We’re Back!

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Both Kirkwood Community College Library Services locations are open to the public again. You can still reach us online, but during the day:

Monday – Thursday: 8am – 5pm

Friday: 8am – 12pm

We’ll still be available online to help in the evenings.

Note: Hours will change as we move into the new semester of classes.

Find us on our website, chat from the website, or phone (after hours leave a voice mail and we’ll get back to you soon). We’re glad we’re back to help you out!

Eggbert in his mask reading a book in the library

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Thanks to Our Furry Support Staff

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Opening Up Again

Both library locations have been closed due to the campus shut down for the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re going to be open again 8am-5pm M-Th, 8am-12pm F starting August 3rd!

All during the shut down we’ve been working to serve you through online options. Our online outreaches will be continuing. So far we’re going to be continuing offering our chat help from 5pm-9pm M-Th.

Our hours will continue to be flexible as issues come up. Hours will change once classes start!

Our Furry Support Staff

While we’ve been and continue to work from home we’ve been getting support from our furry friends.

Arron’s Dogs

David’s Cat

Sarah’s Dog

 

Julie’s Cat

Sarah’s Cat

Shelley’s Cat 1

Shelley’s Cat 2

Sue’s Cat

Sue’s Other Cat

Carol’s Dog

Thanks for all your help and support!

UPDATED July 31 2020: I added one more photo from our staff!

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Anti-Racism: Learning to Confront Bigotry

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In the days since May 25, when a white police officer killed George Floyd in Minneapolis, protests and passionate conversations have focused our attention on racial prejudice. As the following books help us to see, this bigotry has been a disease in American society since its origins. Perhaps with continued study we can understand more fully why racial injustice has remained so intractable, and our conversations could, we hope, carry us closer to a time when we might finally begin to grow past it.

The books listed below are available through the Kirkwood Library in eBook format, so our Kirkwood community of students, faculty, and staff can read these even while the campus library locations are closed due to the pandemic. This is just a small sample of the materials in our collection to aid in the study of anti-racism; we encourage you to seek out additional book titles and articles using our catalog search at www.kirkwood.edu/library. When the campus reopens, our print books will be available as well (a few important print titles in our collection are listed at the end of this post).

Because our current crisis has as its focus the oppression of African Americans, the books listed here tend to focus on the black experience in America; of course oppression takes on many forms, and additional materials are available that address discrimination against other groups and in global contexts.

We are also offering an Anti-Racism libguide (research study guide) with further recommendations for study of racial injustice from our library databases and internet sources, plus a few notes on developing news, that can be viewed at guides.kirkwood.edu/ under “Anti-Racism.”

Note: Because Kirkwood buildings, including the library locations in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, are currently closed due to the pandemic, the following are eBooks that can be read online by the Kirkwood community. The links will take you directly to those. Below it are print books in our library collection that will be available as the campus begins to open.

eBooks:

Antiracism Inc

Antiracism, Inc.: Why the Way We Talk About Racial Justice Matters by Felice Blake. Punctum Books, 2019.

Art for Equality

Art for Equality: The NAACP’s Cultural Campaign for Civil Rights by Jenny Woodley. University Press of Kentucky, 2014.

Autobiography of Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley. Ballantine Books, 2015. Temporarily available via Internet Archive. Also in print format, Call Number: Iowa City Library Popular Books HAL; Main Library 320.5 L778a 2015

Behind the White

Beyond the White Negro: Empathy and Anti-Racist Reading by Kimberly Chabot Davis. University of Illinois Press, 2014.

Black Marxism

Black Marxism by Cedric J. Robinson. University of North Carolina Press, 2000.

Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. 1970; Vintage International, 2007. Temporarily available via Internet Archive. Also in print format, Call Number: Iowa City Library OR Main Library 813.54 M882b 2007

Crisis Music

Crisis Music: The Cultural Politics of Rock Against Racism by Ian Goodyear. Manchester University Press, 2009.

End of American Lynching

The End of American Lynching by Ashraf H.A. Rushdy. Rutgers University Press, 2012.

Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. 1963; Vintage International, 1993. Temporarily available via Internet Archive. Also in print format, Call Number: Iowa City Library 305.896 B181f

Long Past Slavery

Long Past Slavery by Catherine A. Stewart. University of North Carolina Press, 2016. Also in print format, Call Number: Iowa City Library 305.896 S849L

New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. New Press, 2011. Also in print format, Call Number: Main Library 364.973 A377n

Racism and Anti-racism

Racism and Anti-Racism in Europe by Alana Lentin. Pluto Press, 2004.

Rethinking Racism

Rethinking Racism: Emotion, Persuasion, and Literacy Education in an All-American White High School by Jennifer Seibel Trainor. Southern Illinois University Press, 2008.

Sister Outsider

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde. Crossing Press, 2007. Temporarily available via Internet Archive. Also in print format, Call Number: Iowa City Library 814.54 L867s

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. 1937; Perennial Classics, 1998. Temporarily available via Internet Archive. Also in print format, Call Number: Iowa City Library OR Main Library 813.52 H966t 1998

 

Print Books

links are to the Kirkwood Library catalog. We are also acquiring eBook versions of some of these titles:

Algorithms of Oppression

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble. New York University Press, 2018. Call Number: Main Library 025.042 N752a

Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Spiegel and Grau, 2015. Call Number: Iowa City Library OR Main Library 305.896 S982b

Citizen

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. Graywolf Press, 2014. Call Number: Main Library 811.6 R211c

How to Be an Antiracist

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. One World, 2019. Call number: Main Library 305.8 K335h

Locking Up Our Own

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017. Call Number: Main Library 364.973 F724L

Racism without Racists

Racism Without Racists by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva. 4th edition. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2014. Call Number: Main Library 305.8 B715r

So You Want to Talk about Race

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Seal Press, 2018. Call Number: Main Library 305.8 O529s

White Fragility

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo. Beacon Press, 2018. Call Number: Main Library 305.8 D538w

CITATION GENERATORS: CHECK AND REVISE!

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Struggling with citations? One of the very helpful features, when using the library’ catalog and databases, as opposed to Google, is that they all provide help in creating your citation. You even get to choose the style you want – MLA, APA, Chicago, and various other styles peculiar to their disciplines. However, as with most things, there is always a caveat to proceed with caution. A computer generated citation will NEVER be as precise as what you can create. ALWAYS check and revise!

To complicate the accuracy of database citations, in October 2019, the American Psychological Association (APA), released an update, the 7th edition, of their citation format. This is the citation style used by nursing, allied health and the social sciences. So for the last few months, online libraries have been playing catch-up.  APA 7th edition updates have just begun.

What this means for you, as a student, is to pay close attention to the edition listed when using the catalog and database citation tools. Right now, for example, you will see EBSCOhost using 7th edition APA, while the Gale products, like Opposing Viewpoints, are still using 6th edition.

Of course, if you take your librarians’ and instructors’ advice, you, the savvy Kirkwood student, already know that when it comes to citation helpers ALWAYS – Check and Revise!

Kirkwood Community College Library Services Zoom Backgrounds

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If you’ve Zooming this week (and many, many people have) and you want to shake it up try replacing your background. There have been places offering new backgrounds for you to select to add to your system. You can select multiple photos to add. If you want to add your own, you want horizontal photos which have an image you will look the right size in. Having other people in the images really makes it look not real, so look for photos without them.

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Popular Reading

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Online Tutoring Available to Kirkwood Students During Crisis

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While the librarians are still here to give help about finding research, citation (MLA/APA), and all the other areas we normally help in, we can’t help with a lot of information covered in classes. However, Tutoring Services has lots more help online to help you with your class work.

Tutoring Services

During Kirkwood Community College’s temporary move to online classes only, in response to COVID-19, the best way to reach Tutoring Services is thru Zoom or email at Tutor.Services@kirkwood.edu with any questions and inquiries. You may also call 319-398-5425 for more information. If you call, leave a voice mail. Voice mails are checked regularly and you will be called back.

