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The Library: Not just for students!

Are you a faculty member here at Lewis? Are you doing your own research or need support for your classroom’s research needs?

Oh boy do we have you covered!! You can request a librarian to come to your class in person or online with this simple handy-dandy form: https://lewisu.libwizard.com/f/instruction

Easier than the “That was Easy” button!

You are also welcome to chat with our staff at any time using our chat feature located on the library’s homepage or via the chat pop-up located in Primo or our A-Z Database page.

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We look forward to hearing from you soon!

All the News That’s Fit to Print

Does this ever happen to you, Flyers?

Just LET ME READ IT!

No worries! Your Lewis University Library has access to many newspapers electronically, including: the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, and MORE!

You can access our newspapers by heading directly to our A-Z database link here:

Clicky-Clicky!

Or you can search for newspaper articles directly in Primo! Make sure to sign in using your MyLewis account information!

Select Newspaper search…
and browse away!

Let us know if you have any questions!

How do I access articles in Primo?

So you’ve logged in and have your keywords all set up and you see your results list.

Now how do you access your article?!

The red square has your answers!

Under View Online, click on one of the database titles to be taken directly to your article in the database. If your article doesn’t show up in one, try another! Holdings can vary from database to database. You can even click on the Unpaywall link to be taken to an OpenAccess version of the article, which is the same article that you will find in one of our databases!

Happy Searching, Flyers!

Final paper got you stressed?

It’s nearly time to submit that final paper for your class, but you’ve run into a dead end. How can you find the type and number of resources that your teacher requires?!

We have you covered. Make an appointment with one of our research librarians who will happily walk you through how to use our new Primo Discover Tool, and show you all the tips and tricks to suit your research needs.

Make a zoom appointment or a phone appointment!

Need help with the paper itself? Contact the Writing Center! They can do everything from proofreading to helping you with your citations.

Good luck on your finals, Flyers!

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!

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