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 http://www.askonline.net/ – 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 write@iue.edu.

Need more help? Send your questions to iueref@iue.edu. 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 iueref@iue.edu!

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, (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/harry-potter/8592280/Pottermore-JK-Rowling-facts-and-figures.html), 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, (http://www.zimbio.com/Harry+Potter/articles/NmetFfvOTdV/Harry+Potter+Numbers+Facts+Figures+Stats+More) 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 https://proxy.library.iue.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=aph, or use JSTOR at https://proxy.library.iue.edu/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/. Maybe you could write an analysis for a class. If you need help, just Ask Us! iueref@iue.edu


(From http://twentieschic.com/encore-encore-harry-potter-series-will-never-get-old )

More Great Databases

September 15th, 2014

Being part of the IU system is great. IU East students have always benefitted from small class sizes and close relationships with faculty coupled with Indiana University’s rigorous academic programs, but being an IU campus pays dividends in lots of other aspects of campus life. The library is no exception. For example, if we don’t have a book you want and another IU library does, just click the red ‘request delivery’ button in our catalog. It will be mailed here for you at no cost, and you’ll get to keep it for six weeks. It’s like having a library with ten million books!

Being part of IU helps provide electronic resources, too. Since we can often purchase databases in conjunction with the rest of Indiana University, we’re able to get access to many more databases than most universities our size enjoy. And recently, we’ve added two new ones through our relationship with the statewide Indiana University.

The first is Smithsonian Collections Online. This database features digitized primary source materials from the museums, libraries, research centers, and archives of the world’s largest museum, making a wealth of information available to you. This includes material from their exhibits and collections, as well as their publications. The database is growing as the publisher, Gale, continues to digitize more material.


The second is Punch Magazine Digital Archive 1841-1992. This database offers the full text of the original run of the deeply influential British satire magazine, including illustrations and groundbreaking political cartoons. Also made by Gale, it joins several other databases such as Nineteenth Century British Library Newspapers and the Illustrated London Times in documenting a key time in the rise of popular newspapers and magazines.

punch cartoon

Take a look and let us know what you think about them. And if you need help with these or any other databases, don’t hesitate to contact us at iueref@iue.edu!

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free” ~ Frederick Douglas

September 8th, 2014

September is National Literacy Month. Used in this context, literacy refers to the ability to read and write. Why does literacy have an entire month devoted to it on the national level? According to dosomething.org (https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-literacy-america) “1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read.”

Frida and sister Dia del Niño 5-3-14

Appreciating the fact that you are able to read, and taking action to help others read is a great way to celebrate National Literacy Month. Right here at IU East, in the Center for Service-Learning (CSL), located in the Campus Library, we have lots of opportunities for you to help. Currently we are in our second year of providing “literacy coaches” to meet specific community needs. Interested in learning more about how YOU can help? Contact Ann in the CSL: iueastsl@iue.edu and read on to find out about your IU East peers and their efforts to improve literacy for local youth.

 Katelyn Brown and Brian at Dia del Niño 5-3-14

Frida Hernandez, an Elementary Education major, will be reconnecting with the English language learner (ELL) students she worked with last year at Vaile Elementary, both in class and at the Homework Helpers program. Frida’s first language is Spanish, so she can relate to those students who are learning English as she did. As a successful IU East student, she is an inspiring role model for the young ELL students. Frida explained,”I am Hispanic myself, and I know from experience how it feels not knowing any English and starting at a new school where English is the only language. I moved here when I was 6, and it took me 2 years to learn English. That’s why when I heard about helping Hispanic students, I was willing to volunteer.”

Katelyn Brown and Spencer Milligan @ Dia del Niño 5-3-14 lemon head

Katelyn Brown, an IU East student with a double major in biology and Spanish, also has volunteered at Vaile and this semester will be working with ELL students at Elizabeth Starr Academy. She shared that “Helping English language learners is a fantastic opportunity to practice Spanish while interacting with children. Being able to communicate with them showed me the importance of being bilingual.” The experience reinforced her plans of continuing to study Spanish and using it to help people in the community, now, and in the future, when she accomplishes her goal of being a dentist.

Vaile Elem -ELL tutoring with 3 students and Katelyn Brown (taken by Katie SM) - Copy

Jorge Pérez Orduño serves as a Literacy Coach for the ENL students at Richmond High School.  He helped students overcome some of the basic obstacles they face every day. Having gone through these experiences earlier on in his life Jorge explained that “I wanted to help to these students going through the unmarked trail that is high school. Starting out it was difficult to talk to them, and there was some resistance on their part, but I think they opened up to me sooner because I was closer to their age and circumstance.”

VivaHCF Feb2014 Icebreaker-Ashlee,Spencer,Dani,Jorge

Whether you speak Spanish and can help ELL students, or want to be a reading tutor for children, or teach reading to adults, we have opportunities for you to share your gift of literacy. Contact the CSL today! iueastsl@iue.edu

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