs of Students with Disabilities.
  4. Choose the magnifying glass.
  5. By default, the Journal Articles search shows only articles with full text access in print or online through Milner Library.
  6. Journal Articles search did not bring up my article.
  7. If your article title does not appear when you do your first search in Journal Articles Search, go to Tweak your results on the left and select Expand Beyond Milner Library. This will broaden your search to include articles to which Milner Library does not have access.
  8. Now I get a listing for the article I need. Select the title of the article.
  9. Scroll down to How to Get It and select Sign in next to Please sign in to check if there are any request options.
  10. Choose ULID Login. Login with your ULID and password.
  11. Scroll back down to How to Get It.
  12. Choose the Request Article through Interlibrary Loan link.
  13. Choose Illinois State University.
  14. When you login to your interlibrary loan account this way, it will bring up an article request form that it pre-fills with the information for your article from the Journal Articles search record for the article.
  15. Double check that the article information is correct.
  16. Scroll down to My Address and Contact Information and choose your department or major from the Department/Major dropdown.
  17. Select Submit Request.
  18. Once you submit your request, it will take you to your requested item list on your interlibrary loan account home page, where you can see your new request.
  19. If the article you need is still not in the Articles search results after your choose Expand Beyond Milner Library or your article isn’t providing any access options, please contact a librarian for help.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. We're happy to help!


Find an Article With a Reference

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How to find an article when you know the title, author, etc.

This video will show you how to find an article when you already know the title, author, and other information and the article doesn’t come up in Journal Articles Search on the first search or after choosing Expand Beyond Milner Library under Tweak your results on the results list.  

First, go to the search box under Start Your Research on the library home page and change the Everything dropdown to Articles and enter the article title in the box to see if you can find your article that way, as shown in the Find an Article by Title help video.  

If your article doesn’t come up, choose Expand Beyond Milner Library under Tweak my results as shown in the Find an Article by Title when Articles Search Initially Doesn’t Work help video.  

In the rare case that your article still doesn’t appear, try our Citation Finder tool.

  • From the Library’s home page, choose Research next to Home.
  • Scroll down to Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers and choose Citation Finder.
  • This is the Citation Finder tool.  Fill out the form with information that you have about your article.
  • You don’t need to have all of the information. Make sure you spell titles and authors correctly because if the information isn’t correct, this tool may not find the article even if Milner Library does have access.  Also, if Milner Library does not have access to your article and you get an interlibrary loan link, the interlibrary loan article request form will pre-fill with the information you entered into the Citation Finder form.
  • I filled out the form with information for the article College students’ use and perception of wearable fitness trackers.
  • When you finish filling out the form, choose Submit. This will search all of our subscriptions to see if we have the online full text of the article.
  • It will take you directly to the page for your article.
  • Scroll down and look for View Online to see if we have online access to your article.
  • In this example, you can get the full text from two different places.
  • One is a database and the other is a journal publisher website.
  • Select the name of the publisher website or database you want to view.
  • Whether you are on or off campus, this will take you to the Milner Library electronic resources login page.
  • Choose Milner Library at Illinois State University.
  • Login with your ULID and password.
  • The more information you provide about your article, the more likely it is that you will go directly to the article, as in this example, rather than to the main page for your article’s journal where you need to find the article.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!


Find an Electronic Journal by Title

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This video will show you how to check if we have access to the electronic version of a journal.

  1. From Milner Library’s home page, choose Research next to Home.
  2. Scroll down to Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers and select Search for publications available online.
  3. On the Journal Search page, enter the title of the journal or magazine you would like to find in the search box.
  4. I’m going to look for Harvard Business Review. As you type, you will get a dropdown of suggested journal titles. If your title is on the list, select it. If not, finish typing the full title in the box and select the magnifying glass.
  5. Choose the title of the journal. In this case, I have two options for Harvard Business Review. If you don’t see a particular article I need in one listing for your journal, you can try searching the other.
  6. Scroll down to View Online to see Milner Library databases that have full text access to your journal.
  7. Choose the name of the database you would like to use to access the full text of your journal.
  8. Whether you are on or off campus, this will take you to the Milner Library electronic resources login page. Choose Milner Library at Illinois State University.
  9. Login with your ULID and password.
  10. You should then see the database page for your journal.
  11. If you want to search for articles about a topic within the journal, look for a search within this publication option. You can then enter your search terms in the search box under the one with your journal title.
  12. Going back to the journal page in the database, if you have a specific issue you want to view, choose the year you would like to view, then select the specific volume or issue.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. We're happy to help!


Find a Full-Text Article with LibKey

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This video shows you how to find a full text article using the Milner Library LibKey feature.

You can use LibKey within most library databases.

Some of the articles are available in full text and designated by the Access Now button

Many times, the Access options drop down menu provides a link to both the PDF and HTML versions of an article.

Other articles may not link to full text.

This is indicated with the words 'Check ISU for Full Text with Libkey’ in the Access Options drop down menu

When you click the link, it checks other databases for access to the full text article.
If the full text is available, you may see a direct link to the pdf

Click the link to view the article.

Or you might be directed to Milner’s search interface to access the full text

Click the link in the View Online section to access the article.

