Veterans History Project

Veterans History Project: “A project to “collect and preserve audio- and video-taped oral histories, along with documents such as letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and home movies, of America’s war veterans and those who served in support of them during World War I, World War II, and the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf wars.” The Project Kit includes “information and forms you need to participate as a volunteer interviewer.” From the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.” (citation from

New in the Library: “Ali” starring Will Smith

Ali: This 2002 film starring Will Smith recieved acclaim from many critics. Here is the description from the item: “Dramatic biography of boxing great Muhammad Ali, which focuses on the ten-year period of 1964-1974. In that time, the brash, motor-mouthed athlete quickly dominates his sport, meets and marries his first wife, converts to Islam (changing his name from Cassius Clay), and defies the United States government by refusing to submit to military conscription for duty in Vietnam. His world heavyweight champion title thus stripped from him entirely for political reasons, the champ sets about to win back his crown, culminating in a legendary unification bout against George Foreman in Zaire, dubbed the ‘Rumble in the Jungle.'”

Illinois Center for Soy Foods

Illinois Center for Soy Foods: This Web site provides consumer information on soy products, recipes, and brochures such as “Soymilk & Cookies” and “Snacking on Soy.” Also includes information about the center’s research areas and its activities in soy product development and marketing. A team effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the National Soybean Research Laboratory, and other research and industry groups. (link and annotation from

University of Adelaide Library: eBooks@Adelaide

University of Adelaide Library: eBooks@Adelaide : This Australian university library’s collection offers hundreds of electronic books, including “classic works of Literature, Philosophy, Science, and History.” Searchable; browsable by author (alphabetically or chronologically), title, or theme. Includes links to other electronic book collections and literature resources. (Citation provided by and copyright

Two New Databases: American Humanities Index & Communication & Mass Media Complete

The library has added two new databases to our holdings. You can access them on the online database page.

1) EBSCO Communication & Mass Media Complete: Communication & Mass Media Complete provides the most robust, quality research solution in areas related to communication and mass media. This database originated with the acquisition and subsequent merging of two popular databases in the fields of communication and mass media studies — CommSearch (formerly produced by the National Communication Association (NCA)), and Mass Media Articles Index (formerly produced by Pennsylvania State University). CommSearch offered bibliographic and keyword references to 26 journals in communication studies, with coverage extending to the inaugural issue of each — some from as far back as the early decades of the 20th century. It also included cover-to-cover indices of NCA?s six journals (from their first editions to the present), and abstracts from their earliest appearance in NCA journals. Mass Media Articles Index provided citation coverage of over 40,000 articles related to mass media and published in over 60 research journals, as well as major journalism reviews, recent encyclopedias, and handbooks in the area of communications studies. EBSCO has combined the extensive coverage of these two resources, and has greatly expanded upon them (both in terms of content and scope) to create CMMC. In addition, Communication & Mass Media Complete offers full text for over 200 titles and contains citation coverage for additional sources. In total, several hundred valuable sources are covered.

2. American Humanities Index: The American Humanities Index is a collection of bibliographic references to literary, scholarly and creative journals published in the United States and Canada. This database covers over 1,000 journals published from 1975 to the present, many of which cannot be found in other reference works. All journals included in the American Humanities Index are indexed in their entirety (cover to cover). This database provides citation information for articles, essays and reviews, as well as original creative works including, poems, fiction, photographs, paintings and illustrations. American Humanities Index is a unique, essential collection, providing in-depth coverage in areas of the humanities not covered in other databases.

CIA Report on Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (Duelfer Report)

The Comprehensive Report of the Special Advisor to the Director of Central Intelligence on Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (Duelfer Report) released September 30, 2004, will be distributed to all depository libraries (including the Moraine Valley Library) in paper. This report can be viewed on the Internet at the CIA Web site at this address:

Birth Alternatives: How Women Select Childbirth Care

Birth Alternatives: How Women Select Childbirth Care : This new book in the library explore the realities and options of childbirth care from a sociological perspective. Here is the books description: A woman’s childbirth care choices have a profound effect on her pregnancy and childbirth experience. Today, some pregnant women have three different options to choose from: obstetrical care and a hospital birth, a midwife-assisted birth in a hospital, and a midwife-assisted birth at an out-of-hospital birthing center. By using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods, this volume examines how and why 200 women made their choices, how satisfied they were with the care they received, and the impact of their choices on the availability of options in the future. Although most women in the U.S. still choose an obstetrician and a hospital setting, the number of women who choose to be assisted by a Certified Nurse Midwife is growing with the result that this profession is acquiring new strength and jurisdiction over childbirth care.