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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!

What’s black and white and read all over? Newspapers!!

Did you know the library has a huge assortment of periodicals (Newspapers, Journals, & Magazines) that we subscribe to both in print and online?

Sometimes it can be really beneficial to physically flip through a resource such as a current newspaper or science magazine/journal in order to gain ideas for an assignment. Maybe the assignment itself is to find a newspaper or magazine article on a certain topic, or you could see what is new in the world which can give you an idea for paper or project. There is a whole section of periodicals in the library on the 1st floor that you can find the latest editions of printed newspapers, journals, magazines, graphic novels, and comics! If you can’t find the section or something specific, feel free to ask and we would LOVE to show you! There are current, local newspapers in the front of the library near the elevator that you are able to look at as well.

 

We also get access online to several newspapers which you can find a list of HERE. The cool thing about this list is you can find historic articles from the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, or The Wall Street Journal dating all the way back to the late 1800’s!

 

As always, don’t hesitate to chat (under Contact Us) or make an appointment for one-on-one help with your research assignments.

Database of the Week!!

ERIC (EBSCO) 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!!

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.

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