Library Resources

Library Resources

Strategies for database searching

Strategies for database searching

Chances are, if you’ve used a library database, you’ve used one of the EBSCO databases.  Some of the databases provided by the vendor EBSCO are available to Indiana residents through Inspire, and Ohio residents through OhioLink. At IU East, a third of our full-text journals are available through the EBSCO interface.  In 2010, IU East students, faculty, and staff searched an EBSCO database 114,240 times, retrieving 102,280 full-text articles. EBSCO provides general search databases like MasterFile and Academic Search Premier.  They also have specialized databases.  For example, if you’re working on a health topic, you could use MedLine, CINAHL, and Health Source.  A criminal justice paper?  PsycInfo and SocIndex will work well for you.  Economics?  Try Business Source Premier.  Education?  … Continued
What We Aim to Accomplish

What We Aim to Accomplish

Probably, at some point in your educational career, you’ve thought about what you’re working towards.  A career?  Fame and fortune?  Stability?  Goals are good. They help us accomplish what we want and need to accomplish.  The Library is committed to the goals IU East has established through the campus Learning Objectives. It makes sense – a library is place where you can into practice what you learn.  Researching.  Experimenting.  Many of our resources are geared around these specific principles of what it is that makes an educated person.  Reading.  Critical examination.  Understanding diverse opinions.  These are all core functions of research. Some of our databases, like Opposing Viewpoints in Context, do this rather dramatically.  Others are more subtle.  But these … Continued
Civil War Resources

Civil War Resources

“It is well that war is so terrible, lest we should grow too fond of it.” -General Lee to General Longstreet “Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace.”  -Ulysses S. Grant A hundred and fifty years ago, on April 12, 1861, shots were fired on Ft. Sumter and four years of civil war began in the United States. The New York Times is publishing daily updates about what was happening a hundred and fifty years ago. The sesquicentennial provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about the American Civil War and there are a variety of resources available at the … Continued
Free, yes free…try it now!

Free, yes free…try it now!

If “free” seems too good to be true, ok, it’s only free for a limited time. But truly, “free trials” offered by publishers and vendors are a great opportunity to navigate through all sorts of interesting resources. And your Campus Library really does want your feedback to find out if these are potentially useful purchases.  E-resources librarian Sue McFadden has pulled together these free trials in a handy libguide: http://iue.libguides.com/trials Please peruse and let us know if any of these would help you with your research!
Streamlined Reference

Streamlined Reference

If you’ve visited the library recently, you know we’re always fine-tuning things here.  Our most recent change involves the reference books.  These used to be split up into two sections – reference and biography books, in two different places.  We’ve combined them into one easy-to-use collection.  Both types of books now make up the first row of shelves in the stacks.  So if you don’t see them where they used to be, don’t worry – they’re still here! While we were at it, we took the opportunity to update it into a much more streamlined, focused reference collection.  We’ve trimmed a few redundant volumes (like Something About the Author, now online), and transferred a lot to the circulating collection, so … Continued