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Women’s History DVDs in Booth

Celebrate women’s history with a diverse collection of films, from documentaries to theatrical features. These films are currently on display on the 4th floor of Booth library.

Find out what it took for the NYC Fire Department to allow women to join, and why it only happened for the first time as late as 1982.

Learn the inspiration behind Rosie the Riveter and the women who kept the industrial work force moving ahead during WWII, along with the 1,000 women who served as the first female pilots in US military history!

From photography to aerospace engineering to detective fiction, women’s history is everywhere!

For an additional 427 films related to Women’s History Month, follow this link to review some of the thousands of titles from Kanopy Streaming .


  • Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens
  • TR140.L45 A465x 2008 .DVD
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  • Education Of Shelby Knox
  • HQ57.5.T4 E383 2006x .DVD
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  • Makers: Women Who Make America
  • HQ1391.U5 M35 2013x .DVD
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  • Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision
  • NB237.L538 M39 2003x .DVD
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  • Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story Of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony
  • HQ1412 .N89 1999x .DVD
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  • Rūzigār-i Mā = Our Times
  • PN1997 .O8757x .DVD
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  • She’s Beautiful when She’s Angry
  • HQ1154 .S524 2014x .DVD
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  • Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema
  • JK1896 .S845 2008x .DVD
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  • Taking Root: The Vision Of Wangari Maathai
  • SB63.M22 T34 2008x .DVD
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  • Taking the Heat: The First Women Firefighters Of New York City
  • HD8039.F52 U5 2005x .DVD
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  • Women Of Mystery: Three Writers Who Forever Changed Detective Fiction
  • PS374.D4 W662 2000x .DVD
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  • Wonder Women!: The Untold Story Of American Superheroines
  • HQ1233 .W663 2012x .DVD
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Database of the Week: Salem Literature Online

Salem Literature Online Logo Hello again with another ‘Database of the Week’ from your friendly neighborhood research librarians at Booth Library!

Up this week is Salem Literature Online, the third database down when you looks under the ‘S’ link on the database A-Z page!

Salem Literature Online might sound like an ‘English Major Only’ type of database, but never fear other majors! There’s a wealth of sources and articles that you can use on your papers, too!

Salem Literature Online is a collection of electronic books that has a Wikipedia style interface, which makes it simple to use and understand. (But it’s much more credible!) The homepage of Salem Literature Online is organized into columns of subject areas; Literature, History, Science, Health, and Careers. (Psst! Users can also look for specific items, like critical looks at authors and medical articles at the top of the homepage, under ‘View Subject Index.’)

You can dig down into the table of contents of an individual title, or search across the entire collection. All of Salem Literature Online’s blue links lead to another rabbit hole of specific articles concerning that main subject. For example if you wanted to learn more (or perhaps write an essay on) immigration issues in the United States, you’ll notice ‘Issues in U.S. Immigration’ has its own section under ‘History’ on the Salem Online homepage.

Writing a paper about 18th Century immigration? Try sub links Alien and Sedition Acts and Federal riot of 1799.

For a presentation about medical advancements in the 21st Century? Try Artificial Organs, under ‘Applied Science and Mathematics’ or DNA fingerprinting under ‘Genetics and Inherited Conditions.’

What about research on Black cultural movements during the Roaring Twenties? All of these sub links  to W. E. B. Du Bois, Harlem Renaissance, Jazz, Negro League Baseball, and NAACP can be found in ‘The 1920’s In America’ also linked from the Salem Online homepage. Or search the Salem Online Database for “roaring twenties” to get a broader view.

Here are a few different articles to kick off your assignments, or even your own independent research!

Applied Science Engineering and Mathematics Cover

In the Electronic book (part of the Salem Online collection)  ‘Applied Science: Engineering and Mathematics:’

Video Game Design and Programming – For your favorite gamer!

Earthquake Prediction – For that science class.

Critical Insights: The Harry Potter Series Cover



And just in time for Booth’s exhibit and program series ‘Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating A Phenomenon,’ try these essays from: ‘Critical Insights: The Harry Potter Series

‘Splinched: The Problem of Disability in the Harry Potter Series’ – For a look at physical disabilities.


