The inauguration of a world leader. A breakthrough medical discovery. A declaration of war. The social event of the season. The rock concert of a generation. A technological wonder. A death in the family. The birth of freedom.
For centuries, newspapers have been at the scene capturing not only the facts about momentous occasions, but also the sights and sounds of everyday life. ProQuest Historical Newspapers lets casual explorers and serious researchers alike travel digitally back through centuries to become eyewitnesses to history. -ProQuest Brochure
Issues of the New York Times from 1851-2008 are hosted in library’s Historical New York Times database (recent issues can be found in OneSearch). The Historical New York Times database can be accessed from the library’s Databases by Subject page (Library Home > Databases link > Select “New York Times, Historical”). Once you are in the database, enter keywords in the search box to locate scanned copies of newspaper articles.
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Produced by Blackside, Eyes on the Prize tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life, and embodied a struggle whose reverberations continue to be felt today. Winner of numerous Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, an International Documentary Award, and a Television Critics Association Award, Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America.
Through contemporary interviews and historic footage, the 14-part Eyes on the Prize series traces the civil rights movement from the Montgomery bus boycott to the Voting Rights Act, and from early acts of individual courage through the flowering of a mass movement and its eventual split into factions. Julian Bond, political leader and civil rights activist, narrates. –American Experience, PBS.org
The Films on Demand collection includes over 44,000 videos, which can be streamed online and added to CampusWeb courses. This month’s featured video is Nurturing Leadership.
Are leaders born, or made? This video shows that while certain personality traits may influence leadership abilities, there are also leadership qualities that can be learned and nurtured. Business leaders, politicians, coaches and others share their perceptions of what it takes to be a leader, relating to viewers that observing certain principles and adopting admirable behaviors can help develop leadership attributes. Integrity, honesty, dependability and the belief in an organization’s core values are showcased, along with the elements necessary to create a culture of excellence. A basic definition of leadership as the action of leading a group of people toward a common goal is the preface to the importance of creating a vision of the future—the true mark of a leader. Listening, teamwork, motivation and the ability to engage others in a cause are also presented as leadership qualities. Many modern-day or historical capsules of leadership bring to life the concept of developing the traits to become a leader. -publisher’s description
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Films on Demand (all videos) ● academic success ● anthropology ● business & economics ● career & job search ● childcare ● child & adolescent development ● criminal justice ● environmental science ● education (see also Education in Video) ● health, medicine, and wellness ● history ● leadership ● literature ● parenting & child development ● political science ● public health ● psychology & counseling (see also Counseling & Therapy in Video) ● social work ● special education
The development of open-access journals has been one of the most exciting developments in academic scholarship during the last two decades. Open-access journals are free publications that are available to everyone without hindrance of subscription fees, logins, contracts, or other barriers. They provide universal access to research and knowledge.
Access to this journal content has been facilitated by the development of open access databases, most notably the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Maintained by the Infrastructure Services for Open Access, the database provides access to over 2 million journal articles from countries throughout the world. This is a multidisciplinary database with coverage in the arts, biology, business, environmental sciences, medicine, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, and the social sciences. All journals are also peer-review or have editorial quality control, making DOAJ an excellent resource high quality, current research.
The Directory of Open Access Journals can be accessed from the databases link on the library homepage.
The Chronicle of Higher Education is the top source for news in post-secondary education. It brings you news stories of concerning faculty, administration and technology as well as academic news from around the global. You also have access to many blogs devoted to different aspects of the university experience (admissions, scholarly publishing or building and grounds) and also to the forums where you can connect with people involved in higher education around the country and around the world.
The UI&U Library provides access to the Chronicle without the additional step of logging on through our proxy server. Simply go to chronicle.com. In the upper right hand corner, click log in. (Don’t subscribe! We’ve done that for you!). Then create a free account using your Union email. Please contact a librarian if you have questions or need assistance.
U.S. opinion is highly polarized on a number of different political and social issues. These opinions are often based on a person’s individual biases without having been researched thoroughly, or many factors having been taken into consideration. Critical thinking and civil political discourse, however, demand that we actively explore and consider alternative perspectives.
Whether you are researching a topic out of personal interest, or required to include an opposing perspective in an academic paper, the UI&U Library’s Opposing Viewpoints in Context database can help you find the information necessary to provide a sound basis for the perspective that you are investigating. The database includes topic pages on a variety of issues such as gun control, abortion, same-sex marriage, capital punishment, nuclear energy, immigration, and more. Each topic page includes opposing viewpoints, reference materials, historical background information, journal articles, and statistics that you can use to begin your research.
The Opposing Viewpoints database can be accessed from the UI&U Library’s all databases page (go to: library homepage > databases link > scroll to the Opposing Viewpoints in Context database).
“Sight is an amazing gift, and one which most of us learn from infancy, starting after birth when our eyes learn to focus. Through infancy, toddler years, and on into school years, our brains are trained to remember objects by how they look. The blind cannot do this. They use tactile sensations to identify and relate to everything.
When Shirl’s sight was restored, the visual overload was almost devastating. He had no idea what he was looking at and the task of learning it all was emotionally and mentally challenging, as well as a huge physical burden.
Barbara Jennings, Shirl’s wife, was determined that he could adjust to a life with sight and navigated unchartered waters to teach him everything – colors, alphabet, numerals, household objects, types of buildings and structural materials, trees and shurbs, animals, roads, railroads, airplanes, bridges, tunnels…the list was endless. There was always more for Shirl to learn.”- from atfirstsighthebook.com
|Shirl Jennings creating art, courtesy of Barbara Jennings|
|Sun and Rays by Shirl Jennings, courtesy of atfirstsighthebook.com|