You can utilize our in-house Kirkwood Tutoring Services virtual walk-in tutoring during selective times with Zoom. To view our subjects and available time offerings go http://www.kirkwood.edu/tutoring

To use the Zoom, visit www.zoom.us to join for Virtual Walk-In online tutoring. Select “Join A Meeting” from the upper-right list of options. Then enter the Zoom number posted next to your desired walk-in tutoring program below.

Additionally we have a 24/7 tutoring option called Brainfuse. Brainfuse ensures that students can work with live tutors in virtual environment. You can access Brainfuse thru Talon by going to Welcome to Talon and click on the Online Tutoring link. Scroll down below the “Content Browser” box.

Thanks to Mike Scallon for his help with this post.

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New Books: Earth Day 2020

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Happy Earth Day! Although we’re not in our physical library right now, we work on keeping our collections strong all year. Check out our books when we return and for right now be sure to check our databases of articles, e-books, and videos online.

Blue Sign with WordsEvery year we like to share some good news as the bad gets a lot more press than the good when it comes to ecology.

California Condor chicks make a soaring comeback.

The Farm Bureau share their accomplishments and plans for Ecology and Farming this year.

Amazon fires aren’t as bad as you think.

Kirkwood’s Newest Ecology Books

Earthdance by Joanne Ryder, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 577 R992e

Don’t Let Them Disappear: 12 Endangered Species Across the Globe by Chelsea Clinton, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 591.68 C641d

 

American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee, Call Number: 599.773 B637a

Antarctica: What Everyone Needs to Know by David Day, Call Number: 998 D273a

A Bright Future: How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow by Joshua S. Goldstein and Staffan A. Qvisit, Call Number: 363.738 G624b

Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution by Beth Gardiner, Call Number: 615.902 G221c

Climate and Society:Transforming the Future by Robin Leichenko and Karen O’Brien, Call Number: 304.2 L526c

Coal by Mark C. Thurber, Call Number: 333.822 T536c

Emperors of the Deep: Sharks – the Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians by William McKeever, Call Number: 597.3 M154e

Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline by Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson, Call Number: 304.62 B849

The End of Nature by Bill McKibben, Call Number: 304.28 M158e

Energy and Civilization: A History by Vaclav Smil, Call Number: 333.79 S641en

Everglades: America’s Wetland by Mac Stone, Call Number: 975.939 S879e

Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle Against Dupont by Robert Bilott
NOTE: The story behind the movie Dark Waters.

Extinction: A Very Short Introduction by Paul B. Wignall, Call Number: 576.84 W661e

Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? by Bill McKibben, Call Number: 909.83 M158f

The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years by Sonia Shah, Call Number: 614.532 S525f

Giants of the Monsoon Forest: Living and Working with Elephants by Jacob Shell, Call Number: 599.67 S544g

Good Enough to Eat?: Next Generation GM Crops by Ian D. Godwin, Call Number: 631.523 G591g

Human Impact on the Natural Environment: Past, Present, and Future by Andrew S. Goudie, Call Number: 304.2 G688h

Indivisible Killer: The Rising Global Threat of Air Pollution – and How We Can Fight Back by Gary Fuller, Call Number: 363.739 F965i

The Living Forest: A Visual Journey into the Heart of the Woods by Joan Maloof, Call Number: 634.902 M257L

Losing Earth: A Recent History by Nathaniel Rich, Call Number: 363.738 R499L

Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future by Kate Brown, Call Number: 323.179 B878m

The Pig: A Natural History by Richard Lutwyche, Call Number: 636.4 L974p

A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal by Kate Aronoff, Alyssa Battistoni, Daniel Aldana Cohen, and Thea Riofrancos, Call Number: 363.7 A769p

Plastic Soup: An Atlas of Ocean Pollution by Michiel Roscam Abbing, Call Number: 363.738 R791p

