New Digital Encyclopedias Available


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New Digital Encyclopedias Available

While we were in the process of updating our paper encyclopedias, we got a suggestion that we add the digital versions as well. So we’ve bought both Academic World Book and Encyclopedia Britannica in digital form this year. Both are available directly on campus and by logging in with k number and password off campus.

Academic World Book

Encyclopedia Britannica

In addition to regular encyclopedia entries, both encyclopedia databases include short videos on many subjects. Also explore features like “Teaching with Documents”, “Special Reports”, and vetted web links.

Whether or not there is use of these two resources will determine whether we renew them for next year or not, so try them both.

There is also a MUCH less robust encyclopedia, Funk and Wagnalls, available through EBSCOhost that automatically comes with the EBSCO subscription.

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.


National Women’s History Month 2015


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weaving the story of women's lives   If you watched the Academy Awards recently, you heard Patricia Arquette, winner of the 2015 Best Supporting Actress Oscar, give a shout-out for equal pay and rights for women during her acceptance speech. Arquette said, “The truth is: even though we sort of feel like we have equal rights in America, right under the surface, there are huge issues that are applied that really do affect women.”

So if you are a female college student (or a male student with a sister, wife or daughter), how does this issue affect you? Well, did you know that among full-time workers one year after college graduation, women were paid just 82 percent of what their male counterparts were paid? It’s hard to believe, but “at every level of academic achievement, women’s median earnings are less than men’s earnings, and in some cases, the gender pay gap is larger at higher levels of education (!

Last year, when I wrote this blog, Iowa ranked 29th in the United States in the gender pay gap. Iowa has now slipped to 33rd. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 was supposed to correct this, but it didn’t. So in 1987 Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month to recognize, honor, and celebrate the achievements of American women.

This year’s theme is “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.” The theme presents the opportunity to weave women’s stories – individually and collectively – into the essential fabric of our nation’s history. The National Women’s History Project, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary, has chosen to honor 9 very diverse women who contributed to writing women back into history. The honorees include a Native American, Hispanic American, African Americans, and Asian American women. They are historians, educators, singer/songwriters, journalists and even a medicine woman.

Come learn about these 9 fascinating women @ your Kirkwood Cedar Rapids library this month. Posters with their pictures and bios will be displayed on the library tables during the month of March. Women’s history books will be prominently displayed on the library’s bookshelves by the reference desk and available for check-out. An online guide with poignant and funny videos, articles and photos about women is available through the library’s website at:

Also, be sure to check the Kirkwood library’s Facebook page where each day you will learn some very surprising facts about the lives of American women!

New Books: Odds and Ends 15


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: 005.106 D427a Title: Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great Authors: Esther Derby and Diana Larsen

Call Number: 153.35 Title: Mediocrity is Not an Option: Making a Personal Commitment to get your Professional Life on Target Author: Robert M. Chiusano

Call Number: 248 L235s Title: Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace Author: Anne Lamott

Call Number: 302.23 S785w Title: Writing On the Wall: Social Media – The First Two Thousand Years Author: Tom Standage

Call Number: 302.302 C679w Title: A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive Authors: Ted Coine and Mark Babbitt

Call Number: 303.482 C851s Title: Say Anything, to Anyone, Anywhere: 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication Author: Gayle Cotton

Call Number: 306.097 B115 Title: Baby Boomers and Popular Culture: An Inquiry Into America’s Most Powerful Generation Editors: Brian Cogan and Thom Gencarelli

Call Number: 307.76 G662m Title: Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City Author: Colin Gordon

Call Number: 345.73 A638b Title: Bound by Law?: Tales from the Public Domain Authors: Keith Aoki, James Boyle, and Jennifer Jenkins

Call Number: 362.4 T276t Title: Telling Deaf Lives: Agents of Change Editor: Kristin Snoddon

Call Number: 378.198 L665g Title: Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today’s College Student Authors: Aruthur Levine and Diane R. Dean

