Over Break Hours 2017-2018 Part 1


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Both branches of the Kirkwood Community College Library will have special hours between the semesters. Please check that we are open before you make a special trip. Our article databases and eBook collections will remain available online 24/7.

Both the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City locations will have the same hours.

Check back for further special hours between January 7th and the start of classes.

Thurs., Dec. 14th

7:30 am – 9:30 pm

Fri., Dec. 15th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat., Dec. 16th  –

Sun., Dec. 17th


Mon., Dec.18th   –

Fri., Dec. 22nd

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat., Dec. 23nd   –

Tues., Jan. 2nd


Wed., Jan. 3rd  –

Fri., Jan. 5th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat., Jan. 6th  –

Sun., Jan. 7th


Check back for further

special hours thru Jan. 15th


What To Read Over Break 2017


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In what has become an annual holiday tradition, we offer once again a list of suggestions of what to read over break this year from Kirkwood Library Services. Find lists from previous years, 2013, 2014 and 2015 from these links.

Some books have a copy at both Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, others are only at one or the other. A few we don’t own copies of, but you should be able to find them at a local public library. Check with a librarian if you have questions and remember you can get most Kirkwood library books delivered to you at any of the centers.

Between semesters is a golden time to do what you don’t have time for during the regular semester, read something that YOU pick! Stumped over what that should be? Check out our selections below.

The best behind the scenes/making of book I’ve ever read is As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride (Call Number: PB ELW). The Princess Bride is also number 1 on my list of best movies adapted from books. Written by Cary Elwes who played Wesley aka The Man in Black, it takes you through the process of the movie from writing the book to getting permission to make the movie, lots of false starts along the way, casting, and all the adventures of filming. Director Rob Reiner says that there were 3 roles that just couldn’t have been played by anyone else and I think he’s right. A great thing is that the book isn’t just Elwes’s view. There are off set boxes along the way with other people critical to making the movie. The audio book is even better because almost all of these boxes are read by the people who wrote them. If you love The Princess Bride or making movies you’ll love this book. I can say more…
Sarah Uthoff, Reference Librarian

Whether you know who Trevor Noah is or not (he’s the host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central) Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Call Number: 791.45 N739b) is an engaging read that tells through a series of humorous, touching, and emotional essays of his life growing up in the last years of apartheid in South Africa. Trevor was born to a black mother and a white father which was a crime at that time. His essays tell of his mischievous youth, his relationship with his mother, and his struggles to discover where he fits into the world.  I read this with a reading group. Half of us knew he was, and half didn’t. Everybody enjoyed the book.
Julie Petersen, Reference Librarian
Also recommended by Sue Miller – Trevor Noah grew up during South African apartheid when it was illegal for him to have a black mother and a white father. Trevor’s mother had to hide him indoors as she could not walk down the street with him for fear of being imprisoned. Yet, Trevor overcame a difficult childhood and is now a famous comedian in the United States. Read how he overcame a life of poverty and violence to make us all laugh as host on The Daily Show.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Call Number: 305.896 S982b) is written as a letter to his teenage son, Coates explores the false framework of race that has shaped American culture. Responding to the recent rash of shootings of young black men by police officers across the country, Coates demonstrates how these incidents are grounded in America’s history of racial violence.
– Ryan Strempke-Durgin, Digital Services Librarian

Dani’s Story by Diane & Bernie Lierow and Kay West (Call Number: 362.734 L719d) is a compelling story about a couple’s journey of adopting a child with disabilities caused by caused by an unhealthy environment.
– Barbara Oldenburg, Circulation


The End of the Bronze Age: Changes in Warfare and the Catastrophe CA 1200 BC by Robert Drews offers a different take upon the calamities in the ancient near east that prefaced a nearly 400 year dark age.  He argues against the status quo scenarios of earthquakes, volcanoes, tidal waves and mass migrations to advance the theory that it was the advent of the lightly armored spear and swordsmen on foot that ended the here to fore dominant military system of chariot armies and with their defeats, the destruction of many of the urban areas of the ancient near east.  Think of Troy. (Read Homer’s  Illiad)
Steve Sickles, Reference Librarian

