This fall, we are hoping to have as normal an experience as possible, but some things may be a little different than expected. Let me assure you that the Loyola University Chicago Libraries’ priority is to serve our students, faculty, and staff while also protecting the health and safety of the community. We continue to provide services and are doing everything that we can to support learning, teaching, and research. While access to buildings and physical spaces may be somewhat limited, our librarians and staff are always ready to help. I am available via email and by appointment over Zoom throughout the summer and each semester. Click the "Email Me" or "Schedule Appointment" button to the left to contact me.
The University Libraries are comprised of five libraries and two archives spread across three Chicagoland campuses, plus the Rome Center. Since Fall of 2020, the Information Commons on the Lake Shore Campus and Lewis Library on the Water Tower Campus have been open for individual study and some limited on-site services. Quiet study spaces will continue to be available through the summer and fall but must be reserved in advance. Currently, physical books must be requested and scheduled in advance, and picked up at a designated contactless-pick up location. This may change over the summer, but we aren’t quite sure yet.
Some of you may not be in Chicago or on campus and may be concerned about how you will accomplish your research. Most of our library resources and services are available online.
Access to books and DVDs — Search our online catalog of one million physical books, including the Popular Reading and Curriculum collections, and DVDs between the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses.
Access to electronic resources — Loyola Libraries subscribe to over 400 databases for online journal subscriptions for peer-reviewed articles. Our online catalog provides access to thousands of academic ebooks, and streaming video services.
InterLibrary Loan — Any journal article not available through one of our 400 databases can be requested free of charge from other libraries. You can also request book chapters.
Get Help with all of the above! — Ask your personal librarian! I am available for reference and research assistance throughout your academic journey.
When you’re looking for articles for an assignment, there’s a whole different process. The catalog search is ineffective and not comprehensive for keyword or topical searching, particularly for education research. Instead, I will direct you to the Research Guide for Education (Education Main Research Guide), and a list of education databases you can use for your research. Below the catalog search box is a box called Research Guides. There’s a research guide for every discipline at Loyola. First choose Education, to get to the research guides related to Education. There are seven guides listed. The first two will be of interest to students in the Curriculum & Instruction program. Those two are particularly related to the Curriculum Collection at Lewis Library, that I previously mentioned is a large collection of children’s books and classroom materials to support teaching at PreK-12 levels, and similar resources online. The third one, the Education Main Research Guide, is of interest to everyone, regardless of program.
So, back to the top of the Education Research Guide. There’s a tab here that says “Databases (Article Search)”. Again, Loyola subscribes to over 400 databases and in the center column of this page you can see the over 20 databases related to Education, including the DSM-V online, ERIC, and several psychology databases. Most of these have full-text, but any article not immediately available online can be requested through InterLibrary Loan.
Back at the top, there is also a tab for Library Tutorials. This first one “Library Website Basics” is an orientation video similar to what I’m sharing with you today. The “Searching for Articles” video will take you through the steps of choosing my Top Five education databases and searching those efficiently. There is also a tutorial on searching the library catalog.
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