LGBT Sources

June 22nd, 2015

June is National LGBT Pride Month in remembrance of the Stonewall riots in June 1969, the beginning of the modern gay liberation movement. IU East has always taken an interest in nurturing and empowering our gay students (and their straight allies) – the LGBTQS Alliance is one of our most popular organizations, and many university employees have Safe Zone training, offering a supportive and affirming place for LGBT students to discuss any issue that weighs on them. And the library has reliable resources to learn about LGBT history or the issues facing the homosexual community today.

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We have resources for any interest or age group. For scholarly needs, databases like LGBT Studies are great starting points, including sources like films, documentaries, interviews, and archival footage that explore the social, cultural, and political evolution of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people throughout modern history. And for more traditional, journal article databases, GenderWatch offers hundreds of thousands of articles on wide-ranging topics affecting the LGBT community including sexuality, religion, and social roles from the last several decades. GenderWatch particularly offers unique and distinctive voices that can often be overlooked in mainstream sources. And for US government documents, try the collection at the Library of Congress.

And if you prefer books, we have titles like Out of the Ordinary: Representations of LGBT Lives by Ian Rivers, Out and Running: Gay and Lesbian Candidates, Elections, and Policy Representation by Donald Haider-Markel, From the Closet to the Courtroom: Five LGBT Rights Lawsuits That Have Changed Our Nation and Right to Be Parents: LGBT Families and the Transformation of Parenthood by Carlos Ball, Queer Women and Religious Individualism by Melissa Wilcox, and Make Your Own History: Documenting Feminist and Queer Activism in the 21st Century by Lyz Bly that explore every facet of gay identity. We’ve also prepared a libguide bringing together sources across the spectrum in one convenient place.

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And for material focused on teaching children, we have plenty of books, as well. Recently, we’ve added new titles like I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel, Donovan’s Big Day by Lesléa Newman, and 10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert to improve our already extensive collection of LGBT-friendly children’s books. There’s something for everyone!

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Building a Student-Friendly Course

June 15th, 2015

Summer may be a welcome respite for students, but it rarely is for faculty! Research, writing articles, attending professional conferences, preparing new programs and courses – a professor’s job is never done.

The library has always been a great tool for professors in teaching their classes. It’s a place to send students to broaden their understanding, and find books and journals that support their arguments. But it can be an asset right from the beginning, in the planning phase of new courses.

Most classes require a lot of material. This is sensible – students have to be exposed to a lot of ideas and perspectives, after all. It follows that they would need to read the work of a lot of authors. But the cost of buying all that can add up quickly – and strain student budgets. Faculty can’t very well respond to this by assigning less – you are doing the right thing by incorporating so much material. But the library can help ease this burden.

The easiest way to make a text widely available is to put it on reserve. We can put any book or video on reserve – whether it belongs to the library or to the professor. The request form is available online here. If you have an extra desk or preview copy of your textbook, consider putting it on reserve.

But what about online students? IU East subscribes to several large ebook collections that have many academic titles. When still in the planning phases of a course, try browsing these collections first to see if there are any materials that are suitable for using as a course textbook – often there are. For example, is there really much of a difference between American Politics and Society by David McKay, a book available through eBrary, and American Politics Today by William Bianco, a book that is not? Or between Justice, Crime, and Ethics by Belinda McCarthy, in EBSCO Ebooks, or Ethical Dilemmas and Decisions in Criminal Justice by Joycelyn Pollock, which isn’t? When choosing materials, there is often an equivalent item that students can be assigned available in an ebook collection. EBSCO Ebooks even plans to have a mobile app in place by the start of next semester for added convenience.

And what of videos? Again, try a video database like VAST first. For example, if you are connecting course material to this year’s One Book program, you may find a video like Positive Voices: Living with HIV/AIDS, available through VAST, to be just as useful as something like AIDS in America: The Crisis Continues, which is not. Assigning a video in a library database has the benefit of being easily available to a student who is out sick the day the video is shown, or to distance students. Links to these videos can even be included in your course site through Canvas or OnCourse.

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The library can be a great help to you, even in the beginning phases of designing a class. We can make courses less expensive, and material more convenient to access. Your students will thank you!

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More from your MUSE

June 8th, 2015

A few weeks ago, we looked at the Humanities Collection of Project MUSE, a newly added database provided by the School of Humanities and Social Science and the Library, which adds significantly to material available for writing, education, literature, social science, and other fields.

