How-To-Tuesday: MY-ILL


In this week’s installment, Megan is in search of the book Mr. Show What Happened?!? The Complete Story and Episode Guide. Brookens doesn’t have it! I-Share doesn’t have it! Should she give up? No way. Not when there’s INTERLIBRARY LOAN (MY-ILL)!!!!!


Meet the Team: Ram

Name: Ram

Major: Biology

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? The small school allows me to create amazing friendships and lasting relationships. The University is also very helpful and understandable with my goals and offering me enough opportunities to achieve these goals.

What are your goals for the semester? I plan to graduate with my degree and apply into a radiology technician program. I also plan to get a job with my Biology degree.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? If a reality tv show of my life were to exist I would assume it would be called “The Adventures of Ram Ankola”. I assume it would be called this because it is a good title to show viewers of all the traveling and daily adventures I do and plan to do.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? My hobbies include traveling and adventuring many different areas of the country. I also enjoy keeping up with pop culture.

What have you learned since working at the library?  I have learned about many of the interesting programs the library offers from I-Share to ILL books. I have also learned how to perform intelligible research using databases and differentiating between good sources and bad sources.

What are your post-graduation plans? After graduation I am planning to get a job using my degree. I also plan to apply into a good radiology technician program to obtain my certification.

How-To-Tuesday: Research Guides

Research Guides

In this week’s installment of How-To Tuesday, Taylor struggles with negative feedback she received
from her professor regarding the sources she used for her research paper. What can she do? Where
should she start? Surely the library has something that can help her with this problem. It does! They’re
called Research Guides. Watch the video now to learn more, and don’t call me Shirley*.
*joke from the 1980 Leslie Nielson vehicle Airplane!


NLW! Need Research Help? Consultation Services

It’s National Library Week! Each day this week we are highlighting some of what Brookens offers to the UIS campus and community. So far we have covered our Popular Collections, Awesome Online Resources like Mango and cloudLibrary and the Library of Things! Today we are featuring our Consultation Services!

Do you have a paper due? Need sources?

Ask a librarian!

There are many ways you can connect with a librarian.

You can schedule an appointment:

You can stop by the main library desk and ask for a librarian.

You can look for a librarian at a pop-up desk. We’ll be setting up pop-up help desks in the library and elsewhere on campus to assist you with all of your library research needs. We will be easy to spot!

Please let us know what places, days, and times you’d like to see us pop-up and we’ll make it happen.
Contact Librarian Nancy Weichert at: to set up a Consultation pop-up!

The librarians at Brookens Library are here to support you through the research process, from finding and evaluating sources to choosing and refining a topic. We’re here to help you succeed!

Meet the Team: Jauzlyn

Name: Jauzlyn

Major: Criminology

Status: Sophomore

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?  The best thing about being a student at UIS are the small class sizes. I am able to have a meaningful relationship with my professors and get extra help when needed. I am also able to quickly make new friends and create important connections.

What are your goals for the semester? My goals for this semester include making all A’s and joining more organizations. I want more A’s so that my GPA can increase and so that I can have another reason to smile. I would like to join more organizations so that I can become more involved on campus and meet new people.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?  If there was a reality TV show of my life, it would be called “Jauzlyn: Road to Her Throne”. It would be called that because I am always creating goals and finding ways to accomplish them. I am also planning on becoming my own boss one day.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I am currently involved in the African Student Association here at UIS. I am also apart of Afro Beat Dance Crew, which focuses on African culture of dancing. My other hobbies include listening to music and dedicating time to children.

What have you learned since working at the library?  Since working at the library, I have learned how to be more social. I am better at communicating and starting conversations with strangers. I have also learned how the library operates from behind the scenes.

What are your post-graduation plans?  After I receive my Bachelors degree, I would like to work with Juvenile Delinquents. I want to positively impact the lives of under privileged kids. My long term plan is to earn my Doctorates degree to become a forensic psychologist.

Meet the Team: Bridget

Name: Bridget

Major: Biology

Status: Senior

Department: Leadership Lived Experience for CINRC

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?  I am grateful that I do not have classes on Fridays. Without the extra day, I would not be able to complete an internship this semester at the SIU School of Medicine, or be able to go home for the weekend. In addition, it is nice to live on campus, and be within walking distance of all of my classes.

What are your goals for the semester?  My goals for this semester are to get through my 19 credit hours of coursework, successfully complete my internship, get good grades in all my classes, and, of course, graduate!

What have you been reading? Would you recommend it to others? The Testing trilogy by Joelle Charbonneau accounted for some of the most recent books I have read. I devoured this trilogy over the course of one weekend. I would recommend this series to anyone who likes dystopian fiction.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I am a member of the Biology Club, and am involved with the Research Society at UIS. In addition, I enjoy watching Jeopardy, NCIS, Scorpion, and Dallas Cowboys football.

What have you learned since working at the library? I have learned about the Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center, and the multitude of resources it has available to UIS and the community. And although I am not a traditional library worker, I have learned about the Library of Congress classification system, and get irritated when I see a book misplaced.

What are your post-graduation plans? I plan to take a year off after graduation to work and save up some money. In addition, I will take the GRE, and prepare my applications for graduate school. Eventually, I hope to earn my doctorate, and become a medical researcher.