Category Archives: Featured Resources

Electronic reserves now accessible in D2L

Faculty: The Booth Library electronic reserves service migrated to D2L this summer. E-reserves is now exclusively provided through D2L.

The benefits of using D2L for e-reserves include:

  • easy access for students (no extra password to remember!), and
  • easy set-up for you.

How does it work?

  • Activate your course in D2L. (Contact the Faculty Development and Innovation Center for instructions on activating your course.)
  • To migrate content: If you have materials in the library e-reserves system that you would like migrated into D2L, add Stacey Knight-Davis (NetID: slknight) in the role of Librarian (similar to the Grad Assistant role) to your D2L course. Email Stacey to let her know what content to migrate.
  • To add new content: Add Tina Jenkins (NetID: cfjenkins) in the role of Librarian to your D2L course. Send your list of new reserves materials to boothrsv@eiu.edu or via http://library.eiu.edu/reserves/ereserverequest.php.

More information about the library reserves service is available at http://library.eiu.edu/reserves/reserves_instructions.html.

Course instructors needing assistance with posting content in D2L should contact the instructional support specialist assigned to their college.

Library catalog upgraded

The Booth Library catalog was upgraded to a new version on July 23, 2018.  Many features and functions remain the same, so users familiar with the old version should find using the new version easy.  However, there are a number of new features that are welcome improvements.

Single Sign-On.  You may log in to your personal information using your EIU NetID and password.  Detailed instructions can be found using the Login Help button in the upper right corner of the catalog screen.

New Search Methods.  At the bottom of the screen of the new version of the catalog there is a “Browse Alphabetically” link.  This offers a suite of searches that let you specify a starting point in a list and then move forward or backward from that point as far as you like.  The Browse Alphabetically choices are:

Similar Items.  When a single bibliographic record is displayed, the catalog displays links to additional resources that have elements in common.

Responsive Web Design.  The catalog can be viewed easily with full functionality on screens of any size.

New Content.  A new set of HathiTrust Digital Library public domain records are available and updated regularly as additional content becomes available.

Wall Street Journal, Westlaw are among new electronic resources

The library now has access to two new databases for legal and news research.  Both combine a clean, easy-to-use interface with valuable research content.

Global Newsstream provides a searchable interface for global news from thousands of full-text newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites.  Included are many national and international papers, such as the New York Times and Washington Post, as well as two major, popular newspapers which are newly available to EIU patrons in online format: The Wall Street Journal and Chicago Defender.

Westlaw Campus Research: Law is a comprehensive database for US legal research.  It contains all state and federal legal cases, annotated statutes, regulations, administrative materials, and Federal Agency decisions/ opinions, as well as the KeyCite legal citator and more than 800 law reviews and journals.

These new electronic resources replace Lexis Nexis Academic/Nexis Uni.

For more information about these new databases, please contact your subject librarian or call the library reference desk at 581-6072.

Links:

Global Newsstream

WSJ

Westlaw Campus Research: Law

 

More than just books: Booth loans games, puppets, skeleton, guitar, more

Among the many unique items available for checkout are Bucky the Skeleton, electric guitar, puppets such as this monkey, teddy bear with a stint, Games and puzzles, leaf specimens, a double-helix DNA model, and a pound of fat.

As you know, Booth Library is your go-to spot for books, journal articles, DVDs, magazines, audiobooks and e-books. And you probably know that on rainy days, you can even check out an umbrella to keep yourself dry. But Booth is home to many other items that just might be what you need to wow your fellow students and teachers, or freak out your friends!

Ever wondered what a pound of fat looks like? How about a pound of muscle? We’ve got you covered!

Need a leaf or seed specimen for that science report?  We have them!

Need a prop for that anatomy speech? The Ballenger Teachers Center offers items such as a human skull; dissected human arm; models of the brain, torso, larynx and human heart; and a teddy bear with a hydrocephalus stint. These are all carefully watched over by Bucky the Skeleton, who is also available for checkout.

The BTC also offers fun games, posters, puzzles, curriculum kits and dozens of puppets ready for checkout!

Did you forget your tools for math class? We can provide calculators, rulers, protractors and more.

Booth’s Library Technology Services offers ethernet cables and a variety of other mac and pc computer connectors, SD card readers, headphones, flash drives, chargers, cassette recorders and more.

For the musicians, we offer a truly hands-on experience. Use one of our private music rooms on the fourth floor to practice on one of our pianos or guitars (or bring your own). Create your own sound with our amplifier emulator software and even record your rehearsal session! Modernize your music with our LP- and cassette-to-digital conversion stations.

