Country Information

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Are you looking for information on a country? Although we still have a few reference sets that deal with particular topics (food around the world, music around the world) that might prove useful, the place to find information on individual countries is in the circulating collection in the 900s at the particular number for your country. We have streamlined this section so everything about a country from travel and culture to history are all in one spot. For example, all the books about France can be found at 944.

If you are having trouble locating a country double check its spelling. For example, Colombia the country is spelled differently from cities named after Columbus in the United States – Columbia.

Be sure to do a standard research search as well, but particularly check out these websites.

CIA Factbook

It provides breakdowns for each country. Originally designed to give government employees and officials a quick rundown, it’s now available for everybody.

It covers:

  • Overall Summary
  • Geography
  • People and Society
  • Government
  • Economy
  • Energy
  • Communications
  • Transportation
  • Military and Security
  • Transnational Issues

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/

BBC Country Profiles

  • Get a non-US view on the countries.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/country_profiles/default.stm

Country Reports from the Economist

http://country.eiu.com/AllCountries.aspx

Encyclopaedia Britannica

http://academic.eb.com/levels/collegiate/compare

World Bank

http://www.worldbank.org/en/country

State Department

  • Are there any issues, like are blackouts common? Especially check out “Description of Destination” for information on US relations and “Embassies and Consulates” for contact information of embassies that can often answer difficult questions. Note these are under the headings on the left. The box in the upper right is the contact for the US Embassy in that country. That isn’t the one you want.

https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country.html

Centers for Disease Control 

  • Are there any current medical issues? Do they have issues with drinking water, etc.?

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list/

I’d like to thank the Marymount University Library for letting me use their descriptions on a couple of these links. Find their entire LibGuide at:

http://marymount.libguides.com/country

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Google Tips and Tricks

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Feeling your research and search skills getting rusty over the summer? Take a little time off and play around with these suggestions. Bet you can’t do a barrel roll!

GoogleLogoHow To Be A Power User is from about two years ago and I think is the clearer how to of these two.

Get More Out of Google is a little more academic focused but covers much of the same material.

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Follow Us on Twitter as Kirkwood Smart

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We’re On Twitter

Kirkwood Community College Library Services is on Twitter as Kirkwood CC Library under the handle @kirkwoodsmart. Follow us!

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We don’t have a very active feed, but we send out announcements about our blog posts and events. Plus we RT things like news or fun things about books, citation, and word definitions and games. Also look out for our trivia questions.

Suggestions or Questions?

We’re always glad to take suggestions for our feed and we’re glad to interact with you there. Tag us in!

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Robert Sedlacek Family Donations

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Looking back over lists of books that you might be interested to read over the summer, this collection of books was donated to the library in 2014. Maybe you would find something to interest you, especially if you enjoy history, especially Iowa history. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Thank you to the Robert Sedlacek Family for the following donations:

Call Number: 277.3 D916d Title: Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life Author: Tony Dungy

Call Number: 386.12 M821h Title: History of the Crescent Lodge No. 25: Ancient Free and Accepted Masons Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Volume 2 Author: Ernest R. Moore

Call Number: 610.92 L881d Title: Doc: Then and Now With a Montana Physician Author: R.E. Losee, MD

Call Number: 796.352 R888m Title: A Wee Nip at the 19th Hole Author: Richard MacKenzie

Call Number: 977.7 A188bTitle: A Brit Among the Hawkeyes Author: Richard Lord Acton

Call Number: 977.7 P484s Title: The Story of Iowa (4 volume set) Author: William J. Petersen

Call Number: 977.737 M982c Title: The Story of Cedar Rapids Authors: Janette Stevenson Murray and Frederick Gray Murray

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Disappearing Mozilla Toolbar

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One of the all time most popular posts on this blog has been the directions on how to stop the toolbar from disappearing on PowerPoint, Word and Excel. I hope everyone will find this post about how to find the disappearing menu bar in Mozilla equally useful.

