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Celebrating Darwin Day

Posted on January 30th, 2019

Charles-Darwin-31A portrait of 31-year-old Charles Darwin
by George Richmond in 1840. [Public domain]

Darwin Day recognizes the achievements and contributions of Charles Darwin to science and humanity each year on his birthday, February 12. Events commemorating Darwin take place internationally, including at Eastern Illinois University. This year at EIU, events will be held Feb 10-12 and will include a film and panel discussion and two guest lectures. All events are free and open to the public.

The DNA Tale of Where We Came From and Who We Are
Film and panel discussion
Sunday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall

Paleogenomics, Community Engagement and the Evolutionary Histories of Indigenous Peoples of North America
Guest lecture by Dr. Ripan Malhi, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Monday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall

Ten Thousand Years of Evolution: What Ancient DNA Has Taught Us about Ancestry and Natural Selection in Europe
Guest lecture by Dr. Iain Mathieson, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall

The mission of International Darwin Day is to inspire people throughout the globe to reflect and act on the principles of intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity, scientific thinking, and hunger for truth as embodied in Charles Darwin. Are you inspired?

The following books are on display throughout the month of February in the main hallway of Booth Library and are available for check out.

  • Brief History Of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes
  • Rutherford, Adam,
  • QH445.2 .R88 2017
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  • Dna Usa: A Genetic Portrait Of America
  • Sykes, Bryan,
  • GN290.U6 S95 2012
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  • Dna Is Not Destiny: The Remarkable, Completely Misunderstood Relationship Between You and Your Genes
  • Heine, Steven J.,
  • QH447 .H45 2017
  • summary | details
  • Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project
  • Wells, Spencer, 1969-
  • QH371 .W45 2006
  • summary | details
  • Exploring Personal Genomics
  • Dudley, Joel T.
  • QH447 .D83 2013
  • summary | details
  • Human Genetics: The Basics
  • Lewis, Ricki.
  • QH431 .L41857 2010
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  • In Pursuit Of the Gene: From Darwin to Dna
  • Schwartz, James, 1955-
  • QH428 .S24 2008
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  • Invisible History Of the Human Race: How Dna and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures
  • Kenneally, Christine,
  • RB155 .K458 2015x
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  • Modern Humans: Their African Origin and Global Dispersal
  • Hoffecker, John F.,
  • GN281 .H625 2017
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  • My Beautiful Genome: Exposing Our Genetic Future, One Quirk at a Time
  • Frank, Lone, 1966-
  • QH447 .F73x 2011
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  • Seven Daughters Of Eve
  • Sykes, Bryan.
  • GN289 .S94 2001
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  • Social Life Of Dna: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome
  • Nelson, Alondra,
  • E185.625 .N45 2016
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  • Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient Dna and the New Science Of the Human Past
  • Reich, David (Of Harvard Medical School),
  • QH431 .R37 2018bx
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  • Charles Darwin
  • Desmond, Adrian J., 1947-
  • QH31.D2 D467 2007
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  • Charles Darwin’s Notebooks from the Voyage Of the Beagle
  • Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882,
  • QH365.Z9 C436 2009x
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  • Darwin: A Very Short Introduction
  • Howard, Jonathan, 1943-
  • QH31.D2 H775 2001
  • summary | details
  • Darwin Reader
  • Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882.
  • QH365.D25 D37 1996
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  • Darwin’s Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory
  • Costa, James T., 1963-
  • QH31.D2 C668 2017
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  • Descent Of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex
  • Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882.
  • QH365 .D2 2004x
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  • How to Read Darwin
  • Ridley, Mark.
  • QH31.D2 R475 2005
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  • On Natural Selection
  • Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882.
  • QH365 .O2 2005
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  • Origin Of Species by Means Of Natural Selection, Or, the Preservation Of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life
  • Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882.
  • QH365 .O2 1985x
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Booth Library is open Jan. 29-30

Posted on January 29th, 2019

Classes are canceled Tuesday evening and on Wednesday, but Booth Library will be open! Stop by and stay warm with a good book or get a head start on your homework! Our regular hours are 8 a.m. to midnight.

JSTOR Global Plants database now available

Posted on January 28th, 2019

Booth Library is now offering a trial of JSTOR Global Plants! It is the largest database of digitized plant specimens and a locus of international research and collaboration. The database is available here.

All patrons are encouraged to take a look, but hurry! This free trial will last only through Feb. 15, 2019.

Let us know what you think of this database by contacting reference librarian Kirstin Duffin via email at or call 217-581-7550.

On the Shoulders of Giants, 50 years since the Moon landing

Posted on January 24th, 2019

The most recent exhibit and program series here at Booth Library will officially open on January 24, 2019. On the Shoulders of Giants is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Moon landing in 1969. The NASA 50th anniversary website provides pictures, videos and audio of the Apollo mission. Check out an interview from the New York Times, held with the three astronauts, a week before the launch. Be sure to come and check out the exhibits and program series here at Booth Library to find out more about this historic event.

