City of Chicago Datasets

January 13, 2015 at 5:31 pm | Posted in Ask a Librarian, databases | Comments Off on City of Chicago Datasets

City of Chicago   Data PortalYou can now access the City of Chicago’s Data Portal through our databases page. The CCDP was created to promote access to government data and encourage the development of creative tools to engage and serve the Chicago community. The site hosts over 200 datasets about City departments, services, facilities and performance and includes information about energy use, budgets, crime statistics and more.

Have questions about accessing or searching one of our databases? Don’t waste your time; ask us!

4 Ways We Can Help YOU!

November 24, 2014 at 7:01 pm | Posted in databases, news, Research Specialists, services | Comments Off on 4 Ways We Can Help YOU!

This week classes meet only Monday and Tuesday, after the weekend starts Study Week, and then Finals’ Week will be here. Maybe you’re all caught up on your assignments, but if you still have some work to do, consider the ways that Galvin Library can help:

Stop by the Research Help Office on the second floor of Galvin from 10am to 4pm Monday through Friday and from 12pm to 4pm Sunday to meet with a friendly librarian. Librarians have Masters Degrees,  meaning they are experts at helping students discover, evaluate and use information. The office is private so you will feel comfortable asking questions.

Research Specialists 
On evenings and weekends the Research Help Office is staffed with peer-tutors known as Research Specialists. They are highly trained and specially selected upper level student leaders at IIT. They have done many of the same assignments as you, and can help you find the sources they know professors want to see. They have also been trained to assist with your writing questions, and meeting with one of these students is an excellent option for anyone who may be busy during the day when the Writing Center is open.

When it’s too cold to walk from one building to the next, or you’re out of town on holiday, you can instant message, email, or even text message us your questions. You can also search one of our many subscription databases with peer-reviewed journals. We are famous for our quick response times. Reach us online at

On Your Own
For the DIY student, use our online Research Guides at These guides identify which of the more than 100 databases Galvin subscribes to will be the best for your topic. It provides you with search methods, evaluation tips, and much more.

New Scholarly Video Collection Available

June 25, 2014 at 8:17 pm | Posted in databases, new resources, news | Comments Off on New Scholarly Video Collection Available
Fukushima_Alexander Street Press

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster

We’re announcing three new scholarly video collections for your classroom or research needs. Through our membership in Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) we now have access to Engineering Case Studies OnlineEnvironmental Studies In Video, and Psychological Experiments Online.

To access online library resources you do need to connect through the MyIIT portal.  When prompted, enter your MyIIT portal username (the first part of your email address, before the “@”) and password at the login screen. You can retrieve and view the following videos from the collections:

From Engineering Case Studies Online, watch Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster, the Big Dig Ceiling Collapse, and the Challenger Disaster. Within Psychological Experiments Online view videos on the Asch Conformity Experiment, Stanford Prison Experiment, and the Bystander Effect, while in Environmental Studies In Video you will find videos on Renewable Energy, the Melting Arctic, and Greenhouse Gases. All these videos and much more are available for your use.

As always, if you have any questions you can contact a librarian by email, chat or phone

Rosetta Stone Online: Trial Ends June 7

June 1, 2014 at 2:05 pm | Posted in databases | 2 Comments

Free-Rosetta-Stone-Online-DemoWe are providing temporary access to Rosetta Stone on-line for a limited trial that will end on June 7.  During the trial you can access all of Rosetta Stone’s content, with lessons in languages literally from A-V. However, before you can access the languages and lessons for the first time, you will need to create a free personal account, while you are on campus. Sign up for your free account and access the trial. Remember, you must be on campus to register and set up your account for the first time.

Rosetta Stone is an innovative, multi-media, on-line language instruction program that uses words, pictures, speaking, and listening to teach a new language. We encourage you to give it a try; don’t hesitate because you are thinking of the old-fashioned verb conjugation tables or rote memorization used in the past. Rosetta Stone is an intuitive way to learn a new language and you’ll be so pleased with your very first efforts, that we encourage you to try other languages during the trial.

Remember Rosetta Stone will only be available until June 7, but we need your feedback—hey, that’s the whole purpose of a trial. Try it and then tell us what you think of Rosetta Stone on this form. Thank you for giving us your feedback. It is an important part of the trial, as we want to assess both the product’s ease and patron demand.

Galvin Library currently offers online access to learning languages through Mango, which teaches through conversational phrases and frequently used concepts. The library also has almost a dozen Rosetta Stone languages on CD that must be used with its software inside the library.

Languages offered during the Rosetta online trial are: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dari, Dutch, English (American), English (British), Filipino (Tagalog), French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Pashto, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish (Latin America), Spanish (Spain), Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese

Phishing Attempt – Don’t Fall for It!

January 30, 2014 at 4:19 pm | Posted in databases, news | Comments Off on Phishing Attempt – Don’t Fall for It!

Currently there are a large number of faculty, students, and staff who are receiving an email like the following:

Subject: Library account

Dear user,

Due to high numbers of inactive library accounts on our server, you are urged to validate your library account within 72 hours of receiving this e-mail, by using the validation link: Click Here to confirm that your library account is active.

Failure to update will process your account being temporarily blocked or suspended from the network and may not be able to receive.

Do not ignore this message to avoid termination of your library account. Thanks for your co-operation.

Please delete these emails as they are a phishing attack by a malicious source. The library will never send out notices of this type.


Resources affected by the government shutdown (Updated)

September 3, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Posted in databases, news | Comments Off on Resources affected by the government shutdown (Updated)

The shutdown has been resolved and all government websites are now available (Oct 18, 2013)

The ongoing government shutdown is affecting access to government websites and databases. Some have completely shut down and most others are not being updated.

As of Thursday, October 3rd, the following sites are completely offline:

  • Bureau of Economic Analysis (
  • Education Resource Information Center ( is shut down, but is temporarily available through EBSCO)
  • Federal Communications Commission (
  • Federal Trade Commission (
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (
  • National Park Service (
  • National Institute of Mental Health (
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ( is offline, but you can still get to
  • National Science Foundation (
  • US Geological Survey (
  • United States Department of Agriculture (

This list is likely to grow as the government shutdown continues. Galvin Library will provide regular updates.

New Off-campus Access Method for Faculty and Staff

August 5, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Posted in databases, e-books, e-journals | Comments Off on New Off-campus Access Method for Faculty and Staff

Off-campus access to library e-resources is available to all IIT faculty and staff as well as currently-registered students. The previous method of logging in using IIT email credentials has been disabled for faculty and staff.

All IIT members will now use their campus-wide ID (CWID) to log in to the library’s remote access server. Your CWID can be found on the “Welcome” page (shown below) of the IIT portal, or on university ID cards created after 2008.

We are currently working to batch upload all currently active university faculty and staff CWIDs into our system. If you are having problems logging in from off campus, please send a message to with your CWID and we will add your CWID number manually.


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