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Database of the Week: Salem Literature Online

Posted on September 29th, 2017

Salem Literature Online Logo Hello again with another ‘Database of the Week’ from your friendly neighborhood research librarians at Booth Library!

Up this week is Salem Literature Online, the third database down when you looks under the ‘S’ link on the database A-Z page!

Salem Literature Online might sound like an ‘English Major Only’ type of database, but never fear other majors! There’s a wealth of sources and articles that you can use on your papers, too!

Salem Literature Online is a collection of electronic books that has a Wikipedia style interface, which makes it simple to use and understand. (But it’s much more credible!) The homepage of Salem Literature Online is organized into columns of subject areas; Literature, History, Science, Health, and Careers. (Psst! Users can also look for specific items, like critical looks at authors and medical articles at the top of the homepage, under ‘View Subject Index.’)

You can dig down into the table of contents of an individual title, or search across the entire collection. All of Salem Literature Online’s blue links lead to another rabbit hole of specific articles concerning that main subject. For example if you wanted to learn more (or perhaps write an essay on) immigration issues in the United States, you’ll notice ‘Issues in U.S. Immigration’ has its own section under ‘History’ on the Salem Online homepage.

Writing a paper about 18th Century immigration? Try sub links Alien and Sedition Acts and Federal riot of 1799.

For a presentation about medical advancements in the 21st Century? Try Artificial Organs, under ‘Applied Science and Mathematics’ or DNA fingerprinting under ‘Genetics and Inherited Conditions.’

What about research on Black cultural movements during the Roaring Twenties? All of these sub links  to W. E. B. Du Bois, Harlem Renaissance, Jazz, Negro League Baseball, and NAACP can be found in ‘The 1920’s In America’ also linked from the Salem Online homepage. Or search the Salem Online Database for “roaring twenties” to get a broader view.

Here are a few different articles to kick off your assignments, or even your own independent research!

Applied Science Engineering and Mathematics Cover

In the Electronic book (part of the Salem Online collection)  ‘Applied Science: Engineering and Mathematics:’

Video Game Design and Programming – For your favorite gamer!

Earthquake Prediction – For that science class.

Critical Insights: The Harry Potter Series Cover



And just in time for Booth’s exhibit and program series ‘Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating A Phenomenon,’ try these essays from: ‘Critical Insights: The Harry Potter Series

‘Splinched: The Problem of Disability in the Harry Potter Series’ – For a look at physical disabilities.


For a look at our favorite half-giant nurturer take a look at ‘Rock Cakes and Reciprocity: Food and Male Performance of Nurturing in Harry Potter


That’s all for this week’s database. Keep checking out Reference News page for more gems from our collections! (And next week’s valuable database, of course!)

Harry Potter trivia contest is tonight!

Posted on September 25th, 2017

A Harry Potter Trivia Contest is planned as part of Harry Potter Night on Oct. 26 at Eastern Illinois University.

The trivia contest will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in the West Reading Room of Booth Library. Teams of between two and six players may register online now at The cost is $10 per team plus $5 per player. Payment may be made online or in person on the night of the contest. The deadline to register is Oct. 25.

All net proceeds from the Harry Potter Trivia Contest will benefit HOPE of East Central Illinois, a Coalition Against Domestic Violence agency based in Charleston that serves seven area counties.

Trivia participants are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite Harry Potter-inspired costume; prizes will be awarded! The top three winning trivia teams also will be awarded special prizes. The trivia contest is co-sponsored by the Harry Potter Alliance at UIUC.

Both campus and community members are encouraged to form a team for the trivia contest. Free parking will be available in the lot just southwest of the library off of Fourth Street.

Activities during Harry Potter Night also will take place at the Tarble Arts Center from 7-10 p.m., with food, music, games and more planned for EIU students. Co-sponsors are the EIU Harry Potter Club and the EIU Gamers Guild.