Wonder by R. J. Palacio (Call Number: PB PAL) is the fictional story of August (Auggie) Pullman.  He was born with severe facial deformities and other medical problems that kept him in and out of the hospital growing up. The story begins as he’s starting school for the first time – in the 5th grade. Auggie has struggles and triumphs at his new school – but what kid doesn’t? This book is great for the whole family. It is also a recently released movie starring Jacob Tremblay as Auggie, and Julie Roberts and Owen Wilson as his parents.
Julie Petersen, Reference Librarian


Told from her perspective, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Call Number: 813.54 L478t 2010) is about Scout Finch as she grows up in Maycomb, Alabama during the Great Depression with her brother Jem and father Atticus. This sleepy town is shaken when a poor white women accuses Tom Robinson, a black man, of rape, and Atticus becomes Tom’s lawyer.
Sarah Young, Department Assistant

I would like to recommend the novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, a dystopian novel, by Margaret Atwood (Call Number: 813.54 A887h). If the title sounds familiar, it may be because it is now an acclaimed TV series on Hulu. Its first season was nominated for 13 Emmy awards and 3 Golden Globes. But as any librarian will tell you, the book is always better than the movie! So read the book to discover more about the handmaid, named Offred, and her life in the republic of Gilead.​
Sue Miller, Reference Librarian

To say the least, On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee (Call Number: 641.5 M145o 2004) reveals the fascinating origins of global foods, provides explorations of chemical attributes, and explains the way that these properties transform under temperature and time. For any serious cook or chef, this is a must-have reference resource.
Joseph McKinley, Reference Librarian

Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore (Call Number: 363.17 M822r) is one of those books that will outrage you – at least it should!  It tells the story of several women with coveted jobs in the radium watch dial factories. They spent all day painting the miracle element radium on the watch faces, and it left the factories with them at the end of the day on their shoes and clothing. As people began to realize the problems associated with radium, the women were assured over and over that it was not only not harmful, but actually beneficial to them. As one by one, they fall ill, they begin to fight for medical assistance and the acknowledgement that it was not safe. It was a surprisingly difficult and unsatisfying fight that went on for years.
Julie Petersen, Reference Librarian

I read the Children of Hurin by Christopher Tolkein not too long ago.  It takes place in Middle-Earth during the first age and follows the story of Turin, the son of Hurin, who is cursed by the Dark Lord Morgoth. Turin journeys through Middle-Earth while having a curse upon him in which evil will happen to him no matter where he lives.  If you enjoy works by JRR Tolkein you will like this book.
-Dominic P McCaffrey, Library Associate Iowa City Library

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett is the first book in the popular Discworld series. The book follows Rincewind, one of the world’s worst wizards whom always manages to find trouble around every corner. Rincewind is tasked with being a guard for an exotic tourist known as Twinflower. Rincewind’s incompetence and Twinflower’s naivety make for a hilarious adventure to follow.
– Shanen Taylor Hagans, Library Associate Iowa City Library

If you like horror, friendship, and 80s nostalgia, My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix (Call Number: PB HEN) is the book for you! This is from the publisher’s website: Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fifth grade, when they bonded over a shared love of E.T., roller-skating parties, and scratch-and-sniff stickers. But when they arrive at high school, things change. Gretchen begins to act…different. And as the strange coincidences and bizarre behavior start to pile up, Abby realizes there’s only one possible explanation: Gretchen, her favorite person in the world, has a demon living inside her...
– Andres Mauricio Calvopina, Circulation


I recently re-read The Shipping News  by Annie Proulx (Call Number: 813.54 P968s), and was struck again by Proulx’s skills in telling a story about a very unlikely protagonist in a very true, and funny, and beautiful way. The book follows Quoyle, a man seemingly cursed by bad luck who nevertheless stumbles across — and more importantly recognizes — the grace that can come in the form of friends, family, children, love, and work. In other words: the grace that comes of living life.
Kate Hess, Iowa City Campus Library Coordinator

Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks (Call Number: PB SPA) is a story about Russell Green who had his world turned upside down and how new opportunities lead to happiness.


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.


Do you know about the changes to our ILL system?