If you are directed to the journal’s home page, find the volume and issue on the article record.

Then navigate to the correct volume and issue on the journal’s page.

If you have questions, contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, or contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs.

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Find Databases Tab


Find Databases by Title

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How to find a database by title.

This video will show you how to find a database when you know the title.

  • From the Library home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research.
  • Choose the Databases link to go to the A-Z Databases List.
  • On the Databases page, select the letter of the alphabet matching the first letter in the database's title.
  • In this example, I want the database JSTOR, so I’ll choose J.
  • Scroll down to the database and select the title.
  • Whether you are on or off campus, you will go to the Milner Library electronic resources login page. Choose Milner Library at Illinois State University.
  • On the Central Login page, login with your ULID and password.
  • You should then have access to the database you would like to search.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!


Find Databases By Subject

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How to find a database by subject.

This video will show you how to find databases that have resources focused on a specific discipline or field of study. For some projects doing a search in a more focused database provides more relevant resources.

  • From the Library home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research
  • Choose the Databases button to get to the A-Z Databases List.
  • On the Databases page, go to the gray bar at the top and choose the All Subjects dropdown menu.  From the dropdown menu, select a specific subject area.
  • I’m going to choose Biological Sciences.
  • This provides a list of Biological Sciences databases and their descriptions.
  • Select the title of the database you would like to search.
  • Whether you are on or off campus, you will go to the Milner Library electronic resources login page. Choose Milner Library at Illinois State University.
  • On the Central Login page, login with your ULID and password.
  • You should then have access to the database you would like to search.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!


Find the Opposing Viewpoints Database

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Find the opposing viewpoints database

This video will show you how to find and search within the Opposing Viewpoints database.

  • From the Library home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research. Choose the Databases button to get to the A-Z Databases List.
  • On the Databases page, choose the letter O for Opposing Viewpoints from the alphabet at the top. Scroll down and select Opposing Viewpoints in Context.
  • Whether you are on or off campus, you will go to the Milner Library electronic resources login page. Choose Milner Library at Illinois State University.
  • On  the Central Login page. Login with your ULID and password.
  • You can start searching within Opposing Viewpoints using the search box at the top, or browse the issues and topics.
  • As an example, let’s search for animal experimentation.
  • As you start to type, you’ll see that suggested topics will appear in a box below. Choose a suggested topic to finish you search.
  • You may be directed to a main entry page or have the choice to select a topic page. In this case, I’m redirected to the Animal Experimentation main page.
  • The main page for Animal Experimentation is divided into different sections.
  • At the top of the page is a brief summary about the topic.
  • Below that is an On This Page section with links to the different types of resources available for this topic.
  • Scroll down to see different viewpoints. As you look through the Featured Viewpoints section, there are articles related to differing viewpoints about your topic.
  • Let’s say you’re interested in the first article listed in the Featured Viewpoints section.
  • Select the title to see the full text.
  • At the top of the screen, you will see a toolbar.
  • From here you can do several things, including download the article, get a permalink to view the article later, email it, print it, or get a suggestion for how to cite the article.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!

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quest Items from Storage


Request a Book from Storage (Basement or North)

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How to Request a Book from Storage with a ULID login

This video will show you how to request a book in Milner’s Closed Stacks. Items in Milner Library’s Closed Stacks and Storage North storage facilities are not open to the public, so you will need to request them online.

  • From the library’s home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research.
  • Change the Everything dropdown to Library Catalog.
  • Enter the title of the book you would like to find. I’m going to search for Navaho Veterans.
  • Choose the magnifying glass.
  • On the results list, choose the title of the book you are interested in.
  • Scroll down to Get It. Since this book is in Closed Stacks, you’ll need to request it online. To request the book, scroll down to Get It and choose Sign In next to Please sign in to check if there are any request options.
  • Choose ULID Login. On the Central Login page, login with your ULID and password.
  • Scroll back down to Get It and choose Request.
  • If you want to pick up the book from Milner Library, leave Pickup Institution as Illinois State University.
  • To pick up your requested item from an I-Share library near you, select the library from the Pickup Institution dropdown.
  • You can find out what I-Share libraries are closest to you by viewing the I-Share Members Map and choosing the markers near your location to view library names and addresses.  https://www.carli.illinois.edu/membership/mem-libs/ishare-map).
  • Back on the request form, I’m going to choose Illinois State University for Pickup Institution.
  • For Pickup Location, choose Milner Library.
  • Illinois State University faculty and staff can select Work Address to have a book mailed to their University office.
  • When you finish filling out the form, select Send Request.
  • You’ll get an email when the book is ready for you to pick up at the Circulation Desk on your left as you enter the library or at the I-Share library you chose.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!


Request a Print Journal from Storage (Basement or North)

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Request a print journal from storage (basement or north)

This video will show you how to request a print journal in Storage North. Items in Milner Library’s Storage North and Closed Stacks storage facilities are not open to the public, so you will need to request them online.  