For a look at our favorite half-giant nurturer take a look at ‘Rock Cakes and Reciprocity: Food and Male Performance of Nurturing in Harry Potter


That’s all for this week’s database. Keep checking out Reference News page for more gems from our collections! (And next week’s valuable database, of course!)

Selected new titles in History — a survey

Currently on display for your review and check-out are several history books curated by Professor Bradley Tolppanen, Head of Booth Circulation Services and Liaison to the EIU History Department. This display consists of history books that have recently been added to the Booth Library collection. Topics covered include both United States and international history as well as different historical subjects and themes.


  • American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley: His Battle for Chicago and the Nation
  • Cohen, Adam (Adam Seth)
  • F548.54.D34 C64 2000
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  • American Queen: The Rise and Fall Of Kate Chase Sprague, Civil War “belle Of the North” and Gilded Age Woman Of Scandal
  • Oller, John.
  • E415.9.S76 O55 2014
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  • Andrew Jackson, Southerner
  • Cheathem, Mark Renfred.
  • E382 .C45 2013
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  • Ardennes 1944: Hitler’s Last Gamble
  • Beevor, Antony, 1946-
  • D756.5.A7 B438 2015
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  • Atlantic Africa and the Spanish Caribbean, 1570-1640
  • Wheat, David, 1977-
  • F1621 .W47 2016
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  • Bill Of Rights: The Fight to Secure America’s Liberties
  • Berkin, Carol,
  • KF4749 .B45 2015
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  • Boy Soldiers Of the American Revolution
  • Cox, Caroline, 1954-2014,
  • UB418.C45 C69 2016
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  • Check Six!: A Thunderbolt Pilot’s War Across the Pacific
  • Curran, James C., 1921-2012,
  • D790.252 348th .C87 2015x
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  • Darius in the Shadow Of Alexander
  • Briant, Pierre,
  • DS284.7 .B7513 2015
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  • Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story Of the Indian Wars for the American West
  • Cozzens, Peter, 1957-
  • E83.866 .C69 2016
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  • Elizabeth I and Her Circle
  • Doran, Susan.
  • DA355 .D669 2015
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  • Extreme Civil War: Guerrilla Warfare, Environment, and Race on the Trans-mississippi Frontier
  • Stith, Matthew M.,
  • E470.45 .S75 2016
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  • Final Solution: The Fate Of the Jews, 1933-1949
  • Cesarani, David,
  • D804.3 .C434 2016
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  • Fortunes Of Africa: A 5000-year History Of Wealth, Greed, and Endeavour
  • Meredith, Martin,
  • HC800 .M464 2014x
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  • Groundless: Rumors, Legends, and Hoaxes on the Early American Frontier
  • Dowd, Gregory Evans, 1956-
  • E179 .D685 2015
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  • Hair: A Human History
  • Stenn, Kurt S.,
  • GN193 .S74 2016x
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  • Huntress: The Adventures, Escapades, and Triumphs Of Alicia Patterson: Aviatrix, Sportswoman, Journalist, Publisher
  • Arlen, Alice, 1940-2016,
  • CT275.P417 A75 2016
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  • King’s Bed: Sex and Power in the Court Of Charles Ii
  • Jordan, Don, 1948-
  • DA446 .J67 2016x
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  • Life and Legends Of Calamity Jane
  • Etulain, Richard W.,
  • F594.C2 E88 2014
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  • Mastering the West: Rome and Carthage at War
  • Hoyos, B. D. (B. Dexter), 1944-
  • DG242 .H69 2015
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  • Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year
  • Von Drehle, David, 1961-
  • E457.45 .V67 2012
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  • Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge Up San Juan Hill
  • Gardner, Mark Lee, 1960-
  • E725.45 1st .G37 2016
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  • Soldiers in the Army Of Freedom: The 1st Kansas Colored, the Civil War’s First African American Combat Unit
  • Spurgeon, Ian Michael, 1976-
  • E508.5 1st .S68 2014
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  • Today We Die a Little!: The Inimitable Emil Zátopek, the Greatest Olympic Runner Of All Time
  • Askwith, Richard.
  • GV1061.15.Z37 A75 2016
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  • Trials Of the Earth: The True Story Of a Pioneer Woman
  • Hamilton, Mary, 1866-1937,
  • F347.M6 H36 2016x
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  • Veiled Warriors: Allied Nurses Of the First World War
  • Hallett, Christine E.,
  • D628 .H35 2014x
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  • War Of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel That Stunned the Nation
  • Sedgwick, John, 1954-
  • E302.6.H2 S27 2015
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  • Witches: Salem, 1692
  • Schiff, Stacy,
  • KFM2478.8.W5 S35 2015
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LGBTQ History month, DVDs from Booth

  • October is LGBTQ History month. To celebrate, Booth staff member Lee Whitacre has curated a group of feature film and documentary DVDs with LGBTQ subject matter.

