October 28th, 2013
As exams and papers come due, you’re probably reaching the point in the semester when you need to do a lot of research. There are lots of great spaces to be on campus – the Graf center, the Mikesell Plaza (when the weather is nice) – but those aren’t necessarily the best places to study. For that, the library is your go-to destination.
But it’s not just quiet and easy access to reference sources that make the library great. We have a lot of special facilities to make your study time better. You may have checked out a study room in the library, either for yourself or for a small group. Well, now the Library Living Room is also available to be reserved for groups of five or more, and can be checked out for two hours at a time (contact the circulation desk at 973-8311 to reserve it – please give us at least two hours notice so we can make sure the room is empty and ready for your group). It’s an awesome informal space with comfortable furniture and no distractions.
If you’ve been back in our book stacks recently, you’ve noticed that we’ve added a number of new chairs and nooks to sit and study in peace and quiet. From normal desks and tables to comfy couches and lounge chairs, we’ve got enough variety to meet anyone’s needs. Maybe you already have your own special place!
Computers and wireless web access are available in any of these places, but in the back of the stacks we have a special computer for group work. Our Collaboration Station features a big television-style monitor, but also has ports to connect up to four laptops into the computer. It’s easy to share work, copying files from one computer to the other or effortlessly switching whose laptop screen is displayed on the monitor. It’s simple to stay engaged and productive when it’s so easy and visible to share information and assignments. Plus, it’s a great place to watch a film your professor may have assigned. We have headphones you can use at the front desk.
Don’t worry about distractions at crunch time – the library’s here to do more than help you with your research. We’re also a great place to do your whole project!
Need any help? You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
October 21st, 2013
If you’ve ever used a library database to do research, chances are it was an EBSCO database. From general-knowledge resources like Academic Search Premier to discipline-specific parts like MedLine, PsycInfo, Business Source Premier, Communication and Mass Media, and ERIC, it covers every discipline taught at IU East – and includes over a third of our full text articles. More students use it than any other database.
But at the end of the month, our most popular databases will be getting a facelift. EBSCO is redesigning their interface based on user feedback, to make it cleaner and easier to use. For example, have you ever run a really complicated search? Something like:
TI nursing AND information AND (system* OR technology) AND TI practice NOT wireless
Well, now you don’t have to type out something like that. Field codes like ‘TI’ and ‘AU’? Instead, just click the ‘select a field’ button to specify that that word must be in the title or author. Use the dropdowns for AND, OR and NOT rather than typing them. You can use the database in a more intuitive way – not relying on as much complicated syntax you’ve had to use before.
But don’t worry – everything else is still in the same place. You can choose any or all EBSCO databases to use at once at the top of the screen. You can limit by date, by full text, or by peer-review on the left. You access the articles by clicking on their titles, and the ‘find it’ button is still there to help you get articles we don’t have through interlibrary loan. Everything you’ve learned about how to navigate still applies. No features are gone, and they’re still in the same places. Heck, if you like typing out a search like the one above, that’ll still work too. Just now, you don’t have to.
Check out the changes next week. And if you have any questions, let me help at email@example.com.
October 13th, 2013
This year, the Ripple Effect is promoting Mark Twain’s classic novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer throughout the Wayne County community with plays, Tom Sawyer-themed Family Fun Nights, classroom visits, and more. And IU East is part of the action – on October 16th Dr. Steven Petersheim will be leading a marathon reading session in the library from 8:00 to 6:00. You can drop by anytime to read aloud or listen to others read, and participate in reliving all of Tom Sawyer’s classic adventures treasure hunting, whitewashing fences, and attending his own funeral.
But there’s more to learn about Mark Twain and Tom Sawyer, and the library can be your guide. From biographies to book reviews to literary criticism to historical context, we have material about Twain and his famous protagonist in databases like eBrary, JSTOR, Biography in Context, and ProQuest Literature and Language. All excellent, scholarly material if you want to carry the ripple effect forward into your classwork, or just learn more about this quintessential American author.
For even more information about Mark Twain and Tom Sawyer, check out the library’s guide here: http://iue.libguides.com/TomSawyer
October 7th, 2013
On October 16th, IU East will host Robert Jensen, a famous journalism professor from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Jensen will explore race issues in his speech “Power and Politics in the Age of Obama: Is the United States Post-Racial?”
Although Dr. Jensen will be discussing racism, he is a significant voice on many other topics ranging from white privilege, feminism (especially as relates to pornography, sexual violence, and the social construction of masculinity), America’s place in the world (particularly its military actions), journalism, and the furthering of progressive political goals through the use of media. He has published dozens of scholarly articles, books, newspaper columns, blogs, and more detailing his thoughts on these issues.
Dr. Jensen came to national attention with a controversial article about America’s moral culpability for the September 11th attacks, which even prompted the president of the University of Texas to publicly denounce him. And Dr. Jensen continues to make headlines with provocative pieces such as his recent critique of Thanksgiving as a celebration of genocide, calling instead for an annual day of fasting and penitence. But the significance of his ideas can most clearly be seen not in controversy, but by the large number of scholars and theorists whose work either builds on Jensen or tries to refute his positions. He is the kind of scholar whose ideas must be considered.
Dr. Jensen’s speech is at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 16th in Vivian Auditorium. Admission is free, but tickets can be obtained from the Bursar’s office. If you can’t make it to the speech, Dr. Jensen will also conduct several teaching sessions on October 16th and 17th at IU East and in the Richmond community focused on how to recognize and address hidden racism. Additionally, he will run a workshop for students based on his book “The Heart of Whiteness”.
You can read more by and about Robert Jensen at http://iue.libguides.com/robertjensen
September 30th, 2013
October 6th – 12th is National Mental Health Awareness Week, a yearly effort by the National Alliance on Mental Illness to foster discussion and understanding for people with mental illnesses. They focus on grassroots efforts and community-level events to spread awareness, and the local NAMI organization has events planned for Richmond.
But what if you want to dig deeper? As always, the library is a great source for high-quality information. From major databases like ProQuest Psychology and PsycInfo to the National Institute of Health’s PubMed Central, we have a staggering number of articles on mental illness and health. And if books are more your thing, databases like eBrary contain dozens of titles like:
Empowering People with Severe Mental Illness: A Practical Guide by Donald Linhorst
First Person Accounts of Mental Illness and Recovery by Craig Winston LeCroy
Help Yourself towards Mental Health by Cortenay Young
Introducing Mental Health: A Practical Guide by Caroline Kinsella
Learning about Mental Health Practice by Theo Stickley
Mental Health: Facing the Challenges, Building Solutions by the World Health Organization
Mental Health Promotion: A Lifespan Approach by Mimi Cattan
Additionally, all of our other databases that deal with psychology can be found here. And if you need any help, don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!