Hidden Gem: Legal Classics

With so many resources at the library, it’s impossible to know about all the awesome and unique collections available. So, we’re highlighting some of our favorite lesser known collections in our Hidden Gems series.  These are collections that are tucked away in larger library resources that you may not know exist.   

The HeinOnline legal database has a Legal Classics collection contains a wealth of classical legal information and original primary source literature of interest to legal historians and legal scholars. There is a wealth of information for anyone wanting to know the history of a topic such as accounting, education, political science, etc.  For example, “Ye Olden Blue Laws” is a book containing historical background on many Blue laws or Sunday laws. Laws that restrict things like travel on Sundays, may seem outdated, but in some instances are still on the books while being unenforced.  

To access these works, go to the HeinOnline database, and choose “Legal Classics” under the Browse Database by Name menu.  Then click “All Titles” and you can search or browse by author, title, or subject.   

Screenshot of HeinOnline database indicating the list of collections under the Browse Databases by Name category.

This hidden gem of more than 13,000 books with over 8 million pages includes thousands of works from some of the greatest legal minds in history including Joseph Story, Jeremy Bentham, Louis Brandise, Edward Coke, William Blackstone, William Holdsworth, Henry Maine, Federick William Maitland, Frederick Pollock, Benjamin N. Cardozo, and many more. In addition to many classic treatises, this collection also includes rare items that are found in only a handful of libraries around the world.  Subjects include constitutional history, comparative law, and political science.   

For scholars of Abraham Lincoln there are over 30 works including: 

  • Abe Lincoln’s Yarns and Stories – A Complete Collection of the Funny and Witty Anecdotes that Made Lincoln Famous as America’s Greatest Story Teller 
  • Abraham Lincoln, and Other Addresses in England 
  • Abraham Lincoln, Defendant: Lincoln’s Most Interesting Lawsuit 
  • Abraham Lincoln: His Speeches and Writings 
  • Abraham Lincoln: The Lawyer-Statesman 
  • Assassination of Abraham Lincoln 
  • Herndon’s Life of Lincoln: The History and Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln 
  • Lincoln the Lawyer 
  • Lincoln the Litigant 
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 
  • Reminiscences of the Illinois Bar Forty Years Ago: Lincoln and Douglas as Orators and Lawyers 
  • Site of Lincoln’s Inn.   

If you need assistance in accessing or searching library resources, please contact a librarian

Meet the Team: Ahmed

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Meet Ahmed!

Name: Ahmed

Major: Economics with a Theater minor

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?   Resources, a big one is the library and all the cool things it offers. Career Development Center and their events that give you insights of different careers and also help with building your brand (resumes/ cover letters). Lastly the faculty, financial aid, counselors, and TRAC staff they are all helpful.

What are your goals for the semester? Get an Internship for summer 2019. I want to get an internship in a field that combines both of my studies here at UIS, Economics and Theater. The internship I hope to get is an Advertising Marketing position. However, within the field I want to get more creative job.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? Chance. It would be a show about me and the different people within my life who strive to get a chance/opportunity in an occupation they want. Examples: soccer, acting, photography, getting into a specific desired school, etc. It would display my journey and the people that played a part in it and more.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I played soccer here at UIS for two season. Unfortunately I have no more eligibility here but I do still participate in team workouts and pick up games here at UIS. It is what brought me here to Springfield

What have you learned since working at the library? I’ve learned about myself better through our meetings and the structure here at UIS library. An example would be our recent staff meeting where we created a collage that defines my future view (vision board). That was a perfect exercise that made me think about who am I, and what it is that I want to have in my future.

What are your post-graduation plans? Travel. Now that I don’t have nothing holding me back, I would love to travel and see the world. I’ve previously been to Kenya, the U.K., and Canada. It’s only the beginning and I hope to go to many more places.

What is your favorite item from the library collection? My favorite things from the library of things collection is the the cooking utensils.

Hidden Gem: Evidence-Based Care Sheets

With so many resources at the library, it’s impossible to know about all the awesome and unique collections available. So, we’re highlighting some of our favorite lesser known collections in our Hidden Gems series.  These are collections that are tucked away in larger library resources that you may not know exist.   

The CINAHL Complete nursing and allied health database contains two hidden gems of particular interest to nursing, but also to anyone wanting more information on health topics such as breast cancer, deep vein thrombosis, or anorexia nervosa.   

