Kirkwood Librarians Shared With the Communique 2018-2019


The Kirkwood newspaper, the Kirkwood Communique, has given the library a chance to write a column. Check out these articles we shared this past year.

2 issues of Communique

Library offers tips for writing stronger research papers by Julie Petersen

Naxos Music Library is a different type of library resource by Tobin Hoover

Library offers support to help students finish ahead of finals  by Ryan Strempke-Durgin

Top 7 Things People Don’t Know about the Library by Sarah S. Uthoff

Librarian Offers Advice to Help Students Deal with Library Anxiety by Kate Hess

New Services and Hours offered by the Kirkwood Library by Sue Miller


Still want more? Here are the links for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018!

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 Student Life Part 6



Check out this collection of new books addressing the particular interests and issues of students. Check out our past lists from 2015,  2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Today we add some more titles to the list and if you hear of a book or think of a particular topic you think we should add to the collection, please let us know. 🙂

There are more books on these topics available in the circulating collection at the same call numbers. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

1001 Ways to Pay for College (9th ed) by Gen and Kelly Tanabe, Call Number: 378.38 T161o

College: Been There Should've Done ThatBeen There Should’ve Done That: 995 Tips for Making the Most of College by Suzette Tyler, Call Number: 378.198 T984b

College Cookbook: An Alternative Plan to the Meal Plan, 200 Quick, Cheap, Nutritious Recipes (Updated edition) by Geri Harrington, Call Number: 641.5 H299c

The College Girl’s Survival Guide by Hanna Seymour, Call Number: 248.833 S521c

College Rules! How to Study, Survive, and Succeed in College by Sherrie Nist-Olejnik and Jodi Patrick Holschuh, Call Number: 378.198 N727c

Cyber Smart: Five Habits to Protect Your Family, Money, and Identity from Cyber Criminals by Bart R. McDonough, Call Number: 005.8 M478c

The Freshman Survival Guide: Soulful Advice for Studying, Socializing, and Everything in Between (Completely Revised and Updated) by Nora Bradbury-Haehl, Call Number: 378.198 B798f 2016

Graduate from College Debt-Free: Get Your Degree With Money in the Bank by Bart Astor, Call Number: 378.8 A858g

A Guide to Effective Studying and Learning: Practical Strategies From the Science of Learning by Matthew G. Rodes, Anne M. Cleary, and Edward L. DeLosh, Call Number: 371.302 R477g

Hazing: Destroying Young Lives, Edited by Hank Nuwer, Call Number: 371.58 H429

Cover of A Guide to Effective Studying and LearningThe Her Campus Guide to College Life: How to Manage Relationships, Stay Safe and Healthy, Handle Stress, and Have the Best Years of Your Life! (Updated and Expanded ed.) by Stephanie Kaplan Lewis, Annie Chandler Wang, and Windsor Hanger Western, Call Number: 378.198 L676h

How to be a Successful Student: 20 Study Habits Based on the Science of Learning by Richard E. Mayer, Call Number: 371.302 M468h

How to Graduate Debt Free: The Best Strategies to Pay for College #NOTGOINGBROKE by Kristina Ellis, Call Number: 378.38 E474h

How to Survive Your Freshman Year (6th ed.), Edited by Alison Leigh Cowan, Call Number: 378.198 H847h

How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay (7th ed.) by Gen and Kelly Tanabe, Call Number: 378.34 T161

The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College by Harlan Cohen, Call Number: 378.198 C678n 2017

Now What, Grad?: Your Path to Success After College (2nd ed) by Chris Palmer, Call Number: 650.1 P273n

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 The APA Citation System is Going to Change?


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APA Book and Question Mark

Here at Kirkwood Community College, most classes use either the MLA or APA citation systems. The MLA was updated in 2016, but the APA hasn’t updated since 2010.

In October the APA is publishing a major update. So far we haven’t seen it yet so we don’t know how much of a change it will be, but hopefully it will address the many technological changes that have effected research and college research papers since 2010.

The Nursing department will be switching over Spring semester, other departments may have their own schedule. The Kirkwood Community College library plans on having the new handout out by January. If it follows what happened with the last MLA release, you can expect the automatic citation generators in the various databases and stand alone citation generations to change over at different speeds. Once in a very long while we STILL find things using the old MLA system, but some systems switched over fairly quickly. Warn your students to be careful – and as always it will be a good idea for them to create their own citations or at least closely examine all citations themselves. If you’re giving an assignment be clear about which version they are to use and if you’re a student and your instructor doesn’t say – ASK!

