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Get What You Need with I-Share

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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:

  1. 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.)I-Share 1
  2. 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.I-Share 2
  3. 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. I-Share3
  4. 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 4
  5. 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.)I-Share 5
  6. 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.)

Get Your Research Off to a Good Start with Credo

Credo collage

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.

mind map example

Topic Pages: Find suggested resources on common topics, all collected in one place.

topic page example

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.

credo explore example

You can access Credo from the Library’s Online Database A to Z page or by going to search.credoreference.com

For more help with research topic development, schedule an appointment with a research librarian.

Book a Librarian for Research Help

Research consultations

As midterm approaches, so do the deadlines for those first research assignments in many courses. If you’re having trouble finding sources, choosing databases, or even figuring out where to start, the Library can help!

A research consultation is a one-on-one appointment with a research librarian. Ideal for in-depth projects, these 30- to 60-minute sessions allow you to discuss your research topic with the librarian and determine the resources and search strategies that will achieve the best results. And because the consultations take place away from the main service desks at our Research Consultation Station, you’ll have the librarian’s undivided attention.

To schedule a research consultation, visit lewisu.libcal.com/appointments or go to the Library homepage and click on Make an Appointment. You can select the liaison librarian in your subject area or choose “no preference” for the largest selection of appointment times.

In addition, while most research consultations take place in the Library, you can also meet with a librarian at St. Charles Borromeo (Lindsay Harmon), De La Salle Hall’s Courtyard Café (Kelley Plass), or at Lewis’ Oak Brook campus (Betsy Sterner).

For more information about the Research Consultation service, contact Andrew Lenaghan, Head of Library Instruction and Research Services.

Need Research Help? Book a Librarian!

Now you can schedule a research consultation online!

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)

New Look, New Features for A to Z Databases Page

New A to Z databases page

Our Online Databases A to Z page has a new look!

If you’re a regular user of our A to Z databases list, you’ve probably noticed that it looks a little different. The changes aren’t just cosmetic, though. The new A to Z page also has some new features to make your research even more efficient:

  • Search for databases by subject. Now you can select your major or area of study from the drop-down menu for a list of recommended resources in your subject area. In addition to subscription databases, the list also includes relevant research guides and contact information for the librarian who specializes in that field.
  • Search for databases by content type. Are you looking for ebooks? Open-access resources? Use the drop-down menu to find the resources that best fit your needs.
  • Search for databases by vendor. You may know our resources by names like Ovid and EBSCO. Those are actually vendors who provide databases such as PsycINFO and Business Source Complete. Now you can sort the A to Z list by vendor to see which company provides which databases.
  • Find out about free trials. The Library regularly offers free trial access to resources outside of our collection. Trial databases can now be accessed on our A to Z page. Right now we have trial access to Civil War Primary Sources, HeinOnline Government, Politics, and Law, Latin American News Digest, Sage Research Methods Videos, and SciFinder. We’re evaluating all of these for possible future subscriptions, so if you like them, let us know!
  • Find out about new resources. Access arXiv, which provides open access to e-prints in physics, math, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, and statistics, from the A to Z page.

If you have questions about the new A to Z Databases page or any of the resources on it, let us know! You can contact a librarian by phone, email, text message, or online chat–and of course, you can always stop by for a demo.

Happy searching!

New in the Library: Group Study Room Reservations

Group study room reservations

Tired of wandering the campus in search of a private place to work on your group project?

Sick of your little brother heckling you while you’re practicing your presentation?

Wish you had a guaranteed spot to do some last-minute cramming with your study group before your midterm exam?

You’re in luck: Introducing group study room reservations at the Lewis University Library!

Groups of 2 to 12 students can book one of our group study rooms to study for exams, rehearse presentations, or work on group projects. All rooms are equipped with a whiteboard, DVD player, and flat screen TV.

Study rooms are available from the time the Library opens until one half-hour before closing time. Study Rooms 2, 3, and 4 are available for reservation online (at least 12 hours in advance) and by phone (anytime). Groups can reserve and use the study rooms for up to 3 hours per day.

(Procrastinator? Don’t worry! Study Room 1 is still available on a first-come, first-served basis for drop-in study sessions. You can also call the library to make same-day reservations.)

Study rooms for the use of current Lewis students for academic purposes only. Two or more students must be present to check out and occupy a study room, and the study room must be occupied by at least one member of the group at all times.

Ready to make a reservation? Follow these easy steps:

  1. Go to lewisu.libcal.com and click on Group Study Rooms on the far right.
  2. Select your desired study room, day, and time.
  3. Fill out the form with your name, Lewis email address, number of group members, and a brief description of what your group will be working on.
  4. Check your Lewis email for a confirmation message, and click the link provided to confirm your reservation.

IMPORTANT: If you do not click the link in the confirmation email within an hour of receiving the email, the room will not be held for you!

If you have any questions, or if you’d like to reserve a room by phone, call the Library Service Desk at (815) 836-5300.