If you are interested in finding out more about LGBTQ History, explore some of these Reference books.

Proud Heritage: people, issues, and documents of the LGBT experience: both online and print.

LGBT Rights, in, The Encyclopedia of Religious Conflicts in the United States, online

A list of 54 titles in Booth related to LGBT History

The DVDs:

  • Fabulous!: The Story Of Queer Cinema
  • PN1995.9.H55 F32x 2006 .DVD
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  • Trans Generation: [four College Students Switching More Than Their Majors]
  • HQ77.7 .T73 2006x .DVD
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Civil Rights era video, streaming for all the world to see @Booth

This collection of African American Civil Rights Movement era film and television is available to stream through Booth’s subscription to Alexander Street Press. The selected videos build on the bibliography compiled by Marlene Slough in the program booklet for the For All the World to See exhibit currently at Booth. The videos are subtitled and accompanied by text transcripts. (Please note that viewing access is restricted to Eastern Illinois University patrons.)

allpowertothepeopleAll Power to the People!
Documentary on the historical context for the establishment of the civil rights movement and the formation of the Black Panther Party. (1996, 1 hr. 57 min.)

childshallleadthemA Child Shall Lead Them
Tells the story of public school desegregation in Nashville, Tennessee, beginning with first graders in September 1957. (2008, 23 min.)


colorofjusticeThe Color of Justice
Explores judicial decisions that have shaped America’s racial attitudes—the Dred Scott case, Plessy vs. Ferguson, the 1970 court order to integrate the schools of Lamar, South Carolina—and reviews the efforts of modern political and judicial leaders to help break the color line in the nation’s schools, voting booths, courtrooms, and public accommodations. (1970, 24 min.)

februaryoneFebruary One
Documentary on the sit-in staged by four Black college students at the lunch counter of the Greensboro, North Carolina, Woolworth five and dime store. (2003, 57 min.)

freedomsummerFreedom Summer
Spotlights the murder of three civil rights workers in Mississippi on June 21, 1964. From the History Channel television miniseries 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America. (2006, 38 min.)

freedomtrainThe Freedom Train
Documents the National Negro Labor Council, formed in 1951 to advance Blacks in the workplace and eliminate racism inside the unions. (1996, 30 min.)

freedomscallFreedom’s Call
Dorothy Gilliam and Ernest Withers, two African-American journalists who covered the events of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, return to the deep South where it all took place. Their journey to Memphis, Little Rock, Oxford, Jackson and the Mississippi Delta brings back memories of those turbulent times. (2007, 47 min.)

homeofthebraveHome of the Brave
Documentary on the civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo, who was murdered in 1965 as she campaigned for Black suffrage in Selma, Alabama. (2003, 1 hr. 14 min.)

july64July ’64
Using archival footage and interviews with those who were present, this film explores the genesis and outcome of a three-night riot that erupted in two predominantly Black neighborhoods in downtown Rochester, New York—the culmination of decades of poverty, joblessness and racial discrimination. (2004, 54 min.)

neverturnbackNever Turn Back
This tribute to Fannie Lou Hamer, a nonviolent motivator in the civil rights movement, includes an interview with her, comments from individuals who knew her or her work, and scenes of her galvanizing civil rights workers. (1983, 59 min.)

wwwwwbOff the Pig / Mayday / Repression
A trio of early documentaries about the Black Panther Party, by the Newsreel film collective. From the What We Want, What We Believe: The Black Panther Party Library collection. (1968, 14 min.; 1969, 13 min.; 1969, 13 min.)


ohfreedomOh, Freedom!