Sustainable Materials Without the Hot Air: Making Buildings, Vehicles and Products Efficiently and With Less New Material by Julian M. Allwood and Jonathan M. Cullen, Call Number: 620.11 S553s

The Thinking Person’s Guide to Climate Change (2nd ed.) by Robert Henson, Call Number: 363.738 H526t

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells, Call Number: 304.2 W195u

Vanishing Fish: Shifting Baseline and the Future of Global Fisheries by Daniel Pauly, Call Number: 338.372 P333v

The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life by Nick Lane, Call Number: 576.83 L266v

Wading Right In: Discovering the Nature of Wetlands by Catherine Owen Koning and Sharon M. Ashworth, Call Number: 577.68 K824w

When Everything Beyond the Walls is Wild: Being a Woman Outdoors in America by Lilace Mellin Guignard, Call Number: 796.082 G951w

The Wind Power Story: A Century of Innovation that Reshaped the Global Energy Landscape by Brandon N. Owens, Call Number: 621.45 O976w

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Kirkwood Library: Still here for you!

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While the Kirkwood campus is closed, please know that the Kirkwood librarians are still here to help you (online) with your research and citation questions. We realize that this is a stressful time for students, so we hope you will reach out to us with your questions. Any and all questions are always welcome!

Until the campus reopens, these are the library services available to you:

  1. Chat with a Librarian – You will find the icon for this on the library’s homepage at http://www.kirkwood.edu/library, right next to our catalog search box. Also, if you explore our library pages, and linger for a little while, a pop up will appear asking if you would like to chat now. This is the best and quickest way to get help from a librarian. Chat services are available from 8AM to 9PM Monday through Thursday and 8AM to 5PM on Friday. Our chat feature allows you to attach and send a document to a librarian and we are even able to share our desktop with you while answering questions. After hours, you can still click on the Chat icon and you will be brought to the library’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. An email form is available on the left side of this page if you don’t find the answer you are looking for
  2. Email a librarian – This feature is best used when Chat is unavailable. The library’s email address is library@kirkwood.edu
  3. Call the library reference desk at 319-398-5697 for Cedar Rapids or 319-887-3612 for Iowa City. Please leave a voicemail and a librarian will respond during the hours we are online.
  4. Zoom with a librarian – Call, email, or use the chat function to schedule a time to consult with a librarian one on one using this service.

Of course, while the campus is closed, there are a few services we are, unfortunately, not able to provide. These include access to print books and journals, campus printing and computer and Internet access. However, the library has many e-books, online articles and videos for you to use and the number is increasing as many database vendors open up their resources for free during the pandemic. (Please note that Interlibrary loan is still available for electronic articles and e-book chapters only, but may be a little slower than usual.)

So while classes will remain online through the spring semester, your Kirkwood librarians will be here to help you though, just as we always are. AND we look forward to the day we can open our doors and welcome you into the library once again.

Iowa City and Coralville Community Resource Guide

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With everything changing so quickly people are ending up in situations they’d never thought they’d be in. To help Kirkwood Community College’s students the college has put together a list of local resources. We hope that you won’t need these resources, but if you do they are available.

Remember that Library Services is still here to help. You can chat or e-mail off our homepage or call and leave a message (we’ll call you back soon). Find all the Library Services COVID-19 response and what they can do for you!

This version is dated March 31, 2020. Watch for updates!

Iowa City & Coralville Resource Guide

Below is a list of community resources that could be useful throughout the duration of the pandemic and beyond.

Food Support:

CommUnity Food Bank (formerly The Crisis Center) of Johnson County
1121 S. Gilbert Court
Iowa City

319-351-0128

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday: 12:00-4:30pm
  • Tuesday: 12:00-7:00pm
  • Wednesday: 12:00-4:30pm
  • Thursday: 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Friday: 12:00-4:30pm

Providing pre-bagged food only with modified check-in and food pick-up stations.

Call 319-519-6165 between 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday through Friday to request food delivery. Food delivery is available to anyone living in Johnson County who needs food but cannot access resources due to COVID-19. Delivery will happen within 48 hours.

