Lots of New Databases

January 12th, 2015

Thanks to being part of a large University, our IU East campus often has the opportunity to participate in group subscriptions that reduce our cost yet increases your access to a variety of databases.  It’s part of what makes IU East special – a lot of the benefits of a big university, but the familiarity and personal attention of a small campus.

This semester, we are adding several great new databases. One of the most interesting is the Loeb Classical Library, a digitization of hundreds of volumes of classical literature currently published by Harvard University. The print version of the Loeb Classical Library has been a mainstay in universities for decades, offering the original Greek or Latin text on one page and a literal English translation on the opposite page. Beginning language students would learn to read and translate from the portable, coat pocket-sized books – green covers were for Greek texts, and red for Latin. But now, with an iPad or tablet, the entire series can fit in a coat pocket. James Loeb would be proud!

loeb classical library

But we have many others. Take Women and Social Movements, International which includes almost 5,000 primary materials – the writings, letters, and diaries of female activists, as well as major conference proceedings where pivotal events in the women’s movement occurred. Or try Underground and Independent Comics, another primary source-driven database that looks at adult, non-mainstream comic literature including interviews, criticism, and journal articles that give context to the evolution of the comic strip. Or try Harper’s Weekly, which includes the full text of a leading newspaper in 19th Century America. You can search by topic or jump directly to a specific issue, to see what things were like at that time. It’s a great resource both for history students and writers of historical fiction.

underground comics

Additionally, we’re adding numerous Gale database titles, which mostly include the full text of significant British and American magazines, newspapers, and manuscripts. Collections include topics as broad-ranging as British Literary Manuscripts Online 1660-1900, Indigenous Peoples: North America, State Papers Online, Associated Press: US City Bureaus Collection, Financial Times Historical Archive 1888-Onwards, Smithsonian Collections Online, Chatham House Online Archive Module 1 1920-1979, and Liberty Magazine1924-50. Something to fit almost any history-based assignment!

And remember, we’re here for you if you have any questions. Ask us at iueref@iue.edu!

2015 and we’re ready with new library staff, enhanced service-learning, and One Book choices!

January 5th, 2015

Library news you can use

KT Lowe

Welcome to our new Coordinator of Library Instruction and Service-Learning, Katherine (KT) Lowe! KT comes to IU East with work experience at a correctional facility, art gallery, and a variety of museums. Her skills include creating multimedia learning resources, lesson plan design, and legal research. KT earned several degrees at U. of Mich – Ann Arbor: a BA in Asian Studies, Graduate certificate in Museum Studies, and a Master of Science in Information. You can find KT in her library office (Hayes 140A), via phone at 765-973-8434 or email liblearn@iue.edu.

A quick guide of who’s doing what in the library and how we can help:


Center for Service-Learning (CSL) updates

service learning

There is a new registration process for all service-learning connected to IU East. If any student, whether on campus or online, is involved in service, it needs to be registered with the Center for Service-Learning. This includes for classes, clubs or independent projects. Campus/community service-learning liaison Ann Tobin will be glad to assist you. Please contact Ann with any questions about establishing new partnerships, general procedures or logistics: iueastsl@iue.edu or 765-973-8411. If you have questions about ideas for integrating service-learning into your course, you are welcome to connect with Frances, who is faculty liaison for service-learning. Any questions about policy can be directed to Mary Blakefield. We appreciate your cooperation in this important initiative to have every student counted for the impact their service provides!

One Book 2015 contenders

one book options

If anyone would like to provide input on the selection of One Book 2015, here are links to Google Books previews (not full-text) of potential One Book selections. They are not in ranked order. Please email anyone on the committee with your preferences or ideas. Committee members are Matt Dilworth, Sheila Armstead, Liz Johnson, Darla Lane, Denice Williams, Sarah Harris, Chris Snively, Kristan Kanorr, Gloria Dixon, Jack Haggenjos, Teresa Price, Steven Petersheim and Marisa Vanzant.

Military Matters

December 22nd, 2014

We count ourselves lucky to have almost 200 veterans as part of our student body. The life experiences of veterans add immeasurably to the discussion in any classroom. We try to cultivate this relationship – we are frequently named as a military-friendly school, and as a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium, we offer online Bachelors and Masters programs targeted to help mobile service-members to complete their degrees. And Purdue’s Military Family Research Institute offers similar services to students enrolled at the Purdue Technology program on our campus.

