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Librarian authors’ work is downloaded around the world

Posted on January 29th, 2015

The scholarly impact of The Keep is measured in worldwide downloads.

A university in Lagos, Nigeria. A library in Turapati, India. A cafe in Medan, Indonesia. Along the banks of the Seine, near Notre Dame.
What do these places have in common? They were all locations where the research and scholarship of Booth Library faculty members Todd Bruns, Kirstin Duffin and Steve Brantley were downloaded in the past week.Screenshot 2015-01-28 22.14.33 The Keep, Eastern’s institutional repository, collects the research and scholarship of participating faculty, making it available to scholars around the world. To date over 350,000 downloads of over 37,000 documents have increased EIU’s national and international visibility and worldwide scholarly impact.

As part of the international Digital Commons Network  participating EIU faculty regularly appear on monthly “Most Popular Author” Top Ten lists in areas including:

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EIU has frequently appeared in the “Most Popular Institution” Top Ten lists in

and others.



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In addition to faculty research and creative activity, the keep makes student theses and research available to the world. Many EIU Master’s Theses frequent The Keep’s top downloads lists.

History students: your future begins now

Posted on January 25th, 2015


These books about “doing history” are currently on display in the Booth Library 3rd floor main corridor. Take a look at the catalog records for each to learn more and find additional resources. Booth also offers several research guides focusing on the history of different regions.

Becoming a Historian: a Survival Manual
D13 .B397 2001x



Doing History:
Research and
Writing in the Digital Age
D13 .G215 2013

Essaying the Past: How to Read, Write, and Think about
D16 .C83 2009

Everything You Need to Know About Your History Course
D16.3 .M37 2000


Finding History: Research Methods and Resources for Students and Scholars
D16 .B693 2012

Going to the Sources: a Guide to Historical Research and
D16 .B893 2013


The Historian’s Toolbox:  a Student’s Guide to the Theory and Craft of History
D16 . W62 2003

Ancient, Medieval, and Modern

D13 .B686 2007

The History Handbook
D16.2 .B395 2003

History in Practice
D16 .J74 2000

The Information-
literate Historian: a Guide to Research for History Students

D16.2 .P715 2007

Is History Fiction?
D16.8 .C87 2005

The Pursuit of History: Aims, Methods, and New Directions in the Study of Modern History
D13 .T619 2000

The Routledge Companion to Historical Studies
D13 .M86 2006

A Short Guide to Writing About History
D13 .M294 2005

Speaking of History: Conversations with Historians
D13.5 .U6 S67 1997



Writing History: a Guide for Students

D16 .S864 1999

Writing History: Theory & Practice
D13 .W75 2010x

Writing History Essays: a Student’s Guide
D16 .M1185 2007


Paper in Three Dimensions: The Art of Origami

Posted on January 23rd, 2015

Polyhedron in Origami Origami, the traditional art of Japanese paper folding, is an area where art, mathematics, education, and elegance intersect.   To learn more about this intriguing art form, consult one of the books in Booth’s origami exhibit, on display in the 3rd floor south hallway during January and early February 2015. A Constellation of Origami Polyhedra

These colorful titles have lots of illustrations that will help you create your own animals, flowers, or other works of geometric art.  Some are geared towards beginners, some focus on their use in advanced mathematics, and others show how origami can be used as a classroom teaching tool.

A Constellation of Origami Polyhedra, by John Montroll
Book Stacks TT870 .M55323 2004

Folding Techniques for Designers: From Sheet to Form, by Paul Jackson
Book Stacks TT870 .J14x 2011

Geometric Folding Algorithms: Linkages, Origami, Polyhedra, by Erik D. DeMaine
Book Stacks QA491 .D46 2007

Geometric OrigMaking Origami Animalsami: The Art of Modular Paper Sculpture, by Michael LaFosse and Richard Alexander
Book Stacks TT870 .L2336 2011x

Making Basic Origami Shapes Step by Step, by Michael G. LaFosse
BTC Juvenile Books 736.982 L134bas

Making Origami Animals Step by Step, by Michael G. LaFosse
BTC Juvenile Books 736.982 L134ani

Making Origami Toys Step by Step, by Michael G. LaFosse
BTC Juvenile Books 736.982 L134toy

Marvelous Modular Origami, by Meenakshi Mukerji
Book Stacks TT870 .M82 2007

Mathematics Through Paper Folding, by Alton T. Olson
Book Stacks QA19.P34 O38 2004x Origami for Parties

Origami 5: Fifth International Meeting of Origami Science, Mathematics, and Education, edited by Patsy Wang-Iverson, Robert J. Lang, and Mark Yim
Book Stacks QA491 .I55 2010