If you prefer to practice at home, we have an electric guitar available for checkout, along with a headphone amplifier and tuner.

And , of course, Booth offers a wide variety of music on CD, streaming video, and DVDs of thousands of  movies, TV shows, and documentaries. All are available for free to those with a Panther ID!

Whatever you need, check with your Booth Library first — we just might have it!

MultiPresenters installed in study rooms

Booth Library has debuted multipresenter technology in its study rooms, offering a place for students to practice presentations and work collaboratively with others.

NEC MultiPresenters have been installed in four of the study rooms on the library’s fourth floor. The MultiPresenters work with all platforms and offer web access and wireless screen sharing so that multiple devices can be shared at once on the monitors.

Once students install the free software on their personal devices, such as laptops, iPads and cellphones, they may share their work directly from their personal devices on to the monitors. Instructions on how to use the new technology are available in each study room.

The study rooms also now have glass boards and marker boards to encourage collaborative discussion.

This new technological equipment is made possible thanks to generous donations made to the library. For more information on how to use this new technology, stop by the Library Technology Services desk on the fourth floor or call 581-6091.

Print tax forms for free

Looking for tax forms? Visit the IRS website and Department of Revenue for the state of Illinois to print out federal and state tax forms:

www.irs.gov/forms-instructions (federal) or www.revenue.state.il.us/taxforms/ (state)

Library patrons may print needed tax forms for free in the Reference department. IRS forms also are available for photocopying in Reference. For more information speak with a reference librarian on the main (third) floor of the library.

For more information call 581-6072.

Our personal librarians have you covered!

Did you know? Booth Librarians are research experts in the fields of study offered at EIU. That means students and faculty have a subject librarian ready to help them find the specialized information they need for their assignments and their research.

What do subject librarians do? They communicate with faculty in their subjects to order books, journals and videos, and to make sure Booth has the most up-to-date and useful resources. They work with faculty and students to find appropriate publication venues, or work through complicated copyright inquiries. Many subject librarians are also “reference” librarians who provide in-class, online or in-library instruction, whether it is a short building tour, an introduction to electronic databases, or training in advanced research techniques. Subject librarians also create online research guides for tasks and topics, and online tutorials for database searching techniques.

Students in any major are encouraged to get to know their librarian, who can help with understanding research, finding the best resources, locating materials in the library, citing sources and more.

Know the name of your subject librarian! Then get in touch for one-on-one research help! Whatever you need, whether it is for classes or your leisure time, Booth Library has you covered!

Lexis Nexis platform becomes Nexis Uni

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, the Lexis Nexis database became Nexis Uni, offering the same content in a new platform.

Nexis Uni features more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis with an intuitive interface that offers quick discovery across all content types, personalization features such as alerts and saved searches, and a collaborative workspace with shared folders and annotated documents.

Nexis Uni enables quick discovery across all content types, personalized discipline pages for those who set up individual profiles and a collaborative workspace for group assignments.

Students who have grown up googling will appreciate the streamlined interface of Nexis Uni. It begins at the big search box. Students can quickly conduct either natural language or complex Boolean searches across the entire content collection, making it an ideal tool for novice and advanced researchers alike.

Nexis Uni helps students find credible sources, including:

— Print and online journals, television and radio broadcasts, newswires and blogs;

— Local, regional, national and international newspapers with deep archives;

— Extensive legal sources for federal and state cases and statutes, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions since 1790;

— Unparalleled business information on more than 80 million U.S. and international companies and more than 75 million executives.

Nexis Uni offers many ways to customize your research experience based on your preferences. As you familiarize yourself with Nexis Uni, it is recommended that you review these tools and use them to customize your experience.

For help with navigating the new Nexis Uni, visit your Booth Library reference librarians, call them at 581-6072 or chat here.

Booth Library Top 10 lists of 2017

 

As 2017 comes to a close, here’s a look at the top 10 popular titles checked out at Booth Library this year. We’ve included the call number in case you’d like to check out what your fellow Panthers have been reading!

Popular book titles

(We’ve listed the top 12 because some titles were tied).

