What was life like for ordinary women in the past? What did they wear, eat, read, work, pray, and amuse themselves? What did they record about Bleeding Kansas in the 1850s, travelling the Oregon Trail, polygamous marriage, alcoholism and prohibition laws, or a black school girl’s life in the 1930s? Explore the personal interests and reflections of over 1300 women as shared with friends and families through letters or jotted down in their private diaries.
Need data sets? We’re a member of ICPSR, a huge archive of political and social research data. You can search for and download data collections in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and many other fields. The ICPSR YouTube Channel has webinars and tutorials on how to use ICPSR to find data, analyze data online, and using ICPSR data with SPSS, SAS, and Stata. ICPSR sponsors an undergraduate and graduate student research paper contest and has resources for instructors who want to use ICPSR to teach about using data, too.
Need to review algebra? Trying to understand the First Amendment? Want to learn about African art? Check out Films on Demand, a database with thousands of videos on subjects you may be studying now or curious about exploring.
COLLECTIONS & MATERIALS: Digital databases, ebooks, books, and other material are essential in supporting Wichita State's growing programs.
LIBRARY EXPERTS: The library offers unique work experience for Shocker graduate assistants and student workers while they complete their research and coursework towards their degrees.
RE-IMAGINING SPACES: Several initiatives plan to use library space in innovative ways for the betterment and advancement of the Wichita State community (Read more at https://libraries.wichita.edu/levelup).