Skip to Main Content
Skip to content

HillCrest at UIOWA

Guide for non-UI students to virtually engage with the UI Libraries, learn searching techniques and how to evaluate information.

Welcome and How to Find Help

Welcome to the University of Iowa Libraries! This guide serves as a resource to help you learn more about our libraries and the resources available to you. In this guide you will find:

We can help! You don't have to be a student at the University of Iowa to speak with us! There are a number of different ways you can get help from us and ask us questions.

Here are some things we can help you with:

  • Help with citations

  • How to find information on your topic using any of the resources that are available to you. 

  • How to frame your topic or get feedback on your research

  • Available resources in your area and how to connect with others who can help

How you can contact us:

Chat with a librarian

Email a librarian

Email me directly at

Searching InfoHawk+

InfoHawk+ is the public interface to search the UI Libraries catalog, including our book and media collection, ebooks and journals titles, plus some of our most used and useful databases. As students at Hillcrest you are able to search InfoHawk+ to find open access or freely accessible journal articles that you can access without a HawkID. 

Here's how:

Step 1: Type in the keywords for your topic in the InfoHawk+ search bar:

Step 2: On the left side, select Open Access under availability and select Refine.

Step 3: You should now see Open Access in your results.

Step 4: Next, select articles under resource type and select refine. 

Step 5: You should now see Open Access and Articles applied to your search and your results should only contain open access articles.


Step 6: To get the article, select the green link for "full text may be available" or the link to download the PDF, if it's available. You can download or email yourself the article. If you have any trouble accessing the full article, please contact us through Chat.