Welcome to Urbana High School Library

Use Destiny Catalog to search for books on our shelves.

We also have an eBook collection(See the librarian for your access information)

Matthew Murrey, Librarian

Urbana High School Library
1002 S. Race Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217-384-3502
Fax: 217-384-3532

Current hours: 

M, Tu, Th, & Fr 7:45 – 3:25*
(closed for lunch 1:30 – 2:00)
*Open until 3:45 on Tu and Th
Wed 7:45. – 2:30
(closed for lunch 1:00 – 1:30)

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Outside Links & Friends: 

UHS Library Digital Resources: Research Databases

Click on the links below to access the following online research databases: eLibrary, Gale Virtual Reference, Issues and Controversies, and World Book Online. See the library staff to obtain user IDs and passwords for home access.

eLibrary - an online database

Search for newspaper, magazine and journal articles. Also has images, transcripts, and recommended web sites.

GVRL - Gale Virtual Reference Library

A extensive reference collection – full text & integrated with Google drive.

Facts on File Issues & Controversies

Authoritative articles and data for research on current issues and controversial topics.

World Book Online

This is the trusty general encyclopedia. A great place to start for reliable articles on a wide variety of topics.

UHS Library Digital Resources: eBook collections

Click on the links below to access the following small eBook collections: Salem Press and Infobase. See the library staff to obtain user IDs and passwords for home access

Salem Press history & literature eBooks

Full-text reference sets (print editions available) covering history, literature, geography, and natural disasters

Infobase Publishers - eBooks

21 books of literary criticism, 5 history books, and 1 career encyclopedia. We have BOTH print and unlimited digital access.

Searching the Internet and Evaluating What You Find:

There are several ways to search the internet and some basic guidelines for checking out your results.

Alternatives to Google

DuckDuckGo – A search engine that doesn't track and sell your search information.

Exalead – A metasearch (combines several engines) engine worth checking out.

Dogpile – Another metasearch engine.  that doesn't track and sell your search information.

Evaluating Web Results

The CRAP Test – A handy and basic tool for considering the validity of a website (first developed by Molly Beestrum).

CCCO Evaluating Sources – a helpful guide from Colorado Community Colleges Online.  Note the tabs near the top that allow you to get more information, including their own adaptation of the CRAP Test.  Many universities post online guides for evaluating web resources.  These two are pretty typical:

UC Berkeley Evaluating Resources – Another university guide, this one from the University of California at Berkeley.

Other Online Resources and Links:

Connect to the following sites to use online reference sources or to find out more about additional local resources or topics related to the research process.