Category Archives: Resource

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Resource Spotlight: Research Guides

Research Guides are online guides that provide quick access to databases, websites, books, ebooks and other resources on a given topic or for a specific class or assignment. Research Guides are a great starting point for your research, and have been created in consultation with your instructor.

It does what it says: it “guides your research” to the best sources to begin with on that topic. Guides are set up with tabs that lead you to subtopics within that guide, such as article databases, websites, books/ ebooks, citing, choosing a topic, search strategies, and more.


To get started, click on Research Guides on the main library webpage.

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Find your topic on the alphabetical list. Then explore the guides either by the subject area or the guide created for your particular class. It’s that easy!

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To use resources off campus, you will need to activate your student ID with the Circulation Desk (847-214-7337 or

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Resource Spotlight: Ethnic News Watch

proquestEthnic News Watch is a database that covers both current and past newspapers, magazines, and journals from ethnic, minority, and native presses. The complete collection also includes the module Ethnic NewsWatch: A History™, which provides historical coverage of Native American, African American, and Hispanic American periodicals from 1959-1989.

This full-text collection covers more than 2.5 million articles from over 340 publications. It is a great place to research on topics related to:

    • Ethnic groups
    • Minorities
    • Multi-cultural
    • Human rights
    • Activism
    • …and individual ethnicities from around the globe
–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian




Resource Spotlight: Nexis Uni

SocialBanner nexisReplacing Lexis Nexis is a new, academic based database from Lexis called Nexis Uni.

This database provides a wide variety of authoritative sources, including: newspapers, broadcast transcripts from the major television and radio networks; wire services; non-English language news sources, and legal sources such as law reviews and case law.

Nexis Uni is currently available to on-campus users only.

To learn more about Nexis Uni, check out this video:

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian

Studying for finals making you stressed? Get a study room!

Don’t make yourself crazy–check out a study room if you need quiet or want to work on a group project.

Study rooms:

*Are checked out on your library account at the library’s Circulation Desk on the first floor;

*Cannot be reserved: they are first come, first served, for three hour increments (you and the key must stay in the library during your 3 hour check-out period);

*May contain flat screens that can be hooked up to a laptop;

*On the first floor contain large whiteboards.  Other rooms may have small whiteboards;

*Come in various sizes, so rooms can accommodate as few as 1-2 people, and up to 10 people.

Contact the Circulation Desk for more information or come to the library to check one out! If you have other questions, check out the library’s FAQ on study spaces here.



For faculty (and students): Interlibrary Loan


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What is Interlibrary Loan:
Interlibrary Loan is the process by which the library will request materials not available in our own collection. Items are delivered to the library and you can pick them up and check them out just like any other library item. Items are usually free.

Why you should care:
This means that you can get just about any item you want, from any library, without having to try to find it yourself, for free.

The service includes books, journal articles, DVDs, videos, and other materials.

Plan ahead–sometimes items  can come quickly, but giving a week to 10 days for the item is a good rule of thumb.

Need to use it?
You can find the policies and form here.

For questions, contact Armando Trejo, Archives/Interlibrary Loan Librarian at (847) 214-7141.


Resource Spotlight: READ IT! Database for ESL/ELL

EBSCO’s Read It! database “was created for anyone who has a good foundation in English grammar and reading skills. It is a place to find reading material about many subjects. Articles are short, and written to support your reading skills as you learn about topics in English that you need for school and everyday life.”

Highlights include:

  • ELL reading level/lexile information available for each article.
  • Users can HIGHLIGHT and LISTEN to a term in context to enable better comprehension.
  • Comprehension tests are available at the end of many articles, with a mix of multiple choice and fill in the blank.  This helps students to test their level of understanding.
  • Users can use REFINE to choose a specific reading level.
  • In an Advanced Search, the user can choose a specific reading level.
  • Articles can be emailed, printed, saved, and cited.

The library has an ESL/ELL Research Guide with additional resources. Within this guide is a tab that provides more in-depth coverage of the READ IT! database.

If you have any questions about the database or using it as a faculty or a student, please contact the library.

—Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian



Resource Spotlight: HeinOnline Immigration Law and Policy

HeinOnlineThe Immigration Law and Policy database from HeinOnline offers a compilation of important historical documents and legislation related to immigration in the United States as well as current hearings, debates and recent developments in immigration law. This database includes BIA Precedent Decisions, legislative histories, law and policy titles, extradition titles, scholarly articles, an extensive bibliography, and other related works.

Containing 1,580 titles and over 2,100 volumes, this is a great place to send students working on sociology, political science, current events, law, hot topics in the news, and even for personal interest.

If you have questions about using the database, please contact us!

–Written by Maria Bagshaw, Reference/Instruction Librarian