  • From the library’s home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research.
  • Change the Everything dropdown to Library Catalog.
  • Enter the title of the journal you would like to find. I’m looking for Journal of Jewish Communal Service and I’d like Volume 64 from 1987-1988.
  • Choose the magnifying glass.
  • On the results list, choose the title of the journal you are interested in.
  • This page shows Milner Library’s access for Journal of Jewish Communal Service.  The online access is at the top. To view Milner Library’s print access, scroll down to Get It.  Select a location to view the volumes and years shelved there.
  • I’m looking for volume 64 from 1987-1988, which falls between V.57(1980) and v.67(1991). These journals are in Storage North. To request the journal from Storage North, choose Sign in next to Please sign in to check if there are any request options.
  • Choose ULID Login. On the Central Login page, login with your ULID and password.
  • Scroll back down to Get It.
  • If the volume and year of the journal you need to request is not showing on the list, select Show More Items.
  • Find the volume and year you need. In this case, volumes and years of the journal are listed individually. In some cases, you may see them listed as ranges of volumes and years. In that case, you would choose Request next to the range that includes the volume and year that you need.
  • In this case, I’ll select Request next to vol.64(1987-1988).
  • For Pickup Location, choose Milner Library.
  • Print journals are not typically available for checkout, but you can scan articles from print journals for free using our scanner stations on Floors 2-6.
  • Select Send Request.
  • You’ll get an email when the journal is ready for you to pick up at the Circulation Desk on your left as you enter the library.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!

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Place Interlibrary Loan Requests


Make an ILL Request using a Citation

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Make an interlibrary loan request with a citation

This video will show you how to request an article or book via interlibrary loan when you have the citation.  

  • From the Library's home page, choose the Library Accounts button under the Start Your Research search box.
  • On the Library Accounts page, scroll down to Interlibrary Loan and select Access your Interlibrary Loan Account.
  • Choose Illinois State University.
  • On the Central Login page, login with your ULID and password.
  • In your interlibrary loan account, on the Requests page, select Create Request at the top of the page.
  • The Create Request page will default to the Article/Chapter request form. There are also Book and Film/Music request forms. Choose the type of item you want to request next to Create Request.  I'm going to request a book, so I'll select Book.
  • You need to fill out all the required information. Required items have an asterisk.
  • I’m going to request Climate Change by Mike Hulme.
  • Change Format to Book.
  • Scroll down to About my request.
  • You can use the Needed Before Date to show the date by which you need the item. If the library staff is not able to find the item by that date, they will cancel the request.
  • Under Would an eBook be acceptable? be sure to say yes or no.
  • The My Address and Contact Information part of the form should be pre-filled for you. Double check that the information is correct.
  • Select your department or major from the Department/Major dropdown.
  • For example, Elementary Education majors would be Teaching and Learning; Computer Science majors would be Information Technology; and Actuarial Science majors would be Mathematics.
  • Remember to plan ahead, as most article requests take about 3 - 7 days and most book requests take about 7-14 days to arrive.
  • When you’re done filling out the form, choose Submit Request.
  • You will get an email when your physical item is ready for you to pick up at the Circulation Desk on your left as you enter the library, or your pdf is ready to for you to view in your interlibrary loan account.
  • If you would like to get interlibrary loan books via curbside pickup, please see the Request Books via Curbside Pickup Help Video.
  • To track your requests, login to your interlibrary loan account and look under Requests.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!


Make an ILL Request via LibKey

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This video will show you how to request an article if Milner Library does not have online or print access.

If the full text of an article isn’t available, click the 'Check ISU for Full Text with Libkey’ option.

If you are redirected to a record via Milner’s search interface and no View Online option is available, then you need request the article via interlibrary loan.

Scroll to the bottom of the record.

Click the link that states ‘No access options above? Submit an interlibrary loan request’

Click the Illinois State University button

If prompted, login via Central Login

In the request form you will notice that most of the required fields are already filled in.

All you need to do is select your major or department.

Then click the Submit Request button.

It’s important to note that most article requests take about 3 - 7 days to be processed and delivered.

You will get an email message letting you know the article pdf is ready to download from your interlibrary account.

If you have questions, contact a Milner Librarian via chat, text, email, or phone; contact your subject librarian; view our FAQs; or stop by the Service Desk on the main floor.

We're happy to help!

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Find Teaching Materials Center Items


Find TMC Books Using the Milner Library Catalog

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How to Find TMC Books Using the Milner Library Catalog

This video will show you how to find children’s and young adult books in the Teaching Materials Center.

The Teaching Materials Center, also called the TMC, is on Floor 6 of Milner Library. It is a model school library collection of Pre K- Grade 12 materials. It is designed to help students who are in ISU’s teacher education program prepare for their careers as teachers.  The TMC has picture books, easy books, fiction, nonfiction, textbooks for elementary, middle school, and high school, professional teacher resources, and nonbook items such as models and games. Like school libraries, the TMC uses the Dewey Decimal System.

