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Database of the Week

ERIC is the Education Resource Information
Center . This database provides access to education literature and resources
and contains more than 1.3 million records. It provides access to information
from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and
Resources in Education Index.

In the Advanced Search, you can choose many different filters to make your
search results more compatible with what you are trying to find. You can
choose whether you would like an article or a document, the education level
you are targeting, publication type, publication date, intended audience,
language, etc. This database provides so many resources for education
majors and graduate students, so please take a minute and explore it if you
haven’t gotten the chance to yet!
If you need additional help using this database or any others, we are
available to help via chat (under Contact Us) and appointment !!

Don’t Wait! Consultate!

Admittedly, consultate isn’t a word, but CONSULTATION is and by definition
that means a formal meeting with an expert to discuss a topic. A research
consultation is a meeting between you and a librarian that is geared towards
helping you complete research assignments. We can help you discover a
topic or help to just narrow down broad ideas into a topic that can be used in
a research assignment. If you are having trouble finding specific articles to
cite that match your topic, we can help you with navigating our online
databases. If you’ve hit a dead end in your research assignment and would
like some one-on-one support to ease your frustrations, then sign up for an
appointment online, call, or stop by the research desk in the library. A
librarian or a peer research assistant are also available to chat with you
online and answer questions through email during normal library hours, so
don’t hesitate to utilize any of these resources available to you!

A Reminder: Requesting Articles Through Summon

If you are searching for an article using Summon , and the full text isn’t
available for you, you can request the article through interlibrary loan. Most
articles that are from sources we have access to will say “Full Text Online”
and send you to the journal where you can easily find a link to the pdf
version. However, if under the article title and details it says “Citation
Online”, you can click the TITLE of the article, click REQUEST, and on the
right hand side click REQUEST VIA INTERLIBRARY LOAN. See the figure
below for a visual map of a search result.

As always, don’t hesitate to contact the Library Research department if you
need additional research help via chat (under Contact Us) or make an
appointment for some one-on-one help.

Writing a Lit Review? READ ABOUT THIS GUIDE!

This week we want to highlight the Educational Research Resource Guide. Located under Education in the Research Guide list, this guide is an amazing resource, especially for graduate students in the College of Education. There are books on school management & leadership as well as ones on teaching & learning located under the Education Books tab. There are also databases highlighted especially for this discipline such as Explora, ERIC, Education Research Complete, Teaching Professor, and more!

 

Are you writing a literature review? There is an entire section in this guide dedicated to helping you understand what a lit review is and how to write one. There are videos as well as additional resources linked in order to help you do your very best.

 

As always, feel free to make an appointment or reach out via chat (under Contact Us).

Summon Search Tips

On your next Summon search, try to search within a specific discipline. For example, biology or education or nursing, etc. You can do this by clicking the Menu icon on the top right, and clicking Advanced Search. Then you just choose whatever qualifiers as well as your specific discipline. See the pictures below for visuals and as always, please do not hesitate to reach out through visiting the desk, making an appointment for a consultation, chat, or phone (Contact Us)! We are happy to help with any and all research related questions!

Database Help

If you are wanting to look at a specific database (Ovid and other EBSCO databases especially), but it gives you an error message telling you that the login has timed out or that you need to be affiliated with the school to login, then try these suggestions:

 

  1. Can you access other library databases?

If this problem is only affecting OVID, then continue with the suggestions below.

 

  1. Can you access other websites (e.g. Google)?

If there is no problem with your web access, please continue to the next suggestion.

 

 

  1. Clear your browser cookies and cache (browser history).

 After you have cleared the cookies and browser history, try to connect to OVID again. If you are unsure how to clear your browser cache or cookies, please call the Help Desk at 815-836-5950.

 

  1. Try another web browser.

Firefox and Google Chrome are usually the most reliable, but some databases may have specific browser requirements.

If none of these solve the issue, please contact the Lewis University Library to report the problem. We are available to help via chat (under Contact Us) and appointment as well as email and phone.

Research Guide of the Week!

In keeping with Lasallian Heritage month, did you know there is a research guide that is dedicated to the Lasallian Collection that the library has to offer?

The Lasallian Collection at Lewis University contains information about the history of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, from its beginnings in the 17th century to the present day.

The Lasallian Collection at Lewis University is located on the main 1st floor of the library on the east wall near the large glass window.

Various types of materials in this collection include biographies of St. John Baptist de la Salle, select biographies of brothers from the time of the Founder in 17th Century France to the current day, Institute documents, books and articles and pamphlets written by brothers, materials on Lasallian pedagogy, publications from various USA provinces, financial and statistical reports, books on Lasallian spirituality and prayer, and several videos on Lasallian themes.

Items within the Lasallian Collection are non-circulating.  However, with the assistance of library staff, certain items may be photocopied or scanned.

Items on Lasallian themes within the regular Lewis Library collection may be checked out in the usual way.

Brother David Kuebler, our very own reference librarian, is the key person to ask if you have any questions pertaining to the Christian Brothers or Lasallian Heritage. And as always, if you need any support in your research assignment, feel free to make an appointment or reach out via chat (under Contact Us).

Lasallian Heritage Month

April marks Lewis’s annual recognition of Lasallian Heritage. Check out this page on the Lewis website that offers more information about this month as well as a calendar of events scheduled!

Check out the library display cases between April 4th and May 19th because items related to the De La Salle Christian Brothers and our Lasallian heritage will be displayed. These cases will also feature a relic of our Founder, Saint John Baptist de La Salle.

Database(s) of the Week!!! Government Information

If you are in a class that may require special databases that allow you to quickly find information specific to the United States, our government, and government organizations, look under this list of databases and they may lead you to some quality information that can be cited in your research papers:

 

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)

American FactFinder

Bureau of Justice Statistics

Bureau of Labor Statistics

CDC National Center for Health Statistics

Census.gov

Childstats.gov

EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval) SEC.gov

Gun Regulation and Legislation in America

Historical Statistics of the United States

Homeland Security Digital Library

MedlinePlus

Military & Government Collection

National Criminal Justice Reference Service

National Institute of Corrections

National Institutes of Health

Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis)

Sanborn Maps of Illinois

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture, & Law

 

If you need additional help using any of these databases, we are available to help via chat (under Contact Us) and appointment!!

Stressed?!

Spring break is over and we are getting into the final stretch of the semester. If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed or just need a break, visit the Stress Relief Guide, the Not-So-Research Guide of the Week!!

Here, you can find library resources such as our Fly By Videos, reminders for Tippi Tuesdays, and of course contacts for research help. You can also find additional places you can get help on campus such as LARC, the Writing Center, or the Center for Health and Counseling, depending on your needs. There are also some pretty fun videos and music suggestions to help in decreasing stress as well as games, coloring pages, and comics.

 

Even though this isn’t research-based, while you are checking this guide out, you can feel free to peruse the other guides in the Research Guide list and something might catch your eye and help you in one of your current classes.

 

As always, if you need any support in your research assignment, feel free to make an appointment or reach out via chat (under Contact Us). Good luck in your studies!

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