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Sensitive Subjects


This guide was created by Milner Library's IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) Committee to help the Illinois State University community access  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, poverty, STDs, 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

In this guide, you will find:

  • Topics: Sub-pages aggregating select resources related to a specific topic
  • Using the Library: 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
  • Podcasts & Using Web Resources: A select list of recommended podcasts, as well as information for vetting resources
  • 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

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Research Help

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