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General Library Research Tutorial: Module 1: Library Orientation

Learning Objectives

  • Find books from the BenU Library and I-Share 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 peer-reviewed sources, using databases effectively, and more.

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Librarians are also available in-person, by email, or by virtual appointment. To schedule a virtual appointment, use our Research Consultation Request Form.

Logging in to the Library

You have two main Library accounts:

  • Library Proxy - The Library Proxy gives you off-campus access to Library electronic resources, such as databases and eBooks. When you access a Library electronic resource from off campus, you'll be automatically prompted to sign in.
  • BenSearch - Use BenSearch to request and renew items from the BenU Library and I-Share. I-Share is a group of more than 85 academic libraries across Illinois.

For login help, please see the 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 "BenSearch" and "EBSCO Articles" search boxes on the Library homepage.

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Sometimes, databases don't provide the full text of the article you need. In that case, look for the 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

Watch this short video to learn more about database searching:

Books & Videos

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

search portal


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 a 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.

Watch this short video to learn how search for journals by title:

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 85 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: 4 weeks (renewals allowed)
  • 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 the Course Reserves shortcut on the Library homepage. Then, search for your course by course name, course number, or your professor's last name, or search for the item by title.

course reserves shortcut

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 printers in the Library
  • 1 Simple Scan Station on the Kindlon Lower Level near the Circulation Desk
  • 1 Simple Scan Station on the Kindlon 3rd Floor
  • 1 standard flatbed scanner in Kindlon 030


  • 46 computers on Kindlon 3rd Floor
  • 10 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 that also functions as a scanner and copier
  • 16 computers

Printing is free for current BenU students.

Module 1 Quiz


Kindlon Hall
5700 College Rd.
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 829-6050


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