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Explore a Database: MLA International Bibliography

Posted on September 5th, 2018

Welcome back! This week we explore MLA International Bibliography, an EBSCO database and available to anyone with an EIU login.

Produced by the Modern Language Association, MLA is a go-to resource for scholarship in the Humanities, especially language, literature, rhetoric, composition, folklore and film.

In order to access the MLA database, you’ll first be taken to a portal on EBSCO’s site. Just select the yellow ‘Continue’ box and you’ll be taken straightaway to the MLA International Bibliography.

Like many of the databases hosted by EBSCO, MLA International Bibliography provides you with many different ways to find scholarly article sources by refining and narrowing different search criteria. And while this may seem a little intimidating, by narrowing down your search results, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in less time than it takes to browse through the thousands of article citations that you retrieve with keyword searches.

Just like our look at Academic Search Complete, this blog will focus on how to find materials, instead of some of the interesting things you might find on out databases (although, there are many wonderful and fascinating finds in MLA International Bibliography, too!)

Academic Search Complete's main search boxes

Like Academic Search Complete and other databases hosted by EBSCO, everything starts with the three search boxes at the top of the screen. Here, you can find a starting point for those sources you’re looking for by entering in the subject, the author’s name, or even keywords that appear in the text. Anything you’re looking for you’re bound to find!

The heading under the three search boxes, ‘Search Options,’ allows you to start digging for specific texts by offering a ton of different options for you to narrow the information in those top three search boxes.

Search Modes and Expanders Screen Shot

The first subheading, ‘Search modes and expanders,’ lets you specifically narrow the information. Options like ‘Find all my search terms’ lets MLA International Bibliography find ALL your search terms as they appear in article. So, if an article appears after you select this option, it will have not one, not two, but all of the terms you’re looking for in its list of articles.

The ‘Find any of my search terms’ option allows for a broader search. By selecting this option, you’ll find texts with any of your searched terms. Options like ‘Apply related words’ and ‘Apply equivalent subjects’ will broader your search also, as well as look for search terms related to the ones you entered, but maybe didn’t think about. How cool is that?

The subheading ‘Limit your results’ is where you can find really interesting results. Because there are so many options under this subheading, we’ll be dividing options right down the middle as they appear either on the left side or the right side.

The left side of the Limit Your Results option

On the left side, options like ‘Publication type’ let’s you find the type of document you’re looking for. In the scroll-down menu you can select books, book chapters, journal articles, websites, and many other forms of text. Also on the left side, you can select the time period what your text was written about. In the scroll-down menu under ‘Period,’ you can find writings about any time period between B.C to 2099.

The right side of "Limit your screen" in MLA

On the right side you can narrow down your search terms by publication dates, the language it was written in, and many more. Also on the right side you can search for the genre you want your sources to be from. Options such as short story, biography, letters, saga, and anything you can think of make their home in the scroll-down menu under ‘Genre.’ The right side also has options to find texts that are peer reviewed, electronically published, or that have references available. All you need to do is tick the appropriate box and those materials are literally at your fingertips!

I know, it’s a lot to take in! These options may seem a little overwhelming at first, but once you have them down, you’ll never spend another all-nighter looking for those required sources again. You can always ask the librarian for help on any of these strategies and features.

Explore a Database: Academic Search Complete

Posted on August 29th, 2018

This week we explore how to use the all-inclusive (multidisciplinary and informative Academic Search Complete, a database hosted by EBSCO.

Academic Search Complete is like every “choose your own adventure” book you read as a kid. With so many options for refining searches, from limiting to one journal for your search terms, to choosing a range of years of publication for articles on your topic, to even the type of document you’re looking for, like a book review or an editorial, Academic Search Complete gives you the choice to peruse at your leisure and find those sources that inform your research, no matter you’re writing!

Because Academic Search is a “choose your own adventure” style of database, we won’t be focusing on particular articles you can find. We’ll instead give you an overview of Academic Search Complete’s options and features, so you can get along choosing your own path and those documents unique to your assignment or thesis!

The homepage of Academic Search Complete might look a little intimidating with all of the menus and options, but never fear! The varied amount of documents gives it all its charm.

Academic Search Complete's main search boxes

The top three search bars are like the ones we’re all used to, that being, they’re for entering keywords and phrases you might be looking for. The “Select a Field” option at the end of each search bar is to narrow down the keyword. Fields like author and titles can be found, but also,  titles like reviews and products and geographical can be accessed!