Evidence – Based Care Sheets: Go to the CINAHL Complete database. The Evidence-Based Care Sheets are available via a link at the top of the page. 

Screenshot of CINAHL complete database with the link to the Evidence-based care sheets circled.

Evidence-Based Care Sheets are summaries on specific key topics, which are focused on nursing practice. Each evidence-based care sheet incorporates the latest evidence, statistics, research and references on a given topic.   

Quick Lessons: The Quick Lessons, part of the CINAHL Nursing Guide, are clinically organized nursing overviews, with information mapped to the nursing workflow (i.e. description/etiology, signs and symptoms, assessment, treatment goals, red flags, what to tell the patient/patient’s family).  Quick Lessons are available under the “More” pull down menu at the top of the screen. Of specific interest to laypersons will be the “what to tell the patient/patient’s family” section of these resources 

Screenshot of CINAHL database with the link to the Quick Lessons collection listed under more in the top header.

These two sources provide quick authoritative information on diseases and illnesses along with care guidelines. 

If you need assistance in accessing or searching library resources, please contact a librarian

Student Employees Rock!

Brookens Library would not be able to function without our student employees. They process books, DVDs, and other materials, they help keep collections organized, they offer services at the library main desk and throughout the building, update our website, take part in decision making, and strategic planning. They add a student voice that helps us fine-tune our services so we can better serve the campus community, and simply put they help us keep the library’s doors open. It’s so fitting for us that National Student Employee Appreciation Week also falls on National Library Week. 

We’d like to take this moment to express some gratitude toward each one of our student employees. If you’re in the library this week and see one of these extraordinary students , please take a moment to thank them for their hard work and for everything that they do for us, for you, and for UIS.

National Library Week

This week is National Library Week. It is important to us that we not only provide materials that help our campus succeed academically, but also that we contribute to campus life. So to celebrate we’ll be highlighting the top circulated items from our Feature Films collection, Popular Books collection, and our newest collection, the Library of Things. Be sure to follow us on our social media platforms to see what was most checked-out from Brookens Library in 2018.

Hidden Gem: The Pentagon Papers

With so many resources at the library, it’s impossible to know about all the awesome and unique collections available. So, we’re highlighting some of our favorite lesser known collections in our Hidden Gems series.  These are collections that are tucked away in larger library resources that you may not know exist.   

The HeinOnline legal resources database includes several hidden gems including a collection containing the complete “Pentagon Papers.”  To access, simply select this collection under the “Browse Databases by Name” menu.  

Screen shot of the list of collections under the browse database by name category.

Officially titled United States – Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense, these “Pentagon Papers” are a United States Department of Defense history of the United States’ political-military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967.  These papers were made famous when released to the New York Times in 1971.  They showed that the U.S. government had systematically lied to the public in regard to the scope, aims, and extent of the government’s involvement not only in Vietnam, but the whole of South East Asia during this period.  The 47 volumes with more than 8,000 pages comprising this collection are fully searchable through HeinOnline.  If you are interested in any aspect of the conflict in South East Asia and the actions throughout the presidencies of Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson, this is a major source of historical significance.   

If you need assistance in accessing or searching library resources, please contact a librarian

Meet the Team: Samone

Photo of student employee Samone
Meet Samone!

Name: Samone

Major: English

Status: Freshman

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?   I like the small campus. I like that everything is generally in one spot. It makes everything feel more together, plus I don’t have to walk that far.

What are your goals for the semester? My goal is to definitely finish the semester. But it’s also to get a C or above in all of my classes. Another goal is to work on my time management skills, that will help me the future.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? “Adulthood and Afraid”. That seems to capture what my life is right now. I don’t know what I’m doing as I transfer into an adult but I’m trying.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I’m not in any clubs at the moment, but I do like to read. I guess another one of my hobbies is painting, that’s pretty fun. And I also like to cook.

What have you learned since working at the library? I learned how to work in a team better. I also learned working at lower level is a good chance to do homework. And I learned that the library has books that can help you with just about anything.

What are your post-graduation plans? I’m not really sure what I want to do. I know I want to get a job and support my self but I still don’t know how. It’s a mystery.

What is your favorite item from the library collection? My favorite things to check out from the library of things collection is the cupcake pan.