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Sensitive Subjects


About this Guide

This guide was created by Milner Library's IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) Committee to help the Illinois State University community access to resources which address difficult and often sensitive topics. While librarians will never share your personal information, we understand that sometimes it's easier to find help yourself than to ask for it. This guide is designed to help you locate information on topics that may be difficult to talk about such as mental health, housing insecurity, food insecurity, pregnancy, abuse, and many others. 

The IDEA Committee has done its best to curate resources that are useful and address a broad range of topics, but it is impossible for this guide to be comprehensive. The collections at Milner Library are primarily academic, so many books and resources come from a research perspective. These may be useful to some, but we have also included web resources, campus resources, and community resources to supplement what the library can offer on-site.

If you need immediate help, please call 9-1-1 to be connected with local emergency services.

In This Guide

Here you will find:

  • Library Resources
    • This page has information about how to find and use different types of resources in the library, such as books, ebooks, and online databases
    • Call number ranges: Call numbers and floor locations for locating physical items in Milner Library
    • eBooks: Information on how to find and use eBooks
  • Web Resources
    • This page has guidance on how to find information online, as well as some links to credible websites
    • Podcasts: freely available podcasts on a variety of topics
  • Campus Resources: Links to services and resources available at Illinois State University.
  • Community Resources: Links to services and resources available from sources in the local Bloomington-Normal Community

Research Help

If you have questions about information in this guide, you can ask anonymously using the Milner chat and text reference services.

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Text: 309-807-9442

You can also use the Milner Library email reference service or call Milner Library Reference Services at 309-438-3451.