Library Resources You Can Access From Home

Winter break is approaching, and if you’re planning on staying at home, it’s important to know how the library can continue to support you. Whether you need to access online research help for remote classes or want to stream a movie at no cost, the library can help you! You don’t have to be on campus to take advantage of everything the library has to offer, so read on to learn about the unique opportunities offered by Brookens Library.

Research Help

If you’re taking remote classes this winter, we can help you with all of your research needs. Using the Chat With a Librarian feature on the library’s website, you can have a conversation with our librarians and ask all your pertinent library questions.

Also located on the library website is the option to book a virtual appointment with a librarian. Different librarians are available that specialize in certain subjects, so you will have no problem finding help for the classes you’re taking.

You can also check out our research guides and numerous databases, and, if you’re interested, there are recommended databases for specific subjects as well.

eBooks, eAudiobooks and Streaming Movies

If the boredom of living at home is starting to drive you crazy and entertainment is what you’re looking for, the library has you covered in that regard as well. If ebooks and audiobooks are what you desire, cloudLibrary has hundreds of titles for you to choose from. Check out the UIS collection and pick a book (or two) to occupy your time.

Since reading can be slightly taxing depending on your mood, movies may be some people’s preferred mode of entertainment. Luckily, Brookens Library has taken care of that as well, and has many movies for you to stream. Even luckier, these movies are available for free on our Streaming Media Guide!

We’re Here to Help!

If your winter break is looking either busy or boring, Brookens Library is here to help! For whatever you need, the library is here for you, so make sure you utilize all of our resources to your benefit. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at the library and we’ll help you with whatever you need.

Enjoy your winter break!

Halloween Movies

Ready for Halloween? Play Movie Roulette and let fate decide what chilling and thrilling movies you should watch this month.

How Movie Roulette Works

Just press pause to stop the video and whatever movie you land on will decide what movie you check out!

Below, you’ll find a list of all the movies included. To request a movie for pickup just click the movie link, request it from UIS, and wait for an email that its ready to pick up during our Grab-and-Go hours.

Complete List of Halloween Movies:

A Clockwork Orange
A Quiet Place
Akira
American Psycho
Beetlejuice
Carrie
Friday the 13th
Get Out
Halloween
Hereditary
Hocus Pocus
IT
Midsommar
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Rosemary’s Baby
Scream
The Addams Family
The Babadook
The First Purge
The Mummy
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Nightmare on Elm Street Collection
The Ring
The Shining
Us

Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the Library

In need of catching up on Notorious RBG’s legacy? Brookens Library has several publications that can help fill in the gaps.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

BOOKS

Carmon, Irin, and Shana Knizhnik. Notorious RBG: the Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, First edition. New York, NY: Dey St, 2015. Access eBook.

Gibson, Katie L. (Katie Lorayne). Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Legacy of Dissent Feminist Rhetoric and the Law Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, 2018. Request book.

Levy, Debbie, and Elizabeth Baddeley. I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016. Request book.

Rosen, Jeffrey, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law, First edition. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2019. Request book.

VIDEOS

Video Recording of President William Jefferson Clinton Announcing Ruth Bader Ginsburg as Nominee for Supreme Court Justice. Clinton, Bill, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Washington, D.C: United States. White House, 1993. Watch online.

RBG. Cohen, Julie, Betsy West, Alexandra Hannibal, Amy Entelis, Courtney Sexton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Bill Clinton, et al. Los Angeles, California: Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2018. Request DVD.

On the Basis of Sex. Leder, Mimi, Daniel Stiepleman, Jonathan King, Robert W. Cort, Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, et al. Universal City, CA: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, 2019. Request DVD.

Video Resources on the Constitution. Kennedy, Anthony M., Stephen G. Breyer, Sandra Day O’Connor, Antonin. Scalia, John G. Roberts, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Philadelphia: Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, 2008.  [NOTE: includes a conversation with Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the 14th Amendment]. Request DVD.

Need help locating any of these items? You can get assistance from Brookens Chat located on the library website.

Photo copyright Columbia University Alumni Association – Columbia Law Professor Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1980.

Brookens Fall Bucket List

Image of tree and library

Happy fall, UIS!

We’ve created a Brookens Library Fall Bucket List where you can find the essential resources to complete this list at the library!

Have a fall photo shoot.
Photograph the leaves changing colors with our Nikon D5600 or one of our other cameras!

Read ghost stories.
Scary or campy? It doesn’t matter. Find a scary book today. Prefer nonfiction? Brush up on your wiccan traditions.

Have a late night study session in the library.
Reserve your study spot in advance. We swear it’s not (too) haunted!

