Consult with librarians, browse our research guides, explore our vast collection of databases, and find funding and project support through the university’s Research Office.
UK Libraries is the gateway to a vast information ecosystem spanning archives, articles, datasets, e-books, printed materials, and special collections.
Our librarians and archivists are information experts. They provide support across all subjects and disciplines and offer assistance in engaging with research resources and services. Our librarians can help you:
They also provide advice and materials tailored to your project and offer resources and guidance at any stage of the research process.
To engage our subject and research support services, find your librarian by subject.
Our Library Guides will introduce you to our wide-ranging collections and services, guide you through the use of specific tools, and provide an in-depth orientation to subjects, resources, and library processes.
Library collections can serve as a launching point for a wider-ranging project or as the anchor for a deeply-focused study.
Among our extensive holdings you can find:
Search for materials within UK collections using InfoKat Discovery. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, materials from around the world may be available through Interlibrary Loan (ILL), or you may Request a Purchase.
To browse all of UK Libraries’ collections, visit the Find & Borrow section.
Explore archives and primary sources, books and journals, maps and images, data sets, government publications, and more.
Research databases are powerful search tools that provide access to books, e-books, scholarly and peer-reviewed articles, citation and abstract indexes, primary sources, images, statistics, and much more.
Some databases are multi-disciplinary and well-suited for broadly exploring particular subjects, while others are highly specialized and best used for in-depth research. Our librarians can help you find the right database for your needs and assist you with search strategies and troubleshooting.
Visit our A-Z list of databases or browse journals in our E-Journals index, or jump right in with some of our most-used databases:
UK Libraries subscribes to over 700 databases. Use our A-Z list to browse databases by name, subject, or resource type.
UK Libraries materials are organized according to the Library of Congress Classification System, which groups items by subject.
Library of Congress call numbers consist of letters and numbers, and are arranged in alphabetical and then numerical order. To find the floor and wing location for the call number you’re looking for, please refer to our Floor Maps.
For more detailed information on reading call numbers, see our How to Find a Book on the Shelf Tutorial.
The University of Kentucky's Research Office offers a variety of support services throughout the research process, including:
Grants and other sources of external funding may also be available through entities like the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and others. More information about grants and funding can be found in our Digital Humanities Research Guide.
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