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What’s black and white and read all over? Newspapers!!

Did you know the library has a huge assortment of periodicals (Newspapers, Journals, & Magazines) that we subscribe to both in print and online?

Sometimes it can be really beneficial to physically flip through a resource such as a current newspaper or science magazine/journal in order to gain ideas for an assignment. Maybe the assignment itself is to find a newspaper or magazine article on a certain topic, or you could see what is new in the world which can give you an idea for paper or project. There is a whole section of periodicals in the library on the 1st floor that you can find the latest editions of printed newspapers, journals, magazines, graphic novels, and comics! If you can’t find the section or something specific, feel free to ask and we would LOVE to show you! There are current, local newspapers in the front of the library near the elevator that you are able to look at as well.


We also get access online to several newspapers which you can find a list of HERE. The cool thing about this list is you can find historic articles from the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, or The Wall Street Journal dating all the way back to the late 1800’s!


As always, don’t hesitate to chat (under Contact Us) or make an appointment for one-on-one help with your research assignments.

Research Guide of the Week: EDUCATION EXTRAVAGANZA


Under the Education heading of the research guide list, there are several different guides that may help if you are an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in education or school counseling. Here is the list of guides for you to start exploring and utilizing in your studies:


Organization of School Counseling

Educational Research Resource Guide

Methods and Content of Teaching Mathematics

Methods and Content of Teaching Social Studies

Special Methods: Teaching Social Studies to Adolescents

Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities


In these guides, you can find book resources, web resources, databases specific to Education, and some helpful tutorials. The research librarian that heads this subject is Kelley Plass and you can contact her directly for help by making an appointment or reach out via chat. Good luck in your studies!


All About RefWorks!!

RefWorks is an excellent resource that is free to you through Lewis University, and by following the link on the library homepage, there is a research guide dedicated to teaching you all about this tool. There are so many ways to utilize this site that goes above and beyond the creation of citations. You can easily create bibliographies, share documents, create folders for different research projects, and more. Below is a list of some of the improvements to date:

Find and Capture:

  • RefWorks has the ability to recognize and import files from over 800 different databases and file formats
  • Save-to-RefWorks bookmarklet allows capture of references from web pages from thousands of web properties
  • Auto completion and verification of manual added references

Manage and Access:

  • Easily search full text in documents, folders and subfolders through powerful search capabilities
  • Retrieve references based on tags with the intuitive tag manager
  • Unlimited storage for references and full text

Share & Collaborate:

  • Read, annotate and highlight full-text documents in a collaborative environment
  • Work with PDFs, Office and Open Office documents
  • Share folders or references privately or with members of your institution

Export & Cite:

  • Supports over 4,000 different citation styles with a powerful citation style editor for customization
  • Add on and PlugIns: new RefWorks offers add-ins for both Google Docs and for Microsoft Word. Both allow insertion and formatting of citations, footnotes and bibliographies
  • For Linux and/or Open Office users, the new RefWorks also include the Quick Cite tool which lets users create bibliographies and citations within RefWorks for easy copy/paste into word processing documents

Internationalization: The new RefWorks supports the same languages as the legacy version; French, Italian, German, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, traditional and simplified Chinese.

How do you get started with RefWorks, you ask? Easy!
Create an Account

  1. Click on “Create Account” beneath the Next button.
  2. Enter your university email and follow the directions.

Import Citations from Databases to Create your RefWorks Database:

  1. Select save or export (depending on the database) and then select RefWorks.
  2. If you are not logged in, you will be requested to log in. The import will begin automatically.

Create a Bibliography:

  1. Select the desired items or click on the desired folder.
  2. Click on the quotation mark symbol.
  3. Select your output style and save.


As always, don’t hesitate to chat or make an appointment for help with your research assignments. We can help you set up your RefWorks and give any advice about the databases and general research questions that you may have.


Have you completed a Summon search and saw that you acquired almost a million results and are having trouble figuring out how to find the best matches to what you are looking for? Are you struggling to find ways to narrow down those results? Here is our easy step-by-step on the first ways to narrow down your search results:


Basic Summon Search: 3 Easy Steps

1. Go to the Library Website


2. Enter your search terms in the box under EASILY DISCOVER THE WORLD OF LIBRARY CONTENT
3. Click Search  





Refining Your Results:

1 Refine your results to get the best possible articles for your research
2 A.    On the left side of the screen, refine your search to include only articles that are available in full text online to eliminate frustration of not being able to access an article you need, when you need it.



B.    Click the second box if you need Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed articles for your research.

3 Determine the kind of information you are looking for and limit by content type
4 Change the publication date range as you see fit or as required by the assignment.
5 If you still have too many results, you can further refine your search by selecting specific subject terms that cover your topic. Click “more” to see all of the options available.


✰Tip: Select only one subject term to narrow the topic initially, then select “more” again if you still need to refine the results. This will give you the narrower results you expect.


These tips are a good start in narrowing down your initial results. You can use alternate search terms (key words) as well in order to vary the results you find. As always, don’t hesitate to chat or make an appointment for help with your research assignments.

Research guide of the week!!

Okay, this isn’t really a “guide” but it helps you navigate the guides and also helps you know who to talk to for subject specific research help. The research staff profiles help you get to know a little more about the librarians here to assist you. It will tell you which subjects they help with, which guides they cover, and where you can find them for assistance in the library. Research consultations (see yesterday’s post!) are available with Kristin, Andrew, and Kelley, so knowing who they are and what subject they can help with is a bonus. However, any of the research librarians and student research assistants can help answer many of your questions and can direct you further when necessary, so don’t hesitate to chat or make an appointment!

What is a research consultation and why do I need one?

A research consultation is a meeting between you and a librarian that is geared towards helping you complete assignments that may require outside sources. We can help you discover a topic or narrow down your ideas into a topic that can be used in a research assignment. If you are having trouble finding specific articles 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, so don’t hesitate to utilize these resources available to you!

Research guide of the week!!

Need some help in College Writing? There’s a research guide for that! From narrowing down topic ideas to finding sources, this guide can get you started.

ALSO….Use the Summon search results to find additional or alternate KEY WORDS to use in your searches. For example, if you search “African-American” AND “Chicago” AND “Poverty” and you look at one of the articles that comes up, suggested subject terms are revealed when you click preview.

If you need additional research help, don’t hesitate to chat or make an appointment!


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 the visual. As always, don’t hesitate to contact the Library Research department if you need additional research help via chat or an appointment.

Database of the Week!!!

If you need a specific database catered towards the wonderful world of all things nursing, look no further than CINAHL Complete. Located under the C’s in the “Databases A-Z” link on the library homepage, this database offers a comprehensive source of full-text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 1,300 journals indexed in CINAHL. In addition, this database offers access to health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, educational software, audiovisuals and book chapters. If you need additional research help, don’t hesitate to chat with us or make an appointment!

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