Academic Search Complete's Search modes and expanders option

Under the heading ‘Search Options’ is where Academic Search Complete gets more exciting. Under the subheading ‘Search Modes and Expanders,’ you can narrow what information you’d like Academic Search Complete to find for you by refining what search terms you’d like it to focus on. Ticking bullets on the left side of the subheading like ‘Find my entire search terms,’ will search for all the words you put into those top three search bars. And selecting boxes on the right side,  like, ‘Apply related words’ and ‘Also search within full text of the articles,’ will further refine your search to give you the exact results you need, while also limiting the sources you usually have to sift through.

The left side of Academic Search Complete's Limit your results feature

Under the next subheading, ‘Limit your results,’ you can search for the types of sources you might need. On the left side of the box you can limit results to only full-text documents or only scholarly journals. You can also search for a particular publication, like Psychology Today, for example.

Also on the left side are ways to limit what type of document you’re looking for. There are many different options in the scroll-down menu, things as basic as a report or an interview, to items such as literary criticisms to even product reviews and obituaries.

Likewise, you can search for the number of pages you want your results to be within. No one wants to read more than one 50 page articles. And with this feature you can limit the number of pages you want your results to be. Some types of images can also be found.  Options for visuals like maps, photographs, charts and many more are found at the bottom of the left side.

The right side of Academic Search Complete's Limit your results feature

But wait! There are also tons of options on the right side to further refine your searches and locate those hard-to-find, but perfect sources for that paper or presentation. At the top of the right side, you can search for sources only in a certain date range, and they type of publication you’re looking for. Items like health reports and newspaper (plus a whole lot more!) can be found in this scroll-down menu.

You can also search for the language in which you’d like your sources to be, or whether you want your sources to be a cover story, an image quick view, a full PDF file, or from Booth Library’s own extensive collection of periodicals!

The possibilities for narrowing your results are endless with Academic Search Complete, leaving you with the best sources and more time to spend on writing that paper! (Or catching up on Netflix, we won’t judge.)

See you back here at the Ref News Blog for more information on what our research librarians are up to, and also another Database of the Week!


Finding Books for Your Research at Booth

Posted on August 23rd, 2018

Some of the stacks at BoothAs a freshman (and a sophomore… and even as a senior!) the stacks at Booth are a little intimidating. Booth has over a million items in its collection, and with that sheer number of fiction, nonfiction, biography, poetry, law, statistics, encyclopedias, (and on and on) it can be hard to find items just for your major or for a Gen. Ed. class. But wait! There are research guides!

The research help librarians have made, (right under our undergraduate noses), some helpful guides to finding subjects, topics, course information, and even prolific authors.  Each subject area even has its own librarian that can answer your questions or point you in the direction that you need to go for whatever it is you’re trying to find.

However, if you’re an independent go-getter who doesn’t need any human help (or just really nervous to ask a question) our research help librarians have already got you covered.

Many of our subject librarians have made Subject Guides that you can use to find call numbers or even books to get you started on everything from research papers to presentations to even thesis work! Here’s a quick how-to in finding your research guide:

  1. Start on the Booth Library homepage. (duh! This is where you start for everything at Booth)

Screenshot of Research by Subject Screen

2. Select the last tab, ‘Research by Subject,’ above the search bar.

3. Pick your subject! Anything from art to theater, and everything in between!

A highlight of the Guides tab

4. Once on your subject page, click the ‘Guides’ tab at the far right. (Psst! It’s also the only yellow tab on the page, in case that helps!)

A highlight of where to find the Subject Guides heading

5. Once on the Guides page, there are several black headings: Citation Guides, Subject Guides,    Course Guides, and Topic Guides. Citation Guides give you an overview of how to cite your          work, Course Guides are for those lucky few whose professors made a research guide for a          specific class, and Topic Guides vary from finding images to resources dealing with specific          issues in that field of study. But we’re most interested in all the good stuff under ‘Subject              Guides.’

6. Here’s where some research help librarians differ (depending on what items Booth has in its          collection). Take, for example, political science. There are two different Subject Guides for            poly sci: Rural Studies and Criminal Justice.

