Using the RPS Libraries

Do you live in the residence halls? Want to rent a movie, but don’t want to trek across campus (through the snow) to Wells? Guess what! There’s probably an RPS Library or Movies Music & More close to you! With 13 locations open in the evenings, we’ve got you covered! The RPS Libraries and MMM’s are located in thirteen residence halls across campus. While offerings vary by location, most of our centers carry movies, TV shows, and music, with select locations offering video games, books, and board games.

RPS Locations

So now you know about us, but how can you find what you’re looking for? Good news! You can search for items in your nearest center! Here’s how:

After typing the item you want into the search bar on IUCAT, you can limit results to your nearest center by utilizing the drop down menus on the left hand side of the page. Simply click on the “Library” button and select your center. RPS Centers are listed under “Bloomington RPS Libraries.”


RPS Libs List

So say you live in Collins and want to watch Sherlock. Once you type Sherlock into the search bar in IUCAT and then limit your results to Bloomington RPS Libraries – Collins Living-Learning Center, this is what you should see:

Results Page

Suppose you want to check out season one. After clicking on the link, you’ll be taken to the item listing where you’ll be able to see if the item is available for checkout and where you might find the item. This information is all listed under the “Holdings” section at the bottom of the page and should look like this:


Oh hey, it looks like we’re in luck! Sherlock: Season One is at Collins Library and waiting to be checked out!

-Sarah Trew

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The Auxiliary Library Facility: Only a Click Away

The Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF) is a high-density shelving facility for materials from the IU Libraries. It houses almost 2 million books, manuscripts, and other materials! While 2 million books and other items seems like a lot, Herman B Wells Library currently houses over 3 million items! To fill the ALF completely, it would take more than twice the amount of materials in the Wells Library.

Within those 2 million items currently in the ALF, you’re bound to find some pretty cool things! The Film Archive currently calls the ALF home. In this collection, you’ll find more than 55,000 films covering a variety of topics, including educational films on social guidance and productions from the U.S. Department of War. Stephen Spielberg’s first movie and John Ford’s home movies are also within this rare collection.

Not interested in film? There are literally millions of books in the ALF that might interest you! This includes books in many different languages.

Inside the ALF vault

Inside the ALF vault

The ALF consists of two vaults, with the most recent being completed in 2010. These vaults are kept at a temperature and humidity level that helps to preserve the materials inside.

Even though the ALF is not open to the public, many of the materials within can be delivered by request to Herman B Wells Library or other IU Libraries. Requesting books from the ALF is easy! Once you find an item that you are interested in using IUCat, you’ll need to click the red button on the right hand side of the page that says “Request This.” This will prompt you to select “ALF Request”. (See picture below.)

To request delivery from the ALF, simply select ALF Request.

To request delivery from the ALF, simply select ALF Request.

If you place a request before 12:00 pm (noon), it will be delivered by 5:00 pm on the same day! If you place a request after 12:00 pm, it will be delivered by 5:00 pm the very next day.

You can find more information about the ALF here.

Happy hunting!

-Jessica Neeb

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Bookmarking Results with the New IUCAT

As you may know, the IU Libraries are launching a new version of IUCAT in December 2014. While the current version is certainly usable, the new version will be more compatible with mobile devices and will have new helpful features available for users with IU logins. These features include the ability to save searches and bookmark records for future use. These features can be extremely helpful to researchers (this author included!) who sometimes forget to write down which of their search terms yielded fruitful results. With these features, users will be able to seamlessly search for resources and create a bibliography in IUCAT.

To bookmark a result, check the box marked “bookmark” next to the item you wish to save.
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Bookmarked results will be saved and viewable on a separate “bookmark” page shown here:
bookmark page

These saved results can be emailed to the user by clicking the “email” button on the left-hand side of the Bookmark page. One of the most helpful aspects of this page is the “cite” function which displays a citation for each bookmarked item in APA, MLA, and Chicago format:
Citation page

With the ability to bookmark results and save searches, the new IUCAT integrates several elements of research into one easy-to-use page while still offering the helpful limiters and search functions available in earlier versions of IUCAT.

-Ryan Frick

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IU-B African Studies Library: a Bountiful Research Collection


Are you someone who is interested in scholarly reference materials on Africa south of the Sahara? If so, look no further than your IU Bloomington Library! The 6th floor of the Wells Library has a vast collection of documents covering a great deal of historical information. Keep reading to get more information on our collection and how to use it.

