Transform U: Empower Your Vision, Your Voice, Your Future

October 20th, 2014

One of IU East’s core principals is diversity, so we are always excited at new opportunities in multiculturalism. And on November 1st, IU is offering a big one. The annual Diversity Leadership Conference is targeted towards students, helping you contribute to diversity education, personal empowerment, and developing leadership skills.


This year’s theme is “Transform U: Empower Your Vision, Your Voice, Your Future” and is geared to empowering students to take ownership of their college experience by taking meaningful action to effect positive change both at their institution and in their world. If you want to develop a broader multicultural understanding of yourself and of your environment, this might be a great opportunity for you. Registration is due by Friday, October 24th, and the conference will be held at the Indiana University Auditorium in Bloomington.

But even if you can’t attend, there are plenty of ways to learn about diversity right here, and the library offers a wealth of information. Maybe you’re researching an aspect of multiculturalism or a specific movement, like feminism or queer theory. Maybe you’re looking for information about a threat to it, like ageism, classism, racism, sexism, or ableism.

diversity books

Whatever your information need, we have lots of great titles to support it like Multiculturalism on Campus: Theory, Models, and Practices for Understanding Diversity and Creating Inclusion by Michael Cuyjet, Ashgate Research Companion to Multiculturalism by Duncan Ivison, Multicultural Odysseys: Navigating the New International Politics of Diversity by Will Kymlicka, Deep Cultural Diversity: A Governance Challenge by Gilles Paquet, Perspectives on the Intersection of Multiculturalism and Positive Psychology by Lisa Edwards, Diversity Research and Policy: A Multidisciplinary Exploration by Steven Knotter, Creating Multicultural Change on Campus by Raechele Pope or The Intercultural City: Planning for Diversity Advantage by Phil Wood. And for articles and essays, we have databases like African-American History Online, American Indian History Online, Contemporary Women’s Issues, Gender Watch, Informe Revistas en Espanol, Opposing Viewpoints, or Social Theory.

Need any help getting started? Send your questions to us at!

Festival of Light

October 13th, 2014

Every autumn, Hindus throughout the world celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Light. Observed on the darkest new moon of the Hindu month Kartik, it is a celebration of spiritual significance. People light diyas, lamps, and candles or shoot off fireworks in celebration of the triumph of light over darkness and everything that stands for – good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.

On October 29th IU East will hold a Diwali Festival, starting with a symbolic candle lighting ceremony presided over by Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe, and professors Parul Khurana and Hitesh Kathuria. The food, music, and fellowship begin at 5:30 in Whitewater Hall – you can RSVP with Dr. Kathuria at 765-973-8247 or

india ebooks

If you are new to Indian culture, the library has lots of helpful resources. You might want to start with books, including tiles like India: The Emerging Giant by Arvind Panagariya, History of India by Burton Stein, India Society and Culture, More than Real: A History of the Imagination in South India by David Shulman, or Culture and Customs of India by Carol Henderson. Want articles? Try these searching in many of our major databases. There are even videos available like The Indian Subcontinent.

So whether you want to learn a little information about a new culture or study in depth, the library is a place where you can find your light. And if you have any questions, contact us at!

Writing Right for National Writing Day and Beyond

October 6th, 2014

October 20th is National Writing Day, and there’s no better place to get started than the library. Whether you’re interested in getting a start writing your next research paper, composing your own short story, or reading the work of others, we have plenty of tools available to help.

Want to get started writing fiction? Try the MLA International Bibliography. Click on ‘MLA Directory of Periodicals’ at the top and search by title or keyword – it offers detailed information on over 7,000 journals, including editorial contact information, submission guidelines, as well as information on circulation, acceptance rate, and costs. Or take a look at ebooks in a databases like Ebrary, which includes titles like Creative Writer’s Survival Guide: Advice from an Unrepentant Novelist by John McNally, Writer’s Tool Kit by Carroll Short, or Find Your Story, Write Your Memoir by Lynn Miller. And databases for researching great literature include ProQuest Literature and Language and Contemporary Authors.

How about poetry? A database like Litfinder features the full text of over 150,000 poems, and includes supporting material like author biographies. Or you could dive into a criticism database like Literature Resource Center, which includes critical and interpretive material for works from more than 130,000 world authors past and present. Some of our ebooks dealing with writing poetry yourself include How to Write Poetry by Fred Sedgwick and Teaching Poetry Writing: A Five-Canon Approach by Tom Hunley. And all of our other many writing and literature-based databases can be found here.


