That Journal

Now is the time of the semester when we students really start digging into our workload. This means locating assigned readings and doing our own research, often in journals since journals contain the latest and juiciest happenings in their respective fields.

But how do you find out if Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) has “the journal” you are looking for?

Follow these simple directions!

Check IUCAT for print, microform, and electronic formats of the journal.

1. Go to the library’s home page and click on the gold box that says IUCAT in the upper right corner. IUCAT is Indiana University’s online catalog.

arrows pointing to IUCAT

2. Once in IUCAT, select Periodical Title Search from the options at the left.

IUCAT interface with Periodical Title Search highlited

3. On the Periodical Title Search page…

periodical title search page with radial buttons and search box

click the Exact radio button if you know the exact title of the journal (otherwise leave Keyword selected).
4. Enter the title.
5. Click Search.
And here is a tip: Exclude the article “The” at the begining of a journal’s title.

Voilá! You now know if IUB has the journal you want.
If IUB does not have that journal you want, remember that many times you can get articles through interlibrary loan — just ask a librarian if you need help.

Happy Hunting,


Savor The Last Few Weeks of Summer Reading With Some Great Short Stories

With another academic year mere weeks away, the opportunity for summer pleasure reading is dwindling. Soon student will return to slogging through tedious textbook chapters and less-than-jaunty journal articles. All a part of higher education, no doubt.
So it’s definitely time to make the most of the reading freedom one has left. The short story is a form that doesn’t get enough love these days. While most stories do not have the rich depths and character development of novels, arguably many of the best elements of storytelling gets collapsed into these works that can be read in a single sitting—which is always good for one’s sense of accomplishment.
For short stories whose copyright has fallen into the public domain, visit online libraries Bartleby and Bibliomania to read classic tales from the 19th century, including Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Fall from the House of Usher” and Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.”
Probably the best sources for new stories are the literary journals published by many universities and arts organizations—among them the Indiana Review. Runs of some journals, such as The Kenyon Review and Ploughshares, are available through Academic Search Premier and JSTOR, which can be easily accessed through the “Resource Gateway” tab on the library’s home page.
Many of the greatest fiction writers were masters of the form, and you can find a number of excellent short story anthologies and collections by individual authors at the Herman B Wells Library.


A collection of carefully-chosen works, this outstanding selection of 130 stories represents a wide variety of subject matter, theme, literary technique, and style. International in scope, it contains fiction from the early 19th century to the present day.
A diverse collection of stories written in English and stories translated into English, this anthology represents writer from many African nations: Sudan, Mozambique, South Africa, Benin, Nigeria, Morocco, Ethiopia, and more.
A collection of more recent American short fiction that includes stories by Louise Erdrich, Rick Bass, and Stuart Dybek.

    Author Collections

D.H. Lawrence, Selected Stories
Perhaps most well-known for novels like Sons and Lovers and Women in Love, Lawrence wrote many excellent stories. Some of his best are included here, included “The Horse-Dealer’s Daughter,” “The Blind Man,” and “The Rocking-Horse Winner.”
Guy de Maupassant, The Necklace and Other Tales
Considered one of the fathers of the modern short story, Maupassant’s tales are characterized by clever plotting and stylistic economy.
James Joyce, Dubliners
Before he wrote his complex novels Ulysses and Finnegan’s Wake, Joyce penned this cycle of stories revolving around the city of Dublin. “Araby” and “The Dead” are two widely-anthologized classics.
Best known for her novels O Pioneers! and My Antonia, Cather’s short fiction is compassionate and moving without falling into sentimentality. “The Sculptor’s Funeral” and “Neighbor Rosicky” are two standouts.
Flannery O’Connor, The Complete Stories
With a distinctly Southern voice and a pantheon of strange and often eccentric characters (as well as a healthy dose of moral and religious underpinnings), O’Connor’s stories are very memorable. “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “Good Country People” are two of the most well-known.
Credited with revitalizing the short story in the 1980s, Carver’s stories frequently focus on sadness and loss in the everyday lives of ordinary people.
A prolific and influential writer whose publishing career has spanned nearly fifty years, Oates’ stories rank among her best work.
Wendell Berry, Fidelity: Five Stories
Written with a deceptive simplicity, this collection of stories revolving around Berry’s fictional Kentucky town of Port William is memorable and beautifully rendered.
If you’re still stuck on what to read, check out Fiction Connection, a reader’s advisory resource through the Books in Print database which you can search by books you’ve read (or by author, topic, genre, etc.) to find other works of interest. Of course, you can always drop by the reference desk and ask our librarians what their favorites are, too!

Bursting at the Seams with Costume Resources

[Chicago Daily News ice carnival with woman wearing a patriotic costume and a man wearing a Middle Eastern costume]. Chicago Daily News, January 19, 1929. From American Memory, Library of Congress.
[Chicago Daily News ice carnival with woman wearing a patriotic costume and a man wearing a Middle Eastern costume]. Chicago Daily News, January 19, 1929. From American Memory, Library of Congress.

Have you ever looked at an illustration of the book The Great Gatsby, and wondered how to describe what the characters are wearing? Have you ever thought to look up how members of the Azande culture dress versus the Burundi culture? Or how one might costume a production of the eighteenth-century play She Stoops to Conquer? Or even brainstorming what to wear this coming Halloween?

Costume research is relevant to a variety of disciplines: from theater and drama, to fashion design, history, anthropology, folklore, English, and art history. Next time you are considering a research topic in the aforementioned areas, perhaps a topic in costume could fit the bill?

If so, IU libraries has you covered – we have all kinds of print and electronic resources designed to help you answer these kinds of questions and more.

Electronic resources


Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion

This is a magisterial resource, literally encyclopedic in its coverage. Remember, this database is available only on campus, so make a note to visit next time you’re on campus–otherwise you can find more information on downloading a VPN for your computer or device here.

eHRAF World Cultures (also known as eHRAF Collection of Ethnography)

A database devoted to world cultures produced by the research agency Human Relations Area Files. It has a great browsing function for ethnic groups. This database is a little complicated to search – make sure to capitalize on the help pages in order to use it most effectively.


A great resource for images across a variety of disciplines. Use the Advanced Search option to search or browse within the Fashion, Costume and Jewelry classification.


A consortium of art museums that brings together images of some of the finest works of art. For our purposes today, right on the main page is a link that will enable you to search within Costume and Jewelry.


American Memory

The Smithsonian Institution has compiled a huge and endlessly fascinating digital library from their permanent collections. Don’t stop at costume – look at photography, early film, folkways, and all kinds of amazing content!

American Periodicals Online

This resource is incredibly useful for all kinds of primary source research, as it compiles over a thousand serials, fulltext, with dates ranging from 1740 to 1900.

Great Britain

British Periodicals

Another great primary source database, this time for the British Isles. While you’re at it, check out Eighteenth Century Journals, C-19, and Nineteenth Century UK Periodicals!

VADS or Visual Arts Data Service

This is a great resource for all manner of visual arts. Major museums and archives throughout Great Britain have contributed their collections to this online archive, making it a rich and worthwhile use of your valuable research time.

London Low Life

This is a great resource, not only because it offers all kinds of primary source materials, but also because it is partially compiled from items held in the Lilly Library! Part of the digitization agreement stipulated that IU users could access this database free of charge – so go ahead, what are you waiting for?


IUCAT is where to go for books at IU. Remember that this searches all libraries in the Indiana University system (Bloomington, yes, but also Fort Wayne, Columbus, and South Bend, among others), so make careful note of where books are located.

One great way to find reference sources in print is to use the Reference Room Quicksearch – you can search for reference materials held only in the Reference Reading Room of Herman B Wells Library. A list of records with the subject term “costume” can be found here. Spending a few hours with these books will kickstart your research efficiently and effectively. Plus, you’ll always know they’ll be in the stacks, because reference room materials don’t circulate (unless you ask the staff at the Reference Desk nicely).

Here is a list of records held at Fine Arts Library with all books under the subject heading “costume.” Using Advanced Keyword Search, you can type in “costume” as your subject heading, while using other search terms to narrow your search – like “United States,” or “19th Century,” or what whatever you happen to be interested in. Use the keyword search if you are not sure how to phrase your search term.

And one final reminder about books – your field of knowledge is certainly not limited to local holdings. Simply use Worldcat to find many more sources about your topic. Each record has a link to request items using our Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan Services, enabling you to request books from many different libraries.

