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Now Available: An Expanded Collection of Electronic Resources!

Noteworthy: The University Libraries Blog - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 09:54
Find substantive, authoritative entries on varied topics, all of which receive ongoing updates, in Oxford Research Encyclopedia: American History. Researchers beginning to explore a topic or gain introductory knowledge make excellent use of previously available Oxford Research Encyclopedias for Asian history and African history. Documents and texts on topics related to sex and sexuality created between 1600 and 1940 compose the Archives of Sexuality and Gender, Part III, a collection of particular use to researchers in the interdisciplinary areas focused on LGBTQ issues as well as women’s issues and gender studies. PastMasters expanded to provide access to the complete works of Rene Descartes, Michel de Montaigne, Baron de Montesquieu, and Ludwig Wittgenstein; many other writings by a variety of philosophers also available from PastMasters. Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks contain chapters are written by scholars for undergraduates to explain key areas of philosophical debate and research; available titles: Education, Environmental Ethics, Feminism, Medical Ethics, Mind, Religion, Sex and Love, Sport, Technology, and Sources, Perspectives, Methodologies. Your questions are always welcome. Contact us or assistance and more information about these new electronic resources.
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Announcing Newly Accessible Electronic Resources!

Noteworthy: The University Libraries Blog - Wed, 11/06/2019 - 13:51
Search and read complete content from the Sunday edition of the Times (London) (1822-2016) in this archival newspaper collection. The Sunday edition access complements pre-existing availability of the same newspaper, Monday through Saturday. We’ve added two more subject modules in Oxford Bibliographies Online: African American Studies and Philosophy, an ever-popular collection especially of interest to graduate students preparing for comprehensive exams. Your questions are always welcome. Contact us for assistance and more information about these new electronic resources.
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Open Access Week: You Guessed How Much We Spend

Noteworthy: The University Libraries Blog - Wed, 10/30/2019 - 09:50
Last week during Open Access Week if you walked through Lewis Library or the Information Commons, you might have noticed a large tub of candy. Each piece of candy represented $10,000 spent on journals and databases, and we asked you to guess how many pieces of candy were in the box. We chose six winners out of about 300 guesses. Congratulations to Nicholas, Kamille, Gabriel, Mohammed, John, and Martina for getting the closest guess of 360 pieces of candy, which represented $3.6 million dollars in spending. This wasn’t just a game to scare everyone and make sure they were well stocked for Halloween trick or treaters. It’s important to recognize how much academic resources cost, for a few reasons. We are lucky to have an institution that will invest that much in student and faculty success. This means that we can access high quality scholarship and research tools. But the other side of this is that those costs go up every year, and have outpaced inflation. Those increases aren’t sustainable forever, and many institutions have had to make hard choices about which journals and databases the library can afford. Open Access Week helps us understand our options and ways we […]
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Sharing Promotes Equity: eCommons and Open Access

Noteworthy: The University Libraries Blog - Fri, 10/25/2019 - 08:00
Since its creation in 2012, eCommons has had over 3.6 million downloads of work by Loyolans. Loyola eCommons is an open-access, sustainable, and secure repository created to preserve and provide access to research, scholarship, and creative works created by the university community for the benefit of Loyola students, faculty, staff, and the larger world. It is how we share the theses and dissertations written by our students, articles and conference talks by our faculty, and peer reviewed journals created by Loyola students and faculty. That number of downloads is impressive, but what’s even more important about this is that so many of those downloads have come from across the globe and from countries who would otherwise not be able to participate in scholarship at the same level as we are able at Loyola University Chicago. As we reflect on the question “open for whom?”, this helps us to add some nuance to this question. We are fortunate to be able to pay for access to databases, journals, and books so that our students and faculty can access the latest and best research. Or, if we don’t have access to something here at Loyola, we can use interlibrary loan to borrow […]
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Open For Textbooks: Open Access Week 2019

Noteworthy: The University Libraries Blog - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 08:00
Need to check out a textbook? The University Libraries has textbooks from among the largest classes on campus. Starting this semester, we also have all of the required textbooks for Arrupe College courses. Why do the Libraries offer textbooks? During the 2018-19 academic year, the average undergraduate student needed to budget $1,240-1,440 for books and related supplies. With textbook prices continuing to increase, lack of affordability can lead students to not purchase required books for their classes, or purchase out-of-date editions instead. This can then lead to worse grades, dropped/failed courses, and avoidance of certain courses altogether. Simply put, we understand that affordable textbooks are crucial to academic success. Our textbook program is an effort to provide equitable support to your studies at Loyola. To check out a textbook from the Libraries, please visit the Circulation Desk in Cudahy Library (1st floor) and/or Lewis Library (Corboy Law Center, 6th floor). You can check out a textbook for 4 hours at a time. To find out if the textbooks for your class are available, search for textbooks here. Questions or comments? Please contact us at
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University Libraries Celebrates Open Access Week and Friends of Libraries Week

