Spotlight on Library Resources

In seeking to improve your financial knowledge, don’t forget about the University of Illinois Library’s resources. Subject experts and print and e-resources can aid your understanding and help you make more informed decisions when it comes to your personal finances.

The Library has many ebooks and books in print that can provide guidance on borrowing, earning, protecting, saving & investing, and spending. Watch for more “Spotlight on Library Resources” posts, in which we’ll feature a particular e-resource that falls into one of these categories.

Be sure to visit the Library’s resource guide, or LibGuide, on financial literacy. It has useful web tools, introductory and reference resources on personal finance, and sources by specific subject area.

Search or browse BIS (Business Information Services) Fast Answers if you want to find finance articles, or need clarification about types of investments, for example. There is a Finance category for these Frequently Asked Questions.

Finally, don’t forget about the BIS Subject Specialists, librarians who have subject expertise in personal finance, if you are struggling with a particular question

Written by Heidi Johnson, University of Illinois Library

Get $avvy Recorded Webinars

Every semester the USFSCO Student Money Management Center and University of Illinois Extension holds a series of webinars covering various money-related topics. If you missed our webinars, don’t worry! We’ve recorded them all so you can view them any time! Our 2013/2014 series, “Get $avvy – Grow Your Green $tuff” tackled everything from credit and debt to making the most of job benefits.

Each topic is aimed to inform, educate and empower! Take a look at our recorded webinars today.

Written by Alex Ziskind, University of Illinois USFSCO Student Money Management Center

iGrad

Personal finance is a more complicated topic than many realize. A recent study noted that most people in the world cannot answer three simple personal finance questions correctly. It also has become necessary to educate ourselves on personal finance on a continual basis due to the new tools and technology introduced in financial markets every day.

Fortunately, the University of Illinois has partnered with iGrad to provide a resource for you to expand your knowledge of financial topics. iGrad is an online financial literacy platform with a nine-module financial literacy course covering the following topics:

  • Financial Health
  • Smart Spending
  • Student Loans
  • Banking
  • Credit Cards
  • Credit Reports
  • Identity Theft
  • Your Paycheck
  • Investing

In addition to having a robust financial literacy course, iGrad contains hundreds of articles, infographics, resources, tools and videos to help you make a variety of financial decisions. Use your Illinois NetID and Enterprise password to get started.

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Written by Andrea Pellegrini, University of Illinois USFSCO Student Money Management Center

Tweet Chats

Join the USFSCO Student Money Management Center every Thursday at 4 p.m. (CST) for a dynamic way to interact and talk with your peers on a variety of personal finance topics. Think of it as a weekly coffee date with your friends where you can share ideas on how to have a frugal Valentine’s Day or how to repay student loans. For a list of topics we cover, check here: http://go.uillinois.edu/smmctweetchats.

In order to join the conversation on Twitter, just follow us at @ILStudentMoney, search the hashtag #UIMoney, and use that hashtag to ask and answer questions. Tweet ya on Thursday!

Written by Alex Ziskind, University of Illinois USFSCO Student Money Management Center