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BGS: Bachelor of General Studies, Library Research Tutorials

Tutorials for library tasks and services geared to the online student.


Booth Library has a large collection of information resources to support your research as you work toward your Bachelor of Arts in General Studies. These materials include online full-text databases, electronic journals, the reference collection (print and electronic), and the main book holdings. Journal articles and books from other libraries may be obtained using the library’s interlibrary loan (ILL) service.

These video tutorials are intended to help you use the library collection and services for your research, including locating sources (books, articles, and online encyclopedia entries) and obtaining research assistance from the librarians. For immediate help, use our 24/7 chat service, call 217-581-6072, or email

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Citation Guides

Always cite your sources! The style you use depends on what your professor requires. Many humanities disciplines use the MLA (Modern Language Association) style. Many social sciences disciplines use APA (American Psychological Association) style. There are many styles of citation available for publications. Below you will find links to guides for a variety of citation styles.

A Citation Guide to the Chicago Manual of Style (CMoS) developed by the EIU History faculty : Part 1 - NotesPart 2 - Bibliography

Chicago Manual of Style  : The CMoS website
Citation Styles : A List of style guides (APA, MLA, ASA, CMoS, CSE) available at Booth Library
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