Different Headings under Rural Studies

  • Under the Rural Studies link, there are four black subheadings running down the middle of the page: Find Reference Articles, Find Books, Find Journal Articles, and Data, Statistics, and Maps… Oh My! Under Find Reference Articles you can find… you guessed it… reference books in Booth’s catalog related to Rural Studies. Under Find Journal Articles, you can find specific databases at Booth that relate to a specific topic. For example, if you wanted to look up information about environmental issues, you could click on the link right beside that heading, taking you to GreenFILE. Under Data, Statistics and Maps you can find general overviews of stats on a number of different questions regarding Rural Studies from agencies like the Census Bureau and the USDA.

Finding Call Numbers in the Research Guides

But what we’re really interested in, is what can be found under Find Books, and that’s call numbers for certain subjects! Call numbers for issues such as Rural Sociology and the History of Agriculture can been found under this heading, and then found in the stacks around Booth. So there’s no more wandering aimlessly through the winding stacks for that book you might need!

A highlight of finding books related to Criminal Justice

  • Likewise, under the Criminal Justice link, you can find specific call numbers for encyclopedias dealing with crime under ‘E-Reference and Subject Encyclopedias.’ You can also find specific journal titles Booth’s subscribes to under ‘Selected Journals.’ Unlike many of the Subject Guides for different majors and minors, the Criminal Justice discipline covers a lot of different subjects regarding criminal justice, and because of all that info, it doesn’t provide specific call numbers for subjects. But never fear! In case you’re stuck on what topics you’d like to feature, the Criminal Justice Subject Guide provides specific topics, like ‘gangs’ and ‘police’ under Finding Books, which you can search in Booth’s catalog at your leisure!

Of course, not all majors and minors have the same headings. So here would be where a little bit of (gasp!) reading comes into play to skim the Subject Guides and find call numbers or Topics you can search in Booth’s catalog. But a good rule of thumb is you can usually find call numbers under the headers ‘Find Books,’ ‘Browsing the Stacks…,’ ‘Search for Books,’ or even under ‘Overview’ for those lucky few. And here’s another tip! You can easily find any discipline’s own subject librarian from Booth’s homepage for any questions you have! The link to look up the name, email and of course subject for each librarian can be found under the ‘About Booth’ heading, and then under the Subject Librarians  link. Just look under the search bar and to the right!

Whew! We know this is a lot of information, but now you’re not only equipped with the knowledge of how to figure out that sometimes tricky Library of Congress system, but also how to ask for help if you’re still struggling!

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!)

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.

Higher Education – Challenges : Struggle : Hope

Posted on November 3rd, 2016

Colleges and universities are experiencing tremendous pressures, both internal and external, trying to find ways to cope with declining budgets, enrollment challenges, curriculum change, and a myriad of other societal issues.  Here is a selection of titles relating to the current challenges facing Higher Education for you to explore.  Most of the books listed below are on display and available for checkout on the 3000 North corridor  by the Reference desk, but there are also many titles available as  eBooks (see examples below).

Some of these 46 titles have been featured in “Selected New Books on Higher Education” columns in the Chronicle of Higher Education.  This shorter list can be retrieved by clicking on the “Chronicle Books” tag located in the catalog record.  Find more print titles related to Higher Education using this key search link: “Higher Ed


To learn how you can tag records to form catalog lists, see “What are VUfind tags” on

Any EIU library user can view a selected list of electronic encyclopedia entries from our collection of hundreds of reference e-books.

Here is a short list of example entries.

Strategic and Long-Range Planning in Higher Education. Encyclopedia of Education, edited by James W. Guthrie, 2nd ed., vol. 7, Macmillan Reference USA, 2002, pp. 2367-2369. Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Universities and Higher Learning. Encyclopedia of Global Studies, edited by Helmut K. Anheier, et al., vol. 4, SAGE Reference, 2012, pp. 1713-1718. Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Education, Diversity in Higher. Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, edited by Patrick L. Mason, 2nd ed., vol. 2, Macmillan Reference USA, 2013, pp. 89-96. Gale Virtual Reference Library.


