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Finals Toolkit

You’re almost there, Titans! We’re getting close to the finish line for the spring semester. Check out our Finals Toolkit blog posts to help you prepare for finals and take care of yourself in the process.

Be sure to stop by the Self-Care Station on the first floor of The Ames Library for a mindful study break!

Resolved: Library Accounts Not Available

Update: The issue affecting library accounts has been resolved. You should now be able to login to your library account to renew or request items, view your loans, or save to your MegaSearch favorites.

Please contact if you experience any problems when logging into your account. Thank you for your patience!


Due to an issue with our library systems, users cannot login to their library accounts. If you try to login to your library account to renew or request items, view your loans, or save to your MegaSearch favorites, you will see the error message, “The login process has failed. Please refer to the library for assistance.”

Please contact for assistance with renewing or requesting items while accounts are inaccessible. We apologize for the inconvenience and will update this post as necessary. Thank you for your patience!

Winter Break I-Share & ILLiad Requests

The Ames Library will be closed from Friday, December 23, through Monday, January 2.

You may continue to submit I-Share and ILLiad requests while the library is closed, but please note that requests placed during that time will be processed starting January 3. Requests submitted close to December 23 may not arrive until after January 3.

Remember, The Ames Library’s online journals, articles, media, ebooks, and databases remain available to you when the library is closed!

Finals Toolkit, Part 3 of 3: Finish Well

Happy Reading Day, Titans! We know this time of year can be stressful, so for the last installment of the Finals Toolkit, we’re sharing relaxing and stress-relieving activities. Taking breaks and moments to rest can help you return to your studying or writing feeling refreshed and revitalized. Don’t forget, you can also check out our earlier tools and tips from part 1 and part 2 of the Finals Toolkit!

Bonus finals week reminders: You can reserve a study or project room in the library and print your projects and papers using one of the library’s five printers.

We hope you’re able to finish well, take care of yourselves, and enjoy the upcoming break. Good luck during finals week–you can do this!

Finals Toolkit, Part 2 of 3: Finish Strong

We’re filling your Finals Toolkit with tips and resources to help you cross the fall semester finish line strong. This week, check out ways to take care of yourself as well as a few quick reminders as you put finishing touches on projects and papers:

  • Ask a Librarian Chat: Monday-Friday, from 1-4 pm, a librarian is online and ready to help answer your questions!

  • Citation refresher: Working on your citations page? Let MegaSearch help you! (Click image below to enlarge.)

Next week, visit the Finals Toolkit for relaxing activities and stress-busters!

Finals Toolkit, Part 1 of 3: Finish Smart

The Ames Library is here to help you finish the semester smart, strong, and well. For the next three weeks, we will be sharing tools for your Finals Toolkit–reminders to help you make the most of your time, strategies for taking care of yourself, and ways to help you relax. You’ve got this!

We all know the end of the semester goes by fast. Take some time now to prepare for the next few weeks with these tools, which can help you plan ahead for your study sessions and final projects. Your future self will thank you!

Next week, we’ll be sharing strategies for taking care of yourself!

World News Day & Access to News

What would a world without fact-based journalism look like? How would you discover trustworthy information about your community, your country, and the world?

World News Day, an initiative from the Canadian Journalism Foundation and the World Editors Forum recognized annually on September 28, seeks to “draw public attention to the role that journalists play in providing trustworthy news and information that serves citizens and democracy.” 

Celebrate World News Day by bookmarking some of the many news sources available to you via The Ames Library. These are just three popular news publications available to you online:

The Chronicle of Higher Education

“The nation’s largest newsroom dedicated to covering colleges and universities,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on news, events, and data impacting higher education. Read full-text articles from The Chronicle dating back to 2015.

To access The Chronicle online, visit this link.

The Economist

Founded in 1843, The Economist covers world events in business, economics, technology, politics, culture, and more. As an IWU student, faculty, or staff member, you have access to current full-text articles and an online archive dating back to 1997.

To access The Economist online, sign up for an account on using your email address. After verifying your email, you’ll have access to the website, app, and newsletters.

The New York Times

The mission of The New York Times is “seek the truth and help people understand the world.” Your access to NYT via The Ames Library allows you to read recent and historical full-text articles and issues dating back to 1851, as well as view video and images.

To access The New York Times online, please sign up with your email address at this link. Faculty/staff have four years of full access to NYT before being asked to re-authenticate, and students can enjoy access until December 31 of their graduation year.

Please note: To utilize The Ames Library’s access, existing paid NYT subscribers must first cancel their paid subscription before authorizing with their IWU email address. The Ames Library’s subscription does not include games or recipes.

Find other major news publications, such as the Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, and more by browsing the A-Z Resources list or searching in MegaSearch.

Stay informed and seek understanding about the world, and let us know what journalism means to you.