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Grove Music Online

Posted on December 7th, 2019

One of the many helpful resources that Booth library has access to is the database called  Grove Music Online. This was originally a print music dictionary, but has expanded greatly since being brought online and serves as a useful tool for many.


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Getting to Grove Music Online from Booth’s homepage is easy. Click on the database option in the “Articles” tab. (Above)

Then click on the “G” to get to databases starting with “G”. After that, it is as simple as scrolling down and clicking on the link to go to Grove Music Online. (Below)


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Grove Music Online is essentially a music dictionary, but nonetheless is extremely useful when looking at a wide range of topics within the music world. This can be helpful for anyone who wants to learn more about music in general, or the researcher, who needs specific information about a topic. What makes Grove Music Online so useful is its layout and variety of search options.

The world of music is very broad, spanning world cultures and world history. Grove Music Online does a good job of providing intuitive categories for searching. The website describes itself as, “the authoritative resource for music research with over 52,000 articles written by nearly 9,000 scholars charting the diverse history, theory and cultures of music around the globe.”


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The general categorization that Grove Music Online has are Topic, Instrument, Era, Region, Place Type, and Occupation. Beyond those categorizations are sub-sections that go into more detail about each category. For example, the Topic section has general points of interest about a wide array of fields from Audio Engineering to the Philosophy of Music and more. The Instrument category specifically looks at wind instruments, stringed instruments, keyboards, and others. The section pertaining to Era includes a  timeline of how music has been written, divided chronologically into different categories, like 18th c./Late Baroque (1700-1750). The Region section is by continent. Place Type is more granular and provides country, city, state, etc. Finally, the Occupation category lays out different careers within the music industry broadly speaking.


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In addition to the categories Grove Music uses, the platform also uses a filtering system in the advanced search, allowing you to narrow your search to very specific articles. It is a very useful tool to navigate 52,000 entries! Filters include: format, type, place type, and life event (See the image to the left for greater detail). One of the more useful of these filters will probably be type. This would refine the search to a  type of article, like Biographical, Family, Place, Subject Reference, and more.

Subject guides and research resources are available on Grove Music Online to help any student find a place to begin looking. They can also be helpful for better understanding the website.

Some of the many useful tools on this page include an Opera index, timelines of different articles published, as well as topical guides for Grove Music Online (Below). I have personally found the research resources to be helpful when looking at articles when researching on a topic from some of my music classes. This especially came in handy when I was looking at music libraries, festivals, and looking at specific sources and manuscripts. Overall, Grove Music Online has many different resources and can be extremely helpful to everyone!


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The Ups and Downs of NFL and College Football

Posted on December 4th, 2019

Football is sometimes considered the new American pastime. When people think of football, they usually think of November and December. So here at Booth library, we have plenty of reading to catch up on before the bowl games and the Super Bowl this season.


Many of these books have great athletes remembering their time in football, or other books talking about how to watch it. There are books that talk about the controversies revolving around football and how it has effected the players both in college and professional. Also at the table are great photographs from across the years of EIU alumni who made it big in the NFL as well as big names that come from the state of Illinois. Come check out the table on the third floor corrider of Booth library.

