Medicine, Health, and Bioethics: essential primary sources

The primary sources contained herein demonstrate the development, diversity and nexus of science and ethics as embodied in medical advances, social policy and law.  Because an understanding of the historical development of medical science and the social issues that arise from its advance is increasingly vital, this work takes a sweeping view of events over the last 200 years.

Medicine, Health, and Bioethics: Essential Primary Sources

Reading and Literacy

Attention students in the Master of Education in Reading and Literacy Program.  We have a research guide, Reading and Literacy, just for you.  We have navigated through all of the databases for you and provided links to the ones that are relevant to your program on this guide.  The guide also contains searching tips and tricks to help retrieve articles for your subject, as well as a number of other topics of information like books, interlibrary loan, Google Scholar, and videos.

New Catholic Encyclopedia

Alphabetically arranged articles within this resource cover theology, philosophy, history, literary figures, saints, musicians and more.   They serve as a comprehensive and authoritative work of reference on the movements and interests that have shaped Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular over two millennia.  Also available are the supplements from 2009 through 2013.  Each supplement focuses on special themes which include science and the Church; the Church in modern history; art, music and literature and biographies of beatified and canonized persons since 2010; current Catholic issues, events and topics including Pope Benedict XVI, sex abuse crises, the internet; and ethics and philosophy.

New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2003


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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Political Science Research Guide

Politics dominate the American scene whether it is state, national or international. It is ever present especially in a Presidential election year and even in a post Presidential-election year. So to help you with your research on politics the library has produced a guide to aid you. This guide will lead you to a plethora of websites, books and databases touching the state, national and international political landscape. This guide is especially helpful for resources on the three U.S. Federal government branches; Congress, the President and the Supreme Court.  Check it out at


Photo of the Month: Homecoming Wagon Relay Race, October 1971

Homecoming Wagon Relay Race, October 1971
Homecoming Wagon Relay Race, October 1971

In the fall of 1971, students at Illinois Benedictine College (now Benedictine University) were decorating the campus with great enthusiasm in preparation for the upcoming “Roaring Twenties” homecoming week.

Students transformed the library into the Biograph Theatre, the administration building into a  1920’s hotel, and the campus coffee shop into a speakeasy. In addition to preparing for the year’s theme, students enjoyed a week full of fun and competitive activities..

The freshmen class hosted a leg painting contest and a pillow fight with combatants mounted on a greased pole. The sophomores held a greased pig chase around campus followed up by a car smash. The junior class sponsored an ugly man contest and the seniors were in charge of the main event, a wagon relay race around Benedictine Hall (pictured above). Later that night, the seniors held a twenties themed party with a live band and a performance by the Second City theatre group.

Faculty members voted the senior class as having the most creative and entertaining class day for the week. The senior class walked away a fifty dollar prize.

There are no known U.S. copyright restrictions on this image. The digital file is owned by the Benedictine University Library which is making it freely available through a Creative Commons license with the request that the Library be credited as its source.

For more campus history, visit the Benedictine University Archives website: