Library Resources

Library Resources

Ancient history… or Archival Wonders?!?

Ancient history… or Archival Wonders?!?

Did you know? the Indiana University East Archives houses the student newspapers all the way back to the 1970s the Archives contains oral histories documenting a variety of local history topics, including Starr Gennett the Archives has thousands of photographs of IU East from its beginnings in 1971and they are accessible online: www.flickr.com/iuelibrary the physical Archives is located at the Campus Library in Hayes room 101   As the library’s archivist my goal is to increase awareness of and accessibility to the IU East Archives.  At a recent workshop hosted by the Society of Indiana Archivists we discussed strategies for organizing collections more with finding.  “Finding Aids” describe a collection, including its content, the timeframe covered within the collection, and … Continued
Research is our Business

Research is our Business

Are you starting research in a business topic?  The library subscribes to a lot of business-oriented databases that would be good for you.  For business news, try the EBSCO databases Business Source Premier, Corporate Resource Net, and Communications and Mass Media. You can limit your results to things like full text articles, peer-reviewed articles, and articles published in the last few years.  For example, this search for corporate research into consumer behavior came up with over three hundred articles.  You can also find SWOT analyses, like these for the Ford Motor Company.  If you don’t find enough of what you need in EBSCO, other good business databases include ABI/INFORM or Business and Company Resource Center.  Run similar searches in them for … Continued
On the Road Again

On the Road Again

Hi there! New library staff member Heidi Huff, here, newly minted MLS from IUPUI.  And YES, that’s my real name (not some fictional character as someone suggested earlier today.) Currently, I’m commuting to Richmond from Indianapolis.  But in talking to all the students and staff members I’ve met this week I discovered that many, many of you are commuters too.  I’ve met some of you from Oxford and Greenfield and here and there in-between.  Don’t even get me started on how far Venus Williams would have to commute if she were driving back and forth to campus. Here’s where the library comes into “play.”  The library has audio books (formerly known as books on tape) in the Browsing Collection – … Continued
Author Access from Anywhere, Anytime

Author Access from Anywhere, Anytime

What do Shakespeare, Chinua Achebe, Euripides, Madeleine L’Engle, Herman Melville, and Beatrix Potter have in common? They are all included in the Literature Resource Center.  IU East subscribes to this key resource for discovering literary criticism and background about authors. This database has been especially tailored for an undergraduate audience, focusing on the 2,500 authors most frequently read in colleges and universities.  That’s not to say grad students won’t find plenty of great information – but it’s a perfect fit for newer researchers.   In addition to literary criticism the LRC contains biographies, reviews, work overviews, and timelines.  There’s even a guide for how to include these resources in a properly MLA-formatted paper.  And it covers authors throughout human history, … Continued
Historical Research Resources: real-time and real perspectives

Historical Research Resources: real-time and real perspectives

Suppose someone living in the year 2025, or even 2225, wants reliable information about what happened in 2011? Where would be the best place to get information (assuming by then all our brains aren’t pre-wired at birth to the Internet or whatever comes Next)? There are unique considerations when doing historical research, for whatever type of questions you seek to answer.  One facet of historical research is the need for primary sources – that is, things written and said by the people actually involved with those events.  Having access to primary documentation is of vital important to historical study.  Newspapers are also of great value, providing contemporary perspectives that can be critical to understanding the perceptions about events and people … Continued