  • Big Game: The Nfl in Dangerous Times
  • Leibovich, Mark,
  • GV955.5.N35 L45 2018x
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  • Billion-dollar Ball: A Journey Through the Big-money Culture Of College Football
  • Gaul, Gilbert M.,
  • GV959 .G385 2015
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  • Chicago Bears History
  • Taylor, Roy, 1971-
  • GV956.C5 T39 2004
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  • Creating the Big Ten: Courage, Corruption, and Commercialization
  • Solberg, Winton U., 1922-
  • GV958.5.B54 S65 2018
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  • Eastern Illinois Panthers Football
  • Verdun, Dan.
  • GV958.E38 V47 2014
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  • Eastern Illinois Panthers Football
  • Verdun, Dan.
  • GV958.E38 V47 2014
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  • Football Rules in Pictures,
  • Schiffer, Don,
  • GV955 .S3 1969
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  • Football: Learn It, Watch It, Enjoy It; What You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Football … but Could Not Find Anyone to Tell You!
  • Winslow, Troy, 1944-
  • GV951 .W538
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  • Mavericks, Money, and Men: The Afl, Black Players, and the Evolution Of Modern Football
  • Ross, Charles Kenyatta, 1964-
  • GV955.5.A45 R67 2016
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  • Monday Morning Quarterback
  • Benagh, Jim, 1937-
  • GV951.15 .B46 1983
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  • Never Die Easy: The Autobiography Of Walter Payton
  • Payton, Walter, 1954-1999.
  • GV939.P39 A33 2000
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  • Not for Long: The Life and Career Of the Nfl Athlete
  • Turner, Robert W., II, 1962-
  • GV951 .T87 2018
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  • Pigskin Nation: How the Nfl Remade American Politics
  • Berrett, Jesse Isaac,
  • GV955.5.N35 B45 2018
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  • Race and Football in America: The Life and Legacy Of George Taliaferro
  • Knight, Dawn (Dawn K.),
  • GV939.T25 K55 2019x
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  • Red Grange Story: An Autobiography
  • Grange, Red, 1903-1991.
  • GV939.G7 A3 1993
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  • Rites Of Autumn: The Story Of College Football
  • Whittingham, Richard, 1939-2005.
  • GV950 .W46 2001
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  • Take Your Eye off the Ball: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look
  • Kirwan, Pat, 1950-
  • GV950.6 .K57 2010
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  • Think Like a Champion
  • Shanahan, Mike, 1952-
  • GV939.S419 A3 1999
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  • When Pride Still Mattered: A Life Of Vince Lombardi
  • Maraniss, David.
  • GV939.L6 M37 1999
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  • Wounded Lions: Joe Paterno, Jerry Sandusky, and the Crises in Penn State Athletics
  • Smith, Ronald A. (Ronald Austin), 1936-
  • GV691.P4 S65 2016
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Finals Week activities at Booth!

Posted on December 3rd, 2019

As the end of the semester nears, Booth Library staff members are planning many activities to help students focus, relax and succeed. Extended hours will be offered, and a variety of stress busters are planned.

The library will offer seven days of extended hours leading up to and during Finals Week this semester. Extended hours will be offered from Dec. 4-10. The library will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 4-5; from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 6; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 7; noon to 1 a.m. Dec. 8; and 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 9-10.

While you’re at Booth, let your friends and families know how you’re preparing for final exams by sending them a “Don’t worry, I’m at Booth Library!” postcard. Students are encouraged to fill out and address a postcard, then place it in the mailbox. Your friends at Booth Library will mail it for you!

Many other activities will be offered to help students destress. On Dec. 9-10, members of All Things Pawsitive will bring certified therapy dogs to greet students from 2-6 p.m. in the library’s South Lobby.

The EIU Mindfulness Club will offer special sessions to help students alleviate stress, reduce anxiety and strengthen focus. These sessions will be offered in the library’s Edgar Room at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 and two sessions, at 6 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m., on Dec. 9-10.

Beginning Dec. 5, mad-libs, coloring pages and Sudoku puzzles will be available to take and complete on your own. At 6 p.m. Dec. 9, free popcorn and lemonade will be served to students while supplies last.

All activities and refreshments are free.

Celebrating literature in translation!

Posted on December 2nd, 2019

Literature in translation

“…I want to create a text that has its own integrity, that is, miraculously, both true to the original and true to itself. And that is the miracle of a good translation, not to be invisible, but to be as seductively fresh and original as the original.”
— Margaret Jull Costa [source]

Translators can open up a new world for readers, introducing them to new literary works and cultures other than their own. Our new exhibit in the 3000 South corridor of Booth Library, next to the circulation desk, celebrates the art of literary translation.  Browse through a wide range of titles, from children’s bilingual alphabet books from the Ballenger Teachers Center to international award-winning novels. Translated works are presented alongside the works in their original languages, when available.

Selected titles from the exhibit are listed below. Stop by Booth Library to learn more about the translator’s art, pick up a book to read, and take a bookmark or book list home with you.  This exhibit is curated by Sarah Johnson and Deborah Fennema, Booth Library, in collaboration with Martha Zárate, Faculty Member from World Languages and Cultures.