UPDATED September 7 2019: After I posted this online I was asked when the Chicago Manual of Style was last updated. (Once in a long while we get an instructor at Kirkwood using this, but it’s so rare we only give minimal support.) The last edition was the 17th and it came out in 2017. We have the manual at the reference desk in the library if anyone ever needs it. And for the curious, the current un-updated APA edition is the 6th edition and the current MLA edition is the 8th.

Some Articles to Read

How to Hold a Better Class Discussion – An Advice Guide

Why One University Went All Out on Teaching Reading

Mindset List for Fall 2019

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

Odds and Ends 55

Odds and Ends 56

Odds and Ends 57

Odds and Ends 58

Odds and Ends 59

Amazon Best History Books List 2018

Memorial Day Books

National Book Award Winners

Personal Finance 2019


Some of Amazon’s Best Food Books

Our Special Display This Month

For the Fourth of July –  Citizenship Test

Faculty Survey

Spring Faculty Survey


Kirkwood Events Summer 2019

Different Hours in August

Research Tips

Let’s all become fact-checkers

Free Access to Gun Violence

Summer Updates to Library Resources

Tech Tips

Transfer Large Files

Add Symbols to Microsoft Office Files

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New Books: Some Classic Mysteries



Summer is winding up, but you still have a little reading time. Why don’t you grab an easy classic mystery to end up the summer? Descriptions come from the publisher via Amazon.

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

Cover of Strong PoisonSkin Tight by Carl Hiaasen, Call Number: PB Hia

After dispatching a pistol-packing intruder from his home with the help of a stuffed Marlin head, Mick Stranahan can’t deny that someone is out to get him. His now-deceased intruder carries no I.D., and as a former Florida state investigator, Stranahan knows there are plenty of potential culprits. His long list of enemies includes an off point hit man, a personal injury lawyer of billboard fame, a notoriously irritating TV journalist, and a fumbling plastic surgeon.

Cotton Comes to Harlem by Chester Himes, Call Number: 813.54 H657c

Flim-flam man Deke O’Hara is no sooner out of Atlanta’s state penitentiary than he’s back on the streets working the scam of a lifetime. As sponsor of the Back-to-Africa movement, he’s counting on a big Harlem rally to produce a massive collection—for his own private charity. But the take is hijacked by white gunmen and hidden in a bale of cotton that suddenly everyone wants to get his hands on.

The Looking Glass War by John LeCarre, Call Number: 823.914 L456L

It would have been an easy job for the Circus: a can of film couriered from Helsinki to London. In the past the Circus handled all things political, while the Department dealt with matters military. But the Department has been moribund since the War, its resources siphoned away. Now, one of their agents is dead, and vital evidence verifying the presence of Soviet missiles near the West German border is gone. John Avery is the Department’s younger member and its last hope.

Cover of Maltese FalconThe Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammet, Call Number: 813.52 h224m

A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man name Gutman, and Brigid O’Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime.

Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene, Call Number: 823.912 G799o

MI6’s man in Havana is Wormold, a former vacuum-cleaner salesman turned reluctant secret agent out of economic necessity. To keep his job, he files bogus reports based on Charles Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare and dreams up military installations from vacuum-cleaner designs. Then his stories start coming disturbingly true…

The Spy Who Came In From the Cold by John LeCarre, Call Number: 823.914 L456s

In the shadow of the newly erected Berlin Wall, Alec Leamas watches as his last agent is shot dead by East German sentries. For Leamas, the head of Berlin Station, the Cold War is over. As he faces the prospect of retirement or worse—a desk job—Control offers him a unique opportunity for revenge. Assuming the guise of an embittered and dissolute ex-agent, Leamas is set up to trap Mundt, the deputy director of the East German Intelligence Service—with himself as the bait. In the background is George Smiley, ready to make the game play out just as Control wants.

Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers, Call Number: 823.912 S274s

Lord Peter Wimsey comes to the trial of Harriet Vane for a glimpse at one of the most engaging murder cases London has seen in years. Unfortunately for the detective, the crime’s details are distractingly salacious, and there is little doubt that the woman will be found guilty. A slightly popular mystery novelist, she stands accused of poisoning her fiancé, a literary author and well-known advocate of free love. Over the course of a few weeks, she bought strychnine, prussic acid, and arsenic, and when her lover died the police found enough poison in his veins to kill a horse. But as Lord Peter watches Harriet in the dock, he begins to doubt her guilt—and to fall in love.

