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Don’t “shrug at truth” — stop reading fake news.

The Ronald Williams Library subscribes to a number of newspapers and magazines with writing by professional, qualified journalists. You can access these sources anytime online and can even set up daily email alerts. Most of the newspapers offer same-day coverage.

Get the facts now at:

New York Times
Wall Street Journal
Washington Post
Chicago Tribune

To set up an email alert:

  1. Choose a publication above and click the link.
  2. Click the ‘Set up alert’ link
  3. Choose “Only when Full text is available”
  4. Enter your preferred email address. You can use your NEIU or personal email.
  5. Click the ‘Create Alert’ button

For more online newspaper and magazine access, visit our Full Text Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers list.

Databases and information sources impacted by federal government shutdown

Numerous federally funded databases and information sources have been impacted by the recent federal government shutdown. Here is a brief rundown of some of our most commonly used government resources and how they’ve been effected:

ERIC (Education Information Resources Center):

Due to a lapse of appropriations and the partial shutdown of the Federal Government, the systems that host have been shut down. Services will be restored as soon as a continuing resolution to provide funding has been enacted.

Please note that ERIC is still accessible via several different platforms. When using ERIC via any of these platforms, full text links pointing to articles hosted outside of ERIC should continue to work. However, any link that says “Full Text from ERIC” will be broken until ERIC is back online.


Due to the lapse in government funding, PubMed is being maintained with minimal staffing. Information will be updated to the extent possible, and the agency will attempt to respond to urgent operational inquiries.

US Census Bureau (and American Fact Finder):

Due to the lapse in government funding, sites, services, and all online survey collection requests will be unavailable until further notice.

US Government Printing Office FDsys:

The Federal Government is shut down due to a funding lapse. Congressional materials will continue to be processed and posted to FDsys. Federal Register services will be limited to documents necessary to safeguard human life, protect property, or provide other emergency services consistent with the performance of functions and services exempted under the Antideficiency Act. The remaining collections on FDsys are not being updated and will resume after funding is restored. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause

Others effected by the shutdown include the National Archives, Department of Justice Web Portal,  Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Center for Health StatisticsLibrary of Congress and potentially any resource that receives federal funding. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and anticipate access being fully restored once a resolution to the shutdown is enacted.


New Library database: Education in Video

The Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of a new database developed specifically for training and developing teachers. Education in Video has over 1,300 hours of teaching demonstrations, lectures, documentaries, and primary-source footage of students and teachers in actual classrooms. Videos are browseable by education level, name and topic, and stream directly into your browser. Visit their about page for more information.

Education in Video

Welcome back students!

The Library would like to welcome all new and returning students to NEIU.  Here is some brief information to get you started using the library.

Library Accounts
If you registered by August 24 your library account for borrowing and requesting library materials has been updated for the fall semester.

If you registered after August 24 you will need to stop by the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor of the Library with proof of fall registration from NEIUport to update your library account.  All accounts will be automatically updated after the final day of registration on September 10.

Please bring your NEIU ID with you to borrow library materials from the Library.  Your NEIU ID is also required to use the computers and software in the Multimedia Learning Resource Center (MLRC) on the 3rd floor.

Off-Campus Database Access, ILLiad and I-Share
Your NetID and Password which gives you access to NEIUport and Blackboard will also give you access to the Library’s databases from off-campus and access to ILLiad Interlibrary Loan for requesting journal articles and library books from other libraries.

In addition to ILLiad, you can request library books from other academic libraries in Illinois through I-Share.  If you have not previously done so, you will need to create an I-Share account to request library materials from other I-Share academic libraries.  If you previously created an I-Share account it is automatically activated when your library account is updated.

Software in the Library
The Library has full MS Office available on the 2nd floor computers and in the MLRC on the 3rd floor.  Full Adobe Creative Suite and additional multimedia editing software are also available in the MLRC.

Printing and Photocopying
Printing and photocopying are available on most floors of the Library.  Color printing, photocopying and scanning are also available at the 2nd floor copy center.  Your print quota may be used at any printer or photocopier in the Library.

As always, we are here to help with your research or any other questions you have about the Library.  Feel free to contact us at 773-442-4400 or online at

Good luck to all of you in the coming year!

Mobile optimized Library website now available

We are pleased to announce that our website is now available in a mobile optimized version for smartphone users. Simply visit The Library’s homepage from a smartphone and you will be automatically re-directed to

The “Find Books & More” tab provides to a portable version of  the catalog that you can while browsing the stacks. During regular library hours, the “Ask a Librarian” tool is also available for instant-messaging with a reference librarian directly from your smartphone.

Don’t forget we also have a Mobile Library Databases research guide highlighting other library resources with mobile interfaces.

CRSP database now available

CRSP, an historical database of U.S. stocks going back to 1925 and an invaluable resource for anyone doing stock market research, is now available in the Library. At the request of the College of Business and Management, CRSP has been loaded on four PCs in the Library’s MLRC (Multi-Media Learning Resource Center), which is located on the third floor. CRSP comes with self-contained tutorials on how to use the database.

All questions about CRSP should be referred to Henry Owen III, the Business Librarian, by email at or by phone at 773-442-4420.

Chicago Tribune access restored

As you may have noticed, over the summer the Library temporarily lost access to some issues of The Chicago Tribune. We are happy to announce that the licensing issues have been resolved and we now have full access to Tribune from 1849 to the present.

Content from 1849-1987 is available via ProQuest Historical Newspapers, while content from 1987 through the most current issue is available via ProQuest Chicago Tribune.

Chicago Tribune Temporarily Unavailable

Due to licensing changes, The Chicago Tribune will be unavailable for the next few months. The library plans to restore full access sometime after July 1st.

In the meantime the daily paper is available at the reference desk on the 1st floor of the library. Content published between 1849 and 1987 is still available via ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Content from the most recent issues is also freely available on the Chicago Tribune website.

New Look for the Library Catalog

The Library will be moving to a new interface to the Library catalog in June.  Features of the new NEIU Library Catalog include:

  • Cleaner, simpler look and feel with improved response times
  • Choice of your own username and password to access your library account
  • Ability to narrow your searches with simple clicks (“faceted searching”)
  • Options for adding comments and tags to catalog records
  • Direct links  to Google Book Search for brief previews

Plus, the same convenience of one-click requesting from I-Share is still available. If NEIU doesn’t own a book you need, just click Request this item to borrow the book from another academic library in Illinois.

You will need to create a new account to request materials from I-Share libraries and view your library account.  Visit Your Account in the NEIU Library Catalog to create a new account or read our Instructions for Creating a New Account in the NEIU Library Catalog for more information.

Changes have already been made to the I-Share catalog for requesting.  Go to to use the new I-Share catalog.

We are still working on the final look of the NEIU Library Catalog but a preview can be found at

Want more information? Come by the Reference Desk on the 1st floor of the Library for a personal tour.