Harry Potter Night is one of several programs being held in conjunction with Booth Library’s fall exhibit, “Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon,” which will be on display through Dec. 31. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Harry Potter exhibit and other related programs, click here ; or contact Steve Brantley at 217-581-7542/ or Stacey Knight-Davis at 217-581-7549/

AzkaBanned Books – Banned Books and Intellectual Freedom

Posted on September 24th, 2017

Our Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon exhibit happily coincides with Banned Books Week, September 24-30. So what do Harry Potter and Banned Books have in common? Harry Potter has faced many challenges in school and public libraries over the past twenty years. Fortunately, in more recent years, critics have left Harry Potter alone, but other books have taken its place on the top ten challenged books of the year. Books receive challenges for a variety of reasons, the most common being religion, sex, language, or even just encouraging young readers to disrespect their elders.

Come to the Marvin Foyer to look at a variety of children’s titles that have been challenged over the years. Exercise your first amendment rights and check out a banned book.

  • Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn,
  • Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
  • 813 T911h
  • summary | details
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts
  • Choldenko, Gennifer, 1957-
  • 813 C453al
  • summary | details
  • Among the Hidden
  • Haddix, Margaret Peterson,
  • 813 H117aml
  • summary | details
  • And Tango Makes Three
  • Richardson, Justin, 1963-
  • 800 R394tan
  • summary | details
  • Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
  • Blume, Judy.
  • 813 B6255a
  • summary | details
  • Attack Of the Mutant Underwear
  • Birdseye, Tom.
  • 813 B532at
  • summary | details
  • Boy Who Lost His Face
  • Sachar, Louis, 1954-
  • 813 Sa14boy
  • summary | details
  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Paterson, Katherine.
  • 813 P273bri
  • summary | details
  • Call It Courage
  • Sperry, Armstrong, 1897-1976,
  • 813 Sp3c
  • summary | details
  • Censorship in Schools
  • Sherrow, Victoria.
  • 025.213 Sh57ce
  • summary | details
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Dahl, Roald.
  • 823 D1375c
  • summary | details
  • Crow Boy
  • Yashima, Tarō, 1908-1994.
  • 823.9 Y264cro
  • summary | details
  • Daddy’s Roommate
  • Willhoite, Michael, 1946-
  • 800 W669d 2000
  • summary | details
  • Drowning Of Stephan Jones
  • Greene, Bette, 1934-
  • 813 G832dro
  • summary | details
  • Eleanor & Park: [a Novel]
  • Rowell, Rainbow.
  • 813 R795el 2013
  • summary | details
  • Fat Kid Rules the World
  • Going, K. L. (Kelly L.)
  • 813 G561fat
  • summary | details
  • Girls and Sex
  • Pomeroy, Wardell Baxter.
  • 613.9 P7716g
  • summary | details
  • Halloween a B C
  • Merriam, Eve, 1916-1992.
  • 811 M551ha
  • summary | details
  • Heather Has Two Mommies
  • Newman, Lesléa.
  • 800 N465hea
  • summary | details
  • It’s Perfectly Normal: A Book About Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health
  • Harris, Robie H.
  • 613.9 H243i
  • summary | details
  • Mommy Laid an Egg!: Or Where Do Babies Come From?
  • Cole, Babette.
  • 649 C674m
  • summary | details
  • My Brother Sam Is Dead
  • Collier, James Lincoln, 1928-
  • 813 C69m
  • summary | details
  • My Darling, My Hamburger: A Novel
  • Zindel, Paul.
  • 813 Z66m
  • summary | details
  • Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep
  • Prelutsky, Jack.
  • 811 P915ni
  • summary | details
  • Places I Never Meant to Be: Original Stories by Censored Writers
  • 813 B6255pl
  • summary | details
  • Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Taylor, Mildred D.,
  • 813 T2162r 2001
  • summary | details
  • Story Of Little Black Sambo
  • Bannerman, Helen, 1862-1946.
  • 813 B22slbs
  • summary | details
  • Strega Nona: An Old Tale
  • DePaola, Tomie, 1934-
  • 800 D44s
  • summary | details
  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
  • Steig, William, 1907-2003.
  • 800 St33syl
  • summary | details
  • Teaching Banned Books: 12 Guides for Young Readers
  • Scales, Pat.
  • Z1019 .S33 2001
  • summary | details
  • Then Again, Maybe I Won’t: A Novel
  • Blume, Judy.
  • 813 B6255th
  • summary | details
  • There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom
  • Sachar, Louis, 1954-
  • 813 Sa14the
  • summary | details
  • Vegan Virgin Valentine
  • Mackler, Carolyn.
  • 813 M218veg
  • summary | details
  • What My Mother Doesn’t Know
  • Sones, Sonya.
  • 813 So57wha
  • summary | details
  • What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Boys: The New Growing-up Guide for Parents and Sons
  • Madaras, Lynda.
  • 613.953 M261wha
  • summary | details
  • What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-up Guide for Parents and Daughters
  • Madaras, Lynda.
  • 613.955 M261wha
  • summary | details
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems & Drawings Of Shel Silverstein.
  • Silverstein, Shel,
  • 811.54 Si394w 2004
  • summary | details
  • Where the Wild Things Are.
  • Sendak, Maurice.
  • 800 Se55w
  • summary | details
  • You Know You Love Me: A Gossip Girl Novel
  • Von Ziegesar, Cecily.
  • 813 V897yo
  • summary | details