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Do you know that you can borrow books and articles that the Kirkwood library doesn’t actually own? We can borrow it from another library and then loan it to you. This service is call InterLibrary Loan. This past semester our system changed so now it’s a little different in how you request it.

  1. Find a book or article in the library catalog that we don’t own. To include items not owned by Kirkwood in the results, check Libraries Worldwide in the box on the left titled Library or if your first search doesn’t bring up any hits click on the words libraries worldwide in the yellow box that pops up to expand your search beyond Kirkwood. 
  2. Click on a title to bring up the full record. This will include a list of the libraries that own it and a blue button that says “Request This.” If you are off-campus you’ll have to log in at this point with your k-number and password.
  3. Fill out the form at the bottom of the record. Only the blanks with the red stars are required. Be sure to choose the library or regional center where you want to pick it up. 
  4. Click submit.
  5. You will be contacted when your item comes in.

    ILL Shelf

    ILL Shelf

  6. You need to fill out the form for each individual item.
  7. Articles can also be requested straight from our databases. Look for a request this button. If you’re having trouble finding the request this button for a specific database, chat into the library from our homepage.
  8. If you log into to your Library Account with your k-number and password, it will show you the status of your requests and when anything you have out is due and when it comes in so you can pick it up. We will always contact you via e-mail or phone when a requested item comes in. There may be a delay of up to 20 minutes before a request you make shows in your account.  


Remember the Faculty Survey we posted in the spring? Check out the results.

Links to Some of The Books Recently Added to the Collection:


Information Literacy

Paranormal Books

Personal Finance


Our Special Display This Month

For Halloween we had a special paranormal/true crime display up.

In December look for a popular book display.

EVENT – National Information Literacy Awareness Month

Once again Kirkwood Library Services took the month of October to share some extra bits of information literacy.

We posted a list of books to help you learn more.

When Toys Attack Your Privacy

Spotting a Fake News Story or Website


Watch for our special longer hours the week before and the week of Finals. During finals week watch for coffee, etc. at both library locations.

Here in Cedar Rapids also have reserved an extra classroom for student use when our study rooms get full. Check the sign or ask at the reference desk.

Want a Specialized LibGuide for an assignment to help your students find stuff?

Click Here

Want to schedule time in the library or for us to come into your class?

Click Here

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

Click Here

And remember you contact us at the library any time by phone, e-mail, chat, or stop on by! We’re always glad to see you! Look for the next issue of our newsletter. And remember you contact us at the library any time by phone, e-mail, chat, or stop on by! We’re always glad to see you! Look for the next issue of our newsletter.

Extended Hours for Winter 2017


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In order to serve you better during the lead up to finals, Kirkwood Library Services is offering extended hours at the Cedar Rapids – Main Campus Library, see the chart below. The Iowa City Campus Library will maintain their normal hours.

On December 8th and between December 11th and 14th the Cedar Rapids library will be offering FREE coffee, hot tea, and hot chocolate. The Iowa City library will be offering FREE coffee and hot tea. Both locations will be on a first come first served basis (supplies limited).  So be sure to include the library in your study plan and test prep.

Sun., Dec. 3rd

3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Mon., Dec. 4th  –  Thurs., Dec. 7th

7:30 am – Midnight

Fri., Dec. 8th

7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sat., Dec. 9th

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Sun., Dec. 10th

3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Mon., Dec. 11th  – Wed., Dec. 13th

7:30 am – Midnight

Thurs., Dec. 14th

7:30 am – 9:30 pm

Fri., Dec. 15th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat, Dec. 16th   –  Sun., Dec. 17th


Mon., Dec. 18th

Between Semester Hours Start

Feedback on Survey Spring 2017


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We’d like to extend our warm thanks to everyone who took the time to participate in our faculty survey. We had 110 responses. We truly appreciate the response and have tried to respond to the feedback. We also included campus location this time in the survey questions this time and were able to see that we had a good mix of people from across the different locations of the college. We also appreciate your patience and we extend our apologies for our delay in getting this report out.

Survey 2015
Please check out both Part 1 and Part 2 of our response

Survey 2016
Please check our response

Popular Reading Space

Popular Reading Space

Comfort in the Physical Library

This year’s survey was a little different the last two in that we had more of a theme. We were looking at the physical set-up of both the library and our online resources. We hope to use the information to encourage everyone to come into the library more often.

