Research Tools & Widgets

Research Panel

Screenshot of WIU Libraries Research Panel

Screenshot of Research Panel

WIU Libraries has created the new Research Panel extension for Chrome and Firefox browsers, giving you quick access to library resources and services wherever you are on the web. The panel gives you easy access to the WestCat Library Catalog, I-Share, WorldCat, and ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan), along with scores of world-class subscription databases only accessible by WIU-affiliated users. Chat, talk or email with professional reference librarians in real time. Download the extension making library research a breeze.

Persistent Link Converter

The Link Converter easily transforms Persistent Article Links (URLs) you may obtain from a library subscription database. Converting a Persistent Article Link makes the article available to authenticated WIU users at off-campus locations (in addition to on-campus access). It is not necessary to convert "library direct" database URLS (e.g., WorldCat:, since they are always "off-campus-ready".

Library Search Engines For Your Browser

screen shot of WestCat Catalog search option highlighted in a browser search box

Want to search WIU library resources directly from your browser's search box? Just click the links below to add WIU Search Engine Plug-Ins directly into your browser! (for IE 7.0+ and Firefox 2.0+)

  • WestCat Catalog (search by keyword for books, e-books, DVDs and other materials at WIU Libraries)
  • PHL: Periodicals Holdings List (search by title for over 50,000 full-text e-journals, e-newspapers, and print/microforms shelved in the Libraries)

RSS Library News Service

WIU Libraries: RSS News Feed

Since August 2004, WIU Libraries has led the way in offering RSS (Really Simple Syndication) news feeds to help users stay current with important library news and information. Grab your WIU Libraries feed today!