Jazz Up Your Presentations

In many cases, a project for class will include several different components, and students may have to hand in a proposal, a bibliography, or working drafts on top of the final paper. But perhaps the most dreaded and stressful part of a project is that final presentation. Not to worry – here are some great resources for putting those finishing touches on all that hard work.

A Prezi Show

The IUB Libraries have a number of resources to help you with the general design and delivery of your presentation, starting with honing those public speaking skills. Try a subject search in IUCAT for ‘public speaking’ or ‘business presentations’ to find some helpful items, such as:

Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve, and Inspire Your Audience to Action [Wells Library – Undergraduate Services – Core Collection – PN4129.15 .A76 2010]


Presentation Skills for Quivering Wrecks [electronic resource]

There are many presentation tools that take advantage of picture and video (such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Prezi, and SlideRocket), and the IUB Libraries also offers a number of resources to assist in editing your visual presentation, for example:

Presentation Zen Design: Simple Design Principles and Techniques to Enhance Your Presentations [BUSSPEA – Stacks – HF5718.22 .R49 2010]

It will also be helpful to think of ways to generate visual content from the material you are working with. Will you be discussing a particular work of art, photograph, building, or artist? Try looking for relevant photos in an image database such as ARTstor Images or CAMIO RLG’s Catalog of Art Museum Images. Or, if you’re looking for photos of people, places, and things pertinent to your presentation, try EBSCO’s Image Collection, AP Images, or the Library of Congress’s American Memory Project.

If you’re using census data in your project, American Factfinder 2 is a great resource for finding and visualizing this data in tables and sometimes maps. A similar resource is Simply Map, which allows users to generate reports and maps from U.S. social and demographic data.

And finally, some more dynamic presentation content to consider is video. While YouTube is perhaps the most ubiquitous video player of our time, one source for video clips to consider is World History in Video, from Alexander Street Press. This database offers critically-acclaimed documentaries covering events in history from around the world. Users can create and share their own clips from the full-length features and embed or link the video in their presentations.

For more information about these or other resources, just Ask a Librarian!


The 84th Annual Academy Awards

Oscars 2012

When the nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced last month, one fact was made clear: Hollywood loves movies about movies. The two films with the most nominations (and the only two to receive double-digit nominations) were Hugo and The Artist, with 11 and 10, respectively.

The Arist & Hugo

It’s ironic that love of film has featured so prominently in this awards season when one considers the general consensus surrounding many of the other films and filmmakers nominated. This year’s crop of nominees (including the 9 films vying for Best Picture) earned a collective shrug by many in the blogosphere, which suggests that the Academy, as some already feel, may be out of touch with audiences. Several of this year’s most critically-acclaimed and/or buzzed-about films, including Melancholia (78% on Rotten Tomatoes), Drive (93%), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (96%) and Bridesmaids (90%), were left out of the big race for Best Picture, while more polarizing fare, like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (45%) was nominated in their stead.

If the film industry is to take a cue from its two most-nominated films of the year, movies should strive to celebrate the form itself — be it via homage or through the making of excellent films that audiences and critics alike can enjoy. In the meantime, you can start finalizing your ballot predictions and hope for a more exciting awards season next year.

Luckily, the Herman B Wells Library has everything you need to brush up on your trivia before the big night. The following books are available for checkout in the East Tower stacks:

Although many nominated films are still in theaters, you can check out the following nominees in Media and Reserves Services at the Wells:

Bridesmaids (nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay)

Rango (nominated for Best Animated Film)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (nominated for Best Art Direction, Best Makeup and Best Visual Effects)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (nominated for Best Visual Effects)

Other nominated films are available in various RPS libraries; for checkout policies and procedures, take a look at the Wells Reference Blog post from January 30, 2012 .

Wells Media and Reserves Services also has a number of previously-awarded films, including these Best Picture-winning classics: Gone with the Wind and On the Waterfront, last year’s Best Picture winner The King’s Speech, and the very first Best Picture winner, 1927’s Wings.
Wings Gone with the Wind On the Waterfront
Additional resources can be found via the Ask a Libarian feature on the IU Libraries homepage.

For more information about the 84th annual Academy Awards (including a complete list of nominees), visit http://oscar.go.com.

And don’t forget to watch the big show live on February 26, 2012!


Researching Africa @ IU: Electronic Resources

The Africana collection at IU is among the strongest in the United States. It is particularly strong in the humanities and social sciences, and it covers Africa South of the Sahara at a research level and North Africa at a general level. Since the collection is quite large, it may seem a little overwhelming at first. Here are some tips to help you make the most of the collection of Africana at IU, with an emphasis on electronic resources.

To begin with, you’ve got to know how to get to the IU Libraries African Studies Resources web page, right? If you’re not familiar with the how to get to the site, watch a 15 second video tutorial, powered by Jing.

Once you’re at the IU Libraries African Studies Resources web page, here are a few places to start your research.

Africa-Wide NiPAD

Africa-wide NiPAD is essentially a massive collection of Africa-related information housed in one place so that you can easily search for academic articles related to your topic. Here you will find resources that date back as far as the 19th century to the present.