Origami Design Secrets: Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art, by Robert J. Lang
Book Stacks TT870 .L2614 2003

Origami for Parties, by Kazuo Kobayashi and Makoto Yamaguchi
Book Stacks TT870 .K59 1987

Origami Made Easy, by Kunihiko Kasahara
Book Stacks TT870 .K28 1973x

Origami Polyhedra Design, by John Montroll
Book Stacks TT870 .M567 2009

Origamics: MathePaper in Three Dimensionsmatical Explorations through Paper-Folding, by Kazuo Haga
Book Stacks QA491 .H3413 2008x

Ornamental Origami: Exploring 3D Geometric Designs, by Meenakshi Mukerji
Book Stacks TT870 .M822 2009bx

Paper in Three Dimensions: Origami, Pop-Ups, Sculpture, Baskets, Boxes, and More, by Diane Maurer-Mathison
Book Stacks TT870 .M377 2006

This exhibit was developed by Sarah Johnson, Reference Librarian and Mathematics/Computer Science Bibliographer.

Dr. King’s dream

Posted on January 19th, 2015

“I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history
as the greatest demonstration for freedom
in the history of our nation.”
image of MLK giving speech
Listen to Dr. King’s “Dream” speech on Soundcloud

The many speeches, letters, and sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are among the most famous in all American History. Much has been written about them (as witnessed by the small sample of books from Booth collections listed below), and today we can see or hear many of these famous appearances on demand.

Booth’s electronic encyclopedias can provide credible, authoritative
information on Dr. King, the Dream speech, civil rights, and other topics related to the man and his legacy.

Also available on your screen via Booth’s streaming video collections is the Universal Newsreel footage of contemporary news coverage of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Dr. King’s speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. See it embedded below, or visit the Alexander Street Press Website for the video plus a full searchable transcript and video editing and annotation tools. Several other relevant videos are also available.

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Martin Luther King: “I Have a Dream” on DVD
E185.97 .K5 M36x 2005 DVD

A Call to Conscience: the Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (VHS video)
E185.97.K5 A5 2001cx .CASS (LTS Storage; request at LTS desk, 4th floor)



The Making of Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement. (1996) Edited by Brian Ward and Tony Badger
E185.97.K5 M255 1996

The Dream Lives On: Martin Luther King, Jr. (1999) by Sandra Millner
E185.97.K5 M516 1999
(Pictorial works Oversize collection, 2nd floor)

King: the Photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. (2000) by Charles Johnson and Bob Adelman
E185.97.K5 J57 2000 (Oversize collection, 2nd floor)

Martin Luther King (2010) by Godfrey Hodgson
E185.97.K5 H62x 2010

Waking From the Dream: the Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr. (2014) by David L. Chappell
MyMediaMall (ebook)

IMLK2 May Not Get There With You: the True Martin Luther King, Jr. (2000) by Michael Eric Dyson
E185.97.K5 D97 2000

The Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Speech that Inspired a Nation (2003) by Drew D. Hansen
E185.97.K5 H273 2003

A Testament of Hope: the Essential Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1986) edited by James Melvin Washington
E185.97.K5 A25 1986

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Companion: Quotations from the Speeches, Essays, and Books of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1993) Selected by Coretta Scott King introduction by Dexter Scott King
E185.97.K5 A25 1993a

Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Sermonic Power of Public Discourse (1993) edited by Carolyn Calloway-Thomas and John Louis Lucaites
E185.97.K5 M32 1993


What’s on your list?

Posted on January 16th, 2015


January 1 has come and gone, but there’s always TIME to change your life for the better.  Whether you want to make small personal changes (smiling more, eating less, being on TIME) or major-mega-life-altering transformations (selling your house and using the money to travel around the world), there’s no TIME like the present to get started.

To help inspire you, we’ve assembled a selection of books on a wide variety of life changes.  Stop by the Resolutions book table on the 3rd floor of Booth Library and check them out.