Story times planned for ages 3-7

Posted on September 21st, 2017

Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to free story times in the Ballenger Teachers Center of Booth Library. Story times are planned from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays, and each will have a specific theme. The schedule is as follows:

  • 30, Latino Heritage: Dio de los Muertos, sponsored by Latino American Student Organization;
  • 7, Disability Awareness, sponsored by Sigma Rho Epsilon;
  • 28, Halloween, sponsored by the Student Reading Council;
  • 4, Rockin’ with the Rec Club, sponsored by the EIU Rec Club;
  • 11, We are Thankful, sponsored by Kappa Delta Pi;
  • 2, Winter, sponsored by the Student Education Association.

Programs will feature stories, crafts and activities. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information about the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library, visit or call 581-8442.

Database of the Week: Kanopy Streaming Media

Posted on September 19th, 2017

Kanopy Streaming Logo

Welcome to ‘Database of the Week,’ where we here at Booth, with the help of our invaluable Reference Librarians, will be shining a light on some of those lesser-known, but wonderfully valuable, databases we host at the library!

For the first database to showcase, we’re picking something that you can use for those film and history classes, but you can also use on your downtime from classes, too. And it’s educational, so you aren’t technically slacking.

Kanopy Streaming is one of the streaming databases you can find on on the database A-Z page (click on ‘K‘) linked from Booth’s website. You can also find it on the ‘Books and Movies’ search tab from the homepage. (Click on ‘Streaming Video’ under the search bar!)

Kanopy Streaming has a Netflix-like interface, where you’re able to scroll though documentaries, foreign films, and even classic movies, and stream them at your leisure. You can watch off campus too (with your EIU login, of course)! Kanopy Streaming also has some pretty nice features, for instance:

Users who are hearing impaired (Or with really loud roommates) can run a transcript of the video while it plays. Just start the film, click the ‘More’ link, and then the ‘Transcript.’ If you don’t quite know where to start in Kanopy Streaming’s large collection of titles, the ‘Subjects’ link at the top of the screen can help you sort through films to find that one particular doc you need on women in media, or the over-arching effects of global warming.

Here are a few interesting titles to get you started:

Before Stonewall Thumbnail

Before Stonewall (1984): a documentary focusing on the lives of LGBT peoples before the police raid on the Stonewall Inn in 1969, which opened the floodgates to the fight for equal rights for LGBT Americans.

Thumbnail of Stolen Education

Stolen Education: The Legacy of Hispanic Racism in Schools (2013): another doc, but this one details the struggle of Hispanic-American children in the 1950s school system. Chronicling their struggles, from being held back in first grade for three years, to being discouraged to achieve academically because they spoke Spanish, this film gives a critical view to both racism and the education system.

And, for those times when you need a break from any and all academia:

BBC Emma Thumbnail

The BBC’s Emma: this four-episode series brings the comedic Austen novel about the beautiful Emma Woodhouse’s matchmaking abilities right into your dorm! This pick is best suited for a mini-binge before your chemistry homework.