What exactly is the collection about?
The African Studies Library Collection is a multi-reference research area that contains information about Sub-Saharan Africa, supporting research inquiries for undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. students alike. The collection has documented information dating back as early as c1500, including aspects of indigenous tongues, spirituality, culture, government, and more.

What does Sub-Sahara mean?
The Sahara is a geographical reference point spanning from far West Africa towards Egypt and then south towards the country of South Africa. The African Studies collection consists of multiple documents written in indigenous languages such as Zulu, Igbo, Xhosa, Ibibio, Afrikaans, Bambara, Fula, Kpelle, Sango, Somali, Swahili, Wolof, Twi (Akan), Yoruba, and many others. In addition, these documents can be extremely useful as primary resources!

Who should use the African Studies collection?
Anyone interested in learning more scholarship about Africa and all that it consists of will benefit greatly from this collection, which contains everything from manuscripts, academic journals, annual conference reports, newspapers, and language and linguistics manuals. You don’t have to stop there, though! Expand your realm of knowledge by exploring the IU Art Museum which has primary resources of African art and archaeological pieces of African tribes and culture south of the Sahara. Using the African Studies Library Collection interchangeably with other resources on the IU Bloomington campus can help you if you are not solely dependent upon the African Studies collection for scholarly reference materials.

african studies lib

If you’re looking to broaden your African Studies horizon even further, feel free to visit the library’s African Studies resources page. Browsing through these resouces can be helpful in obtaining information that the Wells Library may not have. For instance, Michigan State University currently carries one of the most comprehensive collections on the Amharic language of Abyssinia (Ethiopia). Since IU and MSU are part of the Big Ten conference library system, resources can also be researched through Worldcat. To request items that another library holds, you can submit an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request.

Happy researching! As always, don’t hesitate to consult with a reference librarian in the Wells Library east tower for further research help!


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Classic Frights for Dark Autumn Nights

Every year in mid-autumn, as the weather takes a turn for the cold and the leaves begin to fall, people become obsessed with the emotion of fear. They flood theaters to see the newest iterations of a crazy killer going wild. But some of the most truly satisfying scares come from classic stories–those that have been around for decades. With Halloween being today, it is a great time to get lost in some of these excellent heroes of horror.

No one does it better than the original.

For an entry to the dark mystery genre, you cannot look past the original: Edgar Allan Poe. There is a reason the annual award for most engaging mystery is named after him. His stories are so pervasive, they are seemingly eternal; chances are good you are familiar with some of his work. They remain popular today, over 150 years after his death, because they are so exciting. In the Wells Library, you can find his best works contained in The Portable Edgar Allan Poe, and even a lot of his stories online with Volume One and Volume Two of his tales. You can start with his most famous stories like “The Tell-Tale Heart” or “The Pit and the Pendulum.” “The Black Cat” and “The Masque of the Red Death” are also highly recommended.

This guy.

About fifty years after Poe’s death in the early twentieth century, the horror genre was further refined by another east-coast American writer, H.P. Lovecraft. Combining the terrifying aspects of Poe with the fascinating science fiction components of H.G. Wells, Lovecraft has been influencing modern fantasy and fear for decades now. Most famous for his creation of the titular monster in “The Call of Cthulu” (you can come face-to-face with it in Necronomicon), Lovecraft’s stories are always good at being eerie. His novella, At the Mountains of Madness, is also very much worth a read.

'Here's Johnny!' in one of the most iconic scenes in film history.

For more recent frightening authors, Stephen King has emerged as the obvious choice for contemporary-classic status. King launched into popular culture in the mid-seventies when several of his novels became hits in Hollywood, most notably The Shining. While his novels are certainly good fun, some of his most chilling work lies in his short stories. Particularly his first collection, Night Shift, features some highlights. I cannot, in good conscience, recommend that you read these in the dark.

In a season where the theaters are dominated by terrifying films (and sequels…and sequels), some of the best scares can still be found in the pages of books and stories. There is something truly rewarding about being chilled by a classic piece of science fiction or mystery. Of course, these are just the three most famous writers; you could spend hours perusing lesser known authors and their forays into horror. Or if you are looking to save time, a quick search for “two-sentence horror stories” can satisfy your desires for the macabre. However you spend your Hallow’s Eve, whether it is going for a night bike ride through the woods or watching a movie about a homicidal scarecrow, all of us from the Wells Library wish you a fantastic and spooky holiday!

