Research

Research

Get your research on!

Get your research on!

The IU East Campus Library welcomes the Class of 2026 and all returning students! Recently the library website was redesigned and you can find help tips on navigating the site here. Be sure to like the IU East Campus Library Facebook page for updates on library resources and services as well as special resource feature days like Wednesday Wisdom, Thinking Thursday, and Fake News Friday. Unsure which resources might best fit your research needs? How to Master Research provides tips and tricks for effective searching in all disciplines. Below are resource highlights from multiple disciplines that are sure to be helpful this semester. Business Search thousands of private equity and venture capital deals by hundreds of criteria such as locations, … Continued
Tracking the Case (Law)

Tracking the Case (Law)

The law and courts’ effects on them are major topics of debate today, particularly those of the Supreme Court.  Knowing when and how the high court reverses its own previous decisions and knowing what then constitutes current law are vital skills for educated citizens. The Supreme Court has reversed its previous decisions more than 300 times in the country’s 246 year history.  Sometimes it has done this very quickly, such as Robbins v. California (453 U.S. 420), which was overruled by the United States v. Ross (456 U.S. 798) within a year, allowing police officers to conduct warrantless searches of opaque containers in cars they had pulled over.  Sometimes the law changed is quite old, such as Minturn v. Maynard … Continued
Types of Research Sources

Types of Research Sources

Research projects may require a variety of specific sources, such as a peer reviewed article, a research study that uses quantitative methods, or a specific publication (for example, the New York Times). Library search tools can be used to hone in on special types of research material. Primary source Primary sources are created by someone who personally participated in the events described.  This typically means something slightly different in the humanities compared to in the sciences, so the ideal search strategy will depend on the nature of the class.  For humanities, primary sources include formats like letters, diaries, autobiographies, oral histories, and interviews.  Fortunately, the library offers many whole databases that specialize in this type of material.  African-American History Online, … Continued
Yes, YOU can be a master researcher

Yes, YOU can be a master researcher

Librarians are guides who can assist you in effectively navigating the numerous resources available for academic research. The IU East Campus Library Coordinator of Reference Services has produced a Research Mastery guide that features reliable sources and provides both general and discipline specific search strategies. From Boolean searching to syntax and limiters, you’ll learn basic and advanced methods for finding relevant information for your research. Additionally, the IU East Campus Library offers a convenient and timely online reference service. Simply email iueref@iue.edu or click here: For each subject discipline, the Research guide includes basic searching tips as well as specialized databases. There are techniques for maximizing your research, building from the basics, such as the   EBSCO Discovery Service and featured … Continued
Semester Reflection

Semester Reflection

It is hard to believe that another semester has come and gone. Congratulations to the Class of 2021! For some, summer classes will begin soon and if you haven’t yet, be sure to LIKE the IU East Campus Library Facebook page. There are special feature days such as Wednesday Wisdom, Thinking Thursday, and Fake News Friday. A featured database may provide that missing piece of information for a class project or final paper or simply be of interest to you! If you have not visited the Facebook page lately, here are some highlights of databases from our A-Z Index and various sites. Ever wonder if you can search the Campus Library collection for multiple databases at once? You sure can! Simply search … Continued