We are pleased to bring our patrons a brand new database: Safari. You now have access to over 40,000 e-books, tutorials, videos, and more! Keep them for as long as you like, and make notes and even highlight sections. This database allows multiple users to access the same item, so you don’t need to worry about your classmate or coworker trying to access the same item as you!
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Requesting books from other local libraries via I-Share just got even easier. Lewis students, faculty and staff no longer need to create an I-Share account or remember a separate username and password. Instead, all I-Share users will now log in with the same information: their library barcode and last name.
Your library barcode is just 24311 + your Lewis ID number. (So if your student ID is L10012345, your barcode number is 24311L10012345.)
Once you log into your account, you’ll find the same information in a cleaner, more user-friendly format. You can still check the status of your requests, search for items in the Lewis and I-Share catalogs, and request items for delivery to the Lewis Library.
In addition, catalog search results include additional options, as well as suggestions for similar items.
If you have questions about the new interface or need help logging in or navigating it, just contact the Library staff. You can reach us by phone, email, chat, or text–or just stop by!
Take your research on the go by saving your Summon searches in your Google account! Save frequent searches for easy access, or capture a search in progress and start right where you left off.
To save a search to the cloud, you’ll need to log into your Google account. Then do the following:
After entering your search query/keywords, click the Save Search (star) icon.
Sign into your Google Drive (if you haven’t already done so). You can rename your search. Then click Save.
To view your saved search, go to Summon and look for the star icon.
Then select your saved search.
If you’re on a public computer, be sure to log out of Google when you’re done!
Need help? Ask a librarian!
Need research help, but can’t make it to the Library during regular hours? Never fear: the roving librarians are here!
You can meet with a research librarian at the following locations:
St. Charles Borromeo
Lewis’ business librarian, Lindsay Harmon, provides on-site research assistance for CoB/GSM students (and others) in the Stahl Center (SB 132A, right by the Sodexo food cart) during the following hours:
- Mondays from 4-6 p.m.
- Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Thursdays from 12-2 p.m.
Research assistance is available on a drop-in basis or by appointment at lewisu.libguides.com/harmonli.
De La Salle Hall/Courtyard Cafe
Arts & Sciences Building
Education and social sciences librarian Kelley Plass meets with students by appointment at several different locations on the main campus. Students requesting an appointment can specify the location that’s most convenient for them.
To make an appointment with Kelley, visit lewisu.libguides.com/plasske.
Oak Brook Campus
STEM and nursing librarian Betsy Sterner is available to meet with students at the Oak Brook campus by appointment on Mondays from 4-6 p.m.
To make an appointment with Betsy, visit lewisu.libguides.com/esterner.
In addition, you can always meet with a librarian in the Library whenever we’re open. For a complete list of appointment options, visit lewisu.libcal/appointments.
Lewis University’s favorite therapy dog is back for another semester of providing stress relief to students.
Tippi the Norwegian Elkhound will be in the Library on the first and third Tuesday of every month when classes are in session. Mark your calendar for these dates:
- February 6
- February 20
- March 20
- April 3
- April 17
- May 1
You can find her on the first floor of the Library from 6 to 8 p.m.
For more information, contact Lindsay Harmon.
Our occasional Library D.I.Y. series continues with a new, monthly event for Lewis students, faculty and staff who are interested in needlework, knitting, and other handicrafts.
The Flying Needles group will meet the first Friday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Library’s Glass Conference Room. Bring your own project, or make and take one of ours, and get to know other crafty Flyers while enjoying some light refreshments. Participants of all ability levels are welcome.
The fun starts this Friday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Lindsay Harmon at harmonli(at)lewisu(dot)edu or Alice Creason at creasoal(at)lewisu(dot)edu.
Free access to Wall Street Journal content is now available to all Lewis students, faculty, and staff through a partnership with the College of Business.
With access to the world’s latest news, business insight, and expert commentary, every student has the power to fuel their ambition with The Wall Street Journal. Each activated account comes with access to WSJ.com, the WSJ mobile app, and curated newsletters.
Students, faculty and staff can activate their school-sponsored memberships by:
- visiting wsj.com/lewisu and
- logging in via the My Lewis portal.
Emails will be sent periodically to users to confirm their current enrollment at/affiliation with Lewis.
Student members of The Wall Street Journal access the same content C-suite executives, business leaders, and other influencers use to make global business decisions on a daily basis.
