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Final paper got you stressed?

It’s nearly time to submit that final paper for your class, but you’ve run into a dead end. How can you find the type and number of resources that your teacher requires?!

We have you covered. Make an appointment with one of our research librarians who will happily walk you through how to use our new Primo Discover Tool, and show you all the tips and tricks to suit your research needs.

Make a zoom appointment or a phone appointment!

Need help with the paper itself? Contact the Writing Center! They can do everything from proofreading to helping you with your citations.

Good luck on your finals, Flyers!

Super Study Activities

We know this semester is more than a little different than normal, but we still want to make sure you have plenty of stress-relief activities to give your brains and your bodies a rest from your schoolwork.

All of our activities this semester will be available virtually, and will be hosted on our Kast server: https://s.kast.live/g/3vd7sq59j6k

We’re REAL excited about Bob Ross…

We will also be walking around the library handing out coupons to everyone wearing their masks correctly, for a nice sugary treat at the end of their day to be collected from the circulation desk.

And don’t forget to check out our stress-relief guide that has everything from study music to meditation exercises to stress-relief workouts and fun activities you can do at home: Stress-Relief Guide

Need a Quiet Place to Study?

Then the library has you covered! But you need to book a study room?

….About that.

Due to the current pandemic, our study rooms have been closed since they are too small to be able to safely physically distance from one another.

But don’t fret! You can still book larger rooms on campus for your group study needs. Click on this link and select “Fall2020 Study Rooms” to get started!

Good luck on your finals, Flyers!

Turkey-lurkey doo

Hello, Flyers! Here are our hours for the week of Thanksgiving! We hope you have a relaxing holiday away from the stress of classes.

eat that turkey then take a nap

Your Lewis Library’s hours will also be changing after the Thanksgiving holiday. We will still be open for you if you’d like to have a quiet place to study, or need to utilize our printers.

I wish turkey only cost a nickel.

Research help will still be available via chat or by phone. You can also still make an appointment for research assistance with one of our research librarian too.

I can’t……why can’t I

“Hey, who turned off the lights?!”

So you go to use the library’s databases or you’re doing a preliminary exploration of Primo, and you get an error screen.

What………..do you DO?!

Check out our FAQ page b/c the answer to your predicament just might be there. Still don’t see what you’re looking for? Initiate a chat or send us an email, and we will suss you right out!

Don’t Neglect Google Scholar

Google is our friend.

When you are researching your topic in Primo and you come across an article that we do not have access to, don’t forget to check Google Scholar!

Scroll down to check the Google Scholar link FIRST!

You can find the link to Google Scholar right on the article’s request page. Instead of clicking on the “Request via Interlibrary Loan” link, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Search in Google Scholar” link.

Your article can be found on the right hand side with the pre-fix [PDF].

If your item is available in Google Scholar, you will see an item listed to the right of the results. Always click on the link to make sure the ENTIRE article is available. If it is, there is no need to submit that interlibrary loan request. The article is all yours for the taking!

If you still have questions, please let one of our staff members know and we will be happy to help.

Don’t forget to check out this other handy and helpful tip to link our Lewis Library catalog to your Google Scholar search!

Closed for Labor Day

Your Lewis University Library will be closed Sunday, September 6th and Monday, September 7th in honor of the Labor Day holiday. We will reopen at 7:30am on Tuesday, September 8th.

“Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” (Dept of Labor)

For more information on why we celebrate Labor Day, check out this website from the Department of Labor: https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history

I-Share’s Back ALRIGHT!

We’re gonna bring the flavor show you how

You can now borrow from over 91 libraries in Illinois. All you have to do is login to I-Share with your Lewis credentials (same as MyLewis).

Click on “All I-Share Libraries” and search for your item. Click on the title of your item, and scroll down to the “How to Get It” section.

You will see all of the institutions that have that item. Click on the arrow to the right of I-Share and a form will appear.

Verify that the information is correct and click on “Send Request.” That’s it! Your request has been submitted. If you want to check on the status of your request, renew your loans, or check on fines/fees, etc. you can click on your name in the upper right corner of the screen and select “My Library Card.”

We don’t recommend requesting textbooks via I-Share, as many textbooks are not lend-able by other institutions, and loan periods are usually only one month tops with no renewals.

Textbooks can be located and purchased at the Lewis University Bookstore.

I need Technical Support…what do I do!?

Don’t worry, I’ve sent an email.

IT help will not be available in the library this semester, but don’t fret! You can still get their help by follow these steps.

On-Campus Technical Support

Procedure to obtain in-person technical support from the Office of Technology Service Desk for the upcoming Fall semester:

  • Appointments for support are required, please call (815) 836-5950 or email the Service Desk servicedesk@lewisu.edu with the contact information provided below so a service ticket could be issued with a description of your problem and an appointment can be made during the posted hours of operation.
  • Face masks must be worn when visiting the Office Technology Service Desk at the lower level of the Learning Resources Center (LRC).
  • When visiting the Service Desk by appointment, please follow signage or markings for social distancing should there be more than one person be in the vicinity.  Service while you wait is not encouraged for the safety of our staff and constituents.
  • If it is deemed that your Lewis-issued equipment is in need of further service or repair, you will be asked to leave it with our technical staff and you will be contacted for pickup once it is ready.  Loaner equipment may be available on a limited basis. 
  • Support for classroom, office, laboratory, events or general on-campus activities is provided by contacting the Service Desk at (815) 836-5950 so support staff can be dispatched immediately to the location on campus.

Phone Technical Support

Phone service hours (815) 836-5950 to obtain technical support:

Monday – Thursday       8am – 9pm
Friday8am – 5pm
Saturday9am – 5pm
Sunday10am – 9pm

Office of Technology

Technology Support & Operations

Phone: 815-836-5950

Email: servicedesk@lewisu.edu

Web self-service: https://servicedesk.lewisu.edu

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