Monthly Archives: October 2016

Upcoming Events Highlight LGBT History, Presidential Election

This fall, the Library is partnering with organizations and departments throughout campus to present several events commemorating LGBT History Month and the 2016 election season.

img_0663As part of the Office of Multicultural Student Services’ celebration of LGBT History Month, the Library will present a screening of the documentary From This Day Forward, which explores how a daughter and her family cope with her father’s transition from male to female. The screening will take place on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. in the Library Media Classroom. Cult & Civ points are available.

img_0662Throughout this election season, the Library has partnered with the Office of Student Development & Leadership and the University’s Civic Engagement Working Group to sponsor a series of election-related programs, including Presidential Debate Watch nights. As Election Day draws near, the Library will host a panel discussion on exploring issues such as first-time voters, race and social justice issues, and media and social media coverage of the election. Panelists will include Lewis faculty members Dr. Steven Nawara, Dr. Christie Billups, Dr. Jennifer Buntin, and Dr. Anne Rapp, as well as a student body representative. The panel will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. in the Library Media Classroom. Cult & Civ points are available.

Finally, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, the Library will co-sponsor a daylong series of election-related programs and services. The Student Union will become Election Central, with an information table where students can check their registration, find their polling place, and view their ballot. In addition, shuttles will transport resident students to the Romeoville High School polling place on the half hour. Snacks will be available, and the big-screen TV will be tuned to election news throughout the day and into the evening, when we’ll watch the returns come in and fill in our giant electoral map.


Need Research Help? Book a Librarian!

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

New A to Z databases page

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!