Category Archives: Electronic Resources

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!

Summon Search Box Workaround: Use Firefox, Chrome

The Summon search box on the Library’s homepage is temporarily unavailable in Internet Explorer and mobile browsers.

The issue, which occurred during an August 25 upgrade by the vendor, does not affect other browsers.

You can still access Summon in one of these two ways:

  1. Use the direct link to the Lewis University Library Summon search page:!/
  2. View the Library’s homepage using a different browser such as Firefox or Chrome.

The vendor hopes to have a fix in place by Friday, September 2.

Thank you for your patience, and we apologize for the inconvenience. If you need additional assistance, please contact the Research Desk at 815-836-5306.

Learn More about Black History

Books by and about African Americans are on display in the first floor Periodicals area.

Books by and about African Americans are on display in the first floor Periodicals area.

February is Black History Month. Explore these online resources to learn more about black history and culture, or stop by the Library’s first floor lobby and in the Periodicals area and check out our displays containing books and movies by and about African Americans.

Black Thought and Culture
Black Thought and Culture contains more than 1,300 sources focusing on the published nonfiction works of leading African Americans, including interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamphlets, letters and other fugitive material. In some cases, the complete published non-fiction works are included.

Ethnic NewsWatch
Ethnic NewsWatch is actually two databases in one. Ethnic NewsWatch: A History offers a rare collection of more than 30 full-text titles from the African American, Hispanic American, and Native American presses from 1959-1989. Ethnic NewsWatch covers 1990 to the present and includes newspapers (including the Chicago Defender), magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press, providing researchers access to essential, often overlooked perspectives.

Black Literature Criticism
Black Literature Criticism is a publication that focuses on writers and works published since 1950. The majority of the authors surveyed are African American, but representative African and Caribbean authors are also included. It provides beautiful illustrations of the authors, along with a great look into the works of notable authors such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Octavia Butler, Ousmane Sembene, and many more.