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Our personal librarians have you covered!

Posted on February 28th, 2018

Did you know? Booth Librarians are research experts in the fields of study offered at EIU. That means students and faculty have a subject librarian ready to help them find the specialized information they need for their assignments and their research.

What do subject librarians do? They communicate with faculty in their subjects to order books, journals and videos, and to make sure Booth has the most up-to-date and useful resources. They work with faculty and students to find appropriate publication venues, or work through complicated copyright inquiries. Many subject librarians are also “reference” librarians who provide in-class, online or in-library instruction, whether it is a short building tour, an introduction to electronic databases, or training in advanced research techniques. Subject librarians also create online research guides for tasks and topics, and online tutorials for database searching techniques.

Students in any major are encouraged to get to know their librarian, who can help with understanding research, finding the best resources, locating materials in the library, citing sources and more.

Know the name of your subject librarian! Then get in touch for one-on-one research help! Whatever you need, whether it is for classes or your leisure time, Booth Library has you covered!

EIU’s Geology and Geography to screen docu-series: One Strange Rock

Posted on February 26th, 2018


EIU’s Department of Geology and Geography has the honor of pre-screening a new docu-series by National Geographic entitled,
“One Strange Rock.”

“One Strange Rock is a mind bending, thrilling journey that explores the fragility and wonder of planet Earth – one of the most peculiar, unique places in the universe.”

Directed by award winning filmmaker Darren Aronofsky and narrated by actor and musician Will Smith, it features perspectives from 10 astronauts on the wonders of the Earth as seen from space.

The EIU community gets a first look at the film on Thursday, March 8th,  from 12:30 – 2:00 in the Physical Science Building, room 3040. The rest of the country won’t get to see the film until March 26th!

Light refreshments will be provided. 

See the Teaser:

 You can review additional information about our planet from Booth Library’s deep and various collection of print and electronic resources.

Winter Olympics, 2018

Posted on February 22nd, 2018

The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics are well under way! If you haven’t already browsed the library’s collection of related material including books and online content there’s still time!

As of this writing, the US is 5th in the medal standings, behind some of the powerhouse nations of the Winter Olympics. Stay up to date on the medal count: 2018 Medal Standings.

Did you see the incredible new drone technology used during the Opening Ceremonies? This Opening Ceremony Drone Flight behind the scenes video shows how they did it!

Are you researching the Olympics? In addition to the list of books in this post which are currently on display, Booth has a wealth of online content! Check out the results for an ‘Olympics’ search in electronic encyclopedias via Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL).

Booth’s collection of streaming media from Alexander Street Video has great historic footage of past Olympics. Check out this newsreel clip from the 1952 games!

Kanopy Streaming also allows EIU patrons the opportunity to stream great content online. A search for Olympics provides lots of interesting results:

And of course, Booth has many books about the Olympic games from a wide variety of perspectives.

Books at Booth Library:

  • Activism and the Olympics: Dissent at the Games in Vancouver and London
  • Boykoff, Jules.
  • GV721.5 .B668 2014
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  • Artistry on Ice: Figure Skating Skills and Style
  • Kerrigan, Nancy, 1969-
  • GV850.4 .K47 2003
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  • Athlete First: A History Of the Paralympic Movement
  • Bailey, Steve.
  • GV722.5.P37 B35 2008
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  • Century Of Olympic Posters
  • Timmers, Margaret.
  • GV721.75 .T56 2012x
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  • Chronicle Of the Olympics, 1896-2000.
  • GV721.5 .C474 1998
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  • Complete Book Of Figure Skating
  • Shulman, Carole, 1940-
  • GV850.4 .S49 2002
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  • Curling Handbook for Curlers, Teachers, & Coaches
  • Thiessen, Roy D., 1935-
  • GV845 .T46
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  • Discourses Of Olympism: From the Sorbonne 1894 to London 2012
  • Chatziefstathiou, Dikaia.
  • GV721.5 .C44 2012
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  • Essential Skiing: A Bible for Beginning Skiers
  • Gordon, Herb.
  • GV854 .G68 1996
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  • Figure Skating: A History
  • Hines, James R. (James Robert), 1937-
  • GV850.4 .H56 2006
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  • Gold Medal Ice Hockey for Women and Girls
  • Dunn, Tricia.
  • GV848.6.W65 D86 1999
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  • How to Watch the Olympics: The Essential Guide to the Rules, Statistics, Heroes, and Zeroes Of Every Sport
  • Goldblatt, David, 1965-
  • GV721.5 .G6155 2012x
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  • Inside the Olympic Industry: Power, Politics, and Activism
  • Lenskyj, Helen.
  • GV721.5 .L42 2000
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  • Mastering Snowboarding
  • Teter, Hannah.
  • GV857.S57 T42 2013
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Get a tour of Booth, its collections and services