  • From the library’s home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research.
  • It is easier to search for books by subject using the Advanced Search because it provides a specific option for searching by subject. Choose Advanced Search.
  • On the advanced search page, change Everything to Library Catalog under Search for.
  • I would like books about India. Keyword will get me items that have India anywhere in the item listing, including the title and the description of the item. To get books that the library tagged as being about India, I will change the  Keyword dropdwon to Subject.
  • Enter India in the box.
  • Change Material Type to Books. Select Search.
  • The results list includes not only items from all of Milner Library, but also Metcalf Elementary School and University High School.
  • To get only books in the TMC, go to Tweak your results on the left. Find Location and choose Floor 6 Shelves Teaching Materials Center.
  • Some titles list the location and the call number followed by and other locations.  This is because many books in the Teaching Materials Center are also available in other places within Milner Library, and outside of Milner Library at Metcalf School’s Zimmerman Library and the library at University High School, also called UHigh.  
  • These copies will appear on the same listing as the TMC copy, so be sure to choose the title of a book you’re interested in to check if it’s available at the TMC.
  • Scroll down to Get It to view the locations and call numbers for copies of this book.
  • There is one copy in the TMC, one in Milner Library’s Special Collections, and two at Metcalf School.
  • Check to see if the TMC book is available. If it is, note the call number and use it to find the book in the TMC.
  • There is another reason that it’s important to view the book page. If a book has multiple copies, even if the Teaching Materials Center copy is checked out, the results list will still say the book is available as long as other copies of that book are available.
  • TMC book types include TMC Fiction, TMC Easy or picture books, TMC Nonfiction, and TMCText.  TMC Fiction and Easy books are in order by the first three letters of the author’s last name, and TMC Nonfiction books are in order by Dewey Decimal number.
  • You can check out TMC items at the Circulation Desk on your left as you enter the library for two weeks with one renewal.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!


How to Find Bilingual Children's Books in the Teaching Materials Center

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How to find bilingual children’s books in the Teaching Materials Center.

This video will show you how to find Bilingual children’s books in the Teaching Materials Center using Milner Library’s catalog.
 
From the library’s home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research.

  • It is easier to search for books by subject using the Advanced Search because it provides a specific option for searching by subject. Choose Advanced Search.
  • On the advanced search page, change Everything to Library Catalog under Search for.
  • Change Keyword to Subject and enter Bilingual in the first search box.
  • In a second box, keep the dropdown on Keyword and enter your topic.  For example, if you want bilingual books about friendship, you can type friendship.  Or maybe you want books written in a language specific to the culture you are trying to find.  
  • Let’s say I want bilingual books that are in English and Japanese.  I’m going to type Japanese in the second search box, change Material Type to Books, and select Search.
  • This results list includes not only results from all of Milner Library, but also Metcalf Elementary School and University High School.
  • To get only books in the TMC, go to Tweak your results on the left. Find Location and choose Floor 6 Shelves Teaching Materials Center.
  • Keep in mind that books in the Teaching Materials Center are also available in other places within Milner Library, and outside of Milner Library at Metcalf School’s Zimmerman Library and the library at University High School, also called UHigh.
  • Choose the title of the book you are interested in.
  • Scroll down to Get It to see the locations and call numbers of copies of this book.  There’s one copy of this book available in the TMC and one at Metcalf School’s Zimmerman Library.  Check if the TMC copy is available. If it is, note the call number and use it to find the book in the TMC.
  • There is another reason to view the book page. If a book has multiple copies, even if the Teaching Materials Center copy is checked out, the results list will still say the book is available if other copies of that book are available.
  • TMC book types include TMC Fiction, TMC Easy or picture books, and TMC Nonfiction.
  • TMC Fiction and Easy books are in order by the first three letters of the author’s last name, and TMC Nonfiction section books are in order by Dewey Decimal number.
  • You can check out TMC items at the Circulation Desk on your left as you enter the library for two weeks with one renewal.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!


How to Find TMC Nonbook Items in the Milner Catalog

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How to Find TMC nonbook items using the Milner Library Catalog

This video will show you how to find nonbook items in the Teaching Materials Center.

The Teaching Materials Center has a nonbook section of materials that are not books, CDs, or DVDs. Nonbook items include models, manipulatives, games, puppets, activity sets, and more. You can check these items out and use them to enhance your teaching and instruction. Nonbook items are arranged by Dewey Decimal System and their call numbers begin with ‘TMC Nonbook.’ The shelves also have signs for major categories of item types such as clocks, animals, plants, and anatomy.

To find nonbook items in the Milner Catalog:

  • From the library’s home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research.
  • It is easier to search for nonbook items using the Advanced Search because it lets you narrow to nonbook items and enter the type of item you want at the same time. Choose Advanced Search.
  • On the advanced search page, change Everything to Library Catalog under Search for.
  • Change Keyword to Holding Call Number and enter TMCNonbook as one word.
  • In the second search box, enter the type of item you want to find. I’m going to look for play money, so I’ll enter money.
  • Select Search.
  • Scroll down to view the results. Choose the title of a nonbook item you are interested in.
  • Each nonbook item includes a photo of the item to help you determine if it is what you need.  You can also choose Details on the left and view the Description and the Format for more information about the item.
  • Scroll  up to Get It to check if the item is available. If it is, note the call number and use it to find the item on the nonbook shelves in the TMC on Floor 6 of the library.
  • You can check out TMC materials at the Circulation Desk on your left as you enter the library for two weeks with one renewal.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!