Find more eBook titles related to Higher Education using this key search link: “Higher Ed eBks




The “Chronicle Books” tag list:

To learn more about how you can tag catalog records to form booklists, see “What are VuFind  tags” on

  • Aims Of Higher Education: Problems Of Morality and Justice
  • LB2324 .A39 2015
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  • American Higher Education in Crisis?: What Everyone Needs to Know
  • Blumenstyk, Goldie.
  • LA227.4 .B59 2015
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  • Assessing Study Abroad: Theory, Tools, and Practice
  • LB2376 .A68 2015
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  • Becoming a Student-ready College: A New Culture Of Leadership for Student Success
  • McNair, Tia Brown, 1952-
  • LB2341 .M366 2016
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  • Breakpoint: The Changing Marketplace for Higher Education
  • McGee, Jon, 1962-
  • LB2341 .M364 2015
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  • Class Lives: Stories from Across Our Economic Divide
  • HN90.S6 C5646 2014
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  • Clickers in the Classroom: Using Classroom Response Systems to Increase Student Learning
  • LB1028.3 .C625 2015
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  • Creating Citizens: Liberal Arts, Civic Engagement, and the Land-grant Tradition
  • LC220.5 .C698 2016
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  • Critical Approaches to the Study Of Higher Education: A Practical Introduction
  • LB2326.3 .C74 2015
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  • Department Chair As Transformative Diversity Leader: Building Inclusive Learning Environments in Higher Education
  • Chun, Edna Breinig,
  • LB2341 .C54549 2015x
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  • Discourse Of Disability in Communication Education: Narrative-based Research for Social Change
  • LC4818.38 .D57 2016
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  • Faculty Mentoring: A Practical Manual for Mentors, Mentees, Administrators, and Faculty Developers
  • Phillips, Susan L.
  • LB1731.4 .P54 2015
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  • Game Of Loans: The Rhetoric and Reality Of Student Debt
  • Akers, Beth, 1983-
  • LB2340.2 .A54 2016
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  • Getting College Ready: Latin@ Student Experiences Of Race, Access, and Belonging at Predominantly White Universities
  • Minikel-Lacocque, Julie.
  • LC2670.6 .M6 2015
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  • Getting to Graduation: The Completion Agenda in Higher Education
  • LA227.4 .G49 2012
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  • Guiding the American University: Contemporary Challenges and Choices
  • Stearns, Peter N.
  • LB2341 .S764 2016
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  • Hacking the Academy: New Approaches to Scholarship and Teaching from Digital Humanities
  • AZ186 .H33 2013
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  • Higher Education and Employability: New Models for Integrating Study and Work
  • Stokes, Peter J.,
  • LC173 .S76 2015x
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  • Higher Education for Sustainability: Cases, Challenges, and Opportunities from Across the Curriculum
  • LB2324 .H543 2013
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  • Humanities and the Dream Of America
  • Harpham, Geoffrey Galt, 1946-
  • AZ503 .H37 2011
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  • Inquiry-based Learning for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (stem) Programs: A Conceptual and Practical Resource for Educators
  • Q181 .I65485 2015x
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  • Integrated but Unequal: Black Faculty in Predominately White Space
  • LC2781.5 .I58 2012
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  • Interdisciplining Digital Humanities: Boundary Work in an Emerging Field
  • Klein, Julie Thompson,
  • AZ105 .K55 2015
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  • Internationalizing the Academy: Lessons Of Leadership in Higher Education
  • LB2376.4 .I597 2015x
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  • Managing the Graduate School Experience: From Acceptance to Graduation and Beyond
  • Rossman, Mark H.
  • LB2371 .R67 2015
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  • Manifesto for the Humanities: Transforming Doctoral Education in Good Enough Times
  • Smith, Sidonie,
  • LB2386 .S648 2016
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  • Mentoring Away the Glass Ceiling in Academia: A Cultured Critique
  • LC1568 .M46 2015
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  • New History Of the Humanities: The Search for Principles and Patterns from Antiquity to the Present
  • Bod, Rens, 1965-
  • AZ231 .B63 2013
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  • New Deal for the Humanities: Liberal Arts and the Future Of Public Higher Education
  • AZ183.U5 N49 2016
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  • Politics Of Performance Funding for Higher Education: Origins, Discontinuations, and Transformations
  • Dougherty, Kevin James.
  • LB2342 .D674 2015
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  • Privatization and the Public Good: Public Universities in the Balance
  • Lambert, Matthew T., 1977-
  • LB2341 .L24 2014x
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  • Putting the Local in Global Education: Models for Transformative Learning Through Domestic Off-campus Programs
  • LC6251 .P87 2015
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  • Reclaiming Conversation: The Power Of Talk in a Digital Age
  • Turkle, Sherry,
  • P96.T42 T85 2015x
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  • Revolution in Higher Education: How a Small Band Of Innovators Will Make College Accessible and Affordable
  • DeMillo, Richard A.
  • LA227.4 .D47 2015
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  • Scholar’s Survival Manual: A Road Map for Students, Faculty, and Administrators
  • Krieger, Martin H.
  • LB2371 .K75 2013
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  • Solitudes Of the Workplace: Women in Universities
  • LB2332.34.C2 S65 2015x
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  • Teacher, Scholar, Mother: Re-envisioning Motherhood in the Academy
  • HQ759.48 .T43 2015x
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  • Teaching Undergraduate Science: A Guide to Overcoming Obstacles to Student Learning
  • Hodges, Linda C., 1951-
  • Q181 .H687 2015
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  • To Restore American Democracy: Political Education and the Modern University
  • LC173 .T6 2006
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  • Transforming Institutions: Undergraduate Stem Education for the 21st Century
  • Q183.3.A1 T72 2016
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  • Undergraduate Experience: Focusing Institutions on What Matters Most
  • Felten, Peter,
  • LA229 .F46 2016
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  • Visual Design for Online Learning
  • Davis, Torria, 1966-
  • LB1044.87 .D384 2015
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  • Web Writing: Why and How for Liberal Arts Teaching and Learning
  • PN171.O55 W43 2015x
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  • Why We Need the Humanities: Life Science, Law and the Common Good
  • Drakeman, Donald L.,
  • AZ103 .D68 2016x
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  • Working Side by Side: Creating Alternative Breaks As Catalysts for Global Learning, Student Leadership, and Social Change
  • Sumka, Shoshanna,
  • LC220.5 .S86 2015
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Civil Rights era video, streaming for all the world to see @Booth

