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Library books and Textbooks in the time of Covid-19

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, none of the libraries are lending materials. However, there are options for you to get digital textbooks for free for this semester only.

RedShelf Access:

  1. ​Visit RedShelf’s login page for RedShelf Responds. You must create an account with your institutional (lewisu.edu) email address.
  2. Once you confirm your email, you can sign in and search for books by title, ISBN, or author in the ‘borrow your text’ search box.
  3. Once you find a title, click on details for the title you want and look for the ADD TO MY SHELF option. That will open a read now option – and also put the book on your “shelf” to return to again.

If you do not see the textbook you need there – this is another option:

  • Vital Source Access:
    1. Visit Vitalsource’s Bookshelf login page and follow the instructions to create an account. You must create an account with your institutional (lewisu.edu) email address.
    2. Once you confirm your email, you can sign in and search for books by title, ISBN,  or author.
    3. When you find the title, just hover over it and click ‘borrow’. Users can borrow up to 7 titles.

Practice Social Distancing

Your Lewis library is open this week for our Lewis student population. We ask that everyone please practice good social distancing while on library and Lewis grounds, and remain at least 6 feet from the nearest person.

We will continue to serve you through online chat, email, and telephone.

Thank you so much for your continued cooperation during this stressful time.

Library Services during COVID-19

With the well-being of all members of the Lewis University community our highest priority, we are taking several steps in response to the global Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.  For more information from the university, please reference this page: https://www.lewisu.edu/covid-19/index.htm 

 

At this time there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus on campus.

 

A variety of online academic support resources are available to all students, including from the Center for Academic Success and Enrichment (CASE), Academic Services, the Library, Career Services, and the Writing Center. In addition, Student Success Coordinators are available via phone, e-mail, and video conference to assist and support students. Please visit this link for a complete listing of these resources, as well as contact information.

Here are our current library services available to the Lewis Community:

  • Space open-social distancing
    • Our space is open for our patrons.  We do ask that all patrons remain 6ft apart from each other and practice social distancing when utilizing the space.
    • From Saturday March 14th – Sunday March 22nd, we will be open from 8:30a-5p Monday – Friday, and 10a-4p on Saturdays. We will be closed on Sunday.
      • Please reference the library’s website or social media for up-to-date hours beyond this time.

Interlibrary Loans

So you are searching for an article in Google or Google Scholar and you hit a page like this. That’s the end right?

WRONG!

Look up the article title in Summon, check that “add results beyond your library’s collection” box and request that article via interlibrary loan FOR FREE!

You should never have to pay for an article you need for a paper.  Let the library get the article for you.

Questions?  Initiate a chat with a library staff member today!

Database of the Week

ERIC 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 !!

Don’t Wait! Consultate!

Admittedly, consultate isn’t a word, but CONSULTATION is and by definition
that means a formal meeting with an expert to discuss a topic. A research
consultation is a meeting between you and a librarian that is geared towards
helping you complete research assignments. We can help you discover a
topic or help to just narrow down broad ideas into a topic that can be used in
a research assignment. If you are having trouble finding specific articles to
cite that match your topic, we can help you with navigating our online
databases. If you’ve hit a dead end in your research assignment and would
like some one-on-one support to ease your frustrations, then sign up for an
appointment online, call, or stop by the research desk in the library. A
librarian or a peer research assistant are also available to chat with you
online and answer questions through email during normal library hours, so
don’t hesitate to utilize any of these resources available to you!

A Reminder: Requesting Articles Through Summon

If you are searching for an article using Summon , and the full text isn’t
available for you, you can request the article through interlibrary loan. Most
articles that are from sources we have access to will say “Full Text Online”
and send you to the journal where you can easily find a link to the pdf
version. However, if under the article title and details it says “Citation
Online”, you can click the TITLE of the article, click REQUEST, and on the
right hand side click REQUEST VIA INTERLIBRARY LOAN. See the figure
below for a visual map of a search result.

As always, don’t hesitate to contact the Library Research department if you
need additional research help via chat (under Contact Us) or make an
appointment for some one-on-one help.

Writing a Lit Review? READ ABOUT THIS GUIDE!

This week we want to highlight the Educational Research Resource Guide. Located under Education in the Research Guide list, this guide is an amazing resource, especially for graduate students in the College of Education. There are books on school management & leadership as well as ones on teaching & learning located under the Education Books tab. There are also databases highlighted especially for this discipline such as Explora, ERIC, Education Research Complete, Teaching Professor, and more!

 

Are you writing a literature review? There is an entire section in this guide dedicated to helping you understand what a lit review is and how to write one. There are videos as well as additional resources linked in order to help you do your very best.

 

As always, feel free to make an appointment or reach out via chat (under Contact Us).

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!

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