Ebooks can also be used to write on other subjects, such as Writing Nonfiction: Turning Thoughts into Books by Dan Poynter or Scientific Writing: A Reader and Writer’s Guide by Jean-Luc Lebrun; or to read masterworks by such authors as William Shakespeare, Homer, Kate Chopin, Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Leo Tolstoy, and many more.

And if you need help with your writing style, grammar or citations, the IU East Writing Center is also available to help. Physically located in Whitewater Hall 206 and also available online 24/7, you can submit your paper at – choose Indiana University East from the drop-down menu, then log in with your IU East username and passphrase. Choose “Writing Center” from “Subject Groups,” select your subject from “Subjects,” and click on “Ask.” The consultants may need between 24-48 hours to reply, and you can submit up to 10 pages per day for review. You can also contact them directly at (765) 973-8506 or at

Need more help? Send your questions to Write on!

Hispanic Cultural Resources and Opportunities

September 29th, 2014

IU East is observing Hispanic Heritage Month from September 13th to October 13th this year, and there’s plenty to see and do!

We started last week with a visit from Alice Driver, a photographer and documentarian, who spoke about her photojournalism and film career (her documentary is If Images Could Fill Our Empty Spaces) and visited a number of classes to talk about US-Mexico border relations and related issues. But if you missed seeing Dr. Driver, there are still plenty of other activities to participate in.

Hispanic Health segments will air all month on WCTV’s ‘Let’s Talk’ series, focusing on needs and resources within Richmond. IU East students who have recently studied abroad in Argentina are presenting their artwork in Room 912, and it will be displayed there through October 15th. IU East Spanish students are visiting Fairview Elementary School and the Starr Academy to read books provided by the library to children in a Bilingual Storytelling program. And Hispanic children’s author Xavier Garza, writer of some of the books being used, will visit IU East to speak with students about his writing on Monday, October 13th at 11:15 a.m. in the Whitewater Hall Community Room.

day of the dead altars

Plus, the library is again hosting the ‘Day of the Dead’ altar building competition – Spanish students will build and present their altars, known as ofrendas, in the library on October 9th (anyone can contribute photos of loved ones for the displays). Then, starting at 1:30 you can vote on which altar you think is the best. The altars will remain on display until October 15th.

But seeing the Day of the Dead altars is only the beginning of what you can learn in the library. We’re well supplied for any academic need with databases like Informe Revistas en Espanol, Latin American Women Writers, Latino Literature: Poetry, Drama, and Fiction, and Sabin Americana, 1500-1926. And we have plenty of books, too, including titles like Comparative Cultural Studies and Latin America by Sophia McClennen, Sociedad: Guardians of Hispanic Culture along the Rio Grande by José Rivera, or Riddle of Cantinflas: Essays on Hispanic Popular Culture by Ilan Stavans.

So if you’re interested in learning more about Hispanic culture, the library has your back. You can contact us with any questions at!

In Honor of Hermione Granger’s Birthday (She’s 35 this month!)

September 22nd, 2014

Remember the first time you read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone? Even if you haven’t read the books (they’re available in the library, it’s never too late!), you’ve probably seen the movies. And even if you haven’t seen the movies, I’m sure you’ve at least heard of Harry Potter, right? Well, this September marks Hermione Granger’s 35th birthday. She was Harry Potter’s best friend, and later on *SPOILER ALERT* Ron Weasley’s girlfriend/wife. In honor of her birthday, let’s take a look at the various accomplishments and aspects of the Harry Potter franchise.

According to The Telegraph, (, an estimated 400 million copies have been sold worldwide, in over 68 languages. Also, J.K. Rowling was the first author to become a billionaire, and the books were the first children’s novels to rank on the New York Times Bestseller list since Charlotte’s Web in 1952. According to Zimbio, ( the Harry Potter movies have earned 9 Oscar nominations and over $6.37 billion (these numbers do not include the final Harry Potter movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2).

Harry Potter has also been the topic of many scholarly articles and research papers. Check some out using the Academic Search Premier Database at,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=aph, or use JSTOR at Maybe you could write an analysis for a class. If you need help, just Ask Us!


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