Listen to the Music

Explore the world of Smithsonian Global Sound

If you search franklin AND roosevelt as keywords, among the results you will find the classic:

“Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Back Again” from the album The Early Years, by the New Lost City Ramblers

Listen to them sing the exuberant lines:


Back again, Back again.
We’ve Got Franklin D. Roosevelt back again.
Since Roosevelt’s been elected,
Moonshine liquor’s been corrected
We’ve got legal wine, whiskey, beer and gin.


Songs in the collection include liner notes and cover art. Listen to individual songs or an entire album.


“Smithsonian Global Sound is a project of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is dedicated to strengthening people’s engagement with their own cultural heritage and enhancing awareness and appreciation of the cultural heritage of others through the dissemination of audio recordings and educational materials. The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage’s mission is to promote the understanding and continuity of diverse, contemporary grassroots cultures.”

Pete Seeger turns 90 on May 3, 2009

Stressed out? Let the libraries help you relax a little

De-Stress Fest


Tuesday, April 28th

student stressed out
student stressed out







Stessed with lots of work
Stessed with lots of work





Wednesday, April 29th


11:00a.m.-2:00p.m. and 6:00-8:00p.m.




Make your own stress balls

Chair massages

Relaxation CD’s

Relaxation exercises


April 28, 1:00-2:00p.m. “Relaxation Skills”, Wells E174, with Dr. Carolyn Lee

April 29, 1:00-2:00 p.m., “How to Nurture Yourself Through Final Exams”, Wells E174, with Dr. Cathy Kocarek

Sponsored by: IU Health Center Counseling and Psychological Services, Sexual Assault Crisis Service, and Health and Wellness (Division of Student Affairs)

To view a flyer with event details visit –  De-Stress Fest


References for World War II

Every semester there is an inflood of students looking for reference sources on World War II, so it seemed a good idea to create a series of blog posts that would highlight not only some of the more widely used resources but also several of the highly specific ones available to students and researchers wishing to know more about that time.

Part one in this series is The Home Front Encyclopedia: United States, Britain, and Canada in World Wars I and II. It is one of the most widely used resources for students who are wishing to learn more about the effects of the war at home—what was going on in politics, in the theater, or on the baseball diamond. It is also full of biographical sketches, of everyone from Winston Churchill to Billie Holiday. Each entry is followed by a brief bibliography, to help point researchers to more information. The third volume is useful for anyone looking for primary resources, such as the text of the Neutrality Act of 1939 or of Churhill’s famous Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat speech. The third volume also contains chronologies and extensive bibliographies for both World Wars.

All in all a great resource for undergraduates and for anyone looking for a good general overview of the period.

Research Award Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

2009 Winners with Dean Patricia Steele
2009 Winners with Dean Patricia Steele

Will you be an undergraduate student at IUB next year?  Do you like to write research papers?  Read on, and learn more about an exceptional opportunity to win a $1,000 first prize or $500 second prize by applying next spring for the 2010 Sam Burgess Undergraduate Student Library Research Award!

For the recently announced 2009 award, junior Jessica Reddick won first place and $1,000 for her paper:Sexperts & Sexpertise: The Demands of Cold War Era Professionals in the Bedroom.” Erin Chapman, a sophomore, won second place and $500 for her paper: “‘The Dreadful Chasm’: American Recognition and Response to the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1916 and the Holocaust.”‘

The Sam Burgess Undergraduate Student Library Research Award is supported by an endowment started by an IUB librarian to honor the memory of her late son, a voracious and eclectic reader whose love of learning and zest for life was inspiring.

A previous winner noted that the ‘library resources at IU are phenomenal’ and working with library staff opened so many doors to information she otherwise never would have found.  This includes library research consultations, in which librarians can assist with finding the most relevant resources the IUB Libraries have to offer.

All submissions must have a letter of nomination from the undergraduate student’s supervising faculty member or instructor.  For additional information about this award, please link to the following document that explains guidelines and eligibility:

Remember, the Information Commons Undergraduate Library Services (Wells Library/West Tower) and the Reference Department (Wells Library/East Tower) are here to assist you with any of your library research needs, 7 days a week!


