Now Available: The Information Literacy Sandbox

Engaging Our Digital Natives

The  ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox ( has been launched.  It is designed to serve as a place to discover ways to use the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in instructional settings, as well as to share activities and teaching resources related to the Framework.

Searching and browsing for resources is open to everyone.  You do not need a contributor account to visit the site and be inspired by the resources that have been shared.

Now,  please go enjoy the Sandbox!

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Science Direct

This database has academic journal articles in the physical and life sciences and other related disciplines.  It indexes over 3,800 peer-reviewed scientific, technical and health journals that span 24 major scientific disciplines and 35,000 book titles.  Search tip:  click “subscribed publications” and “open access articles” on the search page under “refine your search” to find the free articles. Many full-text articles are available.


April is:

National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, including students, teachers, librarians, booksellers, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets. Its mission every April is to promote poetry as an important part of our culture and of our lives.

The Poetry Foundation (located in Chicago) offers readings, lectures, performances (such as Poetry Out Loud), and workshops, as well as daily poems.

Another source of daily poems is Garrison Keillor’s “The Writer’s Almanac,” produced by Prairie Home Productions and presented by American Public Media.



Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History

This is a thoughtful, thorough and accessible survey of women in world history. The entries range from biographies to in-depth analyses with multiple subsections followed by a selected bibliography. The entries follow one of three approaches to world history: geographic, focusing on governments from prehistory to the present; comparative, emphasizing universal experiences such as disability and religion; and connective, exploring the interactions among peoples through experiences such as migration and globalization.

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March is Women’s History Month


March is the month when we pay tribute to the generations of women who have made a difference to and in our world.  This year’s theme is “Working to form a more perfect union: honoring women in public service and government.”

Among the honorees this year are:

  • Daisy Bates, civil rights organizer
  • Isabel Gonzalez, champion of Puerto Ricans
  • Suzan Shown Harjo, Native American public policy advocate and journalist
  • Barbara Mikulski, longest serving woman in U.S. Congress

Read more about the honorees at the National Women’s History Project website.





Papers related to disputed workers’ compensation law in the University Archives

John N. Erlenborn

NPR published a story last week about employers in some states opting out of state-regulated workers’ compensation plans in favor of writing their own workplace injury plans. These in-house plans can make it easier to deny or cut benefits and control medical care of injured employees. According to those in favor of opt-out plans, employees are still protected by a federal law called the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA, although some dispute the amount of protection injured workers actually receive.

Illinois congressman John N. Erlenborn was known as “Mr. ERISA” during his time in Congress. Erlenborn’s congressional papers are held here in the University Archives. The finding aid for that collection can be found here.