H-Africa Network Homepage

H-Africa is an excellent way to stay on top of the most trendy topics in African Studies. H-Africa’s homepage links to current and past discussion threads and forums and is fully searchable, so you can see what’s being said about your topic right now.

African Studies South of the Sahara: Selected Internet Resources

This site is a one-stop shop, so to speak. It offers an impressive list of links to sites dedicated to any number of Africa-related topics, and it is searchable by topic, country, or keyword/phrase. Have a look around, there’s bound to be something here related to your topic.

The three resources mentioned so far are just the beginning of what IU Libraries has to offer. If you want to explore some of the other resources, you should keep in mind that you can limit the databases that appear on the Resources page by clicking on the appropriate tab. The Social Sciences tab is singled out in this screenshot:

Additionally, while the African Studies Resources page is a good place to start your research, check out More Collection Resources and the Research Guides – there’s lots of useful information within each. The arrows in this screenshot will show you the way:

If you would like further assistance with your Africa-related research or any other research topic, do not hesitate to Ask a Librarian.

Happy Researching!


American Pie Month

February is usually known for Valentine’s Day, but did you know its official title is “Great American Pie Month? The art of pie making first came to America from the colonial settlers. The first pies were usually meat-based, but the Native American knowledge of fruits and berries influenced the creation of the fruit-based pies we know and love today. A wide variety of recipes have been passed through the generations and continue to be a staple of most American celebrations.


Don’t have a favorite dessert recipe? We can help you with that!

Betty Crocker’s desserts cookbook
Crocker, Betty
HPER Library – TX773 .C96

The Dessert Lover’s Cookbook
Storm, Margaret
HPER Library – TX773 .S76

Pastries and desserts
California Home Economics Association. Southern section.
Research Collection – TX773 .C2

The Pie Book; 419 recipes
De Gouy, Louis Pullig
Research Collection – TX773 .D33 1974

Pillsbury’s bake off dessert cook book; shortcutted prize winning favorites, the best of all the bake offs
Pillsbury Company
HPER Library – TX773 .P57

Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert
Krondl, Michael
Undergraduate Services – TX773 .K7154 2011

Sweet Serendipity: Delicious Desserts & Devilish Dish
Bruce, Stephens
Undergraduate Services – TX773 .B88 2004

If you’d prefer face-to-face instruction, check out the Bloomington Cooking School calendar. A sweet and savory pie making class will be offered on Saturday, February 25th, from 11am-1pm.

For more books about cooking in general, be sure to check out the Drake Cookbook Collection located in the HPER Library.


Big Game Got you Thinking?

In addition to being one of the most popular sporting events of the year, the Super Bowl is celebrated for its commercials. In case the game got you thinking about media and advertisements, or if you find yourself curious about the history of advertising, or even if you’re looking for snazzy images to include in a presentation, the library has something for you.

In addition to a number of resources that allow users to search for historical ads, the library has information about the history, practice, and techniques of advertising. While these resources may be especially useful for students in business or communications, those in history, various area studies, and the visual and graphic arts may also find information and inspiration from the resources below. Advertisements provide researchers primary source documentation in a visual format and can tell us about popular products, trends in marketing, and the history of popular visual culture.

Getting started…
The library staff has created a library page devoted to helping students find this information: Advertising, Illustrations and Photographs. This is a great resource for locating all kinds of images.

The database Ad Access contains advertisements from the United States and Canada. This resource is limited to the first half of the twentieth century (1911-1955) and categorizes ads into five different groups based on what product they promote. Users can search for specific items or browse by a number of criteria, including publication, medium, and subject.

Emergence of Advertising in America deals with the early history of advertising in the United States. In addition to 9,000 images drawn from “cookbooks, photographs of billboards, print advertisements, trade cards, calendars, almanacs, and leaflets for a multitude of products,” the site includes a timeline that covers the history of American advertising from the 1850s until 1920.

Current Advertisements:
For the latest advertisements, patrons can head over to the current periodicals section, which recently relocated to the Reference Reading Room on the first floor of the East Tower of the Herman B Wells Library. In addition to many scholarly journals, the library also subscribes to a number of popular interest magazines. While scholarly journals often have subject-specific ads, the popular interest magazines print ads for an eclectic range of products. Flipping through these items reveals a great deal about current trends in marketing and patterns of consumption.

Interested in current practices in advertising? The library also subscribes to a number of industry journals, in which the practice of advertising is explored in depth. Two of note are Advertising Age and International Journal of Advertising . Current articles from Advertising Age are located on their website, while earlier issues are available through the library web page. Search for Advertising Age in the search box on the library web page and scroll down to the category Journal Titles.

To gain some international perspective, be sure to check out the International Journal of Advertising; recent issues are available electronically through IUCAT, while older copies can be ordered from the ALF.

For a longer list of journal titles check out the Advertising and PR Research Guide page.

For a comprehensive overview of the history of advertising, the Wells library has a copy of: Adland: a global history of advertising, located in the West Tower of the Wells library, in the Undergraduate Services Core Collection under the call number: HF5823 .T83 2007

For further help locating advertisements be sure to stop by the Wells Reference Desk!