*Contents of the pre-packed bags are based on what is available.

https://builtbycommunity.org/covid19/

 

Iowa City Compassion Food Pantry
1035 Wade St.
Iowa City

319-330-9883

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday: 12:00-6:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Thursday: 12:00-6:30pm

Providing pre-boxed food only distributed at the front desk.

If you are unable to come to the food pantry or showing signs of illness, contact the Food Pantry for delivery.

www.iccompassion.org

 

Salvation Army Food Shelf
1116 S Gilbert Court
Iowa City

319-337-3725

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday through Friday: 1:00-2:00pm
    Providing prepackaged food boxes. Pick-up site is the soup kitchen door.
  • Dinners available from 5:00-5:45pm Monday through Friday as “grab and go.”

www.centralusa.salvationarmy.org/iowacity/covid-19-information/

 

Coralville Food Pantry

1002 5th Street
Coralville

319-337-3663

Hours of Operation:

  • Tuesday: 2:00-6:00pm
  • Wednesday: 5:00-7:00pm
  • Thursday: 10:00am-Noon
  • Saturday: 10:30am-1:00pm

Food assistance services are available to Coralville and Tiffin residents. Must show a driver’s license to verify residency.

Providing pre-packaged bags of food staples including milk, rice, beans, soup, pasta, canned fruits and vegetables, cereal, snacks, fresh produce, bread, pastries, pet food, and 3 protein items.

Drive-up or walk-up service available with little contact with volunteers.

For at-risk and quarantine patrons, please call 319-337-3663 any day of the week between 9:00am-Noon to schedule a weekly food delivery.

https://www.coralvillefoodpantry.org/covid19

 

Iowa City Community School District Student Grab and Go Meals

For students with children ages 1 to 18, the ICCSD will provide Grab & Go meal sites through the community. Meals are free and children are not required to accompany parents/guardians/caretakers for pick-up. While not required, adults will be asked to share the name of the school where their child attends. The Identified school does not have to be in the Iowa City Community School District.

https://www.iowacityschools.org/

 

Transportation

Iowa City Transit has temporarily suspended fares and is requiring passengers to board through the back door (unless mobility issues require front boarding.) Drivers have been cordoned off from the rest of the bus to ensure adequate social distancing. Pleas respect the boundary to ensure the health and safety of the drivers.

Effective Monday, March 30th, Iowa City Transit will make temporary changes to its weekday service, including ending weekday service at 8:00pm, and providing hourly service on most routes using Saturday routes and schedules. Three “weekday” routes will also be added during peak times.

Due to this service reduction, Google Maps/Google Transit may take several weeks to reflect the updated schedule, but the Transit App and Bongo should reflect the updated routes as of Monday, March 30th.

Please visit http://www.icgov.org/transit or call 319-356-5151 for the most updated information on, or to access the current transit schedule.

 

City of Coralville Transit is not collecting fares, and riders should board and exit the bus using the read doors.

The last Night bus will depart from the downtown Iowa City interchange at 9:10pm with service ending at 10:00pm.

The North Liberty route will not be operating until further notice.

Beginning Saturday, April 4th, the last Saturday bus will depart from the downtown Iowa City interchange at 5:15pm with service ending at 6:00pm.

Please visit www.Coralville.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1915 for more information regarding the Coralville Transit.

 

Housing and Utility Assistance:

HouseIowa.org for Johnson County:
https://www.houseiowa.org/johnson

 

Shelter House, Iowa City:
429 Southgate
Iowa City 52240

319-351-0326

https://shelterhouseiowa.org/

Due to social distancing, Shelter House is currently limited to half of its normal capacity. They have released funding to secure up to 15 hotel rooms for 30 days. For information regarding space please call the number listed above.

Shelter House’s Rapid Re-Housing program provides financial assistance (deposit and rent) to individuals and families immediately. Call 319-338-5416 ext. 211 for details and assistance.

