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Library Guide for International Students: Finding Materials

This guide is a collection of resource to help international students

Getting Started at the Libraries

Getting Started


Your Gator1 card allows you to check out library materials and you can use your online account to manage your loans. Find out more about your borrowing privileges.

Set up the UF VPN: When you're off-campus, you will need to use the UF VPN software to access electronic databases, journals and books.

Check your Course Reserves account. You can look up books and articles placed on reserve by your professors.
Visit Project Starter Databases to start your research project. Remember, subject specialists are here to help!

Newspapers from across the World

Streaming Videos

UF users currently have access to thousands of multidisciplinary streaming videos.


Academic Video Online

Academic Video Online is the most comprehensive video subscription available to libraries. It delivers more than 66,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more.

Digitalia Film Library

A diverse selection of movies and documentaries to see instantly in your library. Includes films in many languages.


Exclusive academic streaming from renowned documentary film distributors.


JoVE is the world's first and only peer-reviewed scientific video journal that increases productivity.

Swank Digital Campus

Swank provides access to feature films and documentaries.

Primo Tabbed Search Box

Google Scholar Search

Finding Books and eBooks in Primo (Library Catalog)


Starting July 13, the best way to search for books and eBooks will be to use our new Primo search tool. This tool searches across many of our resources including our complete library catalog. Click the red circles to learn more about the search features.

Books and eBooks not at UF?


For books not at UF you can either borrow them through UBorrow or the Interlibrary Loan Service (ILLIAD).

UBorrow lets you request print books (not eBooks sadly) directly from participating Florida state university libraries when the item is not available at UF.

ILLIAD is a service that can provide you (a UF library patron) with materials that are not available from the UF Libraries – either copies (of articles and book chapters), or loans (books, microfilm, media, etc.).

Your Gator1 card allows you to check out library materials and you can use your online account to manage your loans. Find out more about your borrowing privileges.

Finding Non-English Language Materials

Research Databases: The following databases offer language restrictions:

  • All EBSCOhost databases (identified by the blue, circular EBSCOhost logo) offer the ability to change the language of the search screen.  Click on the Languages link at the top of the screen and choose the language you prefer.

  • All EBSCOhost databases also offer a language option on the Advanced Search screen which allows you to search for materials in a language other than English.  Be sure to scroll down on the search screen to locate the Language menu.  This option will search materials available exclusively in the language you prefer and display English-language materials that have been translated to your preferred language.

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