Research Help

As your semester gets underway, you can rest assured that Brookens offers a variety of ways to get help with your research.  

1. Research Guides 

This How-to Tuesday video discusses how to access our online Research Guides. When 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. 

2. Set up a one-on-one appointment with one of our Librarians 

That’s right! All you need to do is go to our homepage – www.library.uis.edu – and click on Research Help followed by Contact a Librarian 

Image of the library website homepage.

You’ll click your area of research from the dropdown menu and information about your specific subject area Librarian will appear. Click on Make an Appointment with… to select a date and time that works for you. 

Image of the Contact a Librarian webpage.

3. Walk-In Research Help 

Beginning January 29, we will be offering walk-in research help from 3:00-6:00 PM every Tuesday and Wednesday. There is no need to make an appointment, just come on in and chat with one our of Librarians about your research questions. 

Image of a white board advertising drop-in research help.

How-To-Tuesday: How to Request Items

It’s How-To-Tuesday with the dynamic duo: Meghan and Taylor!!!

This week Taylor can’t find the obscure book she wants at Brookens.
How will she survive? With IShare, of course! See a book that you would like to request for pickup at Brookens Library? This brief tutorial will show viewers how to request items from IShare libraries and have them sent to you.

How-To-Tuesday: MY-ILL

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)!!!!!

 

Workshop Series for International Students

If you’re an international student at UIS, you’ve probably noticed that the excitement of being away from home is not without its drawbacks.  There’s a lot to experience and a lot of cultural differences to contend with.  Whether you knew it or not, that sentiment extends to the library as well.  There’s a lot to experience at Brookens Library and things may be different from what you are used to.

At the library, we want to make sure you have access to information, resources, and services that will help you succeed during your time at UIS.  We have created a workshop series for all international students that will cover topics specifically chosen to help you navigate the services and resources the library provides to all students on campus.  

Introduction to the Library – Tuesday, September 19, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm 

BRK 232 – Brookens Classroom (Main Level)

 

Introduction to Library Databases – Monday, October 9, 10:30 am – 11:30 am 

BRK 232 – Brookens Classroom (Main Level)

 

Introduction to Library Databases – Monday, October 16, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm 

BRK 232 – Brookens Classroom (Main Level)

 

Citation Styles and Plagiarism – Thursday, November 9, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

BRK 232 – Brookens Classroom (Main Level)

 

Citation Styles and Plagiarism – Friday, November 17, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

BRK 232 – Brookens Classroom (Main Level)

 

Each session will cover a variety of topics we hope you find helpful! For more information about the content covered in each session, contact John Laubersheimer at: laubersh@uis.edu

Board Game Day: Thursday Sept 7th

On Thursday, September 7th, Brookens Library will be hosting Board Game Day in the Stars Café (Brookens Library Lower Level) from 5:00 -7:00 pm.

Stop by anytime between 5:00-7:00 pm to try out a game from our new board game collection and enjoy some snacks. Have a game you want to share with new friends? Bring it! Don’t know anything about board games? No problem!  We’ll have people around to show you the ropes. Plus, our games are available for check out – so if you want to continue the fun, you can take one home after the event.

Brookens Library is as much a social, collaborative space as it is an educational one. Board games have educational, recreational, and social value and can serve as the catalysts for the connection of communities.

We hope to see you on September 7th!

 

Stay Connected This Summer!

Summertime in the library is, in many ways, business as usual. Whether or not you are on campus, Brookens Library faculty, staff, and student employees are still here working to support your experience at UIS.

  • What’s New at Brookens: Want to stay informed about Brookens Library news, events, and more? Follow this blog!
    Here we highlight library collections, important library resource updates, information about fun library events, including The Haunted Library, and more. We know that library use improves student GPA and retention rates so we encourage all our students to utilized library resources and attend library events. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

  • Cloud Library: Brookens Library recently added 19,000 eAudiobook titles to Cloud Library, our eBook and eAudiobook collection. You and your student can browse our collection here – http://go.uis.edu/BrowseCloudLibrary

The collection includes leisure reads, cookbooks, memoires, and more.
Current students can download the Cloud Library App to their device or check out a Cloud Library compatible device from Brookens Library. For more information about how to get started using Cloud Library visit: http://go.uis.edu/CloudLibraryBasics

 

  • Mango Languages: You’re probably wondering why the library’s talking about fruit, turns out were not. Mango Languages is our online language-learning system. Your student can create a free account through the Mango Languages platform using their NetID and Password. Once they’ve created their account, your student will have access to over 70 languages.
    Learn more about all that Mango Languages has to offer here- http://go.uis.edu/MangoBasics

Stay connected with Brookens all summer long and see you in the Fall!

Getting Started with our eBook Platform: Cloud Library

Cloud Library is an App that gives you access to our Ebook and eAudioBook Collections.  You can download popular reading materials to take with you on-the-go! Getting started is easy. We have included step-by-step instructions to get Cloud Library on your device:

Cloud Library Brookens Library App

Downloading and Logging In
1.        Download the Cloud Library App from your app store.
2.        Log into the app
a.        Select Illinois
b.        University of Illinois Springfield
c.        And enter your Library ID number: (NOT YOUR UIN NUMBER) – This is the barcode number on your card.

Borrowing Books
1.     You can browse books or search by title/author
2.        Once you’ve selected a book you’d like to read. Tap on the cover and then tap “Borrow”
3.        The book will now download to your device and will be available in your account for 14 days.
4.        To get to your book from the browse screen, tap the menu icon and tap “My Books”

Returning Books
1.        Tap the Menu icon  in the top left-hand side
2.        Tap “My Books”
3.        Press and hold the book you’d like to return
4.        Tap “Return”
5.        Tap “Yes”

MENU FEATURES:
Featured: Includes titles we are featuring around a theme or titles that are new to the collection.

Browse: This view allows you to browse the entire collection and filter it by genre.

My Books: This is where you will find the book you currently have checked out, on hold, have previously checked out, and/or have flagged.
Settings: Here you can adjust your contact information and adjust app settings such as whether or not items can be downloaded using cellular data.

Filters: Filters let you decide what you want to see when your search.  You can limit to ebook only or
audiobook only as well as decide if you want to search only what is currently available for checkout, what the library currently owns, or every title in the systems including those not owned by the library that are available to recommend.