An Instruction Manual

November 3rd, 2014

Doing good research can be complicated. We’re all used to simplified interfaces – using things like Google online, and things like microwaves in our kitchens. But sometimes using a microwave isn’t enough. You need to learn how to use the real stove. And for that, obviously, you’d read the manual, or have someone show you how.

The same is true in the library. You’re not born knowing how to do great research; it’s something everyone has to learn. If you’d like to talk and ask questions with a real person, we’re available at or 765-973-8311. But if you’re the kind of person that prefers to read the instructions, the library has lots of tutorials.

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Our main source of tutorials are LibGuides, which are customized guides for many library topics. We have many LibGuides written for specific courses, but also for common tasks, such as Finding and Evaluating Resources or Starting Research. We also have LibGuides that act as tutorials for specific databases – ones like EBSCO Ebooks or IUCAT that show you how to get the most out of one individual resource.

We also have videos that can help you if you prefer a visual learning style. Videos like Basic Library Research or Ebook Tutorial cover major topics that will turn you into a library pro in no time, taking you from general to advanced search strategies.

So however you like to learn – hands on, by reading, or by watching – we’ve got great guides for you. If you have any questions, contact us at!

Humanities E-Book Database Trial

October 27th, 2014

As the University grows and changes, so does the library. You know that we subscribe to lots of great databases to bring you the books and articles you need for your classes. But even so, there are many other resources available, and the people that make those databases sometimes offer free trials.  One of them is a new e-book database, The American Council of Learned Societies Humanities E-Book collection. And we would like to get your feedback on whether it would be useful for your research.

The ACLS Humanities E-Book collection offers 4,300 books in topics ranging from African American studies to Archaeology to Film and Media Studies to Folklore. Most are normal e-books with scanned images of every page, but the ACLS is adding more and more XML-text books – e-books that have interactive content like such as web links to additional resources, enlargeable images, and even multimedia including video and sound files.


To get started, just go to and choose ‘Browse’ or ‘Search’ from top toolbar to find a book. Click on any title to see more information about it and link to the full text. You can access it on campus from any computer – if you are off campus, contact for the trial username and password.

The ACLS Humanities E-Book collection is available for trial all this week.  Check it out and let us know what you think of it at – your input will help us provide resources useful to your research.

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.

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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

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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!