Ten percent of respondents said they visit the library once a week or more, with another twenty at least once a month. Forty percent of respondents said they visit the library between 1 to 3 times a semester. We think these were fairly good numbers and even though the physical space questions weren’t exactly tailored to this group, we especially appreciate that the forty percent of respondents who said they rarely or never visit the library still took the time to respond to the library survey.

Those who did visit the library responded that for the most part they were satisfied with library quiet study areas, group study areas, comfort of furnishings, flexibility and usability of furnishings, and computer area in both locations with Cedar Rapids being slightly more positively rated.

Study Space

Study Space

Comfort in the Online Library

The frequency of visits to the online library was reported as higher than the physical library with almost 20 percent visiting at least once a week. Still a third of the people who made it this far in the survey still reported they’d never used any of our online resources.

The next section asked about how people rated our resources which includes our collections of books, ebooks, articles, videos, and LibGuide research help guides. The strongest positive response came in for our article databases which was before our recent database additions improved the selection. Although still supportive our ebook, video collections, and help guides, overall people were less impressed with them.

Request Specific Things

People who included their e-mail address in their response were contacted directly about questions and requests, but we wanted to give everyone a chance to find out what we’ve done in response to the survey.

We got fewer requests for specific titles this time and we hope that means people have realized we respond to such requests all year. If you have a specific request at any time, you can either fill out our request form, or contact your friendly, neighborhood librarian directly.

We’ve also had a repeated request for more titles in the Very Short Introduction series. We continue to add these titles – which offer a quick background on various subjects – to our collection. Consider checking them out.

Some Topics that Drew Comments

Communication – We’ve been working on trying to improve communication going out from the library to students, faculty, and staff. During the school year we put together a newsletter most months during the school year. We have regular blog posts in between. Also keep up with us around the web:

Library Updates

First we are pleased to announce that due to faculty requests we’ve created our first unit to be used in the classroom. It’s on plagiarism and you can add it to your class Talon. We’re especially glad because this is something we’ve been asked for both in this year’s and past surveys. In addition to this full unit, you can also add a Talk to a Librarian widget on your Talon page to make it easier for your students to connect with us when they hit a problem.

Second, we got a request for more ESL leveled books both this survey and last survey. We had an instructor contact us after last time and we have bought more Level 1 and Level 2. This is an area we intend to continue improving. If you have suggestions on this or any other area of the collection, please let us know.

Third, the State Library of Iowa opened the state’s package of databases to bidding for the first time and the winner wasn’t long time favorite EBSCO. Instead Gale came in the winner with an assortment of different databases offering similar coverage and some things we never had before – like a language database – at a lower price than EBSCO’s bid. Check out the new titles and be aware that while we continue to have the EBSCO databases for right now they may disappear next summer as negotiations continue. The library was already buying some databases from other vendors, such as the New York Times and Films on Demand, and these will remain unchanged.

Textbooks on Reserve

There were also some requests to put all textbooks or a particular textbook on reserve. The library policy is to NOT purchase textbooks. This is because given the wide range of titles used by different instructors even within a single class, the cost would be prohibitive to provide them all. If any instructor or the department wants to loan us a copy of the textbook they use, we will be glad to put it on reserve.

The circulation department of both branches of the Kirkwood libraries has material that has been placed on reserve by instructors for their students.  The instructor may bring the material to the library and fill out a reserve form or print the form online and send it to the library with the book, article, etc. (Please refer to Course Reserve Policy to determine the type of material that is allowed).

The majority of the materials are placed on closed reserve meaning they are for use only in the library. Students may make copies or scans of the required pages.

To find more information and the reserve form, go to the Library Services homepage:

     Click on:  Explore our Help Guide

     Type:  “Faculty” in Lib Guides Search Box

     Click on:  Faculty Services

     Scroll down to:  “Placing Item on Course Reserve” in the box in the lower left hand corner of the page. See Links for Course Reserve Policy and Library Reserve Form.

Thanks again

Please remember that if there is something we can do or add to our collection to help your students or you, please ask. We can’t promise to fulfill every request, but we will do our best.

