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Library Orientation

Use this guide for an orientation to the UDC Library's resources and services and for tips on starting and completing a research project.


UDC Search

Use UDC Search, the library catalog, to search for books, periodicals, media, most journal articles, and more. You can use UDC Search to find materials at all of the collections of the WRLC libraries, or just at UDC. 




A-Z Resource List

Index of Research Guides

You can see a full list of our subject guides, which are designed to help you navigate using library and information resources and tools, in our Index of Research Guides.

Help Guides

We have created several Help Guides to help you navigate using library and information resources and tools. These guides are designed to walk you through finding what you need while offering tips, tricks, and other useful information. 

You can see a full list of our subject guides in our Index of Research Guides.

Library Databases

You can use databases provided by the library to find articles, media, e-books, and other information. While some databases are general and cover a wide range of topics, others are narrowly organized around a particular subject or academic area. 

You can see the full list of the library's databases here:

UDC students, faculty, and staff can use all of the databases from off-campus by logging in with your UDC email and password. 

Library YouTube Tutorials

The UDC Library's YouTube channel offers many short, closed-captioned video tutorials on a variety of topics, including how to use the library, how to select and search a database, and how to cite your sources:

Library 101

Library 101 is a new, self-paced tutorial organization on Blackboard. In this program, you can learn all about research and library skills in short lessons. You can visit as often as you need and we will continue to add content to help you learn all about research, the library, academic writing, and information literacy.

Research is an integral part of your life. You use a mix of your own experience and learned skills to help you find what you need. Each section in this course is designed to help you learn more about a specific aspect of the research process, information literacy, or research skills.

If you review all or most of the material in Library 101, you will be able to:

  • Identify what information literacy is and understand how it integrates into your daily and academic lives.
  • Understand that research is a process and identify the various parts of the process.
  • Understand the role the library and its resources and services play in the research process.
  • Understand how to find, evaluate, and use pieces of information for academic assignments and personal research needs.
  • Understand different search strategies, when and how to use them, and how to employ these strategies in academic and personal research.
  • Identify and use various research and information support tools.
  • Understand that information literacy and research are parts of lifelong learning.

Library 101 covers the following topics:

  • Course Information
  • Information Literacy
  • The Research Process
  • Research & Library Skills
  • Academic Writing
  • Recommended Tools

To enroll in Library 101, email Meghan Kowalski ( to request access.