Directions

  1. Open a window of the Mozilla browser
  2. Click on 3 parallel lines in the top right hand corner near the red x that would shut the program. This is apparently known as a hamburger (top bun – meat patty – bottom bun).
  3. A box will appear. Click on Customize at the very bottom of the box. Show Hide Toolbars
  4. Click on Show/Hide Toolbars and Click on Menubar to make it appear. There should be a check in front of it.
  5. Click on Exit Customization (a green box in the bottom right hand corner)
  6. Exit Customize
  7. The menu commands (File, Edit, View, etc.) should now show at the top of the screen of your Mozilla browser.
  8. The menu gives you lots more control over the browser including the ability to open private windows.

Find more detailed instructions including more screenshots, here:

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/what-happened-to-the-file-edit-and-view-menus

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Out Loud! Author Series 2016

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Just wanted to take the opportunity to remind you that the annual authors lecture series, sponsored by the Metro Libraries, will have two more events this year taking place here on the Kirkwood Campus. These events are free and will take place at Hotel Kirkwood.

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  • Young adult author Matt de la Peña will speak on Friday, July 1, at 7 p.m.
  • #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson, best known as “The Bloggess,” on Friday, July 8, at 7 p.m.

To register for the event or learn more, check out Out Loud! Author website.

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New Books: Odds and Ends 27

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From time to time, when we get a collection of related books into the library we like to share a list on a particular topic, but lately we’ve had some books  come in that are too good not to share, even if they don’t fit with a particular theme. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Call Number: Easy Reading 813.54 T536t Title: Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey Author: Maira Kalman

Call Number: 155.2 P655b Title: The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature Author: Steven Pinker

Call Number: 152.R797e Title: The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness Author: Todd Rose

Call Number: 297.2 H316i Title: Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue Authors: Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz

Call Number: 301.21 B971s Title: Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft Author: Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum

Call Number: 305.235 A288r Title: Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture Author: Hisham D. Aidi 

Call Number: 306.44 D716L Title: Lingo: Around Europe in Sixty Languages Author: Gaston Dorren

Call Number: 331.2 K828f Title: Forked: A New Standard for American Dining Author: Saru Jayaraman
NOTE: “As most corporate restaurants continue to set low standards for worker wages and benefits, a new class of chefs and restaurateurs is working to foster sustainability in their food and their employees. Forked offers an insider’s view of the highest–and lowest–scoring restaurants for worker pay and benefits in each sector of the restaurant industry, and with it, a new way of thinking about how and where we eat.”

Call Number: 339.4 G664r Title: The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War Author: Robert J. Gordon

Call Number: 368.38 T656r Title: Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients Into Consumers Author: Nancy Tomes

Call Number: 371.3 B493v Title: Visual Leap: A Step-by-Step Guide to Visual Learning for Teachers and Students Author: Jesse Berg

Call Number: 372.122 L222r Title: Reading Picture Books With Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See Author: Megan Dowd Lambert

Call Number: 378.1 S453g Title: Generation Z Goes to College Authors: Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace

Call Number: 378.2 E192h Title: How to Write a Thesis Author: Umberto Eco

Call Number: 391.5 O449o Title: Of Beards and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair Author: Christopher Oldstone-Moore

Call Number: 612.3 B649d Title: The Discovery of Insulin Author: Michael Bliss

Call Number: 613.6 C229b Title: Bush Craft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival Author: Dave Canterbury

Call Number: 613.71 N854c Title: The Complete Guide to Stretching Author: Christopher M. Norris

Call Number: 616.99 M468d Title: Discovering Tuberculosis: A Global History 1900 to the Present Author: Christian W. McMillen

Call Number: 633.5 F495h Title: Hemp Bound: Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution Author: Doug Fine

Call Number: 636.7 C785h Title: How Dogs Work Authors: Raymond Coppinger and Mark Feinstein

Call Number: 658.3 C258m Title: Millennials and Management: The Essential Guide to Making It Work at Work Author: Lee Caraher

Call Number: 781.49 P563g Title: Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invents Rock’n’Roll – How One Man Discovered Howlin’ Wolf, Ike Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley, And How His Tiny Label, Sun Records of Memphis Revolutionized the World! Author: Peter Guralnick

Call Number: 796.357 C833t Title: Team Chemistry: The History of Drugs and Alcohol in Major League Baseball Author: Nathan Michael Corzine

Call Number: 813.6 L937d Title: Death-Struck Year Author: Makiia Lucier
NOTE: A novel set during the influenza epidemic of 1917-1918.