Posted on February 19th, 2018

Every semester Booth offers walk-in tours of the library three times a day, four days a week for the first four weeks of the term. But what you may not know is that you can request a tour at any time!

You can request a walking tour of the building or request special instruction in any of the library’s resources from our library faculty. Professors will often request to have a librarian speak to their class about research tools related to an assignment, but the librarians are able to tailor their presentations to your questions and interests too!

Call the Reference Desk at 217-581-6072 to see about an appointment for a tour for you or your group. If you are interested in scheduling hands-on research skills instruction, complete the web form to reserve a time in our classroom or with a librarian in our reference lab.

Tattoo Resources supporting Designs of Duty exhibit

Posted on February 18th, 2018

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Currently featured in the Marvin Foyer of Booth Library is the Designs of Duty exhibit of military tattoos.

“an exhibit featuring East Central Illinois veterans and their service-related tattoos, Designs of Duty will be on display at Booth Library from Jan. 22 through May 11, 2018.

“Designs of Duty” tells the stories of seven military veterans who served our country over a 45-year period throughout Asia and Europe. Veterans featured in the exhibit are Eric Hiltner and Wilson Reynolds of Charleston, Ken Fernandes of Newman, Random Clavin of Nokomis, Adam Griffy of Olney, Shane Wright of Shelbyville and Lyle Gordon of Towanda.

The exhibit also features several titles from Booth’s collections about military tattoos and body art in general. These titles are on display and available for check out in the Marvin Foyer.

In addition to these books, Booth also has Electronic Encyclopedia entries on the topic, and scholarly articles via JSTOR from many academic disciplines.

  • 100 Years Of Tattoos
  • McComb, David,
  • GT2345 .M4185 2015x
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  • Bodies Of Subversion: A Secret History Of Women and Tattoo
  • Mifflin, Margot, 1960-
  • GT2345 .M54 2013x
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  • Chick Ink: 40 Stories Of Tattoos–and the Women Who Wear Them
  • GT2345 .H84 2007
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  • Inked: Tattoos and Body Art Around the World
  • DeMello, Margo.
  • GT2345 .D46 2014
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  • Long Goodbye: Khe Sanh Revisited
  • Archer, Michael, 1948-
  • DS557.8.K5 A725 2016
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  • Patch Of Ground: Khe Sanh Remembered
  • Archer, Michael, 1948-
  • DS557.8.K5 A73 2004
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  • Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them
  • Fitzgerald, Isaac.
  • GT2345 .F57 2014
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  • Tattoo Culture: Theory and Contemporary Contexts
  • Barron, Lee, 1970-
  • GT2345 .B43 2017
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  • Tattoo Dictionary: An A-z Guide to Choosing Your Tattoo
  • Aitken-Smith, Trent,
  • GT2345 .A395 2016x
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  • Tattooed Lady: A History
  • Osterud, Amelia Klem.
  • GT2346.U6 O87 2009
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  • Tattoos in American Visual Culture
  • Fenske, Mindy, 1969-
  • GT2345 .F455 2007
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Librarians offer research help 24-7

Posted on February 13th, 2018

You know there are a lot of computers in the library and free printing in the Reference lab on the third floor. And, of course, you probably know there are a million-plus books and electronic resources and research available through Booth. But what do you know about the people at Booth?