  1. “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis,” by J.D. Vance; HD 8073.V37 A3 2016.
  2. “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association,” by American Psychological Association; BF 76.7 .P83 2010.
  3. “Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” by Rebecca Skloot; RC265.6.L24 S55 2011.
  4. “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” by Dale Carnegie; BF637.S8 C37 2009.
  5. “Slaughterhouse-five, or The Children’s Crusade: A Dirty Dance with Death,” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.; PS3572.O5 S55 1994x.
  6. “Orientalism,” by Edward W. Said; DS12 .S24 2003bx.
  7. “Brave New World,” by Aldous Huxley; PR6015.U9 B65 2006x.
  8. “Unquiet Mind,” by Kay Redfield Jamison; RC516 .J363 1996x.
  9. “Magnolia Story,” by Chip and Joanna Gaines, with Mark Dagostino; Best Sellers TH4816 .G25 2016x.
  10. “Small Great Things: A Novel,” by Jodi Picoult; Best Sellers PS3566.I372 S63 2016.
  11. “Big Little Lies,” by Liane Moriarty; Best Sellers PR9619.4.M67 B54 2014b.
  12. “Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music,” by Angela Myles Beeching; ML3795 .B42 2010.

Ballenger Teachers Center Top 10

Here’s a look at the most checked-out items from the library’s Ballenger Teachers Center!

  1. “Very Hungry Caterpillar,” by Eric Carle; 800 C192vh 1987.
  2. “Rainbow Fish,” by Marcus Pfister; translated by J. Alison James; 800 P45ra.
  3. “National Geographic Theme Sets: Floods”; Guided Readers LB1576 .N37 2005x.
  4. “National Geographic Theme Sets: Droughts”; Guided Readers LB1576 .N37 2005x.
  5. “National Geographic Theme Sets: Tornadoes”; Guided Readers LB1576 .N37 2005x.
  6. “Cat in the Hat,” by Dr. Seuss; 800 G277c 1985.
  7. “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus,” words and pictures by Mo Willems; 800 W667don.
  8. “Waiting is Not Easy!” by Mo Willems; 800 W667wai.
  9. “Green Eggs and Ham,” by Dr. Seuss; 800 G277g 1988.
  10. “Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues,” by Kimberly and James Dean; 800 D3452pb

Graphic Novels

The most circulated items from Booth’s graphic novels collection (there were a lot of ties, so it’s an expanded list of popular titles):

  1. “Essential X-Men, Volume 1,” featuring Chris Claremont and John Byrne; PN6728.X2 E87 2000x.
  2. “Walking Dead,” by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Cliff Rathburn; PN6727.K574 W34 2004x.
  3. “Weird World of Eerie Publications: Comic Gore that Warped Millions of Young Minds!” by Mike Howlett; PN6725 .H69 2010x.
  4. “Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred,” a graphic novel adaptation by Damian Duffy and John Jennings; PN6727.D836 O28 2017x.
  5. “Wonder Woman Archives, Volume 1,” by William Moulton Marston and H.G. Peter; PN6728.W6 M38 1998.
  6. “Macbeth: The Graphic Novel,” by John McDonald and Jon Haward; PN6737.M43 M33 2008x.
  7. “Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s,” edited by Greg Sadowski; PN6726 .F68 2010x.
  8. “Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936,” by Edward Sorel; PN2287.A8 S67 2016.
  9. “Wonder Woman Archives, Volume 3,” by William Moulton Marston and H.G. Peter; PN6728.W6 M38 1998.
  10. “Persepolis,” by Marjane Satrapi; PN6747.S245 P4713 2003.
  11. “Valve Presents Volume 1, The Sacrifice and Other Steam-powered Stories,” editor, Rachel Edidin; PN6726 .V35 2011x.
  12. “Mooncop,” by Tom Gauld; PN6737.G38 M66 2016x.
  13. “Ultimate Spider-Man, Volume 1,” by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley; PN6728.S65 U47 2002x.
  14. “Batman: The Killing Joke,” by Alan Moore, Brian Bolland and Richard Starkings; PN6728.B36 M66 2008x.
  15. “March: Book One,” by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell; E840.8.L43 A3 2013.
  16. “Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride,” by Lucy Knisley; PN6727.K645 S66 2016x.
  17. “Richard Matheson’s ‘I Am Legend,’” adapted by Steve Niles and Elman Brown; PN6727.M37 I2 2003x.
  18. “World of Edena,” by Jean “Moebius” Giraud et al; PN6747.G5 M6613 2016x.
  19. “Batman, Volume Two: Hush,” by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Richard Starkings, et al; PN6728.B37 H87 2003x.
  20. “Black Tide: Awakening of the Key, Volume 1,” by Debbie Bishop; PN6728.B42 A92 2004x.
  21. “ElfQuest Archives, Volume 1” by Wendy and Richard Pini; PN6728.E45 P5635 2003.