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.

Labor Day Weekend 2019 Hours


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Eggbert Saluting

In honor of Labor Day Weekend Kirkwood Library Services hours at BOTH locations will be:

  • Friday, August 30th Open Normal Hours
  • Saturday, August 31st – Open Normal Hours 
  • Sunday, September 1st – Closed
  • Monday, September 2nd – Closed
  • Tuesday, September 3rd – Resume Normal Hours

Free access to scholarship on gun violence

Project MUSE, a well-known non-profit provider of online scholarly materials for academic libraries, has worked with a number of publishers to provide free access to a collection of eBooks and online journal articles on gun violence. In a statement accompanying this release they stated “the goal is to encourage the broadest possible engagement with current research and expertise on [gun violence] as the latest round of gun policy debates and discussion continue in the wake of shootings in California, Texas, and Ohio.” Project MUSE provided a link to the collection, which is free and open to the public. Please make use of these high quality materials and share widely. 

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Summer Updates to Library Resources


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Welcome back!

Over the summer there have been some mostly-minor changes to our online information resources, including all the Gale-owned databases, PsycArticles database, and the Credo Instruct tutorials collection.

  1. Gale databases (this includes Academic OneFile and Opposing Viewpoints) had some big changes. First, their interface has been updated (improved!) with the aim of making them more consistent and more modern, and to ensure they meet accessibility requirements. The downside for some faculty is that the links to any bookmarked or otherwise linked articles from these databases are most likely now broken. You will need to go back into the database and grab that new link to put in Talon. Directions for inserting links to database articles are here in our Faculty Services guide. Just ask me (kate.hess AT if you have any problems with this process. I’m happy to help!
  2. PsycArticles has also changed its link. If you have copy and pasted a direct link to the database or to articles within the database into your Talon, you will need to update those links. The content is still there, but the links have changed.
  3. Credo Instruct has added several new tutorials to their trove of research, critical thinking, and other information literacy tutorials, videos and quizzes. New tutorials are:

Remember you can find out about all the resources and services the library provides to faculty over at our Faculty Services LibGuide. Best of luck in your new semester!


Hours Different in August 2019



Between semesters there are going to be different library hours. The hours as listed in the chart below are for the Cedar Rapids campus.

The Iowa City campus will continue with their regular 8 am – 8 pm hours Monday through Thursday, and will be open 8 am – 5 pm on Friday. Iowa City will be also be closed Saturdays, August 17th and August 24th.

Both locations will resume normal fall hours on Monday, August 26th.

Sat., Aug. 10th

                     Sun., Aug. 11th


Mon., Aug. 12th   –

                     Fri., Aug. 16th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat., Aug. 17th   –

                    Sun., Aug. 18th


Mon., Aug. 19th   –

                    Fri., Aug. 23rd

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat., Aug. 24th   –

                   Sun., Aug. 25th


Mon., Aug. 26th

Resume Normal

Fall Semester Hours

Add Symbols to Office



Symbol Chart from Word

Microsoft Word is a very specific tool. It’s useful for reports, letters, etc. (See note) It’s fairly straightforward for these uses, but there might be useful features that you don’t know about. One of these is adding symbols to your Word document (or any of the other programs in the Microsoft Office Suite). How to Geek put together a useful how to on how to add musical notes to your text. The screen captures are very clear, but don’t limit yourself to that handful of music symbols. Take a little bit of time exploring, using the same instructions to find other symbols, and see what useful symbols you can add to your next paper, letter, or sign!

Note: While Word is very helpful for many functions making brochures is not its strength. We’ve been getting a lot of questions on these lately. Take our advice and unless your instructor specifically says you have to use a Word template for a brochure use Publisher or even PowerPoint before Word.

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 Book Award Winners



Looking for something to make your summer more interesting? Check out this selection of National Book Award winners in our collection. The descriptions are taken and lightly edited from the publisher descriptions.

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

The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson, Call Number: 364.134 T994b
NOTE: But what actually happened to Emmett Till—not the icon of injustice, but the flesh-and-blood boy? Part detective story, part political history, The Blood of Emmett Till “unfolds like a movie” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), drawing on a wealth of new evidence, including a shocking admission of Till’s innocence from the woman in whose name he was killed.

