Women’s History Month

March 10th, 2014

March is Women’s History Month, and the National Women’s History Project has chosen the theme for 2014 to be “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment.”  So now is a great time to learn about history-changing women, either for class assignments or your own interest.



The Campus Library can support your research needs.  Scholarly databases like American Women’s History Online, Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000, Contemporary Women’s Issues, GenderWatch, and Daily Life Through History cover women’s history and women’s issues from a number of perspectives, from primary sources such as letters and diaries to scholarly secondary sources like encyclopedias and journal articles.


We also have lots of print books and e-books.  Titles like Telling Tales: Essays in Western Women’s History by Catherine Cavanaugh, Practice of U. S. Women’s History: Narratives, Intersections, and Dialogues by S. Jay Kleinberg, Boundaries of Her Body: A History of Women’s Rights in America by Debran Rowland, Making Women Count: A History of the Women’s Electoral Lobby by Marian Sawer, and Traveling Heritages: New Perspectives on Collecting, Preserving and Sharing Women’s History by Annelou Ypeij explore the challenges and triumphs or furthering women’s status in numerous arenas.  For more information, we also have a libguide showcasing all the resources we have that support the study of women’s history.

boundaries of her body

boundaries of her body

Need any help?  Have questions?  Don’t hesitate to ask us at iueref@iue.edu!

BETTY FRIEDAN AT WOMENS MARCH by Eric Kroll photo via ImageQuest

BETTY FRIEDAN AT WOMENS MARCH by Eric Kroll photo via ImageQuest

Sweet Music

March 3rd, 2014

IU East has lots of talent among its faculty and on Thursday, March 6 you can enjoy a flute recital by music lecturer Jessica Raposo.  The presentation, at 7 pm in Vivian Auditorium, will include the world premier performance of a new piece of music composed by Nathaniel Akers, a graduate of IU East.  Also performing will be Barbara Armstrong on the piano, Stephen Nordstrom on violin, Kevin Nordstrom on viola, and Tanya Kholosho on cello.  They will play selections from Mozart, Bach, Hoover, Borne, and Hindemith.


And if that sounds good to you, the library has more!  A guide to all of our music resources can be found here – of particular note is the Naxos Music Library, which includes over a million tracks of streaming music from 90,000 CDs.  You can search by composer, artist, or type of music, and assemble and save your own playlists – even listen to dozens of flute recitals like these.

Working in concert with that is our book collection, which includes numerous music books, including flute-oriented titles like Simple Flute: From A to Z by Michel Debost, Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”: Opera Classics Library Series by Burton Fisher, and biographies like Monarch of the Flute: The Life of Georges Barrere by Nancy Toff.  Add to that databases like Oxford Music Online, and you have resources up to your ears!

Need any help?  If you have any questions, ask us at iueref@iue.edu!

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Stats! Stat!

February 24th, 2014

Statistics.  You’ve probably had a project that required them.  Maybe you just needed a single number – what percentage of the population corresponds to what characteristic.  Or maybe you needed to show a trend, how a statistic changed over time.  Regardless, it’s a special type of information that can sometimes be difficult to search for.

Lots of organizations collect statistics.  Some of these organizations are more reliable than others.  The United States government is one of the major statistics-collecting groups, and it gathers data on a staggering variety of topics.  You’re probably familiar with some of them – the Census Bureau gathers population statistics, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics collects information about employment – including economic data, types of careers, median salaries, changes in the size of the workforce, and the like.  But did you know that the Department of Transportation keeps statistics on traffic accidents involving hazardous materials?  Or that the Forest Service tracks data on what uses timber is put to after it is cut down?

There is so much out there, it can be hard to know where to start looking.  A very handy way of finding U.S. statistics online is the portal FedStats, which includes links to statistics for over one hundred agencies – federal, state, and local.  Outside of the United States are organizations such as the United Nations Statistics Division and the International Statistical Institute.  These statistics are valuable, but are usually less complete than the U.S. data.

In the library, you might try the Statistical Abstract of the United States (HA202 .A3; latest volume at the front desk), which features more than a thousand graphs, tables, and charts of statistics related to the social, political, and economic organization of America – everything from crime to housing to elections to car sales (there is an abbreviated version online, as well).  And if you’re interested in looking outside the United States, you might try International Historical Statistics (HA1107 .M5).