Noteworthy: The University Libraries Blog - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 08:00
Loyola University Chicago Libraries celebrates two important awareness events the week of October 20th — Open Access Week and National Friends of Libraries Week. In 2009, the Friends of the Loyola University Chicago Libraries was founded as an organization that supports the libraries’ vision of being Loyola’s gateway to the world of information and scholarship. Through an annual gift, the Friends become members who support our mission of providing user-focused services and collections in an inviting, collaborative, and innovative learning environment for our students, faculty, and the greater Loyola community. A Friends Advisory Board is also a vital part of the organization as they serve as volunteers who work with the Dean of the Libraries to offer guidance and act as advocates. How do Friends support our mission? Friends of the University Libraries enable us to support Loyola’s mission of “expanding knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice, and faith.” They understand the critical importance of the libraries as the center of learning and intellectual growth on our campus. They provide financial support to ensure that a wide variety of audience can be served and has access to print and electronic materials, special collections, digital resources, and expert research […]
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Welcome to Open Access Week 2019

Noteworthy: The University Libraries Blog - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 09:35
Open Access Week is a yearly celebration of all the work that goes in to making open scholarship, data, and education resources. This year’s international theme “Open for Whom?” invites us to consider equity. Whose voices are included in open scholarship? Whose work “counts”? What Is Open Access? “Open access” is a term used to describe research information which can be freely accessed online paired with the rights to use these results by anyone, regardless of institutional affiliation or any other classification. Open access represents the democratization of information as a public good in the service of furthering human progress. The values espoused by the open access philosophy closely mirror Loyola’s mission, which speaks to the need for “knowledge in the service of humanity” and “learning and leadership in openhanded and generous ways to ensure freedom of inquiry, the pursuit of truth and care for others.” Open Access Week at Loyola We are holding a number of events this week to celebrate Open Access Week. See all our events and register here. All Week Cudahy Library and Lewis Library display areas Guess how much the University Libraries spend on our subscriptions each year. Stop by and see the clues, and […]
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Explore University Libraries Digital Collections

Noteworthy: The University Libraries Blog - Wed, 08/28/2019 - 12:09
  Experience commencement 100 years ago. See Sister Jean in the early 1970s. Go to church on a boat. Read a letter from Alexander Hamilton. These are just a few of the many digital collections available on a new platform for digital collections at the University Libraries. This tool, called Preservica, allows us to manage digital collections for the long run by keeping secure backups and helping us to migrate formats over time as software changes. We have completed a multi-year migration process to bring our digital collections into the new platform, which included some reorganization and updates to the collection information, so you can find even more exiting artifacts of Loyola’s past as well as Catholic and United States history. Thanks to some milestone years, our collections are currently expanding. Both University Archives and the Women and Leadership Archives are actively digitizing many more photos for the upcoming celebration of Loyola’s 150th anniversary and the WLA’s 25th anniversary. Check back frequently to find new additions. You can find many more digital collections and digital exhibits, as well as scholarship produced by Loyola faculty and students in our complete list of digital collections.  
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Book a Trip to the Libraries: Passport Game

Noteworthy: The University Libraries Blog - Fri, 08/23/2019 - 09:00
How to Play Welcome Loyola students! We are excited to start the Fall 2019 semester with you and this year we want everyone to visit the libraries and learn about our resources and services. To help guide you around our locations, we created a Loyola Libraries Digital Passport and game with loads of helpful information and maps. Libraries Passport Game: August 26th to September 26th Pick up a stamp card at our Welcome Week table on August 26th from 10:00 am to 12:35 pm in front of the Information Commons, at our resource table at the WTC Block Party, or at the Cudahy Circulation desk. You can download the digital passport here: (epub format for mobile) (pdf format) Each Passport features maps of the Information Commons, Cudahy Library and Lewis Library. Each location has service points represented with stars on the maps. Follow the instructions for a chance to win prizes! How to Play Once you pick up your stamp card and download the passport, visit the locations on the stamp card. Ask the person at that location to stamp your card. You need at least 5 to be entered into the raffle. You must also write the […]
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About the Panelists: Political Cartoons: Then and Now

Noteworthy: The University Libraries Blog - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:24
Political cartoons are entertaining art forms that portray public figures and current events in humorous yet thought-provoking ways. With the current use of memes, are political cartoons a dying art? How will they stay relevant in the future? Join us for a fascinating look at the history and evolution of political cartoons as a genre. British political cartoon historian Tim Benson, Chicago Tribune’s editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis, and local avid political art collector Anthony Mourek will be at Loyola’s downtown campus, to engage in a lively discussion. Friends of the University Libraries Advisory Board member Mariam Pera (BA ’10, MPP ’19) will moderate the panel discussion. To learn more about the panelists, (click on the images below to view bios): Desserts and beverages will be available. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged. REGISTER HERE. Date, Times, and Locations Loyola University Chicago – Water Tower Campus Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:00 – 6:30 PM Exhibit – School of Communication, 51 E. Pearson Street, 1st Floor (PRE-EVENT) 6:30 – 8:15 PM Panel Discussion – Lewis Towers, Regents Hall, 111 E. Pearson Street, 16th Floor Contacts: Genevieve Buthod (SoC) or 312.915.6972 Jocelyn Cheng (University Libraries) or […]
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Movie Staff Picks Part 2

Noteworthy: The University Libraries Blog - Tue, 08/06/2019 - 15:34
Looking for more movie staff picks?  We have two more movie recommendations from Loyola University Chicago Libraries’ student interns from Christ The King (CTK) College Prep.  Select one of the images below to see either Darrell’s or Dae’Sha’s lists. According to CTK student, Kamille, “I wrote my movie reviews as a fun end-of-the-year project for the library.  All the CTK students were asked to do this. It’s good to have me and my coworkers know what type of movies I like; it’s something we can bond over.  Each movie was something I wouldn’t mind watching over and over again.”
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