Call Number: 394.13 P562a Title: Alcohol: A History Author: Rod Phillips

Call Number: 611.018 H313a Title: Ancestors in Our Gemome: The New Science of Human Evolution Author: Eugene E. Harris

Call Number: 613.711 M128f Title: Faster, Higher, Stronger: How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes and What We Can Learn From Them Author: Mark McClusky

Call Number: 616.399 A398u Title: Understanding Celiac Disease: An Introduction for Patients and Caregivers Author: Naheed Ali, MD

Call Number: 636.708 C223 Title: Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses Editors: Julie K. Shaw and Debbie Martin

Call Number: 658.3 W578s Title: Shifting the Monkey: The Art of Protecting Good People from Liars, Criers, and Other Slackers Author: Todd Whitaker

Call Number: 658.4 R965t Title: The Titleless Leader: How to Get Things Done When You’re Not in Charge Author: Nan S. Russell

Call Number: 658.4 S966s Title: Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time Author: Jeff Sutherland

Call Number: 658.4 T979a Title: All Hands on Deck: 8 Essential Lessons for Building a Culture of Ownership Author: Joe Tye

Call Number: 796.093 O965y Title: The Youth Sports Crisis: Out-Of-Control Adults, Helpless Kids Author: Steven J. Overman

Call Number: 796.64 P658B Title: Biking Through the ‘Hoods: Exploring Fifty American Cities by Bicycle Author: Paul F. Pinsky

Featured Database: New York Times Historic


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Library Databases are collections of articles where the library buys the rights for you to access, read, link to, and print the articles. Although EBSCOhost is the best known provider of databases in Iowa, there are many others. Today we highlight another library database. All of our databases can be accessed both directly on any Kirkwood computer or by logging in with k number and password from anywhere off campus.

New York Times Historic (1855-2010)

Many people consider The New York Times the paper of record for the country. We actually have access to the NYT two ways, but today we’re focusing on the historic version. This database has full scans of the paper back to 1855. That means if you want to see what people were reporting as the Battle of Gettysburg happened, if you want to read along as the rescue ships brought the story of the Titanic sinking, or watch the explosion of Beatlemania you can. Since it was written at the time it happened these news articles count as primary documents, always a plus to include in a paper or speech.

The historic version of the New York Times is also handy if you need to pull up the issue of the New York Times to see what was going on in the world on your birthday either out of curiosity or an assignment.

Some Tech Tips

Click on this link to find the database or click on the All Kirkwood Databases link on the Kirkwood Library Services home page and scroll to N for New York Times. If you are accessing it from off campus you will have to log in with your K number and password at this point.

Once the database search screen opens, click on the words ADVANCED SEARCH over the search box. Going to the advanced search option gives you a chance to control the date range better which is very helpful to make sure you get what you want. For example, if you want articles contemporary to when the Titanic sank, you don’t want anniversary articles, reviews of the movies or books that came later, articles about the discovery the wreckage, legal issues over the possession of the wreck, etc. To help focus your Titanic search, you’d want to limit your search to 1912. You can also sort results not just by relevance, but also by date bringing up either the newest or oldest article on top.

Birthday Assignments

It’s also from the advanced search page that you can change the date selector to “On this date” and bring up a single issue (like your birthday).

Date Selector on Advanced Search Page

Date Selector

This limit by date search will bring up a results list in fairly random order unless you’ve also entered a search term. Choose any one of these articles on the list and click on the title. It will bring up a PDF of that particular article. Under the title of the article at the top of the page will be a choice of other ways to open it. Choose Page View by clicking on it. This brings up the entire page the article appears on. Just above this page image will be a row of hyperlink numbers. Click on 1 to get to the front page.

From the front page, you can flip through the paper page by page. If an article catches your eye, you can click on the article and it will open up as an individual article that you can read and print.