Did you know librarians at EIU are highly credentialed faculty, and many of them are published scholars? Booth librarians are available to support student and faculty research in a variety of ways. The Reference desk, located on the main floor of the Library, is staffed with library faculty members from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. most days of the week. They can answer questions ranging from the simplest to the very specific and complicated.

Do you need to find resources for your writing assignment? They can help. Are you having difficulty understanding what your professor is asking you to do? Bring your assignment by and let a librarian work through it with you. They won’t give you the answer, but they’ll be a big help in getting you on the right path, and they have many years of experience working on college assignments with students just like you.

The “reference librarians,” or “research-help” librarians, have expertise in finding information and navigating the complex research tools that the library makes available to the university. Library databases are highly sophisticated systems and have many features and options that are not obvious to the novice researcher. Librarians understand these systems and know how to manipulate them to get the optimal results. They also know how to explain it all so the non-expert can understand.

Research-help librarians are also available online. You can reach them via email or chat, or make an appointment for a private consultation. They are even on D2L! You can use the library widgets in your D2L course site, or your professor might even have added a research librarian to your course!

There are librarian liaisons with your major department who specialize in a subject area like English, Economics, Biology, History, or Education. They support the faculty in that department by collecting materials for the library and teaching classes in research skills. They develop instructional guides and web pages to help you accomplish tasks in Booth.

No matter what your question, the librarians at Booth have you covered!

African American Heritage Month in Booth

Posted on February 9th, 2018

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February is African American Heritage Month and Booth has many featured books and electronic resources on display and for checkout on the third floor corridor. The EIU office of Minority Affairs has posted many events celebrating African-American Heritage and The EIU Calendar of Events also lists several celebrations in February.

Reference News has recently published a post about a Black history and culture DVD display located on the 4th floor through February.

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African American Heritage Month 2018 Calendar, click to see the full view

Stream 366 films from the Kanopy Black History Month collection! kanopy bhm banner

  • Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African American Family
  • Buckley, Gail Lumet, 1937-
  • CT274.C34 B83 2016
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  • Color Stories: Black Women and Colorism in the 21st Century
  • Wilder, JeffriAnne,
  • E185.625 .W5195 2015
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  • Crossing Parish Boundaries: Race, Sports, and Catholic Youth in Chicago, 1914-1954
  • Neary, Timothy B., 1970-
  • F548.9.N4 N43 2016
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  • Defying Jim Crow: African American Community Development and the Struggle for Racial Equality in New Orleans, 1900-1960
  • DeVore, Donald E.
  • F379.N59 N437 2015
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  • Finding Your Roots: The Official Companion to the Pbs Series
  • Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.
  • CS16 .G365 2014
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  • Freedom National: The Destruction Of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865
  • Oakes, James.
  • E453 .O13 2013
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  • Freedom, Inc. and Black Political Empowerment
  • Kubic, Micah W.,
  • E185.615 .K79 2016x
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  • Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History Of the Underground Railroad
  • Foner, Eric, 1943-
  • E450 .F66 2015
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  • Lines Of Descent: W.e.b. Du Bois and the Emergence Of Identity
  • Appiah, Anthony.
  • LB875.D83 A67 2014
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  • Long Emancipation: The Demise Of Slavery in the United States
  • Berlin, Ira, 1941-
  • E441 .B48 2015
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  • Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries Of Emilie Frances Davis
  • Whitehead, Karsonya Wise,
  • F158.44 .W55 2014
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  • Redemption Songs: Suing for Freedom Before Dred Scott
  • VanderVelde, Lea,
  • KF4545.S5 V36 2014
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  • Slave’s Cause: A History Of Abolition
  • Sinha, Manisha,
  • E441 .S557 2016
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  • Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History Of American Economic Development
  • E441 .S538 2016x
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  • Soldiers in the Army Of Freedom: The 1st Kansas Colored, the Civil War’s First African American Combat Unit
  • Spurgeon, Ian Michael, 1976-
  • E508.5 1st .S68 2014
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  • Strange Career Of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire
  • Jacoby, Karl, 1965-
  • E185.97.E46 J33 2016
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  • Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War
  • Manning, Chandra,
  • E453 .M24 2016
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  • Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-century Boston
  • Hardesty, Jared,
  • F73.4 .H37 2016
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The Keep hits 1 million downloads

