good information

good information

Mergers

Mergers

In late June, ProQuest, one of our largest suppliers of scholarly databases, purchased Alexander Street Press, which is particularly strong on primary sources, music, and video. Some of the many ASP databases IU East uses include VAST, a multidisciplinary video collection, Black Thought and Culture, North American Immigrant Letters and Diaries, Women and Social Movements, Underground and Independent Comics, American Film Scripts, Oral History Online, and Twentieth Century North American Drama. So, there is a lot that we use that will probably look a bit different by next year. In fact, the vast majority of academic library resources at IU East come from one of two vendors – the EBSCO corporation or ProQuest. In many ways, this is great news. … Continued
A New Semester of Finding Great Things

A New Semester of Finding Great Things

Welcome back! As the semester gets into gear, papers, projects, and assignments will begin to accumulate again. And to do them well, you’ll need to do research. You’ll be asked to find scholarly sources. Peer-reviewed sources. Primary sources. The kinds of things that Google and Bing just aren’t good at. But Google and Bing are easy to use. Scholarly tools take a bit more work. How do you get started? Scholarly databases use a very precise type of language that tells the computer how to search. Much of this computer language is based on something called Boolean logic. Boolean data is that which you can label ‘true’ or ‘false’ without any ambiguity. When you search, a database or search engine … Continued
A to Z at the Library: your virtual door to explore

A to Z at the Library: your virtual door to explore

I know, I know, we’re always pushing you to use our databases.  But there’s just so dang much interesting and useful info in them.  It’s the world beyond Google (and believe me, I’m not a Google-basher; but there’s more to an information-rich life than that). So, in alphabetical order (of course, I am a librarian after all!), culled from our handy and cleverly-named “A-Z list”:   African Writers Series  Book Review Index  Career & Technical Education Declassified Documents Reference System Encyclopedia Britannica Academic Edition Family Health GreenFILE Historical New York Times Indiana Case Law JSTOR Arts and Sciences VII Collection Khan Academy LexisNexis Academic MarketLine Business Information Center NASA-Science Oxford Reference Online: Premium Picture Post Historical Archive  Religious Studies, Theology … Continued
Research is our Business

Research is our Business

Are you starting research in a business topic?  The library subscribes to a lot of business-oriented databases that would be good for you.  For business news, try the EBSCO databases Business Source Premier, Corporate Resource Net, and Communications and Mass Media. You can limit your results to things like full text articles, peer-reviewed articles, and articles published in the last few years.  For example, this search for corporate research into consumer behavior came up with over three hundred articles.  You can also find SWOT analyses, like these for the Ford Motor Company.  If you don’t find enough of what you need in EBSCO, other good business databases include ABI/INFORM or Business and Company Resource Center.  Run similar searches in them for … Continued
Historical Research Resources: real-time and real perspectives

Historical Research Resources: real-time and real perspectives

Suppose someone living in the year 2025, or even 2225, wants reliable information about what happened in 2011? Where would be the best place to get information (assuming by then all our brains aren’t pre-wired at birth to the Internet or whatever comes Next)? There are unique considerations when doing historical research, for whatever type of questions you seek to answer.  One facet of historical research is the need for primary sources – that is, things written and said by the people actually involved with those events.  Having access to primary documentation is of vital important to historical study.  Newspapers are also of great value, providing contemporary perspectives that can be critical to understanding the perceptions about events and people … Continued