Printing Problems

One problem with the NYT is that articles tend to be long and skinny to properly lay out on the newspaper page. The program defaults to fitting as much of a single article as possible on one page and reduces it to fit on an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper. This can mean some articles print with very small type. A lot of time the best way to deal with this is to print them as is anyway and make them bigger on the photocopier. If you have any problems be sure to contact us and ask for help.

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

New eBooks in Your Library

Your librarians add new books to the Kirkwood Library all the time, including eBooks. Have a book you’d like to have the library add? Request it here.

Our most recent eBook additions:

Have questions about using our eBooks? Don’t hesitate to contact your Librarians today!

Library Trials KANOPY Streaming Video


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The library is currently trialing a database through March 6th, 2015 Kanopy Streaming Video. Find it from the direct link or go to the All Kirkwood Databases page and click on the Kanopy logo on the left hand side. No password is necessary from on or off campus.

We’ve been investigating adding a streaming video database to the resources the library offers. This is the third one we’ve tried. A faculty member suggested we specifically try this one. This database includes Academy Award winning films as well as archival ones. There are 20,000 videos available for possible use. Look for films that you could use in the classroom and topics you are interested in. Many of these films/documentaries are full length, an hour or longer.  Others are shorter. They are all cleared for classroom use. Please take a look and let us know what you think by completing a short survey no later than March 6.

Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the database.

Also, if short videos on nonfiction topics are what you are looking for check with our current subscriptions to online encyclopedias, available from the the Digital Encyclopedia box on our All Kirkwood Database page.

New Books: Presidents 2015


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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. Today we are sharing titles that have entered our collection this year that have to do with Presidents in honor of Presidents Day. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Also, check out our post from Presidents Day 2013,  especially where did Presidents Day come from and is it all the fault of a cat?

Call Number: 305.409 S357w Title: What Will It Take To Make A Woman President? Author: Marianne Schnall

Call Number: 956.704 G664e Title: The End Game: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from George W. Bush to Barack Obama Authors: Michael Gordon and Bernard Trainor

Call Number: 973.099 R643L Title: Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation Author: Cokie Roberts

Call Number: 973.3 S363f Title: Fighting Over the Founders: How We Remember the American Revolution Author: Andrew M. Schocket

Call Number: 973.3 W318k Title: George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution Authors: Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger

Call Number: 973.91 W754b Title: Wilson Author: A. Scott Berg

Call Number: 973.911 G656b Title: The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin

Call Number: 973.917 W189c Title: American Dreamer: A Life of Henry A. Wallace Authors: John C. Culver and John Hyde NOTE: He was a Vice-President and was from Iowa.

Call Number: 973.921 E363s Title: Eisenhower in War and Peace Author: Jean Edward Smith

Call Number: 973.922 K357b Title: The Kennedy Detail: JFK’s Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence Authors: Gerald Blaine with Lisa McCubbin

Call Number: 973.924 N736sm Title: The Presidency of Richard Nixon Author: Melvin Small

Call Number: 973.927 W676a Title: The Age of Reagan: A History 1974 – 2008 Author: Sean Wilentz

Call Number: 973.928 B978f Title: 41: A Portrait of My Father Author: George W. Bush

And enjoy some extra information from the archives about George Washington, whose birthday is the approximated each year as the holiday (it moves to stay on Monday).

And FYI if you ever get asked about the holiday:

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

New Books: Valentine’s Day



From time to time, when we get a collection of related books into the library we like to share a list. This time we have two books that we bought for a class project that couldn’t be shared at any other time of year. 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: 306.702 K198i Title: “I Can’t Believe I’m Buying This Book”: A Commonsense Guide to Successful Internet Dating Author: Evan Marc Katz

Call Number: 646.7 A887b Title: Be Your Own Dating Service: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding and Maintaining Healthy Relationships. Author: Nina Atwood

And remember we’ve been building up our popular fiction collection so take a look if you need a little romance (or mystery or adventure or….) in your reading life!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Kirkwood Community College Library Services!