Bake a pumpkin pie.
If you want to make a mean pumpkin pie, or any other delicious dessert, check out some baking eBooks.

Enjoy a movie night.
If the day is too cold, enjoy one of our movie binge kits and dvd/blu-ray player with a hot cup of apple cider.

Wear a cozy sweater or warm socks.
Check out a How-To-Knit book or learn how to sew with a sewing machine.

Make a delicious, hearty meal.
Brush up on some recipes to impress the family at Thanksgiving with a cookbook.

Enjoy the fall colors, wherever you might be!

Banned Books Week

Each year Banned Books Week is honored around the world by librarians, teachers, readers, and many more supporters of the book community. Seeking to shed a light on new and historical attempts to censor books at libraries and schools, Banned Books Week is about standing in support of the right to read and the freedom of information.

Why are books challenged or banned? Well, because someone felt they present voices, content, or ideas that are dangerous and inappropriate. Examples include Where’s Waldo? being challenged due to the image of a woman sunbathing topless . . . while facedown. Or Tango Makes Three, a children’s book about a penguin with two dads that was challenged because parents may find the content distasteful.

The American Library Association maintains a large collection of information about frequently challenged books for anyone to browse and learn from. They also compile yearly statistics about censorship in libraries that have been condensed into this infographic.

Censorship by the Numbers Infographic
Censorship by the Numbers

At Brookens Library, we will be highlighting banned and challenged books in our print and digital collections, as well as spotlighting items on our social media. The library cares about your intellectual freedom and encourages you to take ownership of it. We hope you feel empowered this week to peruse some banned or challenged items at the library and to research and learn about challenges to your right to information.

Hidden Gem: Women and the Law

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. 

This installment of the hidden gems series also comes from the HeinOnline legal database, and would be of interest to researchers of women and gender studies, history, sociology, anthropology, public policy, etc.  To access these works, go to the HeinOnline database, and choose “Women and the Law (Peggy)” under the Browse Database by Name menu.   

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

This collection brings together books, biographies and periodicals dedicated to the role of women in society and the law. This unique collection of materials provides a convenient platform for users to research the progression of women’s roles and rights in society over the past 200 years. Also included are more than 70 titles from Emory University Law School’s Feminism and Legal Theory Project which provide a platform to view the effect of law and culture on women. This valuable resource for women and gender studies, history, anthropology, and sociology contains over 2,000 titles with almost a million pages of information on these topics.  Some of the subtopics or subjects include abortion; the feminism and legal theory project; legal rights & suffrage; women & education; women & employment; and women & society among others.  

Hidden Gem: Black Panther Newspaper

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 Black Thought and Culture database – a hidden gem on its own FULL of hidden gems – is an invaluable tool for African American studies and History alike.  Within it is a run of the Black Panther Newspaper (also known as The Black Panther Intercommunal News Service) from 1967 to 1980.  To get to this resource, mouse-over ‘Browse’ from the top menu and select ‘Black Panther Newspaper’ from the drop-down menu.

The Black Panther was the official newspaper of the Black Panther Party for over a decade. It started out as a four-page newsletter in Oakland, California in 1967 and was founded by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. It’s a tremendously valuable resource for understanding the issues of the day from the perspective of the Black Panther Party. The newspaper distributed information about the party’s activities and expressed the ideology of the Black Panther Party.  The paper focused on international revolutions as inspiration and contemporary racial struggles of African Americans across the United States.

Crucially, each issue present is a high-quality scan of the original document – not just a simple text transcription (though some of those are included as well).  This preserves much of the context the articles existed in and provides an amazing look at the time period these papers were originally published in.

If you need assistance in accessing or searching library resources, please contact alibrarian.

Hidden Gem: Slavery in America Collection

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.   

This week we are featuring another hidden gem within the HeinOnline legal database, the “Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law” collection.  This collection would be of interest to researchers in the areas of history, African American studies, anthropology, sociology, etc.  To access these works, go to the HeinOnline database, and choose “Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law” under the Browse Database by Name menu.   

Screenshot of HeinOnline database indicating the Slavery in America and the World collection under the Browse Database by Name category.

This collection brings together a multitude of essential legal materials totaling over 2,000 primary and secondary source titles on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. This includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery.  

Beyond statutes and cases, the collection also includes novels, newspapers, poems, songs, speeches, sermons, and slave narratives.  One of the unique items included is the the original copy of the book – “Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New-York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853, from a Cotton Plantation near the Red River, in Louisiana” that was the foundation of the recent motion picture.   

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

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

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