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I can’t……why can’t I

“Hey, who turned off the lights?!”

So you go to use the library’s databases or you’re doing a preliminary exploration of Primo, and you get an error screen.

What………..do you DO?!

Check out our FAQ page b/c the answer to your predicament just might be there. Still don’t see what you’re looking for? Initiate a chat or send us an email, and we will suss you right out!

Don’t Neglect Google Scholar

Google is our friend.

When you are researching your topic in Primo and you come across an article that we do not have access to, don’t forget to check Google Scholar!

Scroll down to check the Google Scholar link FIRST!

You can find the link to Google Scholar right on the article’s request page. Instead of clicking on the “Request via Interlibrary Loan” link, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Search in Google Scholar” link.

Your article can be found on the right hand side with the pre-fix [PDF].

If your item is available in Google Scholar, you will see an item listed to the right of the results. Always click on the link to make sure the ENTIRE article is available. If it is, there is no need to submit that interlibrary loan request. The article is all yours for the taking!

If you still have questions, please let one of our staff members know and we will be happy to help.

Don’t forget to check out this other handy and helpful tip to link our Lewis Library catalog to your Google Scholar search!

I-Share’s Back ALRIGHT!

We’re gonna bring the flavor show you how

You can now borrow from over 91 libraries in Illinois. All you have to do is login to I-Share with your Lewis credentials (same as MyLewis).

Click on “All I-Share Libraries” and search for your item. Click on the title of your item, and scroll down to the “How to Get It” section.

You will see all of the institutions that have that item. Click on the arrow to the right of I-Share and a form will appear.

Verify that the information is correct and click on “Send Request.” That’s it! Your request has been submitted. If you want to check on the status of your request, renew your loans, or check on fines/fees, etc. you can click on your name in the upper right corner of the screen and select “My Library Card.”

We don’t recommend requesting textbooks via I-Share, as many textbooks are not lend-able by other institutions, and loan periods are usually only one month tops with no renewals.

Textbooks can be located and purchased at the Lewis University Bookstore.

Searching with Google Scholar

Did you know you can hook up Google Scholar to our new Primo discovery tool? Check out these steps below!

1. Go to https://scholar.google.com/

2. Log into your Google account. (will work without logging in, but you may need to repeat this set-up if you clear browser cookies)

3. Click on the 3 bars (=) on the upper left side to open the menu options.

4. Click the gear icon for Settings.

5. Click on “Library links.”

6. If you have the old “Full Text @ Lewis Library” selected, uncheck that box to remove it.

7. Search for Lewis University.

8. Select “Lewis University – Find It! @ Lewis Library”

9. Start searching Google Scholar and enjoy seeing the links to our content in Primo!

Interlibrary Loan is FREE!

It can be supremely frustrating when you think you’ve found the most perfect article for your project, but then you find out there is a PAYWALL.

Don’t go full Vader just yet! There is Interlibrary Loan. And? It’s FREE!

You just need to look up your article in our new Primo discovery tool (make sure you have selected the “Expand My Results” check box in the upper left corner of the screen. Then select the permalink for your article and click “Request Article via Interlibrary Loan form” at the top of your screen.

It will look like this:

Then simply fill out the form as completely as you can. You should receive your article or chapter for FREE within 3-5 business days!

Returning books – what do I do?

Whether you are graduating this semester or are planning on returning in the fall, you have a few options.

  • You can wait until the Library is open again to return your books – no fines or fees will be assessed.
  • If you want to return books you checked out before the library is open, you can come to campus with your student ID and park in parking lot L.
    • Then drop the book into the library book drop located on the campus side of the LRC. (see pic if you have no idea where that is)
  • I-Share Books: If you are closer to another campus, you can drop your book off at the library of any college or university that is a member of I-share (as long as the campus is allowing visitors).
  • Out of state – or can’t get to campus? Once the Library has reopened,  we will send you an envelope so you can mail it back to us.
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