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Using NoveList Plus Tab


NoveList Overview

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This video will show you how to use the database NoveList Plus, which is a reader’s advisory tool to help you find and evaluate books.  It’s a great tool for education majors, or if you’re tutoring, or just for your own interests.  I’m going to give you a quick overview of some of the main functions.

  • To find NoveList from the Milner Library home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research. Choose the Databases button under the search box to go to the A-Z Databases list.
  • On the databases page, enter NoveList Plus in the Find a Database search box.
  • On the results page, choose NoveList Plus.
  • This will take you to the Milner Library electronic resources login page. Choose Milner Library at Illinois State University. Login with your ULID and password.
  • On the NoveList home page, there is a basic search that you can use to search by Keyword, Title, Author, or books in a Series, and an Advanced Search link that you can choose to do an advanced search.
  • On the left side of the screen there are Recommended Reads Lists. These are a handy tool for finding lists of books on different topics within Fiction and Nonfiction for different age groups.  First choose Fiction or Nonfiction and then select an age group to see a list of different topics. Choose a topic and select a sub-topic from the popup to get browsable lists of book titles. Choosing different age ranges will give you different lists of topics.
  • In the center of the screen, you'll see recommended books.  In the I'm in the mood for books that are... section, there are different categories of books arranged according to age groups. Selecting age groups will show you different tabs that have different types of books. Choosing a type of books will give you a list of individual titles. For more information about a book, hover over it or select its picture. Scrolling down, you’ll see Browse Genres, where you can choose an age range to get a page with lists of books in different genres for that age range.
  • At the top of each NoveList page, the Browse By resources that you may find helpful for locating books include Genre, Appeal, Themes, Award Winners, and Audiobooks. The How do I? tab, lists NoveList help guides, including finding read-alike books similar to a book your child likes and finding books by grade or reading level.
  • Remember that everything you’ll find in NoveList is not necessarily part of the Milner Library collection, so you’ll want to make sure to search the online catalog or ask a librarian to see if the book you find here is something that we own in Milner Library.
  • For example, I’ll choose Teen under I’m in the mood for books that are…, choose Lyrical and character driven, and select A Snake Falls to Earth. On the book page, choose the Check Library Catalog link. It’ll open the library catalog in a new window, and I can see that Milner Library does have A Snake Falls to Earth. The book currently isn’t available, but if it was, I could note the call number and use it to find the book on the shelves.

Be sure to watch other videos for more in depth search strategies on how to use NoveList.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library.


NoveList Basic Title Search

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NoveList Plus Basic Title Search

This video will show you how to do a basic search for a known title using the database NoveList Plus.

  • I’m going to search for Berry Song. I’ll enter the title of the book in the box at the top of the NoveList home page, change the dropdown to Title, and choose Search.
  • On the page for the book, you can see the publication date, the author’s name, which is linked so that when you select it you’ll find other works by this author, and different descriptions of the book, such as Genre and Tone.
  • Be cautious of the age range in the gray bubble.  It’s best to read a book first so you can gauge for yourself whether that title is appropriate for the audience you’re using it for. This range is just giving you a general idea.
  • You may be wondering “How do I know if a book is good?”  A blue ribbon shows that the book is an award winner. For a list of the awards it has won, scroll down and choose the Lists & Articles tab below. You can see that this book won the Rise: A Feminist Book Project award. If you choose Rise award, you can see other books that have won the Rise award.
  • Going back to the book page, you can also know if a book is good by reading the reviews under the Reviews tab. All the reviews are from reputable sources, and you can easily read and compare them right here.
  • You may have a child who really likes a particular book, and you want to know “How do I find other books like this one?” There are a few ways to do that.
  • One is to choose the More About This Book tab to view a list of linked information that describes the book. If you select a link, you’ll get a list of books related to the topic of the link.  For example, I can choose Indigenous to get more books featuring Indigenous characters or feel-good to get more feel-good books. Scrolling down, I can also view the author’s characteristics.
  • Scrolling down further, I can check boxes at the bottom of the page in the Search for More section to combine the different topics in a custom search.  Select the topics you are interested in and choose Search. You’ll get a list of results that combine all of the search topics that you selected in the list.
  • Scrolling back up to the top of the page, on the right side of the book’s screen is a list of Read-Alikes, which are books similar to the book you are looking at.  In this case, these Read-Alikes are similar to Berry Song.
  • Remember that everything that you see on NoveList may not be part of the Milner Library collection, so you can choose Check Library Catalog to open the Milner Catalog in a new tab to see if we have the book.  If Milner Library does have the book, check if it’s available. If it is, note the location and call number and use them to find the book on the shelves.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library.


NoveList Advanced Searching

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NoveList Plus Advanced Searching

This video will introduce you to advanced search features in NoveList Plus.  The advanced search is great for finding books about a particular subject, or for fine-tuning your searches.

