Research Guides

Our Research Guides are online resources that contain books, websites, RSS feeds, podcasts, and videos. We have 24 guides so far on subjects such as Arts & Culture, Genealogy, Health, Science, News Resources.

We also have our How Do I Guides. Here you can get step by step assistance with topics from tracking down ancestors to finding legal forms. List of all How Do I Guides

Our guides will be continually growing and changing so keep checking back. We know you’ll find these great resources really helpful. If you have an idea for a Research or How Do I Guide you’d like to see, please let us know!

Woodstock Memories

It’s the Fortieth anniversary of Woodstock, when hundreds of thousands of people attended the legendary three days of peace, love and music in New York state. The festival ran from August 15-18, 1969 and featured artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Who.

Woodstock Memories Project in partnership with the Poughkeepsie Journal have created an online archive of pictures, digitized documents, flyers, band posters and newspapers relating to the event. Take a look and you can contribute your own memories and thoughts.


Live@Chelsea’s is Back!!!

Our wildly popular jazz series, Live@Chelsea’s, is back with a bang! Beginning on October 21, you can once again enjoy live jazz and great food at Chelsea’s Cafe under the Perkins Rd Overpass.

We’ll kick off the new series with a past favorite, Harry Anderson, director of the Southern University Jazz Institute, and his group of local jazz notables. Harry’s group swings and you’re guaranteed to have a great jazz experience.

Upcoming shows will feature crooner Ned Fasullo, pianist Adrian Strickland, The Southern University Big Band and more!!

Live@Chelsea’s will run through April 2010 on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8:30 pm. All ages are welcome to attend and the shows are FREE. Get there early for a good seat — these shows are popular!!!

Didn’t make it a Live@Chelsea’s show last year? Click on the link below to see what you missed.

We’ll feature clips from other past shows on our website, so visit often. And make sure to mark your calendar — Live@Chelsea’s, Oct 21, 6:30-8:30 pm.

The Internet Archive Wayback Machine!

The Wayback Machine allows you to view archived web-pages preserved just as they were on the day they were published.  Want to see on August 24, 2000? EBR Library homepage on December 7, 2000? You can! It’s a trip down memory lane and it’s pretty cool to see the difference in quality of webpages from then compared to now. 

There are over 150 billion pages you can look at dating back to 1996. It’s great fun, unfortunately you can’t go back and recover the time you may waste browsing around the Wayback Machine!

Police Box

Periodic Table of Videos

This site is both weird & wonderful. The University of Nottingham has created a series of videos to compliment the elements in the periodic table.

Periodic Table of Videos

Some of them are informative, some instructional, and some don’t discuss the element at all, but rather the person the element was named after. These videos are pretty cool, take a look!

Color Chart: Reinventing Color

Color Chart: Reinventing Color 1950 to Today from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is a journey into the use of color in art. The works of forty-four artists including Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol are presented in luminous high quality.  Each image is accompanied by a description of the piece and details of its background (also available in audio).

The collection can be browsed by timeline, artist or by medium. The mediums represented include photographs, sculptures, installations and paintings. It’s a fascinating and vivacious online exhibit. Enjoy!


Ways Patrons Used the Library After Hurricane Gustav

In times of crisis, access to good information is critical. In the days and weeks after Hurricane Gustav blew through the Baton Rouge area, patrons turned to the library for their needs. Here are some of the questions we answered and services we provided.

  • Patrons wanted to know if we were open and had Internet access so they could check their email.
  • Patrons were calling about the status of Hurricane Ike (coordinates, projected path, local wind speeds). We turned to the National Hurricane Center website and Weather Underground for up-to-date tropical weather information.
  • A patron called wanting to know which hotels in Baton Rouge were “FEMA approved”. FEMA approved hotels in Baton Rouge can be found at this website: FEMA Evacuee Hotel List.
  • Patrons wanted to know where they were on the Entergy power restoration map.
  • Patrons wanted to know how to apply for emergency food stamps.
  • One patron was looking for murder mysteries to watch since their cable was out. We showed her the series we have on DVD: Inspector Morse, Miss Marple, Murder She Wrote etc.
  • Patrons wanted to know where they could get MREs and tarps in Baton Rouge and surrounding parishes. Information about MREs and tarps, along with a lot of other information could be found at
  • Patrons have wanted to use our computers to apply for FEMA aid and to check on the status of their applications.
  • A patron who evacuated to Mississippi was traveling through Jackson to come back home. But she desperately needed to find a Chik-Fil-A in Jackson. We found two and gave her the phone numbers and addresses. (Everything doesn’t have to be an emergency, does it?)