I have been so busy asking for faith that I forgot to ask for patience

October 5th, 2015

“I have been so busy asking for faith that I forgot to ask for patience.”

~ Marjorie Agosin, I lived on Butterfly Hill

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Latino Americans: 500 Years of History continues at IU East On Oct. 12-13, with a visit from award-winning author and activist Marjorie Agosin. Agosin is the winner of the Pura Belpré award for her young adult novel I Lived on Butterfly Hill. The book reflects her experience as a child during the severe political turmoil in Chile. Agosin is the author of numerous books, including these that are available in the IU East Campus Library: Amigas, A Cross and a Star, Landscapes of a New Land, Stitching Resistance, and Women, Gender, and Human Rights. She has been described as “a poet, human rights activist, and literary critic. [She is] interested in Jewish literature and literature of human rights in the Americas; women writers of Latin America; migration, identity, and ethnicity.” Currently, Agosin is a Professor of Latin American Studies and Spanish at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She earned her Ph.D. in Latin America literature at Indiana University. More information about her academic career is here.

Agosin will present a public lecture, open to the community, on Monday, October 12th at 4 p.m. in the IU East Campus Library, Hayes Hall. Also in the Campus Library, on Tuesday, October 13th at 2:30 p.m., Agosin will lead an Arpillera workshop. Arpilleras are textile artwork that were used as a form of political protest during the totalitarian military regime of the 1970s and 1980s in Chile (Source). For more information about Arpilleras, please see our LibGuide. Supplies for creating an arpillera will be provided. Reservations for the workshop are recommended here to ensure there will be sufficient materials. If you have favorite bits of fabric and momentos you are welcome to bring those.

Agosin’s visit is supported by the IU East School of Humanities and Social Science, IU East Mindful Explorations, and the NEH/ALA grant. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is a public programming initiative produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) & the American Library Association, and is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.

If you have questions or would like to learn more, we are online for you 24/7! iueref@iue.edu

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Being Involved

September 28th, 2015

To get the most out of college, you have to dedicate yourself to it. You can’t just show up. You have to be prepared. Be involved. Have the discipline and concentration to get the most out of each experience. That’s certainly true for cultural things. Maybe you’re planning on joining the World Heart Day walk this Tuesday. Or perhaps going to the Ohio Renaissance Festival on October 3rd with the History, Humanities, and Honors clubs is more your style. Maybe you’ll read Positive and attend Paige Rawl’s talk on October 27th. All of these things improve dramatically when you’ve prepared yourself for them first.

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But it is equally true for scholarship. You don’t learn just because you’re signed up for classes. You learn because you do the hard work of thinking about, criticizing, and synthesizing the ideas you encounter. And it’s not just listening attentively in class and taking good notes – it’s all aspects of academics, from homework to forum postings.

Take writing a paper. First you brainstorm, perhaps write a formal proposal, and then do preliminary research. Next you refine your topic to something that would make a good paper, perhaps writing an outline for it. Then, you do the bulk of your research, read and synthesize your sources, write a rough draft, and revise it. You may review it with others, and put in your citations. And at last, you craft a final, professional paper.

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You can’t blow off any of these parts if you want to write a great paper. Every step of the way, you have to make a conscious choice to be prepared, be diligent, be thoughtful. In each step, you have to be ‘all in’. As we enter midterms, the pressure intensifies, and it can be very tempting to give your studies less than your best. But don’t worry – you aren’t alone. Need help researching? Contact us in the library at any time. In the writing phase? The Writing Center is there to help you. Need help with schoolwork other than papers? Try Academic Support Programs. There are a phalanx of IU East employees determined to help you succeed. But only you can bring the right attitude.

Are you ‘all in’?

Good. We’re all in with you, too. Need any help? Contact us at iueref@iue.edu

Positively Connecting with Positive

September 21st, 2015

The One Book 2015 selection is Positive by Paige Rawl. Paige conveys important messages about bullying, HIV, and overcoming obstacles in life. If you have not yet read the book, free copies are still available at the IU East Campus Library.

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Fifteen hundred books have been distributed to campus and community participants, and readers are engaging with the content in a variety of ways:
• First year seminar students are discussing “differences” with clients of Independent Living Center, creating a scrapbook called “Paige’s pages,” and designing book covers with original art that reflect the themes in Positive
• Nursing students are connecting book content with community outreach programs and writing reflections on the book’s content
• Psychology students will lead a positivity workshop for middle school students
• Biology students are presenting HIV/AIDS research posters in Whitewater on Oct. 27
• Purdue Polytechnic Institute computer graphic arts students are designing interactive writing walls that will be located through campus and community
• Teachers in schools throughout the community are reading and discussing the books, including Centerville-Abington elementary, Northeastern Middle School, Vaile, and Communities in Schools site coordinators
• Students in middle and high school are reading the book, including Hagerstown-Jefferson Township Library Teen group, Union County Middle School, and Richmond High School’s Alliance club.

Paige Rawl’s presentation on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in Vivian Auditorium will include a short informational powerpoint on HIV, followed by a testimonial of her experiences, a Q & A session, and book-signing. A few seats are still available but we do need reservations: https://iueonebook2015.eventbrite.com

We have created a resource guide: http://iue.libguides.com/onebook2015 and also have a site at which stories about overcoming difficulties can be posted anonymously: http://www.iue.edu/onebook (scroll down, right side of page). These can be about HIV, bullying, or any other type of challenge. Our hope is that this will create awareness that many people have a variety of obstacles they have survived, and it may serve as inspiration to others.

