Category Archives: New in the Library

Get Your Research Off to a Good Start with Credo

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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.

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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

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

Meet the (New) Librarian: Betsy Sterner

The Library’s newest staff member is Research and Instruction Librarian Betsy Sterner. Betsy is the liaison librarian for the College of Nursing and Health Professions and the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics, and Sport and Exercise Science. You can reach her by email at esterner(at)lewisu(dot)edu, or just stop by the Library and say hi!

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Welcome to Lewis University Library, Betsy!  What aspects of your new position as Research and Instruction Librarian (Nursing and STEM) are you most excited about? 

I am most excited to get to know the students and faculty!

What made you decide to become a librarian? What is your favorite part of the job?  

I became an academic research librarian because I wanted a position in which I could integrate my interest in information science with my background in STEM and still work with faculty and students. My favorite part of the job is helping people discover information!

Before becoming a librarian, you were a high-school biology and German teacher. How has your teaching background informed your work as a librarian?

As a librarian, I have a lot of contact with students, faculty, and staff. My background in teaching has given me years of experience helping people.

What are you passionate about?

I love to travel.  I’ve traveled throughout the US, Europe, southern Africa, and Asia. I also enjoy learning natural and programming languages.

If you had a year off with pay (hypothetically, of course!), what would you do?

I’d travel! My first destination would be Iceland. After that, I’d want to travel to many new destinations.

What are you reading (or what was the last book you read)?

Rick Steves’ Croatia and Slovenia. Trip preparation is a requirement!

Kick Off the School Year at Back to the Books Bash

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Looking for a way to celebrate (almost) making it through your first week of the new semester? Mark your calendars for the Lewis University Library’s first annual Back to the Books Bash, coming up on Thursday, August 31 from noon to 3 p.m.

Join us on the Library Veranda for free food and games of every kind–board games, lawn games, giant games, and more. We will also be firing up the button maker if you’re feeling crafty.

(If the weather is bad, look for us in the Library Media Classroom.)

For more information about the Back to the Books Bash, contact Lindsay Harmon at harmonli (at) lewisu (dot) edu or ext. 5672.

We hope to see you there!


Library Announces “Create Your Own Graphic Novel” Contest

Create your own diverse superhero origin story--enter our graphic novel contest!

Ms. Marvel. Black Panther. Iceman. Who will be the next diverse superhero?

The Lewis University Library invites all current students, faculty, and staff to add a character to the rapidly expanding universe of superheroes from diverse backgrounds. Submit your diverse superhero origin story to our contest and your work could be digitized and added to the Library’s new graphic novels collection.

What makes a diverse superhero? As defined by the American Library Association, diverse content includes the following:

  • Non-white main and/or secondary characters
  • LGBT main and/or secondary characters
  • Disabled main and/or secondary characters
  • Issues about race or racism
  • LGBT issues
  • Issues about religion
  • Issues about disability and/or mental illness
  • Non-western settings

Submissions should be emailed to Maria Emerson ( by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 14 and should conform to the following specifications:

  • 1 to 5 pages in length (may be an entire work or an excerpt from a longer work)
  • Original artwork (hand-drawn or digital) and text
  • PDF or JPG format
  • Created by an individual or a group of no more than two people
  • One entry per person/group

Submissions will be reviewed during Lewis University’s Diversity Week (April 24 through 28) by a panel of Lewis faculty and staff and staff from local comic book stores.

A grand prize and honorable mention will be awarded in each category. Winners will be announced via social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), and displayed in the Library’s first-floor art gallery area. Winning submissions will be published as an eBook and added to the Library’s graphic novels collection and institutional repository.

For more information, contact Maria Emerson or Kelley Plass.

“The Librarian is in” at New Research Consultation Station

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Are you a commuter student who wants to make the most of the time you spend on campus?

Have you been out of school for awhile and could use a refresher on the ins and outs of library research, especially the databases?

Are you doing in-depth research for a capstone, Celebration of Scholarship, or Scholars Academy project?

Are you taking a research methods course for a major such as Nursing, History, Theology, JLPSS, Political Science, or Organizational Leadership?

Are you a graduate student researching a thesis, dissertation, or project?

Are you a lifelong learner looking for more effective ways to find information for your job, career, or personal life?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Library’s Research Consultation service is perfect for you!

A research consultation is a one-on-one appointment with a research librarian. Ideal for in-depth research 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 new Research Consultation Station, you’ll have the librarian’s undivided attention.

To schedule a research consultation, visit 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, De La Salle Hall’s Courtyard Cafe, or at Lewis’ Oak Brook campus.

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 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

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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!

Win your own study room for a day!

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**The contest is now closed. Congratulations to Bartosz Pyszowski, the Fall 2015 Library V.I.P.!

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

Beginning Monday (11/16), visit the Library’s Facebook page to enter. Here’s how:

  • Like the official contest announcement
  • Post a comment telling us why you want to be the Library V.I.P.

Do both to increase your chances of winning!

We will randomly select one winner from all entries received by midnight on Thursday (11/19). The winner will be contacted via their Lewis University email and Facebook direct message on the morning of Friday, 11/20 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, 11/23 to select their preferred study room reservation date.

Visit us on Facebook between now and Thursday, 11/19: You might become the Lewis University Library VIP!

New in the Library: Group Study Room Reservations

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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 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.

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