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Database of the week!!!

Great for business, criminal justice, and political science majors:

Nexis Uni, the successor of LexisNexis Academic, provides full-text access to over 15,000 news, business, and legal sources. The news coverage includes deep archives and up-to-the-minute stories in national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language news services. Use the Company Dossier module to retrieve detailed company information and financial performance measures or identify and compare companies matching specific criteria. This product also provides access to the Shepard’s Citations service for all federal and state court cases 1789-present.

Database of the Week!!!

If you need a specific database catered towards the wonderful world of all things nursing, look no further than CINAHL Complete. Located under the C’s in the “Databases A-Z” link on the library homepage, this database offers a comprehensive source of full-text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 1,300 journals indexed in CINAHL. In addition, this database offers access to health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, educational software, audiovisuals and book chapters. If you need additional research help, don’t hesitate to chat with us or make an appointment!

Winter Break

Hello, Flyers!  We hope you have been having a great Winter Break so far.  We are looking forward to seeing you again next week when the Spring Semester begins.

We wanted to remind you of a few databases that you as current Lewis students, faculty and staff, have free access to:

Financial Times:  The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading news organisations, recognized internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Wall Street Journal:  Winner of 37 Pulitzer Prizes for outstanding journalism, The Wall Street Journal includes coverage of U.S. and world news, politics, arts, culture, lifestyle, sports, health and more. It’s a critical resource of curated content in print, online and mobile apps, complete with breaking news streams, interactive features, video, online columns and blogs. Since 1889, readers have trusted the Journal for accurate, objective information to fuel their decisions as well as enlighten, educate and inspire them.

Safari:  Access more than 40,000 books, videos, tutorials, case studies, and learning paths in the areas of business, computer science, engineering, mathematics, digital media, design, leadership, and more.

Nexis Uni:  Nexis Uni, the successor of LexisNexis Academic, provides full-text access to over 15,000 news, business, and legal sources.  The news coverage includes deep archives and up-to-the-minute stories in national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language news services.

…And so much more!  If you have any questions about any of these awesome electronic resources, please let us know!

Introducing Safari

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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!

Try it out today!

Get Informed (and Win $60K) with WSJ

Free access to WSJ.com.

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:

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.

Want Your Own Study Room During Super Study? Enter Our Contest!

*** And the winner is … Vivica Phillips! ***

This semester during Super Study*, get the VIP treatment from the Lewis University Library: win your own study room on the day of your choice!

Beginning Monday (11/13), follow us @lewisulibrary on Instagram and Twitter and watch for our official contest announcement. There are two ways to enter:

  • Retweet the official contest announcement (Twitter)
  • Like the official contest announcement photo (Instagram)

Do both to increase your chances of winning!

We will randomly select one winner from all entries received by midnight on Thursday (11/16). The winner will be contacted via their Lewis University email, Twitter direct message, or Instagram mention on the morning of Friday, 11/17 and must respond by 5:00 p.m. that day. If they do not respond, a new winner will be selected.

The winning student will have until midnight on Monday, 11/20 to select their preferred study room reservation date and time (any 12-hour period during library hours between Sunday, 12/3 and Friday, 12/15).

Enter to win on Twitter and Instagram starting Monday, 11/13: You might become the Lewis University Library VIP!

*Super Study takes place during the last 2 weeks of each semester (for Fall 2017, that’s Sunday, 12/3 through Friday, 12/15) and includes extended service hours and expanded academic support for Lewis students. For more information, visit the CASE webpage.

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

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.

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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.

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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

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.

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