The Blob (1958): a cult classic! This cheesy “horror” movie is perfect for a Friday night treat after a week full of classes.

That’s all for Kanopy Streaming. So please, enjoy some movies this weekend! See you next week for another featured Database of the Week.

I finished the Harry Potter Series. Now what?

Posted on September 15th, 2017

You may or may not have shed a tear after finishing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. As for me, I was ugly crying. Inevitably, any Potterhead worth their salt finds themselves wondering, “What now? I have read all the books six times. I have watched all the movies at least that many times. I couldn’t afford to go see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London. What’s a Potterhead to do?”

As someone who has searched high and low for a Harry Potter read-alike, I can say with reasonable confidence that there is nothing truly like it. However, you might want to try some of the titles below. You might just find a new favorite in their midst. You can find them on display in the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library.

  • Alchemyst: The Secrets Of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
  • Scott, Michael, 1959-
  • 813 Sco85a
  • summary | details
  • Amulet Of Samarkand
  • Stroud, Jonathan.
  • 823.911 St89amu
  • summary | details
  • Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel
  • Colfer, Eoin.
  • 741.5 Ar759
  • summary | details
  • Beyond the Deepwoods
  • Stewart, Paul, 1955-
  • 813 St49bey
  • summary | details
  • Brisingr, Or, the Seven Promises Of Eragon Shadeslayer and Saphira Bjartskular
  • Paolini, Christopher,
  • 813 P196br
  • summary | details
  • Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy
  • Nimmo, Jenny.
  • 823 N617cha
  • summary | details
  • Curious World Of Calpurnia Tate
  • Kelly, Jacqueline,
  • 813.54 K297cu
  • summary | details
  • Dealing with Dragons
  • Wrede, Patricia C., 1953-
  • 813 W925dea
  • summary | details
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
  • Grabenstein, Chris.
  • 813 G7505es
  • summary | details
  • Evolution Of Calpurnia Tate
  • Kelly, Jacqueline.
  • 813.54 K297ev
  • summary | details
  • Extraordinary Education Of Nicholas Benedict
  • Stewart, Trenton Lee,
  • 813.6 St499ex
  • summary | details
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Scamander, Newt.
  • 823 R797fan
  • summary | details
  • Golden Compass
  • Pullman, Philip, 1946-
  • 823 P967g 1995
  • summary | details
  • Golden Compass
  • Pullman, Philip, 1946-
  • 823 P967g 1995
  • summary | details
  • Gregor the Overlander
  • Collins, Suzanne.
  • 813 C696gre
  • summary | details
  • Heroes Of the Valley
  • Stroud, Jonathan.
  • 823.911 St89he
  • summary | details
  • Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again,
  • Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973,
  • 823 T57h 1951
  • summary | details
  • Invention Of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures
  • Selznick, Brian,
  • 813 Se495in
  • summary | details
  • Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel
  • Venditti, Robert,
  • 741.5973 R479Lig
  • summary | details
  • Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963.
  • 823 L585Li 2005
  • summary | details
  • Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Stewart, Trenton Lee.
  • 813.6 St499m
  • summary | details
  • Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
  • Stewart, Trenton Lee.
  • 813.6 St499mp
  • summary | details
  • Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma
  • Stewart, Trenton Lee.
  • 813.6 St499mpr
  • summary | details
  • Peter and the Starcatchers
  • Barry, Dave.
  • 813 B2795pst
  • summary | details
  • Peter and the Secret Of Rundoon
  • Barry, Dave.
  • 813 B2795pse
  • summary | details
  • Ptolemy’s Gate
  • Stroud, Jonathan.
  • 823.911 St89pto
  • summary | details
  • Quidditch Through the Ages
  • Whisp, Kennilworthy.
  • 823 R797qui
  • summary | details
  • Ruins Of Gorlan
  • Flanagan, John (John Anthony),
  • 823 F614ru
  • summary | details
  • Screaming Staircase
  • Stroud, Jonathan.
  • 823.911 St89sc
  • summary | details
  • Sorcerer’s Companion: A Guide to the Magical World Of Harry Potter
  • Kronzek, Allan Zola.
  • 823.914 K926so
  • summary | details
  • Tales Of Beedle the Bard
  • Rowling, J. K.
  • 823 R797ta
  • summary | details
  • Tales Of Beedle the Bard
  • Rowling, J. K.
  • 823 R797ta
  • summary | details
  • Tuesdays at the Castle
  • George, Jessica Day, 1976-
  • 813 G2935tu
  • summary | details
  • Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel
  • Larson, Hope,
  • 741.5973 L3295wr
  • summary | details

