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 – – 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.

cloudLibrary App Update

Our downloadable eBook and eAudiobook collection, cloudLibrary, launched a significant app update today. The app has a new fresh look along with some new features. Don’t have the app? Now’s a great time to download the newest version.

Image of cell phone with app displayed. Tagline: Borrowing just got better.

To ensure you’re using the new app interface, first update the app in your device’s app system. If the app looks the same after you’ve updated the app, you’ll need to log out of the app and then log back in to force the change. To log out of the previous app, you’ll click on the menu icon (3 vertically stacked lines on top left hand corner), then settings, then press the log out button at the bottom of the page. At that point, follow the prompts to log back into the app. To do so you’ll need your library barcode number. This number is located on the front of your i-Card and starts with the numbers 2141. Once you’ve updated the app, here are some of the changes you’ll see.

Navigation: Previously, the apps main navigation was hidden behind a menu icon. Now the navigation is always present at the bottom of your screen.

Image of navigation at bottom of app screen which includes buttons for Home, My Books, Browse, and Account.

Books of Interest: Books you are interested in reading were previously “flagged”. Now you will use the save button. Books you had flagged can now be found on the “Saved” tab when you’re on the My Books page.

Browsing the Collection: Previously, the browsing section fo the app would show a large portion of the collection all at once. For many, this screen was overwhelming and simply had too many books on it that weren’t relevant to the user. Now, the browsing section has a page called favorites where you can select your favorite genres and only see categories of books that interest you.

Series: If you’re reading a book in the series, you can now quickly see if there are other books in the series and if the library owns them. When looking at a Book Detail page you’ll see a series link listed (shown in the image below). While we are very excited by this new feature, our testing of the new system has uncovered some inconsistencies with this feature. We’re in contact with cloudLibrary support, and hope they’ll improve this feature soon.

Image of Book Detail page for the Book China Rich Girlfriend indicating the series link that is provided on this page.

Other new features include the ability to customize the color scheme and a customizable badge icon along with other changes to general layout and look and feel of the app. For assistance with the cloudLibrary app, please stop by the library main desk or call us at 217-206-6618.

Happy Reading!

HTT: Beat Finals Week Stress with Cookies and Crafts!

This week’s installment of How-To Tuesdays focuses on how the stress of Finals Week can cause even the closest of friends to argue. Megan and Taylor have never gotten into an argument, but there is a first time for everything. Read on to see what happens!!

Phew! Thankfully Megan and Taylor will remain friends. We encourage all of you to take care of yourselves this week. Take breaks. Take breaths. Stop by the Library’s Lower Level to make crafts and decorate cookies. We hope to see you all there!

Universal Human Rights Month

December is Universal Human Rights Month and December 10th is Human Rights Day.  70 years ago in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).  A direct result of the aftermath of the human rights catastrophes of the 2nd World War.  But it addresses far more than catastrophic abuses.  It created a framework for human rights principles embodied in its 30 articles.  These spell out an individual’s political, social, economic, and cultural rights and encompass fundamental freedoms for all regardless of gender, race, religion or language.   

Explore this beautifully illustrated version of the UDHR which produced in partnership between the artist Yacine Alt Kac, the U.N. Regional Information Centre and the Office of the U.N. High Commission for Human Rights – Regional Office for Europe. Each page displays a separate article along with delightful drawings to reflect the spirit of their intention.

Brookens Library has a wide variety of books and documents with a focus on human rights including:  TheHuman Rights Paradox: Universality and its Discontents by Steve J. Stern& Scott Straus (2014) and TheInternational Human Rights movement: A History by Aryeh Neier (2012).  There are numerous publications with foci on specific countries as well as publications of historic prominence such as the Trial of the Major War Criminals Before the International Military Tribunal, Nuremberg, 14 November 1945-1 October 1946.

Learn More about Human Rights Day

Meet the Team: Abhishek

Name: Abhishek

Major: MIS

Status: Graduate

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? UIS has a lot to offer to it’s students. It is diverse and there is always so many new things to learn each day. The library is my favorite place to be where I can concentrate on my studies and work at the same time.

What are your goals for the semester? This semester is quite hectic for me looking at the work schedule and the courses I have. So, I am devoting most of my time in studies, learning new programming languages and keep up with good grades.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? The reality TV show of my life would be “Better Call Abhishek” because no matter what I am always there for help.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? My course work doesn’t give me a lot of free time to engage with clubs/activities/sports on campus. However, I love playing soccer, attend music concerts, go out with friends and explore new places around.

What have you learned since working at the library? I am working here since January,2018. It has helped me in improving my communication skills, time management. People often think of library as just a place to check out books and do research, but it does a lot more. Learning about all the services we provide has been interesting

What are your post-graduation plans?  I will be graduating in Spring 2019. After I graduate I will start looking for jobs, most likely I’ll move to Atlanta, GA because that city has a lot to offer.

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection?: My favorite thing from Library of Things is Dominoes. But most of the time I check out Umbrella because you never know when it will rain in Springfield :p

Semester Wrap-Up Events!

There’s a chill in the air and the sound of coffees being chugged fill our ears . . . it’s finals season and Brookens Library is here to help get you through it!



When you’ve accepted that an all-nighter is the only way to finish your assignments, come stay at the library for extended hours! FromMonday, December 3rd to Friday, December 7th the library will remain open until 3:00 AM Monday –Thursday and 9:00 PM on Friday! Drinks and snacks will be served beginning at 10:00 PM.


On Wednesday, December 5th from 4:00 PM -6:00 PM is our Trail Mix Bar! Come relax and chat with librarians while munching on some delicious brain food!


Who doesn’t love free food? The week of finals, the library will also host events to get you through to the end of the semester.


 The Friends of Brookens Library want to make your Finals Week a little sweeter. Join us on Monday, December 10th from 4:00 – 7:00PM for a make-your-own Free Cereal Bar. We will have a variety of cereals and milks so you can build your perfect bowl! 


Take a break from your studies on Tuesday, December 11th to decorate cookies and make some quick and easy crafts! 

When you’re in the home stretch, these activities are the perfect ways to unwind & get you through the the finish line. Come to Brookens Library and make the final weeks of your semester a little sweeter.