Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Basic Overview of Using Resources At Millikin's Staley Library
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"The Staley Library", photo of the letters as seen on the South side of the Library Building.


Welcome to Millikin!
This guide is designed to pull together some of the handouts and guides which may be useful for you as you become familiar with the resources available to you here at Millikin's Staley Library.

If you have any questions about the resources available to you or would like help with your research, please let us know!

You can get it touch with us through visiting, telephone, instant message, or email. 
Click here for our contact information page.

If you have any questions about this guide, please contact Librarian Matthew Olsen, or 217.420.6719.

Overview of the Library's Homepage

To view a PDF overview about using the Library's homepage, please click here. A screen shot of the library's homepage:

Brochures about Library Services
Click on any of the links below to view a PDF version of the Library Services Brochure for your patron category.

Each brochure contains a summary of available resources and policy guidelines for each type of patron.

*General Circulation Policies
*Students & Staff
For more detailed information of resources available to faculty, faculty should also consult the Library's Faculty Guide.
*Community Patrons
*High School Students

Library's Online Catalog
The Library's Online Catalog allows you to search for the books, e-books, videos, music, government documents, music scores, etc. that our library owns.  Through the online catalog, you can also request items to borrow from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan.

A screenshot of the main page of the Library's Online Catalog.

The guide linked next provides information on searching both Millikin's and the I-Share (Illinois interlibrary loan) Online catalog.

Click here to open a PDF guide on how to search in the Library's Online Catalog.

Image shows the "Other Library Catalogs" link from the Library's Homepage. Millikin's Staley Library also has access to resources available through WorldCat (searches libraries throughout the world) and CRL: The Center for Research Libraries (a great collection of primary resources & historical newspapers).

To search these catalogs for more resources, from the library's homepage, click on the link for "Other Library Catalogs." 

 If you have any questions about searching in the Millikin's Online Catalog, I-Share Interlibrary Loan catalog, WorldCat, or CRL, please let us know!


Library Databases
The library has subscriptions to article, audio, image, and video databases.

This image shows a listing of the subjects the library's databases are divided into. Click on the link below to visit that page.
The library's databases are subdivided into topics as seen in the photo above.

When you log in to and click on the link for "Staley Library Databases" on the right hand side, you'll see the "Databases by Subject."

Click here to open a PDF guide about:
    *finding articles in the Library's databases.
    *searching in the Library's Music & Video databases.
    *finding the full text of an article from the citation.

Other Resources from the Library

*Visit this link- 
to see other resources including:
                    citation style assistance
                    online research guides 
                    and a list of available research resources.

To find this link, from the library's homepage, click on "More" under the "Research" section.
Image shows the "Research" section of the library's homepage.

*To learn more about the library please visit our About the Library page.

*The library building is home to the Writing Center, Math Center, and Office of Student Success. To learn more about these organizations, or schedule appointments, please visit the homepages by clicking on the names linked above.

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL