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General Library Research Tutorial: Module 1: Library Orientation

Learning Objectives

  • Find books from the BenU Library and other I-Share libraries using BenSearch.
  • Find journal articles using research databases.
  • Find a specific journal.
  • Understand when to use interlibrary loan.
  • Access course reserves.

Library Website

The BenU Library website ( is your central portal to library resources, services, help, and general information.

Chat with a Librarian

Use our Chat with a Librarian button on the Library website to contact us when you need help finding sources, using databases, and more.

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Librarians are also available by phone, email, and appointment (in-person or virtual), and at the reference desk on the Lisle and Mesa campuses. Drop in during Library hours or schedule an in-person or virtual research consultation using our Research Consultation Request Form.

Logging in to the Library

When you access the Library's online resources (e.g., article databases) from off campus, you'll be prompted to log in using your BenU Login:

Username: Your 7-digit b-number with the "b" (e.g., b1234567)
Password: The same password that you use to access MyBenU

Practice logging in using our Login Tutorial.

Having trouble logging in? Review our Library Login FAQ.


The Library provides access to journals, magazines, and newspapers. While some are available in print or microform formats, the vast majority are available online through the Library's research databases. You can access Library databases on or off campus.

Find the full list of our databases on our Academic Databases page.

To search multiple databases at the same time, use the search box in the "BenSearch" and/or "EBSCO Articles" tab on the Library homepage. 


Sometimes, the database you're using doesn't provide full text to the article you need. In that case, look for our Find Full Text button. If you see this button while searching a database, use it to discover if the full text of the article is available in a different database that we subscribe to.

Find Full Text button

Books & Videos

Search BenSearch to find books, eBooks, DVDs, streaming videos, CDs, and other materials. Use the search box in the "BenSearch" or "Books & Videos" tab on the Library homepage.



In this search for the term "human genome," eBooks have an "Available Online" link and print books have a call number, which you can use to find the book on the shelf.


Search by Journal

When you know exactly which journal, magazine, or newspaper you're looking for, click Search Journals By Title in the BenSearch tab on the Library homepage. This will bring you to webpage where you can enter the journal title (not the article title) to find out if the Library subscribes to it and, if so, how to access it.

Interlibrary Loan

If the BenU Library doesn't have an article or book you need, you can request a copy at no cost to you through interlibrary loan. Interlibrary loan, or ILL for short, is the loaning of items between libraries. Click "Interlibrary Loan" in the menu bar on the Library website to access our two ILL services.

Use I-Share to Request Books


  • I-Share is a catalog of materials from more than 90 academic libraries
  • I-Share is available inside BenSearch. You must be signed in to BenSearch in order to place requests. Your BenSearch username is your email address and your password is the same password you use to access MyBenU.
  • 3 to 7 day delivery
  • Typical loan period: 28 days (up to 3 renewals)
  • Books not picked up within 2 weeks will be returned
  • More information about I-Share

Use ILLiad to Request Articles


  • ILLiad is an interlibrary loan system primarily for requesting articles
  • Log in using your BenU network credentials
  • 3 to 5 day delivery (delivered electronically)
  • Articles are accessible 5 times or for 15 days
  • More information about ILLiad

Course Reserves

Some professors place course readings on reserve. To access Course Reserves, click "Reserves" (the book icon) on the Library homepage. Then, search for you course.

Printers, Scanners, & Computers


  • 1 color printer on Kindlon 3rd Floor
  • 1 b&w printer on Kindlon 3rd Floor
  • 1 b&w printer on Kindlon 2nd Floor
  • 1 color printer in Kindlon 030

Students are allotted $50.00 per semester for printing, which equates to 500 black and white double-sided pages. When you print to a campus printer, the cost of your print job is automatically deducted from your PaperCut account. If you exceed the $50.00 allotment, you can add money to your account.

Printing Rates:

  • Black and white, double-sided - $0.07
  • Black and white, single-sided - $0.10
  • Color, double-sided - $0.20
  • Color, single-sided - $0.25


  • Scanner/copiers on all 4 printers in the Library
  • 1 Simple Scan Station on Kindlon Lower Level near the Circulation Desk
  • 1 Simple Scan Station on Kindlon 3rd Floor near the Research Center
  • 1 standard flatbed scanner in Kindlon 030


  • 46 computers on Kindlon 3rd Floor
  • 12 computers in Kindlon 232 - Available unless the lab is reserved
  • 8 computers in Kindlon 030

The Library in Gillett Hall has:

  • 1 b&w printer
  • 1 scanner/copier
  • 16 computers

Printing is free for current BenU students.

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Kindlon Hall - Lower Level, 2nd Floor, & 3rd Floor
5700 College Rd.
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 829-6050


Gillett Hall - 1st Floor
225 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
(480) 878-7514