–Joseph Wooley

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The Best of the Bestiaries

Let’s be honest: medieval Europeans were into some weird stuff. When they weren’t putting animals on trial for their misdeeds (because 16th century pigs could be downright rude), or wearing two foot long shoes, or determining whether or not some was actually, like, DEAD dead, they were filling gold-leafed pages with intricate drawings and fanciful accounts of some very wild beasts.

"You have the right to remain sty-lent."

“You have the right to remain sty-lent.”

Once compiled together, these collections of animal tales were known as bestiaries. Although a handful of classical authors like Aristotle, Herodotus, and Solinus each published an early form of the bestiary, the literary craze reached the height of its popularity during the 12th century—most notably in England and France. Such manuscripts often described the varied species of animals native to Europe or any faraway land deemed “exotic.” Imaginary animals such as unicorns, dragons, and basilisks were also included, though some scholars argue whether or not Europeans actually believed in the existence of such mythical creatures.

However, what makes a bestiary a bestiary is its heavy use of allegory in regards to Christian morals. For example, the eagle, which is known for its sharp eyesight, can stare directly into the sun without suffering any harm. Yet as the eagle “rejects any of its young that cannot stare unflinching into the sun, so God will reject sinners who cannot bear the divine light.” Other moral lessons involve the twisted desires of man (represented by a serpent), the rebirth of “new believers” (represented by a phoenix), and the need to look to a celestial presence for guidance (represented by the ostrich). While some of these fables are a bit heavy-handed, they represent important cultural, historical, and traditional beliefs during Middle Ages.

Medieval cephalopod versus, you know, an actual cephalopod

Medieval cephalopod versus, you know, an actual cephalopod

Wells, the Lilly, and the Fine Arts Library all house bestiaries in varying formats. From microfilm to books to online resources, the following titles serve as excellent introductions to a literary genre that toes the line between informative and bizarre. Take a look when you have the chance!

And, for good measure, this.

And, for good measure, this.

Online Resources:
The secrets of Albertus Magnus of the vertues of herbs, stones, and certain beasts : whereunto is newly added, a short discourse of the seven planets, governing the nativities of children : also a book of the same author, of the marvellous things of the world and of certain things, caused of certain beasts (1681)

The book of barely imagined beings a 21st century bestiary (2013)

Brutes turn’d criticks, or, Mankind moraliz’d by beasts in sixty satyrical letters upon the vices and follies of our age (1695)

A Peterborough psalter and bestiary of the fourteenth century (1921)

Fictitious beasts; a bibliography (1961)

A medieval book of beasts : Pierre de Beauvais’ Bestiary (1992)

Bestiaries and their users in the Middle Ages (1998)

-Delainey Bowers

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Getting Started with OneSearch

Getting Started With OneSearch:

In addition to the hundreds of subject-specific databases available online, the Indiana University Library system also offers OneSearch, a version of EBSCO Discovery Service tailored for the IU Libraries. This service allows users to search over a hundred databases, including IUCAT. This means that searching in OneSearch can result in several different media, including books, journal articles, newspaper articles, video and audio recordings, and digital archival materials. While OneSearch is meant to be easy to use, the vast amount of resources included in the search can sometimes lead to a large number of results that may not be useful. This guide provides several tips for searching and discusses many helpful features of OneSearch. OneSearch is accessible through the Indiana University Libraries homepage. Just go to the footer of the webpage and click on “OneSearch@IU” under “Top Recommended Resources!”

How to Search:

Below, you’ll find a link to a video tutorial on how to use OneSearch. While the video will briefly display the basic search window that appears on the OneSearch homepage, it focuses on more advanced search techniques in order to help the user get the most relevant results. In the video, we search for subject terms “cochlear implant” as well as “deaf culture,” then limit the results to “full text” offerings published between 2010 and 2014. These are not the only search and limiter options available through OneSearch; while some others are displayed as the video progresses, users should further explore these options after viewing the tutorial. Finally, we demonstrate how to access an online full text article, once the user has located it.

Advanced Searching Tutorial

If the video does not work, please see the step-by-step tutorial instructions at the end of the post.

Location of item:

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When viewing the catalog information for resources, OneSearch will denote the physical location on the Search Results page; this makes locating the item that much easier for the user. In the example above, we see the complete first season of Comedy Bang! Bang! can be found at Foster Library, which is located in one of the Bloomington Residence Halls.