The One Book Facebook page will provide updates on some readers and their reactions, along with relevant articles and websites on the topics of HIV and bullying: https://www.facebook.com/iueonebook

Important resources specific to bullying in Indiana are Bullying Prevention & Intervention in Indiana http://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/bullying-prevention-intervention-indiana  and Indiana Anti-Bullying Laws & Policies

If you would like to share comments directly with One Book 2015 Coordinator Frances Yates you are welcome to email her at fyates@iue.edu
If you are interested in more resources about HIV or bullying, please contact our library reference coordinator Matt Dilworth: iueref@iue.edu

Peer Review and How to Find It

September 14th, 2015

As a scholar, you will likely be asked to find a lot of very specialized information for your assignments, papers, and projects. Some of this is the type of material – use a certain number of books, articles, and websites. Sometimes you’ll be looking for primary sources – those created by the participants themselves. Other times it will be multimedia, like documentaries, interviews, or television news broadcasts. And other times it will be for peer reviewed material.

Peer review isn’t complicated – it is a work of scholarship, usually a journal article, which other experts in the field read before it is published, and who attest to its veracity or academic value. A journal that is peer reviewed is generally considered one of the most credible and reliable in its field.

So, why would you ever settle for something that hadn’t been peer reviewed? The process of peer review is slow – adding months, or even occasionally years, to the time it takes to publish the article. Great for that scientific article about fossilized soft tissue in dinosaurs from your favorite paleontology journal, but terrible for an analysis in a communications journal of the rhetoric being used by 2016 presidential candidates. As a good rule of thumb, peer review is great for scholarly research, but poor for news. It is a tool, and knowing when to use it and when not to will make your research better.

That said, it is an incredible tool. So how do you tell if an article has been peer reviewed? And more importantly, how do you look for such articles? Fortunately, many article databases that we subscribe to allow you to easily filter to just peer reviewed journals. For example, in the EBSCO databases like Academic Search Premier, you can put a check mark next to the box that says “Peer Reviewed” in the “Limit Your Results” section of the screen. ProQuest databases also have a check box, labeled “Peer Reviewed” and which is directly under the search box. Other databases differ slightly, but many offer something like this (although a few, such as Opposing Viewpoints, only have this choice on an ‘Advanced Search’ screen).

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It’s worth noting, though, that these features typically just filter to peer reviewed JOURNALS, not peer reviewed ARTICLES.  Occasionally peer review journals publish other things, like book reviews or letters to the editor.  Be sure what you’re looking at is really an article.

There are some article databases that don’t have an easy peer review limiter – ones like JSTOR and the OVID databases (and, of course, databases that don’t deal with articles at all won’t have any – primary source databases like Latin American Women Writers, specialized subject databases like Oxford Music Online, or review databases like Book Review Index are strong in other areas).  With any database that doesn’t have an easy limiter, you can find out if a journal is peer reviewed by using the journal’s own web page to find out for sure.  If they describe their process for peer review, you’ve found a peer reviewed journal.

In any of the databases with the limiter, type whatever you want to search for in the search blank as normal, choose the peer review limit, and you’ll get back a search like this (you can tell which are the articles because it will say so in the Document Type line).

All of our databases are listed by subject here.  Need any help? Ask us at iueref@iue.edu!

Foreigners in their Own Land (1565-1880)

September 7th, 2015

Join campus and community members for the first film in the “Latino Americans: 500 years of history” series, on Tues., September 8 at 5:30 pm at the Morrisson-Reeves Library. IU East scholar Dr. Christine Nemcik will lead a discussion about the early history of Latinos in America. Refreshments will be provided by community member Pam Zelaya. There will also be an opportunity for participants to have “cultural conversations” with IU East students, as we strive to document the stories of local members of the Latino American community on our region.

The streaming version of the film, available in English and in Spanish, is available here as well as a lecture by Dr. Nemcik. Below is a summary of this episode. We hope to see you at the live screening! Questions, or for more information, contact fyates@iue.edu

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“One hundred years after Columbus’ arrival in the Caribbean, Spanish conquistadors and priests push into North America in search of gold and to spread Catholicism. With the arrival of the British in North America, the two colonial systems produce contrasting societies that come in conflict as Manifest Destiny pushes the U.S into the Mexican territories of the Southwest.

Apolinaria Lorenzana provides a window to the Spanish Mission System while Mariano Vallejo personifies the era of the Californio rancheros, an elite class who thrive after Mexico gains its independence from Spain. Juan Seguín, a third generation Tejano, or Texan, is caught between two worlds; his commitment to an Independent Texas and his identity as a Mexican. Through the Mexican American War, the U.S. takes a full half of Mexico’s territory by 1848. Over 70,000 Mexicans are caught in a strange land, and many become American citizens.

As the Gold Rush floods California with settlers, complex and vital communities are overwhelmed. The elites, including Mariano Vallejo and Apolinaria Lorenzana lose their land. Mexicans and Mexican Americans are treated as second-class citizens, facing discrimination and racial violence. Resistance to this injustice appears in New Mexico as Las Gorras Blancas (The White Caps), burn Anglo ranches and cut through barbed wire to prevent Anglo encroachment. At the same time, New Mexicans manage to transform themselves through education, managing to preserve Hispano culture in New Mexico and their standing in the midst of an era of conquest and dispossession.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a public programming initiative produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) & the American Library Association, is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square