Research Guides

At UW-Madison, Research Guides explore resources related to a specific subject, topic, or type of source. The resources on this site describe the different types of guides and how you can request a custom guide for your course. 

About UW Libraries Research Guides

UW Libraries Research Guides include resources related to a specific course and assignment, or on a subject, topic, or type of resource such as:

  • Specialized lists of online databases, books from the Library Catalog, and websites
  • Research strategies for finding, evaluating and using information sources
  • Embedded tutorials and resources related to the research process

There are two types of Research Guides: Course Guides and Subject Guides.

  • Course Guides are guides created for a specific course and customized for the course topic and assignments. Course guides are created upon request and can be used as supplementary material to a library instruction session or as a standalone resource. 
    • To request a course guide, please fill out the instruction request form. The course guide will automatically appear in the Library Dashboard in your Canvas Course for immediate student access.
  • Subject Guides are ready-made guides on a subject, topic, or type of resource.