How To...

New to the library?

Get an ID Card: Your ID card is necessary for checking out materials and requesting items, whether in person or via the internet. If your ID card is lost, go to the Computer Services Office in room A10, Aural M. Umhoefer Building (lower level).

Find Your Account and Network Username and Password

How to start my research

Visit the UW-Madison Writing Center website for How to write a research paper.

How to find a book, cd or video

To find a book, CD or Video, search the UW College's online library catalog. More information
 on how to find books.

How to find what I've checked out and renew materials online

  • Go to the UW Colleges Library Catalog
  • Click the "Your Account" button in a catalog search to access your library account information. You will need to type in your UW Colleges ID number and type in your last name (in lowercase) to login.
  • The items you have checked out will be shown under the heading "Items Currently Checked Out to You." You can check the box next to the item you'd like to renew and then click the "Renew Items" button. The status should change and give you your new due date.
  • Please ask if you have problems.

How to find an article

If you already know which article you want, search the catalog for the journal title to find out if we own it, or use Citation Linker. If you do not yet have specific information about articles, start with a periodical index for your subject area. You can browse a complete list or by subject. More information on how to find articles.

How to find articles that aren't available in full-text online

You should not have to pay for any articles you find. If an article is not full text within a database look for the "Find It" button. Clicking this button will search to see if the article is full text in another resource. Or, you can request it via Interlibrary Loan. You will need the ID# from the front of your WisCard to make a request. It takes about a week perhaps less if it's a widely owned publication.

How to find a journal

All journals which the UW Colleges own, whether in print or on microform, can be found through the online library catalog. If you want to find an online journal, consult the A-Z list.

How to figure out which database to use

In addition to the A-Z list of databases, there are resources listed by subjects and course guides for individual courses. These are a good starting point for e-resources. More information on how to find articles

How to access newspapers

A good place to start is our guide to online newspapers.

How to find materials at other libraries

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that enables students, faculty, and staff to borrow materials not owned by UW-Baraboo/Sauk County from other libraries. More information on finding materials at other libraries

To find out the status of my interlibrary loan book request, log in to your ILLiad account to submit, review and track your requests and renewals.

How to access resources from off-campus

UW-Colleges students, staff and faculty with Internet access can connect to most of the Library's subscription databases and electronic journals from home. More information on accessing our resources off campus.