Posted on February 9th, 2018

Booth Library is pleased to announce our 1 millionth document download from the Eastern Illinois University institutional repository The Keep! The Keep features nearly 80,000 documents and contains faculty scholarship, student and professional journals, graduate theses, undergraduate honors papers, EIU historical documents, committee documents, and much more. Our mission is to digitize, preserve, and promote the scholarly output of EIU, optimizing the content for easy online discovery.

The 1 millionth download was recorded on Feb. 6. On that day our biggest downloads were Stress as a Moderator of Visual Perception: Do Elevated Stress Levels Interfere with Visual Cognition, a graduate thesis by Ashley Ebersole, and The Relationship Between Involvement in Extracurricular Activities and Academic Achievement of Students at Flora High School, a graduate thesis by Linda Spicer.

Our most popular paper is Involve Me: Using the Orff Approach within the Elementary Classroom by undergrad Amanda Long, a winner of the 2013 Award for Excellence in Student Research and Creative Activity. Her paper has been downloaded an outstanding 19,833 times around the world!

Other popular papers include graduate student Joseph Tillman’s thesis Improvements to Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Blades to Aid in Self-Starting, downloaded 10,805 times, and Associate Professor Jemmie Robertson’s An Integrated Approach to Preparing Paul Hindesmith’s Sonata for Trombone and Piano: A Guide to Help Achieve a Better Performance, downloaded 8,367 times.

Explore The Keep for yourself or email to find out more about what the service can do for you and your students.

Black History Month DVDs and Streaming Media at Booth

Posted on February 9th, 2018

AAHM gov site logoA celebration of African American History, covering a range of topics from landmark events to overlooked pioneers of early cinema. These films are available as DVDs and many are also Streaming.


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The Trials of Muhammad Ali

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Quest: An intimate portrait of an African American Family

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Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, Biography of an Influential Civil Rights Activist and Poet

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I am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin and Race in America

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The Price

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366 streaming videos on African American History and Culture