Sustainability @ IU Bloomington

Sustainability is all over the news, and with Earth Day (April 22nd) and the newly-formed Indiana University Office of Sustainability, there is no better time than to learn more about how you can reduce your carbon footprint.  To learn more about sustainability or if you are writing a paper covering a topic such as sustainability or renewable energy, check out the featured books section on the first floor of the Information Commons, West Tower. This month we are highlighting books on sustainability.

To find books in IUCAT on sustainability, click on Advanced Search in IUCAT and type “sustainable living” or “renewable energy” in the subject field.  If you are not sure how to do a subject search, watch this short video – We also have several databases that include journal articles on sustainability and related topics. Some great databases to search are Web of Science, GreenFILE, and Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management.


Earth Day – Wednesday April 22!


How can we make a difference?


·         Walk/bus/bike/carpool to the library

·         Use recycling containers (now in the Cafeteria, too)

·         Think before you print!

·         Print on both sides of the paper – here’s how

·         Save to a flash drive instead of printing

·         Cut down on bottled water –  use the library water fountains

·         Use fewer paper towels

·         Shut off faucets

·         Read more about it!


And tell us your ideas about what we can be doing! Find out more about being involved in the growing campus sustainability effort.


Want to enhance your skills? Check out our Research Seminars!

The Reference Department offers free, one-hour sessions on a variety of topics, all designed to help you learn new skills and find the best resources and tools for your research.   Seminars are generally offered during the first few weeks of the new term and cover everything from advanced Google searching to library databases to managing RSS feeds.  Enroll in a seminar to kick of Summer Session I or to refresh your skills before heading home!  To see the schedule, descriptions of seminars, and to register for a session, go to or click on the Research Seminars link on the Reference Department website.  The schedule for May is currently being updated, so check back often!

Library services for IU Bloomington distance students

Are these services for you?  Distance Education Library Services are for you if you:
      •  are enrolled in IU Bloomington (IUB) courses but not currently residing in the Bloomington area.
      •  are taking IUB courses abroad
      •  are a PhD candidate enrolled for dissertation credit
      •  are an IUB faculty member not currently in the Bloomington area.

Note: If you are from another IU campus, please contact the library at your home campus for assistance. You may locate your home campus library here.

Short video about Distance Education services at the IU Libraries
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Linguists Take Note!

CoverA wonderful new reference book has just appeared in the Reading Room collections:  The Concise Encyclopedia of Languages of the World, edited by Keith Brown and Sarah Olgivie and published by Elsevier in 2009.  Hundreds of articles comprise the Encyclopedia, written by scholars worldwide and covering langauges both familiar and obscure. For a broad and comprehensive overview of language families and language “isolates,” this 1283-page tome highlights characteristics of each language as well as phonology, syntax, and regions where it is spoken.  It offers insight as to how languages develop and morph throughout the world and would be useful to both undergraduates and graduate students alike!

The Oxford English Dictionary


The Oxford English Dictionary is a reference classic. Simon Winchester has written three times about its creation: The meaning of everything: the story of the
Oxford English dictionary
, The surgeon of Crowthorne : a tale of murder, madness and the love of words, and the best seeling The professor and the madman: a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary. The editor’s grandaughter, K. M. Elisabeth Murray, sometime Principal of Bishop Otter College, also contributed to James A. H. Murray’s saga with Caught in the web of words: James A.H. Murray and the Oxford English dictionary.

Murray, the OED’s third editor, guided the course of the project from 1879 until his death in 1915. The first fascicle of the dictionary appeared in 1884. The latest print edition appreared in 1989 in 20 volumes and can be found in the Reference Reading Room. The OED is also available online.

But even the mighty occasionally err (bonus dormitat Homerus). See under Hoosier

a. A nickname for a native or inhabitant of the state of Indiana.

1826 in Chicago Tribune (1949) 2 June 20/3 The Indiana hoosiers that came out last fall is settled from 2 to 4 milds of us. …

Their attribution is right, but the Tribune got it wrong. The letter they cite dates from 1846, not 1826. A research worker in the Indiana State Library discovered the letter, and the Library reported the discovery in the April 1949 issue of the Indiana Bulletin of History. The Chicago Tribune picked up the story and ran it on June 2, 1949. They also improved the spelling and turned “hoesiers” in the original into “hoosiers.”