Posted on September 29th, 2016

This collection of African American Civil Rights Movement era film and television is available to stream through Booth’s subscription to Alexander Street Press. The selected videos build on the bibliography compiled by Marlene Slough in the program booklet for the For All the World to See exhibit currently at Booth. The videos are subtitled and accompanied by text transcripts. (Please note that viewing access is restricted to Eastern Illinois University patrons.)

allpowertothepeopleAll Power to the People!
Documentary on the historical context for the establishment of the civil rights movement and the formation of the Black Panther Party. (1996, 1 hr. 57 min.)

childshallleadthemA Child Shall Lead Them
Tells the story of public school desegregation in Nashville, Tennessee, beginning with first graders in September 1957. (2008, 23 min.)


colorofjusticeThe Color of Justice
Explores judicial decisions that have shaped America’s racial attitudes—the Dred Scott case, Plessy vs. Ferguson, the 1970 court order to integrate the schools of Lamar, South Carolina—and reviews the efforts of modern political and judicial leaders to help break the color line in the nation’s schools, voting booths, courtrooms, and public accommodations. (1970, 24 min.)

februaryoneFebruary One
Documentary on the sit-in staged by four Black college students at the lunch counter of the Greensboro, North Carolina, Woolworth five and dime store. (2003, 57 min.)

freedomsummerFreedom Summer
Spotlights the murder of three civil rights workers in Mississippi on June 21, 1964. From the History Channel television miniseries 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America. (2006, 38 min.)

freedomtrainThe Freedom Train
Documents the National Negro Labor Council, formed in 1951 to advance Blacks in the workplace and eliminate racism inside the unions. (1996, 30 min.)

freedomscallFreedom’s Call
Dorothy Gilliam and Ernest Withers, two African-American journalists who covered the events of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, return to the deep South where it all took place. Their journey to Memphis, Little Rock, Oxford, Jackson and the Mississippi Delta brings back memories of those turbulent times. (2007, 47 min.)

homeofthebraveHome of the Brave
Documentary on the civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo, who was murdered in 1965 as she campaigned for Black suffrage in Selma, Alabama. (2003, 1 hr. 14 min.)

july64July ’64
Using archival footage and interviews with those who were present, this film explores the genesis and outcome of a three-night riot that erupted in two predominantly Black neighborhoods in downtown Rochester, New York—the culmination of decades of poverty, joblessness and racial discrimination. (2004, 54 min.)

neverturnbackNever Turn Back
This tribute to Fannie Lou Hamer, a nonviolent motivator in the civil rights movement, includes an interview with her, comments from individuals who knew her or her work, and scenes of her galvanizing civil rights workers. (1983, 59 min.)

wwwwwbOff the Pig / Mayday / Repression
A trio of early documentaries about the Black Panther Party, by the Newsreel film collective. From the What We Want, What We Believe: The Black Panther Party Library collection. (1968, 14 min.; 1969, 13 min.; 1969, 13 min.)


ohfreedomOh, Freedom!