 38 DVDs in Booth, listed alphabetically by title
  • America Beyond the Color Line
  • E185.86 .A44 2005x .DVD
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  • Black Panthers: Vanguard Of the Revolution
  • E185.615 .B53 2016x .DVD
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  • Black History: A Retrospective
  • E185 .B53 2009x .DVD
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  • Blues Masters: The Essential History Of the Blues
  • M1670 .B674x .DVD
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  • Color Purple = La Couleur Pourpre
  • PN1997 .C725x .DVD
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  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Historical Perspective
  • E185.97.K5 D7 2002x .DVD
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  • History Of Black Achievement in America
  • E185 .H57 2005x .DVD
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  • History Of Black Achievement in America
  • E185 .H57 2005x .DVD
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  • History Of Black Achievement in America
  • E185 .H57 2005x .DVD
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  • History Of Black Achievement in America
  • E185 .H57 2005x .DVD
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  • James Baldwin: The Price Of the Ticket
  • PS3552.A45 Z53x 1990 .DVD
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  • King Go Beyond the Dream to Discover the Man
  • E185.97.K5 K565 2008x .DVD
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  • March: The Story Of the Greatest March in American History
  • E185.61 .M324 2013x .DVD
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  • Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind
  • E185.97.G3 G3632 2001x .DVD
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  • Martin Luther King: “i Have a Dream.”
  • E185.97.K5 M36x 2005 .DVD
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  • Martin’s Big Words: The Life Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. –and More Stories from the African-american Tradition
  • E185.96 .M37x 2005 .DVD
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  • Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property
  • F232.S7 N47 2002x .DVD
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  • Pioneers Of African-american Cinema
  • PN1995.9.N4 P56 2016x .DVD
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  • Prejudice: More Than Black & White
  • BF575.P9 P743 2008x .DVD
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  • Race, Power & American Sports
  • GV706.32 .R32 2013x .DVD
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  • Solo/black/woman: Scripts, Interviews, and Essays
  • PS627.M63 S65 2014 .DVD
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  • Spirit Moves: A History Of Black Social Dance on Film, 1900-1986
  • GV1624.7.A34 S65x 2008 .DVD
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  • Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence Of a People
  • TR23 .T495 2014x .DVD
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  • Truth About Slavery in History
  • E441 .T78 2005x .DVD
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  • Two Nations Of Black America
  • E185.8 .T96x 2008 .DVD
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  • When Hell Freezes Over, I’ll Skate
  • PN2270.A35 W44 2003x .DVD
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McNichols-Torroledo photography: Cultural Survival and Land Dispossession

Posted on February 8th, 2018

photo of tee-pees and geodesic dome

Bradley Tolppanen, Interim Dean of Library Services, curated the materials listed below in support of a presentation of photography by Alexandra McNichols-Torroledo: “Cultural Survival and Land Dispossession: A Photographic Essay on The Lakota-Dakota and the Embera Peoples of North and South America.” The event is Monday, February 26, at 4:00 pm in Buzzard Hall Auditorium, 1920 9th St.

Resources on Native Americans and Photography from Booth Library are on display and available to borrow on the 3000 level corridor. Come by and take a look at our exhibit.

Alexandra McNichols-Torroledo is a Colombian-American photographer who specializes in issues affecting indigenous people of North and South America.

Doudna logoThe event is sponsored by Sponsored by the Provost’s Office, the EIU Humanities Center, the Departments of Art and Design, History, and  Journalism,  and the Programs in Latin American Studies, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.


  • American Indian Ethnic Renewal: Red Power and the Resurgence Of Identity and Culture
  • Nagel, Joane.
  • E98.E85 N34 1997x
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  • Cultural History Of the South American Indians
  • Nordenskiöld, Erland, 1877-1932.
  • F2230.1.S7 N6713 1999
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  • God’s Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making Of Modern America
  • Warren, Louis S.,
  • E78.W5 W35 2017
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  • Hands Of the Rain Forest: The Emberá People Of Panama
  • Crandell, Rachel.
  • 972.87 C8503h
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  • In a Barren Land: American Indian Dispossession and Survival
  • Marks, Paula Mitchell, 1951-
  • E98.L3 M375 1998
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  • In the Spirit Of Crazy Horse
  • Matthiessen, Peter.
  • E93 .M46 1983
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  • Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee
  • Smith, Paul Chaat,
  • E93 .S655 1996
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  • Prehistory Of South America: Ancient Cultural Diversity on the Least Known Continent
  • Moore, Jerry D.
  • F2229 .M66 2014
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  • Real Indians: Identity and the Survival Of Native America
  • Garroutte, Eva Marie, 1962-
  • E98.E85 G37 2003
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  • Siege and Survival: History Of the Menominee Indians, 1634-1856
  • Beck, David, 1956-
  • E99.M44 B43 2002
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  • We Are Still Here: A Photographic History Of the American Indian Movement
  • Bancroft, Dick, 1927-
  • E98.T77 B35 2013
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Visit Kanopy Streaming to see the many films related to this topic available via Booth Libraryscreengrab from kanopy site

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