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But Project MUSE has a lot of parts, and one other part that we have acquired is the Global Cultural Studies journal supplement.  This section adds access to 20 additional full text journals that are relevant to any student of contemporary culture.  This includes American studies, ethnic studies – including Asian, Latin American, African-American, and indigenous studies – women’s and gender studies, disability studies, and more.

One of the new journals is The Global South, which focuses on the literature and culture of the parts of the world that have experienced the most political, social, and economic upheaval. Another is Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, which looks at cultural material by and for children and young adults – including literature, media, toys, digital culture, and more. Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences focuses on theoretical and critical work in the humanities and social sciences, especially those which challenge conventional understandings of reading and scholarship in academia. The Journal of Haitian Studies is the only refereed journal dedicated to scholarship on Haiti and includes material across the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Caribbean Studies includes articles, research notes, book reviews, news, and more about the islands of the Caribbean. And the Journal of Jewish Identities focuses on diverse ideas concerning the formations of, and transformations in, Jewish identities in its various aspects, layers, and manifestations, including empirical and theoretical articles, interdisciplinary research studies, and case studies.

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The full list of titles in Global Cultural Studies includes:

Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies
British Journal of Canadian Studies
Canadian Ethnic Studies
Caribbean Studies
Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies
The Global South
International Journal of Canadian Studies
Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures
Journal of Austrian Studies
Journal of Haitian Studies
Journal of Jewish Identities
Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies
Journal of Religion and Popular Culture
Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences
Romani Studies
Scandinavian Studies
Serbian Studies: Journal of the North American Society for Serbian Studies
Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Studies in Latin American Popular Culture
Women, Gender, and Families of Color

And the full list of titles IU East now has access to through all of Project MUSE can be found here.

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Summer Reading

June 1st, 2015

Summer is the perfect time for reading! Although our mental image of summer reading may be entertaining books, perhaps on a beach chair near the ocean, it can take different forms. Maybe you’re a student taking a summer class, filling your days with textbooks. Maybe you’re an adult who treasures this time for indulging in the latest philosophy or self-help or cooking book.

You can also enjoy reading by helping with a summer reading program for youth. There are several local programs – including at Morrison Reeves Library (for adults, teens, and children), New Castle Henry County Public Library, or the Centerville Public Library.

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IU East participates in summer reading as well, working with Third Grade Academy. This summer reading program is unique and vital in helping students entering the fourth grade to catch up to their reading level, and continue their schooling with the confidence literacy bestows.  If you would like to be involved as a reader, or listener or provide a program (almost any topic of interest to you, hobby, etc.) please contact Library director Frances Yates: There will be 26 third grade students on campus from June 11 through July 10 and they would love to meet IU East students, staff and faculty!

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Contact the Center for Service-Learning for this and more formal opportunities to serve (working with children at IU East will require a background check). Read with a child and open a world of discovery!

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Sing, oh MUSE

May 25th, 2015

The School of Humanities and Social Science and the Library have teamed up to add a spectacular new resource – the Humanities Collection of Project MUSE. Project MUSE is one of the major vendors for digitized, peer-reviewed full text humanities and social science content, with a special focus on material created by university presses and scholarly societies (over 120 publishers are represented). In all, you now have access to hundreds of thousands of articles and ebooks, in topic areas including Creative Writing, Education, History, Language and Linguistics, Literature, Social Sciences, and Women’s Studies, Gender, and Sexuality. And all content is stable – once it goes online in MUSE, it stays online, permanently.

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If you’ve done research with any of our other databases, using Project MUSE will be a breeze for you. You can use simple or advanced searching, depending on how complex your topic is. Syntax is the same as it is for other major databases like ProQuest Literature and Language and MLA International Bibliography – you can use Boolean operators (AND, OR and NOT) between your search words; quote marks for exact phrases and wildcards for variants of words; and you can specify where those words should appear, such as in the title or the name of the author. Refine these results with date ranges, type of material, and more on the left. And many of the other features of our existing databases are here, too. Permanent links to all documents and even to searches you’ve ran can be saved and posted in OnCourse or emailed to yourself or to others. And unlike many other databases, you don’t have to do anything to generate the permalink. Just copy and paste the link as it appears on your screen in the URL bar.

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Content includes a wealth of new full text journals, for all facets of the humanities. You can bolster your papers of professional research with publications like Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies, Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, Scandinavian Studies, Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, and Women, Gender, and Families of Color. You can browse the full list of titles in the Humanities Collection here.

MUSE titles

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