The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life
L901 .G76 2008

Cooking Green: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen: the New Green Basics Way
TX653 .H49 2009

The Debt-free Spending Plan: an Amazingly Simple Way to Take Control of Your Finances Once and for All
HG179 .N33 2013

The Doer of Good Becomes Good: a Primer on Volunteerism
LC220.5 .P66 2004

The Essential Guide to Healthy Healing Foods
RM217 .R484 2011

Everyone Helps, Everyone Wins: How Absolutely Anyone Can Pitch In, Help Out, Give Back, and Make the World a Better Place
HN49 .V64 L48 2011x

Greening Your Cleaning
TX324 .I48 2007

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the
Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
BF575 .H27 R83 2011x

Home Sweet Anywhere: How We Sold Our House, Created a New Life, and Saw the World
G465 .M368 2014x

How to Deal with Stress
RA785 .P344 2010

How to Live Well Without Owning a Car: Save Money, Breathe Easier, and Get More Mileage Out of Life
HE5623 .B35 2006

How You Can Help: an Easy Guide to Doing Good Deeds in Your Everyday Life
HN90 .V64 C695 2000

The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-control
BF632 .M57 2014

Soldier of Finance: Take Charge of Your Money and Invest in Your
HG179 .R647 2013






Tribute to P.D. James – 1920-2014 – The Baroness of Mystery

Posted on January 14th, 2015


P.D. James honing her craft as crime writer extraordinaire.


Young student P.D. James, second from left.

Young student P.D. James, second from left.

British author P.D. James (aka Phyllis Dorothy James White and Baroness James of Holland Park) passed away this past Thanksgiving at her home in London. She was born in Oxford the eldest of three children to Sidney, a tax inspector, and Dorothy James. At 16 she was forced to leave school in order to supplement the family income, as her father did not believe in higher education for women. In 1941 James met and married her husband, army doctor Ernest White. When her husband returned from the war suffering from mental illness until his death in 1964, Ms James, again, became the sole provider in her family. Before life as an author, she worked as a stage manager, a Red Cross Nurse, and as an administrator for a hospital, police and criminal policy departments. Ms James served on the Governor’s Board of the BBC and sat in the House of Lords as a conservative. James did not start writing until later on in life, in her mid-forties, after the death of her husband. In 1983 she was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, a national order of merit, and was bestowed Baroness James in 1991.

For over 50 years, P.D. James has been one of the most popular British “Crime Storytellers”–as opposed to the traditional “Mystery”–with the genre’s exploration of motivations, relationships and the meanings of justice. Among her 22 titles she also wrote an unusual memoir as well as a best-selling instructional on how to write detective fiction.

Below is a list of her titles, many of which are available for free download via MyMediaMall in our E.I.U. online catalog.

watching the detectives




1962-Cover Her Face (E-book)

1963-A Mind to Murder (E-book)

1967-Unnatural Causes (E-book)

1971-Shroud for a Nightingale (E-book)

1972-An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (E-book)

1975-The Black Tower (E-book)

1977-Death of an Expert Witness (E-book)

1980-Innocent Blood Call # PR6060.A467 I3x

1982-The Skull Beneath the Skin (E-book)

1995-Original Sin (E-book & Call # PR6060.A467 O75 1995)

1997-A Certain Justice (E-book & Call # PR6060.A467 C45 1997b

2001-Death in Holy Orders (E-book & Call # PR6060.A467 D35 2001b)

2004-Devices and Desires (E-book & Call # PR6060.A467 D4 1990)

2004-The Murder Room (E-book & Call # PR6060.A467 M87 2003x )

2005-A Taste for Death (E-book & Call # PR6060.A467 T3 1986)

2006-The Children of Men (E-book & Call # PR6060.A467 C48 1993)

2006-The Lighthouse (E-book & Call # PR6060.A467 L54 2005)

2009-The Private Patient (E-book & Call # PR6060.A467 P75 2008

2013-Death Comes to Pemberley (E-book & Call # PR6060.A467 D33 2011)


1971-The Maul and the Pear Tree (co-author T.A. Critchley) Call # HV6535.G6 L634 1986

2000-Time to be in Earnest: A Fragment of Autobiography Call # PR6060.A467 Z468 2000

2011-Talking About Detective Fiction Call # PR830.D4 J36 2009




GVRL: Virtually the best online encyclopedias

Posted on January 12th, 2015

GVRL logo

 At 77 books and counting, the growing
Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) offers
current information on a wide variety of
topics to broaden your knowledge and
help get your research started.

Wish you could highlight key points as you read?
Well, you can’t do that in most library books
— but you can in GVRL ebooks. 

image of GVRL ebook

Cite, highlight, and annotate pages from any of GVRL’s ebooks..

Highlight, annotate, perform complex searches,
export citations, create permalinks, download PDFs, and save articles for future use with the help of advanced tools in Gale Virtual Reference Libary.

Peruse the sample of titles below,
or browse the full list

GVRL1 book cover
Alcohol and Drugs in North America

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GVRL2 book cover
Alternative Energy

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GVRL4 book cover
Arts and Humanities

The SAGE Reference Series on Disability: Key Issues and Future Directions
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GVRL3 book cover
American Civil War: The definitive encyclopedia and document collection
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For more information about GVRL, stop by
Booth Library’s Reference Department.

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