In fact, our colleagues at Purdue are engaged in a project right now to honor our veterans, and you can help. The Purdue Student Veterans Organization has ‘adopted’ the 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard. They are collecting donations in Tom Raper Hall, room 140 to send to the Airmen throughout their six-month deployment.

Indiana Air National Guard emergency operation after flooding in Fort Wayne Indiana by United States Air Force

Almost anything can be donated, but Purdue requests that items in cans or bottles be avoided since they are difficult to ship. Great suggestions include ready-to-eat snacks like bags of nuts or dried fruit, beef jerky, granola or power bars, fruit roll-ups, instant coffee or drink mixes; any personal hygiene item like soap, deodorant, wet wipes, razors, aftershave, toothpaste, or dryer sheets; gift cards for online shopping; or Hoosier-related items that can give Airmen a little piece of home while they are so far away. All donations are sincerely appreciated.

At the Campus Library we have resources to serve research interests about the military or materials for veterans returning to the civilian world, as well.  These include two major databases, the Military and Government Collection and ProQuest Military, and numerous books such as Military Assistance: An Operational Perspective by W. Scott Thompson, From Soldiers to Citizens by João Porto, Equipping Tomorrow’s Military Force: Integration of Commercial and Military Manufacturing in 2010 and Beyond, and Military Education Benefits for College: A Comprehensive Guide for Military Members, Veterans, and Their Dependents by David Renza.

Also at IU East, Dennis Hicks, a retired Navy warrant officer, advises the Student Veteran’s Organization. The SVO can help vets achieve academic success, transition into civilian life, and meet any continuing military obligations the might have.

If you have any questions, send them to us at iueref@iue.edu!

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Hanukah is a holiday of light

December 15th, 2014

“Hanukah is a holiday of light, and everyone should have light…it’s a chance to take goodness and lightness to make the world a better place.” ~ Chabad Rabbi Yossi Greenberg

On December 2, 2014, Jewish culture was celebrated with a special meal served in the Den at Indiana University East, and the playing of the Hanukah dreidel game. Hanukah begins the evening of Dec. 16 and lasts for 8 nights. Rabbi Yossi Greenberg, the Chabad Rabbi at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio was present to answer any questions about the meal, Hanukah or Jewish traditions in general. The meal consisted of traditional kosher style items such as falafel, kugel, and latkes. Eighth graders in Tiauna Washington’s class from the Early College program at local intermediate school Hibberd attended the event as well.

Mallory full of hope in the epic dreidel game JCFE 12-2-14

Although the majority of the eighth graders had never eaten Jewish cuisine, most of them liked all of the new types of food. After clearing his entire plate, Jordan said, “It was good, filling, and some of it was even a little spicy.” Another eighth grader, Mike, had eaten some of these traditional types of Jewish foods before. He said, “I liked all of the food for the most part. A lot of it was pretty good.” Alexandra, an IU East student volunteer of the event, said her favorite part of the meal was the sweet potato dish.

After the meal, the students had the opportunity to play the Dreidel game. The game began during the times of oppression of the Jews by the Greeks. Jewish children studied the Torah in hiding, since study of Torah has been outlawed, and when soldiers were approaching, they would pull out spinning tops to show that they were simply playing a game. The intermediate students enjoyed playing the game. The champion of the Dreidel tournament, Taylor, said that some of her extended family are Jewish, so she had played the game a lot previously. However, when asked what the trick was, she said there wasn’t one. For her grand prize, Taylor got to take home a travel Menorah, a smaller version of the traditional candelabrum in which one candle is lit each night of Hanukah.

Taylor winner of dreidel contest EC 8 JCFE 12-2-14

I spoke with Rabbi Yossi about the event and his experiences as a Chabad Rabbi. He said of the event, “The children are amazing, smiling, happy, having fun. This diversity event was a wonderful opportunity.” Yossi has been a rabbi for the last four years. He moved from Brooklyn, New York to Ohio two years ago. He said studying to be a rabbi was a lifelong process, but he did attend Rabbinical College in New York for two years. While preparing to become a rabbi, he had the opportunity to travel to various places. Among them were Ukraine, Israel, Canada, and quite a bit of Europe, including England. Rabbi Yossi said he had probably first played the dreidel game himself when he was around two since the game doesn’t really have an age requirement, and all can play.