Call Number: 823.009 S746m Title: Mothers of the Novel Author: Dale Spender

Call Number: 940.54 D252t Title: Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid that Avenged Pearl Harbor Author: James M. Scott

Call Number: 974.8 H468t Title: Thinking About Video Games: Interviews With the Experts Author: David S. Heineman

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New Books: Prohibition

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Recently at the Cedar Rapids branch of the Kirkwood Community College library we’ve had a lot of books come in that had something to do with Prohibition. This is the kind of prohibition and bootlegging that refers to illegal alcohol during the 1920s. It does not cover bootleg DVDs from China, etc.

These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Call Number: CL 363.4 B658b Title: Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition Author: Karen Blumethal

Call Number: 364.1 B344g Title: Gentlemen Bootleggers: The True Story of Templeton Rye, Prohibition, and a Small Town in Cahoots Author: Bryce T. Bauer NOTE: Although the basis of the story is true, some exaggerations have been proved against the company’s marketing campaign and the history in the book in court. Read more:
http://chuckcowdery.blogspot.com/2015/07/templeton-rye-is-still-lying.html

Call Number: 364.1 G783p Title: Prohibition’s Prince: The Bizarre Life of American’s Millionaire Moonshiner Author: Guy Graybill

Call Number: 364.105 M297p Title: Prohibition Gangsters: The Rise and Fall of a Bad Generation Author: Marc Mappen

Find ebooks on similar subjects. You will have to log in with your k-number and password to access these titles.

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New Books: Consumer Experience

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Recently at the Cedar Rapids branch of the Kirkwood Community College library we’ve had a lot of books come in that had something to do with consumer experiences and steps you can take to protect yourself. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Call Number: 004 M468b Title: Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think Authors: Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier

Call Number: 302.23 C622p Title: Protecting Your Internet Identity Authors: Ted Claypoole and Theresa Payton

Call Number: 374 S587c Title: The Consumer Learner: Emerging Expectations of a Customer Service Mentality in Post-Secondary Education Authors: Dr. Gillian Silver and Dr. Cheryl A. Lentz

Call Number: 658.8 G172a Title: The Apple Experience: Secrets to Building Insanely Great Customer Loyalty Author: Carmine Gallo

Call Number: 658.8 S832r Title: The Retail Revival Author: Doug Stephens

Find ebooks on similar subjects. You will have to log in with your k-number and password to access these titles.

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What if the library doesn’t own a book you want?

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If Kirkwood Community College Library Services doesn’t own a book or journal article you want, ask. We’ll look at possibly getting a copy. We also have a service where we can borrow materials from another library and lend them to you. This service is called InterLibrary Loan.

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ILL Shelf

The easiest way to request this service is to find the article or book you want in our WorldCat Catalog system or directly in one of our databases, like EBSCOhost. (In EBSCOhost uncheck the Full Text box to the left of the results list to find articles we don’t own.) Open the record for the item you want to request. Look for a button or a hyperlink that says “Request InterLibrary Loan.”

Clicking on the button or hyperlink will bring up a request for you to log in with your K number and password. The first time it will ask you to answer a couple of questions. After you answer them this first time you may have to return to the item you want to request and click on the request link again.  Every time after that, logging in will always bring up a prefilled form for the item that you clicked on. Be sure to click the submit button. At that point we send the request on to other libraries to let us borrow it so we can lend it to you.

You can log in to the ILL program later and check the progress of your request. We will also contact you directly when it comes in or if there is a reason we can’t get it. The process normally takes around a week, but can be faster or slower depending on the time of year, how busy the lending institution is, etc.

Learn more and log into your account.

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