Ballenger Teacher Center (BTC) Coordinator
Subject Specialist for Education, Counseling, and Student Development
BTC Phone: 217-581-8442
Office Phone (voicemail): 217-581-6099
The videos below offer an introduction to Booth Library as well as instruction on how to access services and materials. Please review these items to better understand the basics of our library services.
Included here are:
- 1. Introduction to the library for online students
- 2. How to access library resources from off-campus
- 3. How to find books
- 4. How to find and access e-books
- 5. How to have books delivered
- 6. How to use I-Share
- 7. How to use Interlibrary loan
- 8. How to get help
If you are off campus, before being able to view your results, you will be asked to provide your EIU NetID and Password.
You can limit your search to electronic resources on the Advanced Search screen. [view screenshot]
Alternatively, you can narrow the list of retrieved items by Format on the search results page. [view screenshot]
I-Share Catalog Search
If the book you want is not available at EIU or through I-Share, try searching WorldCat (international database of library holdings) or submit an Interlibrary Loan Book Request.
In addition to searching for your topic by keyword, subject headings may be useful in identifying relevant sources of information.
You can search for books inside each database using the search box below. First, select either Spring or EBSCO. Then conduct your search. For tips on navigating either e-book platform please see below.
Books in SpringerLink are available to multiple users simultaneously. You can download single chapters or complete books.
To access e-books in SpringerLink:
1. Select the Springer button
2. Type in your search term ("classroom management", for example)
3. Click Go.
4. Narrow results. In SpringerLink, you can narrow your results using the Discipline or Subdiscipline facets on the left side of your search results.
5. If you don't see the discipline that interests you. Click on See All. You can then browse all the Disciplines or Subdisciplines.
E-Books in EBSCO are typically only available for one patron to view at a time. Sometimes we do offer titles for three simultaneous users.
To access e-books in EBSCO:
1. Select EBSCO.
2. Type in your search term (for example: "student affairs")
3. Click Go.
4. Narrow results. Like in SpringerLink, you can narrow your results using the facets on the left. In EBSCO, you can limit your results by Subject.
5. If you don't see a Subject of interest, click on Show More.
6. To access a book, click on the title. You can then click on either the PDF or ePub full text to browse online. Or, you can download. Look where it says concurrent user level to see how many simultaneous users the books can support.
1. Click on the image below:
2. You will need to type Education into the Topic Finder search bar.
3. Select your topic of interest. Article titles will display in the box to the right. You can then browse and click on titles of interest to see the full article.
Here are a few examples of our print encyclopedias relevant to higher education. They are located on the north end of the 3000 level of the library.
To browse the full list, click on the picture below to view the collection. Once you are in Kanopy, you can also perform a more specific search: