Urban Community Studies Research Guide

Research in Inner City and Urban Community Studies

ICS Librarian

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Robin Harris
(773) 256-2148

Request Instruction

Bring your class in for a library tour, or request to meet in your classroom or computer lab for a basic library skills class or course-related library instruction session. I can teach:

  • General information about the library
  • Specific resources and finding tools provided by the library
  • Subject-specific instruction tailored for a research assignment
  • Finding and interpreting primary sources and data
  • Evaluation of sources
  • Citation styles and bibliographies
  • Preparing literature reviews for longer papers

Contact Robin Harris by email (r-harris14@neiu.edu) to request a class. I will want to know how the instruction can prepare students to complete their assignments. Please provide some notice for scheduling and class preparation.

Suggest a Purchase

If there are books or other materials that you would like us to purchase for the CCICS library collection, please let fill out this form and we will do our best to accommodate requests.


The library will purchase textbooks or course readings by faculty request to be placed on reserve at the Circulation Desk.

  • Library purchased reserve textbooks will have a reserve period of two hours (for use in the Library only).
  • The library may not be able to purchase every textbook requested.
  • A new copy will not be purchased if the item is in the existing library collection or is already available on reserve as a personal copy.

Due to our library system migration, the Library will not be able to purchase textbooks (or any other new materials) after March 6, 2020. We will resume purchasing on July 1, 2020.

You can also put personal copies of the books on Course Reserve at the Library. This allows your students to check the books out for a short time period, for example from two hours to overnight, so multiple students can have access to the materials.

Finally, familiarize yourself with the Open Educational Resources movement. These digital resources include course readings, multimedia tools, and even textbooks that can be repackaged and used in your own courses. Learn more and find resources at:

  1. SPARC Open Education
  2. OER Commons
  3. #GoOpen
  4. OpenStax College
  5. Open Textbook Library

If you require your students to purchase the course textbook, please be sure to order it with plenty of time before the semester begins, and check to make sure the campus bookstore has your text in stock before you start the course reading assignments. Every semester students come to the Reference Desk in desperation because the assignments have started, and the campus bookstore doesn't have the textbook.

Other ideas? Let me know! Send me a note at r-harris14@neiu.edu.