A hot tips for your searching serendipity: remember to think of relevant synonyms for your search strategies. Many catalogs use the subject term “costume,” but others could use “dress,” “garb,” “clothes” or “clothing,” especially if you have delved into unmediated internet searching. If one search doesn’t work, try another related term to see if anything relevant returns.

Never forget – librarians are here to help! Ask now!!


All the News That’s Fit to Print

Do you need to read a major daily newspaper like the Wall Street Journal for class, or would you like to read your hometown paper from afar?

The IU Bloomington Libraries subscribes to a plethora of national and international newspapers available to read in print or online.

To quickly find your favorite periodical:

1. Go to the library homepage and type the periodical title into the search bar.

2. A list of journal titles will appear toward the bottom right of your screen.

3. When you find and click on the desired title, a list of all the databases providing access to that journal will appear. With a few more clicks, you should be reading.


Or, try this:

1. Type “US Newspapers” into the library homepage search bar.

2. Click on the first hit, “Best Match: Major U.S. Newspapers.”

3. You’ll retrieve a listing of where to find the top five national papers—including the LA Times and Wall Street Journal—in both print and electronic format.

To read the daily paper of a major US city, follow these steps:

1. Access the database Factiva by typing it into the library homepage search bar (tip: there is always more than one-way to find something on the library website, so feel free to explore and find your favorite).

Locations of city newspapers you can read.
Locations of city newspapers you can read.

2. Click on Factiva. On the left side of the screen click on “Today’s Front Pages” under “Editor’s Links.”

3. Jackpot! You’ll have access to a list of 758 front pages from 79 countries. Click on a link to view the front page as an easy-to-read pdf. Choose a different region to see papers from Europe, the Caribbean and Asia, among others.


Other tips:

· To find any journal or periodical, go to IUCAT and select “periodical title search,” found on the main IUCAT search page under “More IUCAT searches.” This will show you where to find the periodical, either electronically or in print.

·For current headlines and aggregated global news, try Access World News, World News Digest or World News Connection. Find these databases by typing them into the library homepage search bar.

· You can browse recent print journals and periodicals in the Kent Cooper Room, located on the second floor of the east tower. Kent Cooper attended IU from 1898-99 and later pioneered the Associated Press Wire Service. He was known for making his stories entertaining and lively—so much so that he nearly flunked out of his IU English classes.

· Under the “Subjects” tab of the library homepage look for “News and Current Event Resources” to find a complete listing of the library’s news databases.

Happy Reading!

And if you need any extra help, stop by the reference desk in the east or west tower for assistance.

Librarians love a good question.

Beyond Google Scholar

There’s no doubt about it – you can find thousands of academic articles from searching Google Scholar, and perhaps you’ve never felt you needed to search any further. But wait – what if you can’t find what you need? Or what if you just want to see if there’s more out there? We subscribe to about 600 databases, many of which are aimed at a particular field of scholarly research. And most of the general databases have much more sophisticated advanced search mechanisms than Google Scholar so you can find what you need more efficiently.  

Here are just a handful of the excellent databases to which you have free access as a current student or faculty member: 

Academic Search Premier                                            Periodicals Archive Online

ABI/Inform                                                                      Web of Science

JSTOR                                                                                Project Muse                                                     

You can get to all of these from our homepage, where, in the Resource Gateway, you can select from the A-Z list. This is where you can also see other databases that we recommend for starting your research. 

Want to find a list of databases for your discipline? Go to our Subjects tab, where you can click on a subject and pull up a list of electronic resources arranged by category. Often, you can find further links to special collections in this subject, as well as contact information for the subject librarian. 

What if you have a citation, but still can’t track down the electronic version of the article? Don’t despair!  If you look up the name of the journal in IUCAT (using Periodical Title Search), you may find that we own the journal in print. If so, you don’t even have to come into the library to read it – just go to our homepage and enter “Request Article Delivery” in the search box. Then, look in the box called Library Web Pages, and click on the link. You can request anything that we have in print on the IUB campus (including microform and materials in storage) and we’ll scan the article and send you a link to it in an e-mail a few days later. 

And if we don’t own the journal in print? It’s rare that we can’t obtain an article. All you have to do is go to the Services tab on our homepage and click on “Submit an ILL Request”. You’ll need to log in – and if you’ve never done this before, there’s a one-time registration form, which takes a minute or so to complete. Our Interlibrary Loan department will track down a library that owns the article you need and you’ll have it in a matter of days.