Cover of BunkBunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarist, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young, Call Number: 001.95 Y737b
NOTE: Bunk traces the history of the hoax as a peculiarly American phenomenon, examining what motivates hucksters and makes the rest of us so gullible. Disturbingly, Young finds that fakery is woven from stereotype and suspicion. He chronicles how Barnum came to fame by displaying figures like Joice Heth, a black woman whom he pretended was the 161-year-old nursemaid to George Washington, and What Is It?, an African American man Barnum professed was a newly discovered missing link in evolution. Bunk then turns to the hoaxing of history and the ways that forgers, plagiarists, and journalistic fakers invent backstories and falsehoods to sell us lies about themselves and about the world in our own time, from pretend Native Americans Grey Owl and Nasdijj to the deadly imposture of Clark Rockefeller, from the made-up memoirs of James Frey to the identity theft of Rachel Dolezal.

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein, Call Number: 305.8 R847c
NOTE: The Color of Law offers “the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation” (William Julius Wilson). Exploding the myth of de facto segregation arising from private prejudice or the unintended consequences of economic forces, Rothstein describes how the American government systematically imposed residential segregation: with undisguised racial zoning; public housing that purposefully segregated previously mixed communities; subsidies for builders to create whites-only suburbs; tax exemptions for institutions that enforced segregation; and support for violent resistance to African Americans in white neighborhoods.

The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America by Frances FitzGerald, Call Number: 277.3 F553e
NOTE: Evangelicals have in many ways defined the nation. They have shaped our culture and our politics. Frances FitGerald’s narrative of this distinctively American movement is a major work of history, piecing together the centuries-long story for the first time. Evangelicals now constitute twenty-five percent of the American population, but they are no longer monolithic in their politics. They range from Tea Party supporters to social reformers. Still, with the decline of religious faith generally, FitzGerald suggests that evangelical churches must embrace ethnic minorities if they are to survive.

The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen, Call Number: 947.086 G392f
NOTE: Gessen follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own–as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers, sexual and social beings. Gessen charts their paths against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all, and against the war it waged on understanding itself, which ensured the unobstructed reemergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today’s terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state.

Cover of Killers of the Flower MoonKillers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann, Call Number: PB GRA
NOTE: In the 1920s, the Osage found themselves in a unique position among Native Americans tribes. As other tribal lands were parceled out in an effort by the government to encourage dissolution and assimilation of both lands and culture, the Osage negotiated to maintain the mineral rights for their corner of Oklahoma, creating a kind of “underground reservation.” It proved a savvy move; soon countless oil rigs punctured the dusty landscape, making the Osage very rich. And that’s when they started dying.

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Call 364.973 F724L
NOTE: Forman shows us that the first substantial cohort of black mayors, judges, and police chiefs took office amid a surge in crime and drug addiction. Many prominent black officials, including Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry and federal prosecutor Eric Holder, feared that the gains of the civil rights movement were being undermined by lawlessness―and thus embraced tough-on-crime measures, including longer sentences and aggressive police tactics. In the face of skyrocketing murder rates and the proliferation of open-air drug markets, they believed they had no choice. But the policies they adopted would have devastating consequences for residents of poor black neighborhoods.

Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Call Number: 306.362 D898n
NOTE: When George Washington was elected president, he reluctantly left his beloved Mount Vernon to serve in Philadelphia, the temporary seat of the nation’s capital. In setting up his household he took Tobias Lear, his celebrated secretary and eight slaves, including Ona Judge, about whom little has been written. As he grew accustomed to Northern ways, there was one change he couldn’t get his arms around: Pennsylvania law required enslaved people be set free after six months of residency in the state. Rather than comply, Washington decided to circumvent the law. Every six months he sent the slaves back down south just as the clock was about to expire. Though Ona Judge lived a life of relative comfort, the few pleasantries she was afforded were nothing compared to freedom, a glimpse of which she encountered first-hand in Philadelphia. So, when the opportunity presented itself, Judge left everything she knew to escape to New England. Yet freedom would not come without its costs. At just twenty-two-years-old, Ona became the subject of an intense manhunt led by George Washington, who used his political and personal contacts to recapture his property.

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.