  • To get to the advanced search from the NoveList home page, choose the Advanced Search link under the search box.
  • Let’s take a look at some of the different advanced search features.
  • You can narrow your results in a variety of ways, including by award winners and starred reviews, published date forthcoming books that haven't been published yet, books that have reviews, or by Audience including Adults, Teen, Ages 9-12 and Ages 0-8.
  • Other helpful ways to sort your results include Author’s Nationality, Author’s Gender Identity, and Author’s Cultural Identity.
  • Grade Level and Lexile Score or Lexile Range may be helpful for limiting to books for your child’s grade or reading level.  View the Determining Readability of a Text/Lexile Levels help video for more information about determining Lexile levels in NoveList.  
  • Scrolling back up to the advanced search box, I’m going to look for picture books about dance featuring a character with a disability. I’ll enter ballet capital O capital R for OR dance in the first search box, in the second box disability, and in the third box, picture book and change the select a field dropdown next to the third box to Genre. Select Search.
  • ·This gives me a list of picture books about dance featuring a character with a  disability.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page to check for other pages of results. Use the tabs at the top of the page to look specifically for audiobooks, books in a series, authors, and book lists and teacher resources for books.
  • I can limit my search further using the Refine Results menu on the left .
  • If were seeing results that were geared towards readers who were younger or older than my desired age, I could use Audience to narrow my results further.
  • For this search, I want to limit my publication date to books published from 2015 to the present, so I’ll enter 2015 in the From box under Publication Date. I also want fiction books, so I’ll choose Fiction under Fiction/Nonfiction.
  • To focus on books which have highly positive reviews or have won awards, select Additional Limiters and check either Starred Review or Award Winner. I will choose Starred Review. Choose Update Results.
  • I can also limit by Genre, Tone, Subject, or character.  
  • Limiting by character is a great way to purposefully include books with diverse characters. You will only see tags that are related to the books in your result list.
  • Keep in mind that the tags you see under character now may be different, as NoveList is updating their tags.
  • I will choose Using mobility or assistive device.
  • These results are sorted by relevance, but I want to see the newest books, so I’ll select  Date Newest from the Sort by dropdown.
  • I now have a list of fiction picture books about dance featuring characters with a disability using a mobility or assistive device, at least one starred review, publication dates from 2015 to the present, and the newest books are at the top of the list.  
  • When you find a book you want, make sure to select the title of the book. I’m going to choose I Will Dance.
  • I can copy the Persistent Link to send this book to someone else, or to view this book again later on.
  • Choose the Check Library Catalog link to see if Milner Library has the book.  If we do, check that it’s available. If it is, note the location and call number and use them to find the book on the shelves.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library.


Determining Readability of a Text/Lexile Levels

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Many books at bookstores and libraries do not list their Lexile levels.  This video will show you how to find the Lexile level for a book on NoveList Plus and use it to check if the book is in an appropriate grade range for the child you are working with.

  • Let’s say I’m working with a child in second grade, and I want to see if the book Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins would be an appropriate reading level for the child.
  • On the NoveList home page, I’ll do a basic title search for Brave Ballerina.  Change the dropdown from Keyword to Title, enter the title of the book, and choose Search.
  • On the page for my book, I can see a Min/Max Grade Level of Pre-Kindergarten – 2nd. This gives me a broad range of students who may be interested in the content of the story. The Min/Max Grade Level is NOT a measure of the book’s text complexity, meaning how hard the book is to read.
  • To determine the text complexity of a book, I can use the Lexile number or the Accelerated Reader designation. Your book may have both, one or the other, or neither.
  • For Brave Ballerina, I can see a Lexile of 570.  Looking at the middle number of the accelerated reader designation, I can see that it is 3.3 for this book. To find out how the Lexile and accelerated reader designation relate to grade level or Fountas and Pinnell, I will use a Reading Level Conversion Chart.
  • You can find a Reading Level Conversion Chart in the TMC on top of the shelf of leveled readers, or on the TMC guide Leveled Books page.
  • ·    The lexile of 570 tells us that this book is likely geared to independent reading for 2nd – 4th graders and those who can read at a level O for Fountas and Pinnell.
  • The accelerated reader designation corresponds with the ATOS Book Level column on the Reading Level Conversion Chart. On the chart, an ATOS Book Level of 3.3 falls within Fountas and Pinnell level M, which aligns with second and third grade.
  • These measures of text complexity try to make the abstract concrete. There is a slight discrepancy between Lexile and Accelerated Reader designation. This is in part due to their formulas weighing each variable of complexity differently.
  • If your title has no Lexile or Accelerated Reader designation, then you will want to compare pages in that book to other related books with a Lexile or Accelerated Reader designation that seem about the same complexity as your book.
  • Keep in mind that Lexile levels are a good way to double-check that your book is likely to be the right reading level for your child. But the best way to make sure is to read the book yourself to see if it meets your child’s needs.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library.

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Use Courtesy Card Login for Milner Catalog Renews and Requests


Renew Items/Look at My Milner Account

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Courtesy Card Users: The Milner Library Catalog login is your Courtesy Card number and password.

How to Renew items/ look at my account


This video will show you how to use a Courtesy Card account to renew any items you have checked out or check the status of any Milner requests you’ve made.