Veterans sought for library exhibit

Posted on September 8th, 2017

Booth Library is seeking on-campus and East Central Illinois veterans with tattoos to be featured in its spring 2018 exhibit titled “Designs of Duty.”

“Designs of Duty” will focus on veterans and their service-related tattoos. Veterans will be interviewed, as well as have their tattoos photographed. The exhibit will be on display at Booth Library in the spring of 2018 and will be offered for display at other libraries in the region.

We are looking for veterans with tattoos related to their service who are willing to meet for an in-person interview and be photographed for the exhibit. We will ask that they submit a service photo of themselves, and they must agree to allow these photos, videos and information to be included in the exhibit and for publicity purposes.

Booth Library staff would appreciate the opportunity to interview veterans who are willing to share their stories and the inspiration behind their tattoos.

To participate in “Designs of Duty,” please contact Beth Heldebrandt, public relations director, at or 217-581-6064.

The Ubiquity of Social Media in Education, Business and Politics

Posted on September 1st, 2017


Social media is everywhere we turn.  Education, business, and politics have been transformed by social media.  Read on for a sampling of Booth Library books that explore social media issues that we encounter in our daily lives.


Social Media in Education

image of a book cover#Republic: divided democracy in the age of social media
HM851 .S869 2017

Building a Professional Teaching Identity on Social Media: A constellation of selves
SpringerLink Electronic Book

Social Works: How #HigherEd uses #SocialMedia to Raise Money, Build Awareness, Recruit Students, and Get Results
LB2342.82 .S63 2013x

Social Media for Educators: Strategies and Best PracticesBook Cover Image
LB1044.87 .J667 2012

Postsecondary Play: The Role of Games and Social Media in Higher Education
LB2395.7 .P68 2014

Using Social Media Effectively in the Classroom: Blogs, Wikis, Twitter, and More
LB1044.87 .S46 2013

Social Media for School Leaders: A Comprehensive Guide to Getting the Most Out of Facebook, Twitter, and Other Essential Web Tools
LB1028.3 .D585 2012

Social Media and the New Academic Environment: Pedagogical Challenges
HM742 .S628193 2013


Social Media in Business

The Social Organization: managing human capital through social media
a SpringerLink Electronic Book

Social Media Marketing: The Next Generation of Business Engagement
CARLI eBooks

Advanced Social Media Marketing: How to Lead, Launch, and Manage a Successful Social Media Program
Electronic Book

Book Cover ImageThe Social Media Handbook: Policies and Best Practices to Effectively Manage Your Organization’s Social Media Presence, Posts, and Potential Risks
HM742 .F58 2012

The Art of Social Selling: Finding and Engaging Customers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Other Social Networks
HF5415.1265 .B45 2014

Learn Marketing with Social Media in 7 Days: Master Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter for Business
CARLI eBooks

Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits
HD62.6 .M3676 2012


Social Media in Politics


Revolution in the Age of Social Media: the Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet
Book Cover Image

Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics
Kerric Harvey (ed)
Sage Electronic Reference Book 

Social Media in Politics: Case Studies on the Political Power of Social Media
Bogdan Patrut, Monica Patrut, editors
Springer Electronic Book

Social Media Go to War: Rage, Rebellion and Revolution in the Age of Twitter
Ralph D. Berenger (ed)
HM742 .S628196 2013x

Rhetoric Online: The Politics of New Media
Barbara Warnick and David Heineman
P301.5.P67 W37 2012

The Social Basis of the Rational Citizen: How Political Communication in Social Networks Improves Civic Competence
Sean Richey
JA85 .R54 2014




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