Beginning … again: Academic resources for a successful Spring semester

Beginning … again: Academic resources for a successful Spring semester

With 2020 behind us (whew!) it’s time to look forward to a new year and new opportunities. A new semester is a fresh start, and we want to share useful and reliable resources, culled from past Campus Library blogs, that can benefit your academic work. Just a few clicks and you’re on your way to a successful semester!

Navigating the library website

IUEREF for Academic Success provides a handy overview for how to find what you need at the Campus Library website. Our campus has almost 300,000 electronic books in our collection and more than 600 databases.  Our librarians and professional staff are committed to assisting you with knowledgeable and timely reference and research that will help achieve your academic goals. All you need to do is ask! You can email us: or simply click on the red “Ask Us” button on our website. To receive updates of Campus Library resources and events, like us on Facebook!

Primary sources

Primary sources that focus on American history include African-American History Online, American Civil War: Letters and Diaries, American Indian History Online, American Women’s History Online, British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries, Gale Primary Sources, Modern World History Online, Oral History Online, North American Immigrant Letters & Diaries, The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives, and Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000.  Even a database that seems by nature to be a secondary source, the Britannica, includes an option to search specifically for primary documents. Learn the details of each in this blog. To find music and maps, try the Live Music Archive, and the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection, featured in this blog.

News Sources 

The library subscribes to numerous news sources, contemporary and historical. Current news can be located in Newspaper Source and ProQuest News & Newspapers, which index thousands of news outlets. Sources for older news are the Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Burney Newspapers Collection, Illustrated London News Historical Archive-1842-2003, and the British Library Newspapers.

International information

Cross cultural research can encompass food, music, dance, religion, travel, and explorations of diverse countries. In this international-focused blog, you will discover Food Studies, Food and Drinks in History, Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Dance in Video, and the Religion and Philosophy Collection. There are also links to National Geographic, Central and South America, Africa and the Middle East, and Asia.

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