Traces the Black civil rights movement from 1955 when a Black woman refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, to the cry for Black power nearly a decade later. Explores the movement and its impact through the words of the people involved, and through examinations of the concept of Black Power. (1970, 27 min.)

revolution67Revolution ’67
Focuses on the explosive urban rebellion in Newark, New Jersey, in July 1967, to reveal the long-standing racial, economic, and political forces which generated inner city poverty and perpetuate it today. (2007, 1 hr. 14 min.)

roadtobrownThe Road to Brown
This documentary tells the story of the battle to overturn Plessy v. Ferguson and of the man who led the charge, lawyer Charles Hamilton Houston. Moving from slavery to civil rights, the program provides a concise history of how African Americans finally won full legal equality. (1990, 57 min.)

rosaparksthepathtofreedomRosa Parks: The Path to Freedom
Biography of the dynamic but quiet woman whose demand for her civil rights led to the social changes of the 1960s. This documentary contains an overview of the events that took place in Montgomery, Alabama: Mrs. Parks’ arrest, the bus boycott, and the segregation laws that were finally overturned. (1996, 25 min.)

strangedemiseofjimcrowThe Strange Demise of Jim Crow
Not all civil rights victories of the 1960s played out in front of television cameras. This documentary focuses on Houston, Texas, as an example of how many Southern cities were desegregated in a quieter fashion, with behind-the-scenes negotiations, secret deals, and controversial news blackouts. (1997, 57 min.)

voicesofcivilrightsVoices of Civil Rights
Personal narratives of everyday people who lived through this transformative era, from bus boycotts in Birmingham to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the History Channel “Save Our History” series. (2005, 45 min.)

Summer Reading

Posted on May 9th, 2016

photo of an open book on the beachLooking for an engaging read for over the summer break?  Check out one (or more) of the books in the list below, which includes romances, fantasy fiction, thrillers, historical novels, and contemporary fiction.   All are available on a display table in the 3rd floor reference area
hallway.  If you’ll be heading off campus and taking library books with you, remember that books can be renewed up to 10 times (wow!)  online at the library’s website or by calling Circulation at 217-581-6071. Don’t see anything here? Check out electronic and  audiobooks on MyMediaMall or look for a good read on the reader’s advisory tool NovelList Plus . Finally, did you know you can search the library catalog by genre? Type your genre inside quotes and click “Go” or “find.” logo image On the right hand column you’ll scroll down to the Genre heading where you can then limit further.

Need to know more? Here is a bit of library nerdy-ness about Library of Congress Genre/Form terms, and below you can click to retrieve lists of books matching the genre


  • Air Between Us
  • Johnson, Deborah.
  • PS3610.O3347 A67 2009x
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  • Beauty So Rare
  • Alexander, Tamera.
  • PS3601.L3563 B43 2014
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  • Best Friends Forever: A Novel
  • Weiner, Jennifer.
  • PS3573.E3935 B47 2010x
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  • Dangerous Kiss
  • Ray, Francis.
  • PS3568.A9214 D36x 2012
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  • Demon Lover: A Novel
  • Dark, Juliet.
  • PS3607.O566 D46 2011
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  • Divine Match-up
  • Thomas, Jacquelin.
  • PS3570.H5637 D58x 2008
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  • Don’t Tell a Soul
  • Warren, Tiffany L.
  • PS3623.A866 D66x 2013
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  • Everything Was Good-bye
  • Basran, Gurjinder.
  • PR9199.4.B374 E94x 2013
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  • Helen Of Troy
  • George, Margaret, 1943-
  • PS3557.E49 H45 2007x
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  • Hotel Moscow
  • Carner, Talia,
  • PS3603.A7585 H67x 2015
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  • Just Jane: A Novel Of Jane Austen’s Life
  • Moser, Nancy.
  • PS3563.O88417 J87 2007
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  • Love Children
  • French, Marilyn, 1929-2009.
  • PS3556.R42 L68 2009
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  • Night Circus: A Novel
  • Morgenstern, Erin.
  • PS3613.O74875 N54 2012x
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  • One I Left Behind
  • McMahon, Jennifer, 1968-
  • PS3613.C584 O54x 2013
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  • Perfume Collector: A Novel
  • Tessaro, Kathleen, 1965-
  • PS3620.E776 P47x 2013
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  • Prodigal Son
  • Roby, Kimberla Lawson,
  • PS3568.O3189 P76 2015x
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  • Red Tree
  • Kiernan, Caitlín R.
  • PS3561.I358 R43 2009x
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  • Rowdy: A Marked Men Novel
  • Crownover, Jay.
  • PS3603.R766 R69 2014
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  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Quick, Matthew, 1973-
  • PS3617.U535 S56 2012x
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  • Spear Of Summer Grass
  • Raybourn, Deanna.
  • PS3618.A983 S64 2013b
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  • Summer in Europe
  • Brant, Marilyn.
  • PS3602.R3667 S85x 2011
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  • Tiffany Girl: A Novel
  • Gist, Deeanne.
  • PS3607.I55 T54 2015
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  • Where Mercy Flows
  • Harter, Karen, 1952-
  • PS3608.A78717 W47 2006
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  • With Violets
  • Robards, Elizabeth, 1964-
  • PS3620.H684 W57 2008
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African American History Month at EIU