Traces the Black civil rights movement from 1955 when a Black woman refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, to the cry for Black power nearly a decade later. Explores the movement and its impact through the words of the people involved, and through examinations of the concept of Black Power. (1970, 27 min.)

revolution67Revolution ’67
Focuses on the explosive urban rebellion in Newark, New Jersey, in July 1967, to reveal the long-standing racial, economic, and political forces which generated inner city poverty and perpetuate it today. (2007, 1 hr. 14 min.)

roadtobrownThe Road to Brown
This documentary tells the story of the battle to overturn Plessy v. Ferguson and of the man who led the charge, lawyer Charles Hamilton Houston. Moving from slavery to civil rights, the program provides a concise history of how African Americans finally won full legal equality. (1990, 57 min.)

rosaparksthepathtofreedomRosa Parks: The Path to Freedom
Biography of the dynamic but quiet woman whose demand for her civil rights led to the social changes of the 1960s. This documentary contains an overview of the events that took place in Montgomery, Alabama: Mrs. Parks’ arrest, the bus boycott, and the segregation laws that were finally overturned. (1996, 25 min.)

strangedemiseofjimcrowThe Strange Demise of Jim Crow
Not all civil rights victories of the 1960s played out in front of television cameras. This documentary focuses on Houston, Texas, as an example of how many Southern cities were desegregated in a quieter fashion, with behind-the-scenes negotiations, secret deals, and controversial news blackouts. (1997, 57 min.)

voicesofcivilrightsVoices of Civil Rights
Personal narratives of everyday people who lived through this transformative era, from bus boycotts in Birmingham to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the History Channel “Save Our History” series. (2005, 45 min.)

Women’s History Month

OK, we are a little late with this one, but isn’t it always a good time to celebrate women’s history? The staff in Library Technology services has curated a great list of media supporting Women’s History Month. All items are on display on the 4th floor.

  • Assion De Jeanne D’arc = Passion Of Joan Of Arc
  • PN1997 .P37x .DVD
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  • Education Of Shelby Knox
  • HQ57.5.T4 E383 2006x .DVD
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  • Joan Rivers a Piece Of Work: A Year in the Life Of a Semi Legend
  • PN2287.R55 J64 2010x .DVD
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  • Makers: Women Who Make America
  • HQ1391.U5 M35 2013x .DVD
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  • Maya Lin a Strong Clear Vision
  • NB237.L538 M39 2003x .DVD
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  • Not for Ourselves Alone the Story Of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony
  • HQ1412 .N89 1999x .DVD
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  • Ruì„zigaì„ri Maì„ Our Times
  • PN1997 .O8757x .DVD
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  • Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema
  • JK1896 .S845 2008x .DVD
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  • Taking Root: The Vision Of Wangari Maathai
  • SB63.M22 T34 2008x .DVD
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  • You May Call Her Madam Secretary
  • HD8073 .Y68 2006x .DVD
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History students: your future begins now


These books about “doing history” are currently on display in the Booth Library 3rd floor main corridor. Take a look at the catalog records for each to learn more and find additional resources. Booth also offers several research guides focusing on the history of different regions.

Becoming a Historian: a Survival Manual
D13 .B397 2001x



Doing History:
Research and
Writing in the Digital Age
D13 .G215 2013

Essaying the Past: How to Read, Write, and Think about
D16 .C83 2009

Everything You Need to Know About Your History Course
D16.3 .M37 2000


Finding History: Research Methods and Resources for Students and Scholars
D16 .B693 2012

Going to the Sources: a Guide to Historical Research and
D16 .B893 2013


The Historian’s Toolbox:  a Student’s Guide to the Theory and Craft of History
D16 . W62 2003

Ancient, Medieval, and Modern

D13 .B686 2007

The History Handbook
D16.2 .B395 2003

History in Practice
D16 .J74 2000

The Information-
literate Historian: a Guide to Research for History Students

D16.2 .P715 2007

Is History Fiction?
D16.8 .C87 2005

The Pursuit of History: Aims, Methods, and New Directions in the Study of Modern History
D13 .T619 2000

The Routledge Companion to Historical Studies
D13 .M86 2006

A Short Guide to Writing About History
D13 .M294 2005

Speaking of History: Conversations with Historians
D13.5 .U6 S67 1997



Writing History: a Guide for Students

D16 .S864 1999

Writing History: Theory & Practice
D13 .W75 2010x

Writing History Essays: a Student’s Guide
D16 .M1185 2007