Category Archives: Electronic Resources

ProQuest Central

Welcome to the new ProQuest Central, Flyers!

ProQuest Central provides access to databases across all major subject areas, including business, health, social sciences, arts and humanities, education, STEM fields, and religion. It includes thousands of full-text scholarly journals, trade and professional titles, newspapers, magazines, dissertations, working papers, case studies, and market reports.

We now have more resources beyond IEEE for science and technologies that includes unmatched discipline-specific coverage spanning thousands of publications.

We hope you checkout the new ProQuest Central and find it as handy as we do, Flyers!

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 !!

Database Help

If you are wanting to look at a specific database (Ovid and other EBSCO databases especially), but it gives you an error message telling you that the login has timed out or that you need to be affiliated with the school to login, then try these suggestions:


  1. Can you access other library databases?

If this problem is only affecting OVID, then continue with the suggestions below.


  1. Can you access other websites (e.g. Google)?

If there is no problem with your web access, please continue to the next suggestion.



  1. Clear your browser cookies and cache (browser history).

 After you have cleared the cookies and browser history, try to connect to OVID again. If you are unsure how to clear your browser cache or cookies, please call the Help Desk at 815-836-5950.


  1. Try another web browser.

Firefox and Google Chrome are usually the most reliable, but some databases may have specific browser requirements.

If none of these solve the issue, please contact the Lewis University Library to report the problem. We are available to help via chat (under Contact Us) and appointment as well as email and phone.

Research Guide of the Week!

In keeping with Lasallian Heritage month, did you know there is a research guide that is dedicated to the Lasallian Collection that the library has to offer?

The Lasallian Collection at Lewis University contains information about the history of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, from its beginnings in the 17th century to the present day.

The Lasallian Collection at Lewis University is located on the main 1st floor of the library on the east wall near the large glass window.

Various types of materials in this collection include biographies of St. John Baptist de la Salle, select biographies of brothers from the time of the Founder in 17th Century France to the current day, Institute documents, books and articles and pamphlets written by brothers, materials on Lasallian pedagogy, publications from various USA provinces, financial and statistical reports, books on Lasallian spirituality and prayer, and several videos on Lasallian themes.

Items within the Lasallian Collection are non-circulating.  However, with the assistance of library staff, certain items may be photocopied or scanned.

Items on Lasallian themes within the regular Lewis Library collection may be checked out in the usual way.

Brother David Kuebler, our very own reference librarian, is the key person to ask if you have any questions pertaining to the Christian Brothers or Lasallian Heritage. And as always, if you need any support in your research assignment, feel free to make an appointment or reach out via chat (under Contact Us).

Database(s) of the Week!!! Government Information

If you are in a class that may require special databases that allow you to quickly find information specific to the United States, our government, and government organizations, look under this list of databases and they may lead you to some quality information that can be cited in your research papers:


Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)

American FactFinder

Bureau of Justice Statistics

Bureau of Labor Statistics

CDC National Center for Health Statistics

EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval)

Gun Regulation and Legislation in America

Historical Statistics of the United States

Homeland Security Digital Library


Military & Government Collection

National Criminal Justice Reference Service

National Institute of Corrections

National Institutes of Health

Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis)

Sanborn Maps of Illinois

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture, & Law


If you need additional help using any of these databases, we are available to help via chat (under Contact Us) and appointment!!

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.


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.

Database of the week!!!

The Educator’s Edition of Explora highlights content relevant to teachers, including lessons plans, curriculum standards, and other professional development resources. It is affiliated with Ebscohost and searches multiple databases within the field of education. This is a great tool for Education majors, so check it out through going to the E’s in Library Databases A-Z.


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

Research guide(s) of the week!!


Under the Research Guides page of the library site, there is a special little section called How Do I? This section of guides covers some library basics to help in multiple aspects of research and college life in general. Specifically, there are 3 important guides you should take a peek at:


Fly By Video — for DVD’s to watch for fun or for class, you can see lists of movies by genre that we have available to physically rent at the circulation desk. Each user can rent two movies for three days.


Interlibrary Loan and I-Share — for information about borrowing books and materials from other Illinois libraries and having them sent directly to Lewis to conveniently pick-up. This is also an


option for renting some of your textbooks, but we suggest you stop by the research desk or send us a chat on further information on this.


Understanding Scholarly Information — Did your professor ask you to only retrieve materials that are “peer-reviewed” or did they use words like “reputable” or “academic”? Are you confused at what this means and why you can’t just use good old Google or Wikipedia? This guide introduces WHY it’s important to use scholarly sources and HOW you can find them. Even if you think you understand, this guide offers easy to understand explanations that may assist you in beginning research on a new topic.


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

Database of the week!!!

Great for business, criminal justice, and political science majors:

Nexis Uni, the successor of LexisNexis Academic, provides full-text access to over 15,000 news, business, and legal sources. The news coverage includes deep archives and up-to-the-minute stories in national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language news services. Use the Company Dossier module to retrieve detailed company information and financial performance measures or identify and compare companies matching specific criteria. This product also provides access to the Shepard’s Citations service for all federal and state court cases 1789-present.

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