 

Domestic Violence Intervention Program: 

Anyone who needs help can call their hotline at 1-800-373-1043 where they are taking calls 24/7. The program announced several changes that will be in effect until April 13. https://dvipiowa.org/resources/

 

Emotional Support and Crisis Intervention:

For a list of local and national support networks:
https://www.icgov.org/coronavirus-resources/give-or-receive-help

 

Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP):

Physical office is closed at this time, but services are still present as RVAP is working remotely.

Continued emergency crisis response to local hospitals and law enforcement offices, in-person and later virtually.

Continued response to emails, answering calls as well as work on supporting the community through remote meeting options i.e. phone, Skype or Zoom.

If you have previously worked with an RVAP advocate, or need to get in touch with a specific advocate, please call the 24-hour crisis hotline and ask to speak with your advocate.

For immediate support, call the 24-hour support line 319-335-6000 or 800-228-1625.

https://rvap.uiowa.edu/

 

Domestic Violence Intervention Program: 

Anyone who needs help can call their hotline at 1-800-373-1043 where they are taking calls 24/7. The program announced several changes that will be in effect until April 13. https://dvipiowa.org/resources/

 

Resources for Immigrants and Refugees:

https://www.johnson-county.com/dept_soc_ser.aspx?id=23165

 

The following sites house links to resources that encompass some, or all of the above listed categories:

 

Johnson County Emergency Operations Center

319-338-7823

https://www.unitedwayjwc.org/covid-19-0

 

Department of Human Services

https://dhs.iowa.gov/COVID19

 

City of Iowa City, Johnson County Resources

https://www.icgov.org/Coronavirus

 

Library resource highlight: library eBooks

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About Kirkwood’s eBooks

Kirkwood Library Services has a huge collection of eBooks, and all can be found through our main library search (WorldCat search). Kirkwood’s eBooks look and work quite differently from the eBooks or audio books you might check out from your local public library. In general, instead of loading them to a mobile device through a special app, our eBooks either appear immediately in your browser, or download in chapters as PDF files.

How to search for eBooks

There are a few different ways to search for eBooks:

  1. Use the library search from our homepage, also called WorldCat Discover. This is a “meta-search” that searches multiple eBook collections at once. For a demonstration of searching for eBooks, see this video on our Research Help guide. You can search by topic, title, or author.
  2. Search individual eBook collections to use special search features or filters of a certain collection. The following databases all contain eBooks:
    1. EBSCOhost eBooks contains our largest collection of eBooks at over 150,000 titles. Titles can be read immediately on a computer or tablet, and portions can be downloaded. Page limits for downloading vary from title to title. Many titles may be checked out and downloaded using Adobe Digital Editions. Directions for this can be found in the Library’s Research Help guide.
    2. Project MUSE is a scholarly collection of eBooks and journals from major university presses. Many titles are also open access, making them even easier to share with students and make print copies for yourself. Open access titles are marked with “OA” and have an open padlock icon.
    3. Gale eBooks, formerly known as Gale Virtual Reference Library, is a unique collection containing many encyclopedias as well as some scholarly titles. If you want to search for encylopedia articles, this is going to work much better as a direct search, instead of trying to get at those articles through the WorldCat search.
    4. Salem Press is another specialized collection containing encyclopedic type articles from books. Most titles are related to history topics, and include collections of primary historical documents.
    5. DSM Library contains an online edition of the DSM Manual of Mental Disorders, as well as a few other selected APA published titles.
    6. Opposing Viewpoints contains a collection of essays from the popular “debate book” collection that has long been a staple of both Kirkwood libraries. Essays are browsable and searchable by topic.

Note to faculty

All eBooks can be linked directly from Talon. Most databases will provide a link or “permalink” that will provide a consistent link to a specific title or chapter. If you’re unsure about how to link to these resources, please contact the library for help.

Just as faculty can request book purchases for the library, you can also request eBook purchases. Not all book titles are available as eBooks, but we are happy to investigate any book you want to provide access to for your students. Just email the library (library AT kirkwood.edu) or chat using the “Ask a Librarian” function on the library website to make a request.