Tax Time 2015 for Iowa Taxpayers


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Every year the West Des Moines Public Library does an awesome job putting together a resource on where to find all the information you need about tax forms for both federal and Iowa taxes. The only things that are really different here at Kirkwood is we do NOT carry ANY paper tax forms at either Kirkwood library branch. Also if you have a tax form you need from Kirkwood, it will be available on Eaglenet, but before it will show up you’ll have to fill out the consent form saying you agree to them making it available electronically. If you don’t the form will be mailed to you as a paper copy.

General Tax Forms, Iowa and Federal

Find links for forms, addresses, etc. here (check back for updates):

Remember last year the Iowa Department of Revenue did away with the Iowa Short Form. Both individual tax payers and corporations now have to use what was previously referred to as the long form. On the plus side this makes it more likely that you’ll be able to e-file for free.


In previous years Kirkwood sponsored a VITA volunteer tax help program. They didn’t sponsor one this year. Find another nearby location:

2014 Income Tax Forms for F1 Visa Students

All non-resident F1 visa holders are required to file both 1040NR and the 8843 forms. Even if you did not earn any wages, these forms still must be completed. Click on and  to download and print the forms. If you should have any questions, please call 319-398-5293 or stop by 1154 Linn Hall, for any assistance regarding these forms.

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.


New Books: Holocaust 2014


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In honor of the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland (Jan. 27, 1945), here is this year’s selection from the Thaler Fund.

Every year the Thaler Fund donates money for books about the Holocaust to the Kirkwood Community College Library.  This is a local fund managed by the Temple Judah of Cedar Rapids. According to their website the Thaler fund was created and endowed by Dr. David and Joan Thaler: “to keep alive the memory of the six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust and to combat the propaganda of those who deny that the Holocaust ever happened by supporting a continuing course of study about the Holocaust at Coe College, Mount Mercy College and Kirkwood Community College. The fund also brings Yom Hashoah speakers to Cedar Rapids each year.” Here are this year’s selections:

  • Call Number: 305.892 H477h Title: The Holocaust and Antisemitism: A Short History Author: Jocelyn Hellig
  • Call Number: 940.43 W232w Title: Hunting Evil: The Nazi War Criminals Who Escaped and the Quest to Bring Them to Justice Author: Guy Walters
  • Call Number: 940.53 B344r Title: Rethinking the Holocaust Author: Yehuda Bauer
  • Call Number: 940.53 S443j Title: Journal 1935-1944: The Fascist Years Author: Mihail Sebastian
  • Call Number: 940.531 477m Title: Masters of Death: The SS-einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust Author: Richard Rhodes
  • Call Number: 940.541 W362s Title: The SS: A New History Author: Adrian Weale
  • Call Number: 943.086 H675s Title: Hitler’s Face: The Biography of an Image Author: Claudia Schmolders, Translated by Claudia Schmolders
  • Call Number: 943.086 O968t Title: The Third Reich: A Chronicle Author: Richard Overy
  • Call Number: 947.084 R128s Title: The Soviet Image: A Hundred Years of Photographs from Inside the TASS Archives Author: Peter Radetsky
  • Call Number: 947.084 S782r Title: Stalin and His Hangmen: The Tyrant and Those Who Killed For Him Author: Donald Rayfield
  • Call Number: 947.4 E964e Title: Experiencing Totalitarianism: The Invasion and Occupation of Latvia By the USSR and the Nazi Germany, 1939-1991: A Documentary History Editor: Andrejs Plakans
  • Call Number: 967.571 B261e Title: Eyewitness to a Genocide: The United Nations and Rwanda Author: Michael Barnett
  • Call Number: 967.571 K124s Title: The Shallow Graves of Rwanda Author: Shaharyar M. Khan

On topic, but not from Thaler

Call Number: 940.531 1134i Title: I Have Lived a Thousand Year: Growing Up in the Holocaust Author: Livia Bitton-Jackson

Call Number: 940.533 M825v Title: Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France Author: Caroline Moorehead

Find Lists From Previous Years

List from 2011

List from 2012

List from 2013

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.


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