Call numbers:

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If a physical copy of the resource you’re seeking is available, and it has a call number attached, the call number will also be displayed on the Search Results page. In the example above, I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black is listed as available at East Library – Richmond, with the call number PZ7.B529 I6 2012.


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Another great feature of OneSearch is the “cite” option. This is available through the right-side toolbar when you are viewing the detailed record of the item. Clicking this link provides the user with a list of citation formats, so they can easily reference the resource.

Check for availability/Request interlibrary loan/HTML full text:

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If the resource for which the user is searching has no physical location within the library system, various other options for acquiring the resource will appear. In the above example, we have highlighted these options: “Check for availability,” which will link the user to locations where the resource is available (if any such locations exist); “Request through interlibrary loan,” which should link the user to their library system’s interlibrary loan request form; and “HTML full text,” which will link the user to a full text version of the source. (A fourth option, “PDF full text,” is not shown here.)

How to Perform an Advanced Search:

Note: In this tutorial, we will guide you through the search performed in the video; once you’ve performed this “practice search” yourself, you should be able to more easily navigate the various OneSearch advanced search options.

Step 1: On the OneSearch homepage, click the link labeled “Advanced Search” (located beneath the search box).

Step 2: Type “cochlear implant” into the first search box and, using the drop-down arrow (labeled “Select a Field”), choose “SU Subject Terms;” be sure to note the other possible field searching options.

Step 3: In the next search box, type “deaf culture” and select “SU Subject Terms” again. Once you’ve done this, click the “Search” button to the right of the search boxes.

Step 4: A list of search results will appear. Note that this initial search has yielded roughly 45 results. Not bad, but there are probably some resources in there you won’t be able to use. If you look to the left-hand side of the screen, you’ll see a list labeled “Limit To.” Check the box beside “Full Text;” this will limit the search results to resources with full text available to view online.

Step 5: Look to the “Limit To” list again. At the bottom, you’ll see a slide bar labeled “Publication Date” with years on each end; type “2009” into the left-hand box. This will limit your results further to resources published in the last 5 years.

Step 6: You should be left with roughly 10 results; click on the article “Deaf Culture” by Ryan O’Hanlon. Once the catalog information for this resource has loaded, you should see a link labeled “PDF Full Text” on the left-hand side of the screen; clicking this link will bring you to a full-text online version of the article.

– Kaitlin Bonifant and Ryan Frick

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Fall Back into Nature

Fall is officially here and you couldn’t be in a much better place to see it in all its glory. As midterms, papers, and projects continually weigh you down, we suggest taking a day and experiencing fall in the Bloomington area! There are many beautiful places to visit, and all within an hour of Bloomington. Since there are an overwhelmingly large amount of choices, here are three great options to get you started:

Let’s start with McCormick Creek State Park. Located in Spencer, Indiana, it provides plenty of places to sit by the creek with a good book (which you can get from the Wells Library) for an hour or two and recharge your batteries.

McCormick Creek in Autumn

McCormick Creek in Autumn

Next is Morgan Monroe State Forest. Morgan Monroe is located just up the 37 a little ways around Martinsville. It offers scenery like this:

Fall in Morgan Monroe State Forest

Fall in Morgan Monroe State Forest

Finally is the world famous Brown County State Park. It is located east on the 46 in and around Nashville, Indiana. As you can see from the image below, it is world famous for a reason.

Fall in Brown County State Park

Fall in Brown County State Park

What does the Wells Library have to do with the beautiful fall foliage? First of all, we have some great resources to help you plan your trip. We have maps of Brown County State Park and a map of the Tecumseh Trail, which is 42 miles long and begins in Morgan Monroe State Forest. We also have a Fall color guide and for those not wanting to go outside of Bloomington, we have a Bloomington Parks and Recreation Trail Guide. You can find all of these materials and more in IUCAT, the Libraries’ online catalog!

So come to the Wells Library to prepare for your trip, grab that good book, and head on out to see some of the most beautiful Fall colors in the country.

-David Kloster

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Recommended Wells Library Books for Halloween 2014

It’s the month of October now, and that means Halloween is coming soon. So what’s the best way for book lovers to celebrate this strangely hallowed season? Check out a collection of ghost stories or a Gothic novel from the Herman B Wells Library! Go to the tenth floor of the East Tower (in the Research Collections), or to the second and third floors of the West Tower (Undergraduate Core Collection or Browsing Collection) and head for the “PR” or “PS” call number range to access one of these twelve recommended titles.