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When you’re researching long-term trends, older data can be particularly tough to find.  Often, online statistics do not go back more than a few decades, and this is especially true at the state and local level.  That doesn’t mean the data doesn’t exist, though – just that it hasn’t been digitized and put online.  Usually, a call or email to the relevant agency or archivist can get you whatever you need.  For example, the Indiana State Archives can be reached at arc@icpr.in.gov.  Just be sure to give them a few days to collect the data and send it back to you!

Do you need help finding statistics for your paper?  Ask us at iueref@iue.edu!

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Hispanic Culture Resources

February 17th, 2014

With the Hispanic Culture Fair this Saturday, February 22, we’d like to highlight a few of the many resources that are available about Hispanic and Latino culture.  Whether you’re writing a paper for a class, preparing a lesson plan, or just personally interested in the subject, there’s information for you.

Scholarly databases like Informe Revistas en Espanol, Latin American Women Writers, Latino Literature: Poetry, Drama, and Fiction, and Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 can satisfy in-depth academic needs.  Prefer books?  We have titles like Comparative cultural studies and Latin America by Sophia McClennen, Sociedad: Guardians of Hispanic Culture along the Rio Grande by José Rivera, Riddle of Cantinflas: Essays on Hispanic Popular Culture by Ilan Stavans, or Invisible Border: Latinos in America by Samuel Roll.  Want multimedia, instead?  Try videos from Alexander Street Press.  And we have plenty of Spanish-language films available for checkout, too.

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For our friends who aren’t IU East students, there are plenty of free resources online, too.  Websites such as Explore Hispanic Culture and Hispanic Culture and Traditions give lots of fun information, while the Library of Congress Hispanic Reading Room or the Smithsonian Latino Center offer a more scholarly view.  And organizations like The Hispanic Society of America and the Amigos Richmond Latino Center have helpful pages to link you to current news or special events.

Interested in learning more about Hispanic culture?  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at iueref@iue.edu!

And please join us on February 22,  noon – 3:00 pm, in the Campus Library in Hayes Hall, to celebrate Hispanic culture with dance, music, games, arts and crafts, and a variety of interactive learning stations. The event is free and children are welcome with an accompanying adult.

Pick up your passport and follow Rufus, the Lobo Rojo, as you travel the world. Play Bingo in Mexico (Lotería), see the Nazca geoglyphs in Peru, join a puppet show, make a flag from a Spanish-speaking country, design your own castanets, learn the Flamenco with Dolka, watch international short films, and dance to a live band!


On-the-go learning: your digital life

February 10th, 2014

This last week featured Digital Learning Day, a time to learn about and use technology effectively to improve education at all levels – from grade school to college to your career.  Technology is all around us – so ubiquitous, in fact, that sometimes we don’t even notice it, or take full advantage of it.

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At IU East, smart classrooms let our professors link us to all kinds of multimedia.  Computer labs reside in every building, some with specialized programs for math or art or video design.  You can connect to the wireless network anywhere on campus.  And IU offers you thousands of dollars worth of free software for your home computer.

Chances are you use the web and Wikipedia and Facebook far more than you ever have used a conventional encyclopedia or newspaper or phonebook.  But there’s much more to digital education than the free internet – and the library has the sources that matter for your research.  Need books?  We have around 150,000 from databases like eBrary, Books 24×7, EBSCO Ebooks, Brill, Wiley Online, and CredoRef.  Articles?  Our scholarly databases include millions of full text journal, newspaper, and magazine articles.  Or how about videos?  Kitten videos on YouTube are cute, but the 20,000 academic e-videos we subscribe to will actually make your papers and projects better.

collaboration station

Prefer to work in the library, rather than at home?  There’s more here to suit your needs.  Try our collaboration station, and link your laptops together on a big screen.  Or dictate your paper by using Dragon Naturally Speaking voice recognition software, available in the study room.  And if you want tangible books and videos, you can even text the call numbers to yourself from our catalog.

However you learn, technology can help improve your work and research.  Let us help you – and send us your questions at iueref@iue.edu!