Ballenger Teachers Center books:

  • Cada Niño = Every Child: A Bilingual Songbook for Kids
  • Hinojosa, Tish.
  • 782.42 H594ca
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  • Cuckoo: A Mexican Folktale = Cucú: Un Cuento Folklórico Mexicano
  • Ehlert, Lois.
  • 398.2 Eh56cu
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  • Germs Are Not for Sharing = Los Gérmenes No Son Para Compartir
  • Verdick, Elizabeth.
  • 613 V584ge
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  • Gusto Del Mercado Mexicano
  • Tabor, Nancy.
  • 641 T114gus
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  • Let’s Speak French: A First Book Of Words
  • 448.2 L569f
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  • Moon Rope: A Peruvian Folktale = Un Lazo a La Luna: Una Leyenda Peruana
  • Ehlert, Lois.
  • 398.24 EH564M
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  • My First Book Of Chinese Words: An Abc Rhyming Book
  • Wu, Faye-Lynn.
  • 495.1 W9503my
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  • My Papá Diego and Me: Memories Of My Father and His Art
  • Rivera Marín, Guadalupe, 1924-
  • 759.972 R5243m
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  • Once Upon a Time: Traditional Latin American Tales = Había Una Vez: Cuentos Tradicionales Latinoamericanos
  • Martínez, Rueben, 1940-
  • 398.2 M3666on
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  • Soccer Counts! = ¡el Fútbol Cuenta!
  • McGrath, Barbara Barbieri, 1954-
  • 512.2 M178soc 2011
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  • Trip to Paris: Un Voyage À Paris
  • Shannon, Terry.
  • 448.3 Sh19
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  • Where Are You Going? to See My Friend!
  • Carle, Eric.
  • 495.6 C192whe
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“La traducción juega un papel tradicional importante como el medio que nos permite tener acceso a la literatura escrita originalmente en una de las incontables lenguas que no podemos leer. La traducción siempre nos ayuda a saber, a ver desde un ángulo diferente, a darle un valor nuevo del que estamos poco acostumbrados.”

“Translation plays its important traditional role as the means that allows us access to literature originally written in one of the countless languages we cannot read. Translation always helps us to know, to see from a different angle, to attribute new value to what once may have been unfamiliar.”
— Edith Grossman

Literature for adults:

  • Amor De Una Mujer Generosa
  • Munro, Alice, 1931-
  • PR9199.3.M8 L68 2018x
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  • Book Of Twilight
  • Neruda, Pablo, 1904-1973,
  • PQ8097.N4 A2 2017
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  • Cartas a Un Joven Disidente
  • Hitchens, Christopher,
  • HM1246 .H57 2012x
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  • Cien Años De Soledad
  • García Márquez, Gabriel, 1927-2014.
  • PQ8180.17.A73 C5 1990x
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  • Don Quixote Of La Mancha
  • Stavans, Ilan,
  • PN6727.S677 D66 2018
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  • Dorothy Parker,
  • Parker, Dorothy, 1893-1967,
  • PS3531.A5855 A6 1944
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  • Isla Bajo El Mar
  • Allende, Isabel.
  • PQ8098.1.L54 I78 2009bx
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  • Island Beneath the Sea: A Novel
  • Allende, Isabel,
  • PQ8098.1.L54 I7813 2010
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  • Letters to a Young Contrarian
  • Hitchens, Christopher.
  • HM1246 .H57 2005x
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  • Lives Of Girls and Women
  • Munro, Alice, 1931-
  • PR9199.3.M8 L58 1983x
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  • Love Of a Good Woman: Stories
  • Munro, Alice, 1931-
  • PR9199.3.M8 L68 1998
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  • Max and Moritz; with Many More Mischief-makers More or Less Human or Approximately Animal.
  • Busch, Wilhelm, 1832-1908.
  • PT2603.U8 M33 1962
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  • One Hundred Years Of Solitude
  • García Márquez, Gabriel, 1927-2014.
  • PQ8180.17.A73 C513 1998
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  • Original De Laura: (morir Es Divertido): Novela En Fragmentos
  • Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1899-1977,
  • PS3527.A15 O7518 2010x
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  • Original Of Laura (dying Is Fun): [a Novel in Fragments]
  • Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1899-1977.
  • PS3527.A15 O75 2009x
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  • Rubia Imponente
  • Parker, Dorothy, 1893-1967,
  • PS3531.A5855 B54 2013x
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  • Tree Is Older Than You Are: A Bilingual Gathering Of Poems & Stories from Mexico with Paintings by Mexican Artists
  • PQ7235 .T74 1995
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  • Twenty Years After
  • Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870,
  • PQ2229.V6 E5 2019x
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  • Vida De Las Mujeres
  • Munro, Alice, 1931-
  • PR9199.3.M8 L58 2014x
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