Some of these first editions issued in the 1950’s and 1960’s will most likely emit a musty old-book smell that can only enhance your Gothic reading experience while stimulating your imagination. Surely the tactile and olfactory experiences of handling the 1959 first Evergreen edition of Matthew G. Lewis’s The Monk will conjure up images of ruined abbeys and catacombs in eerie moonlight. Earlier first editions of these titles are held by the Lilly Library and are non-circulating. And of course, it’s not at all the same type of experience trying to curl up in bed with a Kindle or a Nook for the electronic editions of these titles–and that’s because you won’t have that total sense experience that is so crucial for feeling phantasmagoric creepiness. That’s something you’d want to smell off the antiquated page and touch with excited fingers. So now is the chance to get your hands on these classic books and read about the ghostly, the macabre, the Gothic, and the supernatural, especially since access is so much easier now with the near-completion of Wells Library renovation. Check out recommended titles in more depth below!

Top 6 Ghost (or Horror) Story Anthologies at the Wells Library:

“The Fall of the House of Usher” and Other Writings: Poems, Tales, Essays and Reviews by Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). (Ed. David Galloway, London: Penguin, 2003).

Best Ghost Stories of J. S. Le Fanu. (Le Fanu, Joseph Sheridan, 1814-1873). Ed. E. F. Bleiler, New York: Dover, 1964.

Ghost and Horror Stories of Ambrose Bierce (Bierce, Ambrose, 1842-1914?). Ed. E. F. Bleiler, New York: Dover, 1964.

Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James (1862-1936). (Ed. Darryl Jones, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).

In the Realm of Terror: 8 Haunting Tales by Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951). (New York: Pantheon, 1957).

Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft (Lovecraft, H. P. (Howard Phillips), 1890-1937). Ed. Stephen Jones, Commemorative ed., London: Gollancz, 2008).

Top 6 Gothic Novel Volumes at the Wells Library:

The Old English Baron by Clara Reeve (1729-1807). (Ed. James Trainer, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2003).

The Italian, or, The Confessional of the Black Penitents: A Romance by Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823). (Ed. Frederick Garber, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1981, c1968).

The Monk by Matthew G. Lewis (1775-1818). (1st Evergreen ed., New York: Grove Press, 1959, c1952).

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851). (Ed. J. Paul Hunter, 2nd ed., New York: W.W. Norton & Co., c2012).

Dracula by Bram Stoker (1847-1912). (Ed. Maurice Hindle, Rev. ed., London and New York: Penguin Books, 2003).

The Castle of Otranto, by Horace Walpole (1717-1797). Vathek, by William Beckford (1760-1844). The Vampyre, by John Polidori (1795-1821). Three Gothic novels, and a Fragment of a Novel by Lord Byron (1788-1824). (Ed. E. F. Bleiler, New York: Dover, 1966).

Happy Halloween reading!

–Hiromi Yoshida

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Judging a Book by Its Title: A Guide to Folklore

For anyone interested in working with children – whether as a teacher, librarian, counselor, or even as a parent – it’s important to know you can’t always judge a book by its title. After all, that copy of The Little Mermaid you just selected off the shelf may contain some details you would consider inappropriate – I’m looking at you, Hans Christian Andersen – and a story titled “The Mermaid Wife” is probably not the same folktale, even though its title is very similar.

So how do you know, at a glance, which tale is the one you remember from your childhood and which is a classic case of Stockholm syndrome? That’s where our Folklore Collection, located on the 7th floor of the East Tower, comes in handy. Anyone familiar with the collection is probably aware of just how extensive it is, in terms of anthologies and secondary source material. But did you know the collection houses its own reference section? On your right as you enter the Folklore collection, these shelves house materials detailing classic folklore motifs, themes, plot structures, etc., to aid in a better understanding of folktales and how they relate to one another. For someone studying folklore, this is a treasure-trove of useful information; however, these books can be just as helpful to someone who simply wants to find the version of The Little Mermaid they like best.

Below, you’ll find a small sampling of these books. If you’re interested in learning more on the topic of folklore, check out the collection in person or contact our subject specialist, Moira Marsh.

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales & Fairy Tales
The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales & Fairy Tales

Motif-Index of Folk Literature by Stith Thompson
Stith Thompson

The Storyteller’s Sourcebook by Margaret Read MacDonald
The Storyteller's Sourcebook

Happy researching and reading!

-Kaitlin Bonifant

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