December 9th, 2013
This week is Computer Science Education Week, and a great time to learn about the ubiquitous technology that has reshaped the world. Established to honor the birthday of Grace Hopper, an early computer programmer and the inventor of the computer language COBOL, CSEd Week is focused on preparing students in all disciplines to learn about and embrace computers in order to be competitive in the modern job market.
And we have plenty of resources for studying any aspect of computing – programming, history, education, and more. For articles, try a database like ProQuest Computing or Communication & Mass Media Complete or the computer science section of Taylor & Francis. And there’s more online, as well, with sources like the Computing Research Repository, a free archive on the web provided by Cornell University.
But if it’s computer scientists that you’re interested in, Biography in Contest has plenty, such as their biographies on the aforementioned Grace Hopper. And if you prefer the narrative of a book, our collection includes titles like Computer Science: Reflections on the Field, Reflections from the Field, Women and Information Technology by J. McGrath Cohoon, or History of Computing by Nathan Ensmenger.
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Woman Working on an Early Computer by Larry Mulvehill photo via ImageQuest
December 2nd, 2013
In your research at IU East, you’re often called to include journal articles and book sources. But there are many other great types of sources. One that’s often overlooked is newspapers. News sources aren’t as rigorously tested as a book or a peer-reviewed journal, so we often dismiss them as less important or scholarly. But using newspaper articles offers substantial advantages.
One is currency – the scholarly process adds a lot of time to printing articles. If you want a source about the current situation in Syria, for example, a news article is the way to go. Newspapers also do a good job summarizing a situation. If you are learning about a new subject, a news article may give you more of a feel for context than a focused, peer-reviewed article about a very specific topic. And while newspapers are not any more free from bias than any other source, since news articles are written while events are unfolding, they may offer a perspective before an author has fully formed an opinion about the subject.
Newspapers are also great for historical research, as they show the mood of the time more than scholarly articles tend to. And while newspapers themselves are not necessarily primary sources, they often interview the participants in major events. Interviews like that are primary sources, giving you a first-person perspective on historical topics.
The library subscribes to numerous databases for current newspaper articles, such as Newspaper Source or ProQuest News and Newspapers. We also have several specific newspapers of note, including the Palladium Item and the New York Times (full text available from 1851 to 2009). We have plenty of historical newspapers, too, with an especially strong focus on Britain and the United States. All of our newspaper databases can be found here.
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Newspaper being printed by Photo Researches via ImageQuest
November 25th, 2013
by Ashlee Brown
When I first heard that I was invited to the 2nd Annual Civic Leadership Conference on November 15th, I was confused. What did I, a sophomore Biochemistry major, have to do with Civic Leadership? After I found out that the event was related to Indiana’s service learning program, Indiana Campus Compact, it became a little bit clearer. Despite this, I still did not see what I could contribute to this conference.
When we arrived it became crystal clear. The connection between service learning and civic leadership was a circle. While listening to the first panel, which consisted of DePauw University graduates, a DePauw student, an Indiana State Senator, and an Indiana State Representative, I understood the relation. When you become involved with Service-Learning you begin to see needs that are not being met in your community and room for improvement. Which leads to the main point of the first panel. This panel talked about an Environmental program that was started by a DePauw affiliate called DEPP. This group took a local interest of theirs about the environment in their community and lobbied for it in the Indiana Statehouse during Environmental committee meetings. They took a stand for a local cause they believed in and worked for change for the better in their community through local civic leadership. They found an issue in their community through outreach and took it upon themselves to make change; they came full circle. This was a very good example of how students can make our communities a better place to live and work.
During these panels the process for reaching your senators and representatives became very clear also. All you had to do is look up who represents your community and reach them through these open committee meetings at the Statehouse, or even through emails and letters. And the best part of it is that the Senators and Representatives told us themselves that our input helps them in the decision making process. If you have a good argument and factual information to support your ideas and issues, chances are they will listen and be affected by your input.