The following list of books, currently on display in Marvin Foyer are available for you to check out.


  • Apollo: The Definitive Sourcebook
  • Orloff, Richard W., 1948-
  • TL789.8.U6 A5124 2006x
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  • Apollo to the Moon: A History in 50 Objects
  • Muir-Harmony, Teasel E.,
  • TL789.8.U6A5 M85 2018x
  • summary | details
  • Destination Mars: New Explorations Of the Red Planet
  • Pyle, Rod.
  • TL799.M3 P95 2012
  • summary | details
  • Destination Moon: The Apollo Missions in the Astronauts’ Own Words
  • Pyle, Rod.
  • TL789.8.U6 A575 2005
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  • Dreams, Hopes, Realities: Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center: The First Forty Years
  • Wallace, Lane E., 1961-
  • TL862.G6 W35 1999
  • summary | details
  • Far Side Of the Moon: A Photographic Guide
  • Byrne, Charles J., 1935-
  • QB595 .B97 2008x
  • summary | details
  • First Men on the Moon: The Story Of Apollo 11
  • Harland, David M. (David Michael), 1955-
  • TL789.8.U6 A53846 2007x
  • summary | details
  • Flight: My Life in Mission Control
  • Kraft, Christopher C.
  • TL789.85.K7 A3 2001
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  • It’s a Question Of Space: An Ordinary Astronaut’s Answers to Sometimes Extraordinary Questions
  • Anderson, Clayton C., 1959-
  • TL793 .A51486 2018
  • summary | details
  • Last Man on the Moon: Astronaut Eugene Cernan and America’s Race in Space
  • Cernan, Eugene,
  • TL789.8.U6 A52435 2009x
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  • Marketing the Moon: The Selling Of the Apollo Lunar Program
  • Scott, David Meerman.
  • TL789.8.U6 A58156 2014
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  • One Giant Leap: The Extraordinary Story Of the Moon Landings
  • Furniss, Tim.
  • TL799.M6 F87x 1998
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  • Pioneering the Space Frontier
  • United States. National Commission on Space.
  • TL789.8.U5 U565 1986
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  • Right Stuff, Wrong Sex: America’s First Women in Space Program
  • Weitekamp, Margaret A., 1971-
  • TL789.85.A1 W45 2006x
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  • Rocket Ranch: The Nuts and Bolts Of the Apollo Moon Program at Kennedy Space Center
  • Ward, Jonathan H.,
  • TL789.8.U6 A6643 2015x
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  • Space Exploration for Dummies
  • Phillips, Cynthia, 1973-
  • TL793 .P47 2009x
  • summary | details
  • Space Shuttle: The First 20 Years
  • TL795.5 .S63 2002x
  • summary | details
  • Turning Dust to Gold: Building a Future on the Moon and Mars
  • Benaroya, Haym, 1954-
  • TL795.7 .B46 2010
  • summary | details
  • U.s. National Debate Topic 2011-2012: American Space Exploration and Development
  • TL789.8.U5 U514 2011
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Students: Get honored for your research!

Posted on January 16th, 2019

Eastern Illinois University students who have used Booth Library resources to enhance their research are encouraged to enter the library’s Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity program.

The program is open to all Eastern Illinois University students. If campus finances allow, cash prizes of up to $300 will be awarded, in addition to certificates of recognition.

The student entry may be a written work, art piece, exhibit, musical work, documentary, performance or another format.

The 2019 guidelines can be found here. All entries must be submitted electronically. For more information, call 581-6061.

The deadline to enter is noon March 22. Recipients will be selected by April 5, and the winners will be honored during a reception on April 17. Works submitted for competition must have been completed within the last 12 months.

These awards are not intended to duplicate or replace any other standing campus awards. Selected entries will become a part of Booth Library’s Student Research and Creativity Collection.

To see the works of past award winners, visit the Awards archive in The Keep here.

Back to School Movies @BoothLibrary

Posted on January 8th, 2019

Welcome back, everyone!  Or, if you’re brand new, welcome aboard!  We at the Booth Library are glad you’re here, and to show our appreciation, we’ve gathered up a collection of only the finest school-related films to get you into the spirit.  Kick off the semester in style with a comedy, musical, drama, or… whatever category The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom falls into.  There are no wrong decisions.

book cover image

TEEN MOVIES: American Youth On Screen

Interested in doing a little reading up on the side while you’re at it?
  We’ve got that covered, too.

If your favorite school movie isn’t there, make sure to suggest-a-purchase and we’ll do our best to buy it for the collection.

Cheers, and good luck this spring!





    • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  • PN1997 .B54552x .DVD
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