Category Archives: Featured Resources

Try It! Illinois Statewide Database Trial

Try-It! Illinois is the Illinois State Library’s annual statewide database trial. The trial lasts from October 1 through November 30. Try-It! Illinois is open to all Illinois library users. Thanks to partnerships between the Illinois State Library and the participating electronic resource vendors, there is no charge for accessing these databases during Try-It! Illinois. You will be prompted to enter your EIU NetID and password to access Try It! Illinois from EIU. To access Try It!, log in here.

Libby app offers easy access to e-books, audiobooks

Hey, e-book and audiobook patrons! We encourage you to meet Libby, a new app built for readers to discover and enjoy eBooks and audiobooks from Booth Library. Inspired by user and library feedback, Libby was designed to get people reading as quickly and seamlessly as possible.

Libby remembers your library ID number for quick checkout. It is available for Android and iOS and will give you access to your MyMediaMall account through Booth Library.

Libby was engineered from the ground up with many new features and enhancements:

  • Quick and easy for first time users
  • Integrated reading and listening experience with OverDrive Read and OverDrive Listen
  • No Adobe ID or account registration required
  • Faster performance and powerful search
  • Same experience on all devices
  • Customizable browsing options to find the books you want faster
  • Simplified download settings
  • Fixed-layout and Read-Along eBook support
  • Support for eBook highlights and annotations
  • Custom lists for tagging books you love, want to read and more

Download the free Libby app from the Apple App Store or Google Play today and enjoy the experience from your mobile electronic devices!

Library offers access to hundreds of online-streaming videos

Through the library’s partnership with the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), the library offersAmerican History in Video videos in the areas of American history, counseling, dance, ethnography and LGBT studies produced by Alexander Street Press.

The video collections include content that’s online exclusively through Alexander Street Press from partners such as The History Channel, Bullfrog, Chronoscope, Universal Newsreel, United News and more. Also included are documentaries and series from PBS.

A majority of the videos available cover American history, including documentaries, newsreels and never-before-published archival footage.

Eastern faculty members may find these videos useful to supplement teaching materials, illustrate a lecture or include in online courses. Students may use the videos as part of their research or include snippets of videos as part of a multimedia presentation.

The collections are easily searchable by topic, and include real-time transcripts and an easy-to-use menu to create custom clips of portions of videos.

These videos may be used just like any other educational video, with the added bonus of being able to view them anytime from almost anywhere.

For more information about the video collection, contact your subject librarian or call the library reference desk at 581-6072.

The collection can be browsed by topic at

Individual collections are linked below.