Another great part of this conference was listening to the panel members talk about Higher Education, which is extremely pertinent if you are going to college. The panels consisted of more Indiana legislators and people from Education committees in Indiana, including Teresa Lubbers. They discussed how legislation that is passed at the Statehouse affects each and every student, and deals with topics such as education standards and financial aid. Then after they were done presenting this information we were able to discuss these topics personally with the panels have our questions answered.
Along with learning all this interesting and pertinent information from the panels we were also able to do some valuable networking with other students from Indiana universities and colleges. I met students from nearly ten different schools and have formed several new connections.
This conference was an extremely informative and invaluable experience no matter what your background or major. Knowing all the new things I do now, I can further apply my interest in service to better my community more knowledgeably. Anyone at IU East can become involved in service-learning and projects! Just contact the Center for Service-Learning: firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 18th, 2013
This year is the sesquicentennial of many important events of the Civil War, and historians and reenactors have been busy memorializing them. But one of the most significant occurs this week – Abraham Lincoln’s famous address at the dedication of the national cemetery in Gettysburg on November 19th, 1863.
Abraham Lincoln dedication ceremony at Gettysburg Battlefield
This brief speech is regarded as one of the masterworks of American writing, and its text is better known than even the Declaration of Independence. It has influenced monumental speeches and political documents across the world, from Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech to the Constitution of France.
This week, at the Honors Induction Ceremony on Thursday, November 21st at 4:00 p.m., IU East will host Dean Dorrell, a famous Lincoln reenactor, as keynote speaker. Mr. Dorrell is no stranger to IU East, having spoken at past Honors Induction Ceremonies, as well, and often commemorating the 150th anniversary of Civil War events such as the battle of Antietam and the Emancipation Proclamation. This year, Gettysburg will be foremost in his talk, delivered in his personable and engaging style. Everyone is invited, and admission is free.
Dean Dorrell as Abraham Lincoln at IU East
Of course, there’s plenty to read and learn about one of our greatest president’s greatest speech. And the library has a lot to offer – from light encyclopedic information to hard scholarship in articles like Lincoln’s ‘Gettysburg Address’, Rereading the Gettysburg Address: Social Change and Collective Memory, and Phonetic Structure in Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address; or books like Lincoln at Two Hundred : Why We Still Read the Sixteenth President by Walter Berns and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address : Echoes of the Bible and Book of Common Prayer by A.E. Elmore.
So come to the library to learn about Lincoln, and to see the reenactment!
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November 11th, 2013
Veterans Day is a time to reflect on ordinary heroes – normal people who do brave and difficult things in spite of fear, to keep others safe and free. Some have done it by choice, and others have been drafted. But men and women from every walk of life have served the needs of their country, at great risk to themselves. It’s easy to see soldiers as people who are out of the ordinary. But this is incorrect – they are normal citizens who put on the uniform, just like their non-military countrymen. And in a way, this makes their courage more profound.
There are lots of ways to honor veterans – parades, monuments, ceremonies – but one of the best ways is with understanding. And that’s where a library can come in handy. Sure, you probably know a lot of veterans. And some of them may feel comfortable sharing their experiences with you – but many others won’t. So, to truly learn what life was like for a veteran, oral histories are an amazing resource. IU East has a number of these in our archives – but there are plenty online, as well. One database we subscribe to is Oral History Online, which collects the stories of almost 10,000 people. All are fully transcribed, and many include the original audio or video.
And there are many others on the free web. Check out the Veterans History Project from the Library of Congress. It covers from World War I to the present conflict in Afghanistan, and is a growing repository – instructions are even included if you wanted to conduct an interview and submit it to be part of the collection. The Military Oral History Project is another huge repository, searchable by name, date, place of conflict, service branch, and other keywords. It covers from World War II through the present, although the emphasis is on the Cold War era. Another repository is Vietnam Era Oral Histories, produced by the Ball State University Digital Media Repository. It includes dozens of Vietnam veteran’s oral histories, in transcript and video.
This Veterans Day, try honoring one specific veteran by learning more about him or her. Learning about a veteran might be the best gift you can give!
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