Rabbi Yossi said he wanted to become a rabbi to help people. He also said he enjoys meeting a lot of new people, and that being a rabbi simply makes him happy. When asked for any final comments, the rabbi leaves us with this: “Hanukah is a holiday of light, and everyone should have light…it’s a chance to take goodness and lightness to make the world a better place.”

Group EC8 Jewish Culture Day 12-2-14

For everyone who wants to learn more about Jewish culture or Judaism, IU East has lots of resources. Books available run the gamut of history, culture, and religion. Titles include Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years by Israel Shahak, Turning Points in Jewish Intellectual History by David Aberbach, Jewish Social Contract: An Essay in Political Theology by David Novak, Understanding Judaism by Jeremy Rosen, Jewish Philosophy in a Secular Age by Kenneth Seeskin, Midrashic Imagination: Jewish Exegesis, Thought, and History by Michael Fishbane, and New Perspectives in Theology of Judaism by Shubert Spero. And we have a LibGuide which serves as portal to a wide variety of resources and multimedia. We even have children’s books to share with younger learners, including While the Candles Burn: Eight Stories for Hanukkah by Barbara Diamond Goldin and A Jewish Holiday ABC by Malka Drucker. There’s something for everyone!

Do you have any questions? Share them with us at iueref@iue.edu!

Research at the Last Minute

December 8th, 2014

It’s the time of year when finals, papers, and research projects are coming due. And there’s a saying among procrastinators – “if it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would ever get done”. Well, for this semester, the last minute is now upon us.

But it’s easy to get busy, and you may be feeling overwhelmed, or behind on your papers and projects. And it’s true, your options are more limited the less time you have. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still do great research, and get a great grade. And there are a few things you can do to speed that process.

First, if you can, pick a topic that you already know something about. It makes it a lot easier if you don’t have to start from scratch – in fact, if you’ve done work on a similar topic in previous years, a book or article that you already have might be useful. If you can’t pick a topic that you already understand, then pick something popular, that a lot of people get fired up about. If you choose a topic that’s too original or esoteric, good resources will be harder to find. Things that were important innovations, historical events, or controversies – those will have plenty of sources. Also, make sure you pick a broad enough topic. Choosing something like the effect of cubism on subsequent drafts of Gertrude Stein’s novel The Making of Americans is far too narrow; you’ll have a hard time getting enough sources in time. But choosing something like World War II is too broad; it will be hard to say anything meaningful and you’ll be overwhelmed with information. Topics like how to prevent recidivism in violent juvenile offenders or the evolution of the beak are likely to have enough material available, while being a discrete enough topic that you can talk about it intelligently in ten to twenty pages. Remember, it’s easier to start too broad and winnow your topic down than start too narrow and struggle to find enough.

Second, search for full text only. You probably don’t have time for interlibrary loan (although it’s possible to get articles back within a day or two, if you’re fortunate), so full text databases are your friend. Ones like JSTOR, ProQuest, and EBSCO databases like Academic Search Premier are either all full text or you can easily click a check box to only get full text items back. And ebook databases like eBrary and EBSCO eBooks are the equivalent for book sources. Don’t be afraid to use the search function to quickly find just the pages of the book or article you need. There’s no sense reading all of a 30 page article or a 300 page book if there are only five pages on your topic!

limit to full text

Third, use summaries and other people’s research to quickly decide if you want something. For articles, this often involves reading the abstract first. That one paragraph can tell you immediately what the argument and conclusions were; and browsing it can save you a lot of time reading something you might not want. If the abstract sounds like it fits your paper, the whole article will, too. Also, use citations to get more on your topic quickly. Once you find one paper you like, the references at the end that the author used are likely to talk about the same things. And even if you’re not allowed to use Wikipedia as a source, each page there also includes citations at the bottom that can link you to more valuable, and admissible, research.

abstract example

So just because it is the last minute, don’t worry. You can still put together an awesome final paper or project. And if you need any help, we’re here for you – ask us at iueref@iue.edu.