Make sure you check back. Things change in the library and collections are always growing and changing.

Again, thank you for responding to our survey and look for the next one.

Stress Less with Exam Cram


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On Thursday, November 30th, the Kirkwood main campus Library and Tutoring Services will host the very popular student event called Exam Cram. It is our way of kicking off a very stressful time of the semester by providing extra study help, relaxation tips and some fun too.

For study aid, Tutoring Services will provide help with math, science, accounting, computer skills, nursing, human anatomy and physiology, and Plant ID. Research and Citation help will also be available from 10AM – 12PM at Tutoring Services (2071 Cedar Hall). To get a full list of the subjects and the time and place, check out the Exam Cram website at: http://www.kirkwood.edu/examcram

The library will have tables from Campus Health and Counseling Services with giveaways and advice. A visit from therapy dogs will be at 11:15AM that day, as well as on Tuesday, December 12th. Kirkwood’s student nurses will be available for blood pressure checks (also at Tutoring Services) and Eagle Tech will provide some fun with Virtual Reality. The library will have crafts, puzzles and coloring which will be available through the end of finals week.

AND to further entice you to stop in, both the Library and Tutoring Services will provide you with a chance to enter for numerous door prizes. We have lots of Kirkwood paraphernalia to give away, as well as $5 gift cards to the Cafe and the campus Bookstore, and even a few poinsettias from the Agriculture department.

Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cookies and popcorn will also be available in the library until 9PM, thanks to U.S. Bank. Then once finals begin (December 8th), the library will be providing coffee, tea and hot chocolate to get you through those late nights! Extended hours are set to begin at the library on Monday, December 4th. Check the library website @ http://www.kirkwood.edu/library for specific times. More information on EXAM CRAM events can be found @ http://www.kirkwood.edu/examcram.

Library Thanksgiving Weekend Hours 2017


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The hours below are for the Cedar Rapids branch on the Main Campus. The Iowa City branch will be open their normal hours on Saturday, November 18th and then they will be open Monday and Tuesday, November 20th and 21st from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Sat., Nov. 18th

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Sun., Nov. 19th


Mon., Nov. 20th    –              Tues., Nov. 21st

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wed., Nov. 22nd   –                 Sat., Nov. 25th


Sun., Nov. 26th

3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Watch for Special Final Friendly Hours!

And remember come to Exam Cram in Cedar Rapids on November 30th in Cedar Rapids!

New Books: Personal Finance 2017


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With the holidays coming up, now is a great time to put some thoughts in your personal finance. Remember time for New Year’s Resolutions is just around the corner. We have more titles than this, but these are from this 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.

Credit Repair Kit for Dummies by Steve Bucci, Call Number: 332.7 B918c

Finance Your Business: Secure Funding to Start, Run, and Grow Your Business, Call Number: 658.15 F491

Financial Basics: Money-Management Guide for Students by Susan Knox, Call Number: 332.024 K74f 2016

Loan Sharks: The Birth of Predatory Lending by Charles R. Geisst, Call Number: 332.8 G313L

Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed: The Only Personal Finance System for People with Not-So-Regular Jobs by Joseph D’Agnese and Denise Kiernan, Call Number: 332.024 D126m

The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life by Lynne Twist, Call Number: 332.401 T974s

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 Children’s Literature 2017


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Using Picture books With Your Class

Teaching Literary Elements with Picture Books: Engaging Standards-Based Lessons and Strategies by Susan Van Zile and Mary Napoli, Call Number: 372.6 V285t
NOTE: This is actually pitched for younger students, but definitely could be used with higher level courses.

Caldecott Winners

Each year the American Library Association awards a prize for the best illustration of a picture book. Runner ups are called Honor Books.


Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 740.92 S837r 

Honor Books

Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 813.6 E471d

Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 813.6 W362f

Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 813.6 B874L

They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 813.6 W482t

Newbery Winners

Each year the American Library Association awards a prize for the best contribution to children’s literature, traditionally given to a book at a chapter book level. They also give prizes to runners up called Honor Books.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, Call Number: CL 813.6 B262g

Honor Books

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, Call Number: CL 813.6 B915f

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz, Call Number: CL 813.6 G453i

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk, Call Number: PB WOL


Other Picture Books Added This Year

Charlotte the Scientist is Squished by Camille Andros, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 813.6 A576c

Cry, Heart, But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 813.6 B582c

Darwin and the True Story of the Dinosaurs by Luca Novelli, Call Number: CL 576.8

Day of the Dinosaurs: Step into a Spectacular Prehistoric World by Dr. Steve Brusatte and Daniel Chester, Call Number: 567.9 B912d

Earth-Friendly Living by Miriam Coleman, Call Number: CL 640 C692e

Elliott’s Guide to Dinosaurs by Elliott Seah, Call Number: CL 567.9 S438e

Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy by Richard Michelson, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 791.43 N713m

Giant Squid by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann, Call Number: 594 F597g

Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World by Reshma Saujani, Call Number: CL 005.102 S255g

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood, Call Number: Easy Reading 813.6 U561i

The Kid Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews, Call Number: CL 813.54A565k
NOTE: Iowans Norman Borlaug, Vice President Henry Wallace, and George Washington Carver are described in this book.

Marie Curie for Kids: Her Life and Scientific Discoveries with 21 Activities and Experiments, Call Numbers CL 540.92 C975o

My Family’s Beef Farm by Katie Othoff, Call Number: CL 813.6 O529mb

My Family’s Corn Farm by Katie Othoff, Call Number: CL 813.6 O529mc

A Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Call Number: 813.6 P635p

Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, Call Number CL Easy Reading 599.36 B845p

Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant, Call Number: CL 686.2 U561s

Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness by Donna Janell Bowman, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 179.3 B787s

Swing Sisters: The Story of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm by Karen Deans, Call Number: CL 781.65 D284s

Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words by Randall Munroe, Call Number: 500 M968t

Tiny Stitiches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas by Gwendolyn Hooks, Call Number CL Easy Reading 617.4 H784t

The Tree Lady by J. Joseph Hopkins, Call Number: 635.092

Tuesday Takes Me There: The Healing Journey of a Veteran and His Service Dog, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 362.4 M763t

Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall by Anita Silvey, Call Number: CL 599.809

Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees by Franck Prevot, Call Number: 333.75 M111p

What a Waste! Where Does Garbage Go! by Claire Eamer, Call Number: CL 363.72 E121w

What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada, Call Number CL Easy Reading 813.6 Y192w

When the Slave Esperanca Garcia Wrote a Letter by Sonia Rosa, Call Number: CL 869.3 G216w

When the Sun Goes Dark by Andrew Fraknoi and Dennis Schatz, Call Number: CL 523.7 F812w

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.

Information Literacy Spotting a Fake


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So you’re confronted with a news story set to throw you into a panic:


Or you’ve come across a website you think is perfect to use in a paper in the first hit on the Google list.

So what do you do?

Do you send it to all your friends? Post an angry message? Start a protest?

Assume it’s OK to use for your paper?

Before you do any of that start out by evaluating the website. You’ve probably heard about different evaluation systems like Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose.

Ask Yourself

But before you get that far you can check a few basic things. Let’s try it for this Peanut Butter Reese’s Cup story I linked to above.

  1. Does it seem likely? Does what you already know about the situation (i.e. that Reese’s Peanut Butter cups are so popular they are available in multiple sizes) make sense with this story?
  2. What are other sources saying about it? Do an internet search for the title of the article or the name of the website it’s on.
  3. What is it saying about itself? Check out the homepage of the Breaking News 365 website.
  4. Read the paragraph below where Snopes points out things that should raise a red flag about this story. Look for them.

“Setting aside the fact that the manufacturer of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups has not announced the demise of the product, the article bears some of the hallmarks of fake news: the manufacturer is not named; no location is given for the press conference; no representative of the company is named; a quote purportedly taken from a press conference is not attributed to anyone; and the article is poorly written, featuring inappropriate exclamation marks, missing words, and grammatical mistakes. ”


Next Time

So the next time you are confronted with a story that outrages you, makes you panic, or it’s the only place you see information you want to use in your paper, stop, breathe, read it closely, think about it, and see what other people are saying.

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.