Matt Dilworth

Matt Dilworth

Wilier Than a Coyote

Wilier Than a Coyote

Wile E. Coyote gave many of us inadvertent lessons in science in his endless quest to dine on delicious roadrunner. The hazards of poorly understood physics (what goes up must come down), where you should stand during an experiment, and humorous cautions on not using proper safety precautions were all hallmarks of his schemes. Professors even occasionally use his misadventures in class, to illustrate their points. But when it comes to your research, you probably want something a little more… rigorous (and less prone to catastrophic failure and personal injury). Fortunately, the worst you risk in the library is an occasional paper cut. We have lots of high-quality databases for science (listed here) that can supply you with the current … Continued
Biography Sources

Biography Sources

There are lots of types of things to research, but often we seem to focus on issues or abstract concepts. Are people better off if they do A over B? What does the experiment show? How do we decide a difficult policy question? But those issues and events are put into motion by people, whose lives and ideas shape the ideas. We turn to biographies when we want to learn about people’s lives. But sometimes, even if it seems like you’re dealing with an abstract issue or policy question, your work will be deepened by an understanding of the people behind it. Who they are, and why they formed the ideas they did. Literature has long embraced this – as … Continued
LGBT Resources

LGBT Resources

With the controversy in Indiana over State Bill 344, there’s never been a better time to learn more about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues, perspectives, and resources. And while IU East offers a lot of support, from student groups like the LGBTQS Alliance and cultural opportunities like the annual Drag Show, there’s no better place to research and learn than the library. Numerous databases have insightful and authoritative articles on any LGBT issue or interest. But several databases are even more useful, such as LGBT Studies, which includes material like films, documentaries, interviews, and archival video that explore every facet of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, including cultural, social and political changes through history. Another great choice is … Continued
Prejudice and Pride

Prejudice and Pride

On Tuesday, February 9 at Morrisson-Reeves Library (5:30 in the Bard Room), students and the Richmond community will have an opportunity to see episode 5, Prejudice and Pride, of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History film series, continuing the yearlong program of cultural conversation that started last September. Latin American food will be available, and students in Spanish courses at IU East will lead a discussion after the film. Prejudice and Pride covers the period of the 1960s and 70s, focusing on Latino activism and the formation of modern Chicano identity. If you can’t attend, the video is also available online: But these videos are just a starting point. There’s lots more to do and learn, whether for your … Continued
Holocaust Remembrance

Holocaust Remembrance

January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day (chosen as the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp), a time to commemorate and honor the victims of one of the worst genocides in the entirety of human history. The ramifications of human evil displayed in the Holocaust changed the world’s understanding of and responses to genocides, and memory of this horror has influenced virtually all responses to genocides since, from Indonesia to Cambodia to Sudan to Bosnia. This pivotal point in history has thus been the topic of significant vital scholarship, from those grappling to understand evil to those hoping to improve humanity’s moral bearing. IU East is a participant in this scholarly endeavor, with several upcoming events occurring … Continued