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Inclusive excellence: Library materials cover topics of diversity and equity

Posted on April 9th, 2021

Booth Library has an in-depth collection of resources focusing on cultural acceptance and inclusivity. During 2021, our librarians will feature research guides on a variety of these topics.

During April and May, we are focusing on topics related to Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Please see the AAPIHM guide with selected books, articles, videos and databases.

To get access to physical materials, please contact your research librarian or complete this online request form to have the materials pulled by members of our Circulation staff. Access to the library’s bookshelves is currently prohibited due to the pandemic.

Edible Book Festival winners announced

Posted on April 9th, 2021

Booth Library’s 11th annual Edible Book Festival was held virtually to celebrate National Library Week April 4-10.

Because of restrictions due to COVID-19, this year’s festival was held virtually for the second year. Participants created an edible art work based on a book and submitted photos of their entry. Then members of the public were invited to vote online for their favorites.

The winners were as follows:

Esperanza Murillo and “The Rainbow Fish”

First place: “The Rainbow Fish,” by Esperanza Murillo; based on the book, “The Rainbow Fish,” by Marcus Pfister.

Beatrix Brantley and “The Hobbit”

Second place: “The Hobbit,” by Beatrix Brantley; based on the book “The Hobbit,” by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Lily Porter and “The Monster Book of Monsters”

Third place: “The Monster Book of Monsters,” by Lily Porter; based on the book, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” by J.K. Rowling.

All of the Edible Book Festival entries will be viewable in EIU’s institutional repository, The Keep, at

National Library Week Collection Spotlight: American Periodicals

Posted on April 8th, 2021

This week is National Library Week across the USA! It is a time to celebrate our nation’s libraries and library workers’ contributions, and promote library use and support.

The theme for National Library Week 2021 is “Welcome to Your Library.” 

During the pandemic, library workers continue to exceed their communities’ demands and adapt resources and services to meet their users’ needs during these challenging times. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer endless opportunities to transform lives through education and lifelong learning. All this week we will be posting news items about some of the many information resources Booth Library offers our community beyond 4 walls.

Today we feature the historical American Periodicals primary source collection.

If you’re researching topics from U.S. history, check out Booth Library’s American Periodicals collection for digitized images of American magazines and journals from colonial times through the early 20th century.

Looking for examples of 19th-century magazine ads, political and social commentary, editorial cartoons, recipes, or articles written during and about the Civil War or Reconstruction? You can search in American Periodicals to find what you need. Use the Document Type limiter to narrow down your search by type of item.

This primary source database includes early American short stories including some written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, general interest magazines like Ladies’ Home Journal and Vanity Fair, children’s publications, and many more. Because the PDF page images are taken from the original periodicals, the original typefaces, graphics, and layouts can be viewed.

American Periodicals can be cross-searched with any of Booth Library’s other databases on the ProQuest platform, such as British Periodicals, Early English Books Online, and the historical Chicago Defender, Chicago Tribune, and New York Times.

Need help with searching American Periodicals? Please ask a librarian.

Additional Resources

The Keep

Scholarly Communications Librarian Todd Bruns oversees the institutional repository at EIU, The Keep. Many people know The Keep as the repository of open access archive of the scholarship, creative output and administrative records of Eastern Illinois University. Since its adoption, more than 2.5 million documents have been downloaded around the world from The Keep.

What most people don’t know is that The Keep is also a publishing platform. EIU currently hosts the publication of six peer-reviewed journals.

The Keep serves as conference and event site platform which allows a fully functioning submission, review and publishing space for physical and virtual conferences.

The Keep is also a valuable platform to feature EIU’s wonderful faculty. The Selected Works pages within The Keep create a powerful and versatile website for faculty to maintain a record of their scholarly output. Selected Works Galleries can be organized by department or expertise and embedded within external sites.

Perhaps best of all, participating in The Keep means that our university’s scholarly and creative output is optimized for discovery by scholars, students and prospective students around the world in Google, Digital Commons Network, and all major search engines.

Gale eBooks

For anyone looking for a good starting point for their research, Gale eBooks includes over 450 encyclopedias, guidebooks, and other reference sources on a variety of subjects: the arts, business, education, literature, politics, science and medicine, and more.

This searchable and browsable electronic collection is accessible to EIU users from on and off campus. 

Search through Gale eBooks to get background information on your research paper topic. If you haven’t picked out a topic yet, browse through the Table of Contents of any book to find possible subjects to write about.

If you have questions about using Gale eBooks, please ask a librarian.


Govinfo, a free service of the U.S. Government Publishing Office, provides access to publications from all three branches of the U.S. Government. Find it online at

Use Govinfo to locate the text of COVID relief bills and other recent pieces of legislation, find the budget of the U.S. Government, search for laws within the U.S. Code, browse the official Public Papers of the Presidents, investigate the Federal Register, and read articles on timely topics such as Women’s History Month and the history of the Peace Corps.  And lots more. You can search among the hundreds of thousands of publications in Govinfo and browse by category.

Booth Library is a federal depository library, and our staff can help you locate government information and answer questions about using Govinfo.

Eight students receive Awards for Excellence

Posted on April 2nd, 2021

The Library Advisory Board of Booth Library honored eight students as winners of the 2021 Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity.

Graduate division:

  • Nicole Bridges, a History student, won first place for Mothers, Wives, and Sisters…But Also Citizens: Defining the Duty of Female Civilians Through the Publications of the Pankhurst Sisters during The Great War.
  • James Kowalski, a History student, won second place for ‘Everyone is Suffering’: The Redefinition of Shell Shock from Curious National Concern to Conventionalized National Baggage in Post-World War I Britain.
  • Carol Bruce Tagoe, an Economics student, won third place for Developed Stock Market Integration: New Evidence from the Pre- and Post-Financial Crisis of 2007-2009.
  • Tanner Skym, a History student, won honorable mention for Bolshevik Germany: America’s Perception on the German Revolution.
  • Toluwalase Solomon, a Curriculum and Instruction student, won honorable mention for Trade Books’ Contextualization of Consequential Women’s Historical Significance.

Undergraduate division:

  • Paul Abraham, a Public Health student, won first place for Voluntary Refusal of the Seasonal Influenza Vaccine.
  • Penny Nigh, a Communication student, won second place for Cultivating a Cohesive Workplace by Integrating Soft Skills Training in Professional Development Programs and Resources.
  • Alexandra Mann, a History student, won third place for The Women of Wrigley’s Dainty Baseball League.

The first- through third-place award winners were honored during the virtual Awards for Excellence Showcase at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 9.

The Booth Library Awards for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity program promotes and recognizes excellence in student research. The program encourages students to enhance their studies by utilizing the wealth of information available at Booth Library and other research venues.

All entries were original works completed by Eastern students within the last 12 months. The award recipients were selected on the basis of excellence, creativity and the use of research resources. A digital copy of award entries will become part of the Library’s institutional repository, The Keep, found at

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a new poem

Posted on April 2nd, 2021

Established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is a chance to explore the importance of poetry in our culture.

To commemorate National Poetry Month, and as part of the Big Read programming series, Lake Land College Library is hosting a book discussion of Joy Harjo’s latest book of poetry, An American Sunrise. This virtual event is on April 14th at noon and is free and open to the public. For more details, click here.

Celebrate National Poetry Month by reading a favorite poem or discovering a new poet. Check out one of the books on this guide created by librarian Janice Derr.

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