In addition to real news and ground-breaking journalism, The Wall Street Journal offers insight into career development, college rankings, politics, technology, real estate, and the arts, fueling the ambition of its readers with thought-provoking content.
For more information and sign-up assistance (plus some WSJ swag), watch for WSJ information tables on campus this month.
Sign up by March 31, and you’ll automatically be entered to win $60,000 that you can use toward your tuition! Visit wsj.com/studentsweepstakes for more information.
There are more than 120,000 books, magazines, DVDs and other physical media in the Library’s collection. But what if none of them is what you’re looking for?
That’s where I-Share comes in.
I-Share is a consortium of 86 Illinois college and university libraries (including Lewis) that allow their students to borrow materials from each other. Our I-Share membership means that if Lewis doesn’t have the item you are looking for, you may be able to borrow it from another Illinois library that does. Even better, you, the student, control the request process. Here’s how:
- If you’re looking for a hard-copy resource like a book or DVD, you can check the Lewis University Library Catalog and see if we own it. (If we do, the catalog will tell you where in the Library to find it.)
- If Lewis doesn’t own a copy of the item you need, you can change the catalog search menu to All I-Share Libraries. That search will tell you what other college and university libraries have a copy, and whether or not it’s available to check out.
- If there is a copy available at another library, you can request that it be sent to Lewis by clicking the Request First Available tab. The system will automatically select a copy for you.
- Clicking Request will tell that library to pull it from their shelves and send it to you. (Note: You will need to set up an I-Share account the first time. It’s quick and easy. This document tells you how.)
- I-Share items are picked up and delivered by van every weekday (other than holidays), so it can take a few days from request to delivery. We usually suggest allowing 3-5 days, depending on how far away it’s coming from. (You can also track its progress in your I-Share account.)
- When the item arrives at Lewis, you’ll get an email notifying you that it’s ready for pickup. You can check it out at the Library’s Service Desk, just like you would one of our resources. If you want to keep it beyond the due date, you can renew it online via your I-Share account.
It’s that simple!
Another fun fact: I-Share membership has in-person benefits as well. If the library that owns an item you need is nearby, you can go there and check it out with your Lewis ID. If you live near another I-Share institution, you can also return items there and even have your requests delivered there if you prefer.
For more information on setting up an I-Share account, requesting materials, and pretty much everything else you want to know about I-Share, visit our handy research guide and/or FAQ page. You can also stop by or call, email, text or chat with us for individual assistance.
One last thing: The I-Share system is used for borrowing physical resources like books and DVDs. Vendor restrictions do not allow us to share ebooks with each other. I-Share is also not the way to get copies of journal articles—but you can do that! Stay tuned for another blog post to find out how. (OK, if you want to know now, check out this page.)
Are you having trouble getting started on your research project?
Has your professor rejected your topic for being too broad or too narrow?
Do you feel like you need a translator just to read scholarly journal articles on your topic?
Credo can help!
The Library’s newest research tool is a great place to start when developing or refining a research topic. A scholarly alternative to Wikipedia or Google, Credo is a searchable collection of information from reputable sources such as subject-specific encyclopedias and reference books. It also has some special features designed to help you get started with a research project:
Mind Maps: Brainstorm topic ideas, explore connections, and narrow (or broaden) your focus.
Topic Pages: Find suggested resources on common topics, all collected in one place.
Links to Other Library Resources: College-level research requires going beyond the encyclopedia. Credo bridges that gap by linking directly to relevant articles from scholarly journals in the Library’s other databases.
For more help with research topic development, schedule an appointment with a research librarian.
You already know that whenever the Library is open, there’s a research librarian available to answer your questions in person or via phone, email, text message, or online chat. But did you know that you can make an appointment with a research librarian for in-depth research help?
To schedule a one-on-one research consultation, visit http://lewisu.libcal.com/appointments/. You can select the liaison librarian in your subject area, or select “no preference” for the largest selection of appointment times.
In addition to meeting at the Library, you can schedule research appointments at the following locations:
- Oak Brook campus (Mondays from 4-6 p.m. with Lesley Wolfgang)
- St. Charles Borromeo (Mondays from 4-5:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 1:30-3 p.m. with Lindsay Harmon)
- Courtyard Cafe (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-6 p.m. with Kelley Plass)
- Student Union Commuter Lounge (Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. with Maria Emerson)