Matt Dilworth

Matt Dilworth

Presidents’ Day

Presidents’ Day

Today is Presidents’ Day, but just like on Martin Luther King Day, not many of us are going to celebrate by reading a biography of George Washington.  This day has come to represent ideals far more than any one person’s life.  The idea of liberty, of our national character, is more the spirit of this holiday. As in the population at large, we’ve had presidents who were perceived as effective or not, and some have dealt well with the challenges that faced them, while others have failed in their tasks.  But we can learn from anyone in history, and your library stands ready to connect you with that kind of resource. Several of our databases are particularly good for finding … Continued
Say what?

Say what?

On Saturday, February 12, numerous students from regional counties competed and presented speeches in 14 different categories at an Indiana High School Forensic tournament.  The Library was a venue for Radio and Extemporaneous events and we enjoyed having these students and observing all the academic preparation that is involved.  The photo featured in this blog is Michael Lakes, of Connersville High School, who participated in the U.S. Extemporaneous event.   The IU East Campus library has several reliable resources available in an electronic format.  Here are links to some journals and databases that college students may find useful for research to prepare to write speeches, papers, or other projects. Also included are links to some e-books on the topics of … Continued
E-Books are “real books” – really!

E-Books are “real books” – really!

Don’t be fooled by the format – e-books are ‘real’ books in every sense that matters, and can make your course assignments easier and better! Practically everyone who has used the Internet has had some experience with e-books.  You might not own a Kindle or an iPad but likely have read something interesting through GoogleBooks or Project Gutenberg, or in specialized archives like the Baen Free Library.  Some of us seek e-books, buying them for specific mobile devices.  You sometimes hear people say that ‘real’ books are going the way of the dinosaur – but no one makes the claim that reading is dying out. At IU East, we subscribe to several e-book sources.  The biggest are Ebrary, Books24x7, and … Continued
MLKJ Day

MLKJ Day

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!  For many of us, it’s a day off, and easy to lose the significance of this holiday.  Much like how on President’s Day and Columbus Day we don’t honor George Washington or Christopher Columbus personally so much as the main virtue their life exemplified – liberty and discovery, respectively – so too today we remember not so much King the Baptist preacher as the great virtue he dedicated his life to – equality. Modern libraries were founded on the same concept.  Because there are few better routes to equality than access to information.  Due to the nature of King’s struggle, it is natural to think about multiculturalism today.  And we have a number of … Continued
Weather Resources

Weather Resources

Has the bad weather got you down?  Well, your library might not be able to make it any warmer, but we have plenty of resources to help you understand it! Among our encyclopedic databases, AccessScience has some good articles on weather and weather prediction.  Science Resource Center has similar articles on weather mapping and forecasting, but has the added benefit of linking to a few journal articles and instructions for some novel do-it-yourself experiments, like making a homemade anemometer to measure wind speed.  Encyclopedia Britannica Online has some good, easy-to-digest material on the topic as well. And other, more traditional databases like Wiley Online Library have access to a number of weather-related journals such as “International Journal of Climatology” and … Continued