  • From the Library's home page, choose the Library Accounts button under the Start Your Research search box.
  • On the Library Accounts page, click Access your Milner/I-Share Account.
    • Although the link says Milner/I-Share Account, Courtesy Card holders are not eligible to use I-Share, so the Courtesy Card account only works for Milner Library.
  • Select Courtesy Card Login and login with your Courtesy Card number and password.
  • The My Library Card page displays an overview of your checked out items, requested items, blocks, and fines.  
  • Choose the links above the overview for more details.
  • To renew a book, choose Loans.
  • Choose Renew to get a new due date on your book. As a Courtesy Card holder, you get one renewal per item.
  • Select Requests to check the status of items you have requested from Milner Library.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!


How to Request a Book for Curbside Pickup

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How to request a Book for Curbside Pickup with a Courtesy Card

This video will show you how to use a Courtesy Card account to request a Milner Library book for curbside pickup.  Illinois State University Alumni and community members can request Milner Library books for curbside pickup.  

  • From the Library's home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research.
  • Change the Everything dropdown to Library Catalog.
  • Enter the title of the item you would like to request. I’m going to look for Go Set a Watchman.
  • Select the magnifying glass.
  • Choose the title of the book you would like to request.
  • Scroll down to Get It to see if the book is available.
  • If it is, go to Sign in next to Please sign in to check if there are any request options.
  • Choose Courtesy Card Login and login with your Courtesy Card number and password.
  • Scroll back down to Get It and select Request.
  • On the request form, choose Send Request.
  • You’ll get an automated confirmation email when the book is ready for you to pick up at Milner Library. Choose the Schedule a curbside pickup time link in the email to schedule a date and time to get the book via curbside pickup.  You will then get an automated email with a confirmation of your scheduled pickup time and date, and information about the curbside pickup process.
  • Once you have scheduled a Curbside Pickup for one item, it is not necessary to repeat the process for additional items that may arrive before your scheduled pickup time.  Access Services will deliver all available items at the time of your pickup

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!


Request a Book from Storage (Basement or North)

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How to Request a Book from Storage With a Courtesy Card

This video will show you how to use a Courtesy Card to request a book that is in Milner’s Closed Stacks. Items in Milner Library’s Closed Stacks and Storage North storage facilities are not open to the public, so you will need to request them online.

  • From the library’s home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research.
  • Change the Everything dropdown to Library Catalog.
  • Enter the title of the book you would like to find. I’m going to search for Navaho Veterans.
  • Choose the magnifying glass.
  • Choose the title of the book you are interested in.
  • Scroll down to Get It and check to see if the book is available.
  • I can see that my book is available and it is in Closed Stacks: Request Online. To request the book, scroll down to Get It and select Sign In next to Please sign in to check if there are any request options.
  • Choose Courtesy Card Login and login with your Courtesy Card number and password.
  • Scroll back down to Get It and select Request.
  • On the request form, choose Send Request.
  • You will get an email when the book is ready for you to pick up at the Circulation Desk on your left as you enter the library.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!


Request a Print Journal from Storage (Basement or North)

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How to Request a Journal from Storage with a Courtesy Card

This video will show you how to use a Courtesy Card account to request a print journal that is in Storage North. Items in Milner Library’s Storage North and Closed Stacks storage facilities are not open to the public, so you will need to request them online.  

  • From the Library’s home page, go to the search box under Start Your Research.
  • Change the Everything dropdown to Library Catalog.
  • Enter the title of the journal you would like to find. I’m looking for Journal of Jewish Communal Service and I’d like Volume 64 from 1987-1988.
  • Choose the magnifying glass.  
  • On the results list, choose the title of the journal you are interested in.
  • This page shows Milner Library’s access for Journal of Jewish Communal Service.  The online access is at the top. To view Milner Library’s print access, scroll down to Get It.  Select a location to view the volumes and years shelved there.
  • I’m looking for volume 64 from 1987-1988, which falls between V.57(1980) and v.67(1991). These journals are in Storage North: Request Online. To request the journal from Storage North, choose Sign in next to Please sign in to check if there are any request options.
  • Choose Courtesy Card Login and login with your Courtesy Card number and password.
  • Scroll back down to Get.
  • If the volume and year of the journal you need to request is not showing on the list, choose Show More Items.
  • Locate the volume and year you need. In some cases, you may see them listed as ranges of volumes and years. In that case, you would select Request next to the range that includes the volume and year that you need.
  • In this case, I’ll select Request next to vol.64(1987-1988).
  • For Pickup Location, choose Milner Library.
  • Print journals are not typically available for checkout, but you can scan articles from print journals for free using our scanner stations on Floors 2-6.
  • Select Send Request.
  • You’ll get an email when the journal is available for you to pick up at the Circulation Desk on your left as you enter the library.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!

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Print at Milner Library


How to Print from a Milner Library Computer Workstation

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How to Print from a Milner Library Computer for ISU Students, Faculty, and Staff

This video shows how ISU students, faculty, and staff can print from a computer at Milner Library.

