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Research Guide of the Week: EDUCATION EXTRAVAGANZA


Under the Education heading of the research guide list, there are several different guides that may help if you are an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in education or school counseling. Here is the list of guides for you to start exploring and utilizing in your studies:


Organization of School Counseling

Educational Research Resource Guide

Methods and Content of Teaching Mathematics

Methods and Content of Teaching Social Studies

Special Methods: Teaching Social Studies to Adolescents

Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities


In these guides, you can find book resources, web resources, databases specific to Education, and some helpful tutorials. The research librarian that heads this subject is Kelley Plass and you can contact her directly for help by making an appointment or reach out via chat. Good luck in your studies!


All About RefWorks!!

RefWorks is an excellent resource that is free to you through Lewis University, and by following the link on the library homepage, there is a research guide dedicated to teaching you all about this tool. There are so many ways to utilize this site that goes above and beyond the creation of citations. You can easily create bibliographies, share documents, create folders for different research projects, and more. Below is a list of some of the improvements to date:

Find and Capture:

  • RefWorks has the ability to recognize and import files from over 800 different databases and file formats
  • Save-to-RefWorks bookmarklet allows capture of references from web pages from thousands of web properties
  • Auto completion and verification of manual added references

Manage and Access:

  • Easily search full text in documents, folders and subfolders through powerful search capabilities
  • Retrieve references based on tags with the intuitive tag manager
  • Unlimited storage for references and full text

Share & Collaborate:

  • Read, annotate and highlight full-text documents in a collaborative environment
  • Work with PDFs, Office and Open Office documents
  • Share folders or references privately or with members of your institution

Export & Cite:

  • Supports over 4,000 different citation styles with a powerful citation style editor for customization
  • Add on and PlugIns: new RefWorks offers add-ins for both Google Docs and for Microsoft Word. Both allow insertion and formatting of citations, footnotes and bibliographies
  • For Linux and/or Open Office users, the new RefWorks also include the Quick Cite tool which lets users create bibliographies and citations within RefWorks for easy copy/paste into word processing documents

Internationalization: The new RefWorks supports the same languages as the legacy version; French, Italian, German, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, traditional and simplified Chinese.

How do you get started with RefWorks, you ask? Easy!
Create an Account

  1. Click on “Create Account” beneath the Next button.
  2. Enter your university email and follow the directions.

Import Citations from Databases to Create your RefWorks Database:

  1. Select save or export (depending on the database) and then select RefWorks.
  2. If you are not logged in, you will be requested to log in. The import will begin automatically.

Create a Bibliography:

  1. Select the desired items or click on the desired folder.
  2. Click on the quotation mark symbol.
  3. Select your output style and save.


As always, don’t hesitate to chat or make an appointment for help with your research assignments. We can help you set up your RefWorks and give any advice about the databases and general research questions that you may have.

Database of the Week!!

EBSCO eBook Academic Collection is a wonderful resource that is available to you through the library’s database list. You can find it under E in Databases A-Z, or under E in eBooks. This database boasts more than 140,000 titles in all subjects (art, business, tech, education, health & medicine, history, law, math, psych, theology, etc.) and helps when you are looking for an eBook to read for fun (check out the Fiction or True Crime categories!) or for classes that may require a book source.


If you need additional help using this database, we are available to help via chat (under Contact Us) and appointment!!

Research Guide of the Week!!


If you are taking, or will be taking, Diversity and Social Justice (Formerly Cultural Diversity and Intergroup Relations) then you have discovered that there may be some research required for projects and reports. There is a research guide to help located under Ethnic and Cultural Studies. This guide offers books, articles, and other sources to help you in this class and similar ones as well as any projects you may face pertaining to cultures around the world. Take a peek and browse the other guides we have available for a huge variety of other courses. Also, don’t forget that we are available to help via chat (under Contact Us) and appointment!!


Have you completed a Summon search and saw that you acquired almost a million results and are having trouble figuring out how to find the best matches to what you are looking for? Are you struggling to find ways to narrow down those results? Here is our easy step-by-step on the first ways to narrow down your search results:


Basic Summon Search: 3 Easy Steps

1. Go to the Library Website


2. Enter your search terms in the box under EASILY DISCOVER THE WORLD OF LIBRARY CONTENT
3. Click Search  





Refining Your Results:

1 Refine your results to get the best possible articles for your research
2 A.    On the left side of the screen, refine your search to include only articles that are available in full text online to eliminate frustration of not being able to access an article you need, when you need it.



B.    Click the second box if you need Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed articles for your research.

3 Determine the kind of information you are looking for and limit by content type
4 Change the publication date range as you see fit or as required by the assignment.
5 If you still have too many results, you can further refine your search by selecting specific subject terms that cover your topic. Click “more” to see all of the options available.


✰Tip: Select only one subject term to narrow the topic initially, then select “more” again if you still need to refine the results. This will give you the narrower results you expect.


These tips are a good start in narrowing down your initial results. You can use alternate search terms (key words) as well in order to vary the results you find. As always, don’t hesitate to chat or make an appointment for help with your research assignments.

Research guide of the week!!

Okay, this isn’t really a “guide” but it helps you navigate the guides and also helps you know who to talk to for subject specific research help. The research staff profiles help you get to know a little more about the librarians here to assist you. It will tell you which subjects they help with, which guides they cover, and where you can find them for assistance in the library. Research consultations (see yesterday’s post!) are available with Kristin, Andrew, and Kelley, so knowing who they are and what subject they can help with is a bonus. However, any of the research librarians and student research assistants can help answer many of your questions and can direct you further when necessary, so don’t hesitate to chat or make an appointment!

What is a research consultation and why do I need one?

A research consultation is a meeting between you and a librarian that is geared towards helping you complete assignments that may require outside sources. We can help you discover a topic or narrow down your ideas into a topic that can be used in a research assignment. If you are having trouble finding specific articles 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, so don’t hesitate to utilize these resources available to you!

Database of the week!!!

The Educator’s Edition of Explora highlights content relevant to teachers, including lessons plans, curriculum standards, and other professional development resources. It is affiliated with Ebscohost and searches multiple databases within the field of education. This is a great tool for Education majors, so check it out through going to the E’s in Library Databases A-Z.


As always, if you need additional research help, don’t hesitate to chat or make an appointment!

Research guide(s) of the week!!


Under the Research Guides page of the library site, there is a special little section called How Do I? This section of guides covers some library basics to help in multiple aspects of research and college life in general. Specifically, there are 3 important guides you should take a peek at:


Fly By Video — for DVD’s to watch for fun or for class, you can see lists of movies by genre that we have available to physically rent at the circulation desk. Each user can rent two movies for three days.


Interlibrary Loan and I-Share — for information about borrowing books and materials from other Illinois libraries and having them sent directly to Lewis to conveniently pick-up. This is also an


option for renting some of your textbooks, but we suggest you stop by the research desk or send us a chat on further information on this.


Understanding Scholarly Information — Did your professor ask you to only retrieve materials that are “peer-reviewed” or did they use words like “reputable” or “academic”? Are you confused at what this means and why you can’t just use good old Google or Wikipedia? This guide introduces WHY it’s important to use scholarly sources and HOW you can find them. Even if you think you understand, this guide offers easy to understand explanations that may assist you in beginning research on a new topic.


As always, if you need additional research help, don’t hesitate to chat or make an appointment!

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