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Featured Government and Government related land use websites

Posted on November 2nd, 2015

Just out! Current government and government related sites recommended by GOVDOC-L, the Government Documents Listserv.

Since we are in the heart of farming country here are a couple of sites of agricultural and rural studies interest… , Sponsored in part by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, provides information on Corporate investments in world-wide farming.
from the site: “ is an online repository of publicly available contracts for large-scale land, agriculture, and forestry projects. The repository includes the full text of contracts; plain language summaries of each contract’s key social, environmental, human rights, fiscal, and operational terms; and tools for searching and comparing contracts. Launched in October 2015, promotes greater transparency of land-based investments, facilitates a better understanding of the contracts that govern them, and provides useful tools for governments, communities, companies, and other stakeholders.

Also, the USDA Agricultural Research Service, ( a great site providing information on topics like: new biopestides, new breeds of high yield strawberries, and TONS of nutrition information



EVFF celebrates famous Illinoisan Richard Pryor

Posted on November 2nd, 2015

The Embarrass Valley Film Festival is in it’s 11th year! This year, the Festival that —“encourages broader appreciation for and study of film as a potent vehicle for human expression and communication through the exploration of cinematic arts involving people from Illinois and alumni of Eastern Illinois University”– is celebrating Richard Pryor. Did you know he was a native of Peoria? We verified it in the Encyclopedia of World Biography.

Booth has more than you can imagine on this icon of American Comedy. Listed below are a few resources, and a link to a catalog search result for keywords: Richard Pryor.

Encyclopedia articles: 
“Pryor, Richard 1940-.” American Decades. Ed. Judith S. Baughman, et al. Vol. 8: 1970-1979. Detroit: Gale, 2001. Gale Virtual Reference Library.

“Richard Pryor.” Encyclopedia of World Biography. 2nd ed. Vol. 19. Detroit: Gale, 2004. 300-302. Gale Virtual Reference Library.

“Protest Humor.” Encyclopedia of African American Society. Ed. Gerald D. Jaynes. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc., 2005. 668-69. SAGE knowledge.

209 articles from Newspapers, Magazines and Journals from
databases published between 1981 and 2015:
PRYOR, Richard, 1940-2005

EIU Library catalog search: Richard Pryor


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Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the world that made him
by David Henry and Joe Henry, 2013
Electronic book available from MyMediaMall

also in print at call number: PN2287 .P77 H46 2014X


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Jokes my father never taught me: life, love and loss with Richard Pryor
by Rain Pryor with Cathy Crimmins
Electronic book available from MyMediaMall



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