  • When you open the document you want to print, choose File.
  • Select Print.
  • On the print window, the Printer dropdown is set to Milner Black and White 1-Sided by default which prints single sided black and white.  To print double sided black and white, select Milner Black and White 2-Sided. To print single sided color, choose Milner Color 1-Sided.  To print double sided color, select Milner Color 2-Sided.
  • Choose Print to launch the Print Job Details box.
  • Enter your ULID (the part of your ISU email address before “@ilstu.edu”) in the top box and a name for the print job (optional) in the bottom box.  Choose Print.
  • Go to any print station in Milner Library to release your print job.  All print stations now do black and white single and double sided jobs and color single and double sided jobs.
  • Each print station has printing instructions.
  • Wiggle the mouse to see the login screen.
  • On the login screen, login with your ULID, the same as you entered it in the Print Job Details box, and password, the same as you would use to login to your ISU email.
  • After you login, your print job will display. Check the box next to your print job on the list and choose Print.
  • You no longer need to use your Redbird Card to pay for printing, as the price of prints is deducted directly from your Redbird Dollars when you login and submit your print job. Printing costs $.08/side for black and white and $.40/side for color printing.
  • To add money to your Redbird Dollars account, use dollar bills at the Card Machine on Floor 2.  You can also add Redbird Dollars with a credit or debit card online in your MyIllinoisState account, or add Redbird Dollars at the Redbird Card Office or Cashier’s Office.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!


How to Print from a Laptop or Other Mobile Device

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This video will show how ISU students, faculty and staff can print from a laptop, smartphone, or other mobile device from on or off campus.

  • Go to uprint.illinoisstate.edu.
  • Login with your ULID and password.
  • Choose Upload and upload a document to print.
  • Your print job should appear on the list. Check the box next to the print job.
  • By default, it will print single sided in black and white.
  • Use the dropdowns to choose print settings for your document, including: color/black and white, 1-sided/2-sided, page range, and number of copies.  You can also choose or change print settings at the Print Station, but it will save time at the Print Station if you select them here.
  • Check your Redbird Dollar balance to make sure you have enough money to pay for your print job.
  • To log out of uPrint choose Welcome and select Log Out.
  • Go to any print station in Milner Library to release your print job.  All print stations now do black and white single and double sided jobs and color single and double sided jobs.
  • Each print station has printing instructions.
  • Wiggle the mouse to see the login screen.
  • On the login screen, login with your ULID, the same as you entered it in the Print Job Details box, and password, the same as you would use to login to your ISU email.
  • After you login, your print job will display. Check the box next to your print job on the list and choose Print.
  • You no longer need to use your Redbird Card to pay for printing, as the price of prints is deducted directly from your Redbird Dollars when you login and submit your print job. Printing costs $.08/side for black and white and $.40/side for color printing.
  • To add money to your Redbird Dollars account, use dollar bills at the Card Machine on Floor 2.  You can also add money with a credit or debit card online in your MyIllinoisState account, or add money at the Redbird Card Office or Cashier’s Office.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!


How to Print from Milner Library Guest Computer Workstation

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How to Print from a Milner Library Guest Computer

This video shows how visitors to ISU can print from a guest computer at Milner Library.

  • Choose File.
  • Select Print.
  • On the print window, the Printer dropdown is set to Milner Black and White 1-Sided by default which prints single sided black and white.  To print double sided black and white, select Milner Black and White 2-Sided. To print single sided color, choose Milner Color 1-Sided.  To print double sided color, select Milner Color 2-Sided.
  • Choose Print to launch Print Job Details box.
  • Enter your last name in the top box and a name for your print job (optional) in the bottom box. Choose Print.
  • Go to the designated Guest Print Station at the Floor 2 Reference Desk to pay for and release your print job.
  • At the Guest Print Station, enter your last name the same as you did in the Print Job Details box.
  • Swipe your Guest Copy Card in the card reader attached to the monitor to pay for your print job. Printing costs $.08/side for black and white and $.40/side for color printing.
  • You can purchase a guest copy card for $1 from the Redbird Card machine on Floor 2, and add money to the card to cover the cost of your prints.  The Redbird Card machine only accepts bills.
  • Choose your print job on the list. Choose Print.
  • Pick up your print job from printer on the left behind the Floor 2 Reference Desk.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!

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Save Your Work at Milner Library


How to Save Your Work in Microsoft Word on Library Computers

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How to save to OneDrive in Microsoft Word

This video will show you how to save your work in Microsoft Word on Milner Library computer workstations.

  • Choose File.
  • Select Save As.
  • Choose OneDrive - ILState University in menu on the left.
  • Your OneDrive folders and files will appear on the right. Enter a name for your document in the box at the top. If you want to save your document to a folder in OneDrive, choose a folder.
  • Select Save.

Your document should now AutoSave.  It should appear in your OneDrive account under My Files.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!


How to Save Your Work in Word on Microsoft 365

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How to save to OneDrive in Microsoft 365

This video shows how to save your work on Word in Microsoft 365.
A new Word document in Microsoft 365 AutoSaves with the title "Document." To rename it:

  • Select the title of the document.
  • Enter a new title.
  • Choose an area of the page outside of the title to save the new title.

Microsoft 365 will now AutoSave your document under the new title every time you edit it. It should appear in your OneDrive account under My Files.

If you have questions, use the Ask a Milner Librarian options on the library website to contact a Milner Librarian via live chat, text, email, or phone, contact your subject librarian, or view our FAQs. Or, visit the Information & Research Help Desk on the right as you enter the library. We're happy to help!

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Ask a Milner Librarian