Posted on February 4th, 2016


Events to celebrate African American History Month are underway at EIU. Booth Library is celebrating with a selection of books on display in the 3000 level hallway.  Read more about aspects of African American culture and attend some of the events on campus.

These print books are available to be checked out, but there are full online encyclopedias of African American Culture and History available at your fingertips.

  • American Cocktail: A “colored Girl” in the World
  • Reynolds, Anita Thompson Dickinson, 1901-1980.
  • E185.97.R49 A3 2014
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  • American Slavery: A Very Short Introduction
  • Williams, Heather Andrea.
  • E441 .W723 2014
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  • Black Revolution on Campus
  • Biondi, Martha,
  • LC2781 .B38 2012
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  • Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth
  • E185.86 .C978 2015
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  • Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement
  • Anderson, Devery S.
  • HV6465.M7 A63 2015
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  • Fear Of a Hip-hop Planet: America’s New Dilemma
  • Jones, D. Marvin.
  • E185.86 .J647 2013
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  • Forgotten Sisterhood: Pioneering Black Women Educators and Activists in the Jim Crow South
  • McCluskey, Audrey T.
  • LA2311 .M33 2014x
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  • Hip Hop Movement: From R & B and the Civil Rights Movement to Rap and the Hip Hop Generation
  • Rabaka, Reiland, 1972-
  • ML3479 .R28 2013
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  • Joe, the Slave Who Became an Alamo Legend
  • Jackson, Ron, 1966-
  • F390.J64 J33 2015
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  • Later Novels
  • Baldwin, James, 1924-1987,
  • PS3552.A45 A6 2015x
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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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  • Loneliness Of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit Of Power
  • Wright Rigueur, Leah, 1981-
  • E185.615 .W795 2015
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  • Oberlin, Hotbed Of Abolitionism: College, Community, and the Fight for Freedom and Equality in Antebellum America
  • Morris, J. Brent,
  • F499.O2 M67 2014
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  • On Highway 61: Music, Race, and the Evolution Of Cultural Freedom
  • McNally, Dennis,
  • ML3479 .M36 2014
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  • Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography Of the Nineteenth Century’s Most Photographed American
  • Stauffer, John, 1965-
  • E449.D75 S733 2015
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The science of well-being

Posted on January 20th, 2016

book cover imageThe reference collection has recently received the 2016 Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Well-Being (call number BD431 .R623 2016).

This comprehensive reference source provides entries on the key concepts, theoriesimage and debates surrounding this ancient idea from a philosophical perspective but it includes explorations of well being from Psychology, Law, Medicine and Economics as well. Review a limited preview from Google books at the link above or browse the book in the reference collection, 3000 level of Booth Library.

While the concept may seem new, there is a strong body of literature surrounding well being and “Happiness studies.” In Booth’s Collection alone there are more than 80 books centrally about well-being, 45 of which are electronic and immediately accessible. EIU Psychology Professor Steve Scher has published an article on prayer and well-being and the psychological journal literature abounds with studies, even in just the past 15 years.

For a quick overview take a look a one or more of these electronic encyclopedia entries. As always, the high quality scholarly information is not free and open to the public. It is available to EIU users because Booth librarians purchased it. Next time you see one tell them “thanks!”



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