New Books: Fashion


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Summer is here and that means it’s time to clean out the closet. Learn about fashion as history and fashion as business in these recent additions to our collection. These titles are available at the Kirkwood Library Services Cedar Rapids branch, but can be delivered to Iowa City and all the other centers by request.

Call Number: 687.023 G758f Title: The Fashion Intern Author: Michelle M. Granger

Call Number: 746.9 E583c Title: A Cultural History of Fashion in the 20th and 21st Centuries: From Catwalk to Sidewalk (2nd ed.) Author: Bonnie English

Call Number: 746.92 G887h Title: History of International Fashion Author: Didier Grumbach

Call Number: 746.92 Y32f Title: The Fashion Careers Guidebook Author: Julia Yates

And be sure to check out this previous new book post about Fashion Drawing.

New Books: In Honor of Memorial Day 2015


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In honor of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, Kirkwood Library Services would like to honor those that served with a list of titles that have come in over the last year that have to do with veterans, military service, and stories and histories from America’s wars. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Find last year’s post:

Find out more about Kirkwood Community College’s Services for Veterans:

Call Number: CL 636.7 D411n Title: Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, and a Miracle Authors: Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson, and Mary Nethery

Call Number: CL 813.54 M621p Title: The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and Her Tribute to Veterans Author: Barbara Elizabeth Walsh

Call Number: CL 951.904 H636s Title: Sgt. Reckless: The War Horse, Korean War Hero Author: Melissa Higgins

Call Number: 028 M284w Title: When Books Went To War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II Author: Molly Guptill Manning

Call Number: 305.8 B419r Title: Racism in American Popular Media: From Aunt Jemima to the Frito Bandito Authors: Brian D. Behnken and Gregory D. Smithers

Call Number: 355.001 G878oc Title: On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace (3rd ed.) Authors: Lt. Col. Dave Grossman with Loren W. Christensen

Call Number: 362.408 K515p Title: Paying With Their Bodies: American War and the Problem of the Disable Veteran Author: John M. Kinder

Call Number: 327.127 A514b Title: The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames Author: Kai Bird

Call Number: 338.472 S617c 2005 Title: Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry Author: P.W. Singer

Call Number: 338.473 E571a Title: America’s Covert Warriors: Inside the World of Private Military Contractors Author: Shawn Engbrecht

Call Number: 355.35 P954c Title: Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror Author: Erik Prince

Call Number: 355.41 G149L Title: Leave No Man Behind: The Saga of Combat Search and Rescue Authors: George Galdorisi and Tom Phillips

Call Number: 359.984 O974n Title: No Hero: The Evolution of a Navy Seal Author: Mark Owen

Call Number: 362.28 B329L Title: The Last and Greatest Battle: Finding the Will, Commitment, and Strategy to End Military Suicides Author: John Bateson

Call Number: 362.408 K515p Title: Paying With Their Bodies: American War and the Problem of the Disabled Veteran Author: John M. Kinder

Call Number: 363.325 Z943t Title: 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi Author: Mitchell Zuckoff

Call Number: 616.85 T556w Title: Warrior’s Return: Restoring the Soul After War Author: Edward Tick

Call Number: 658.409 A161i Title: It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy Author: Captain D. Michael Abrashoff

Call Number: 658.409 M357t Title: Turn the Ship Around: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders Author: L. David Marquet

Call Number: 791.43 H315f Title: Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War (John Ford, George Stevens, John Huston, William Wyler, Frank Capra) Author: Mark Harris

Call Number: 813.6 R611n Title: Navy Seal Dogs: My Tale of Training Canines for Combat Author: Mike Ritland

Call Number: 940.447 H326b Title: Bloody April: Slaughter in the Skies Over Arras, 1917 Author: Peter Hart

Call Number: 940.54 M235h Title: A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II Authors: Adam Makos and Larry Alexander

Call Number: 940.54 P266s Title: Shattered Sword: The untold Story of the Battle of Midway Authors: Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully

Call Number: 940.542 W874n Title: The Narrow Margin: The Battle of Britain & the Rise of Air Power 1930-1940 Authors: Derek Wood and Derek Dempster

Call Number: 941.083 A789r Title: The Road Home: The Aftermath of the Great War Told by the Men and the Women Who Survived It Author: Max Arthur

Call Number: 956.704 P493m Title: Surge: My Journey With General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War Author: Peter R. Mansoor

Call Number: 956.704 S387f Title: For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice Authors: Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Call Number: 958.104 M612i Title: Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War Authors: Dakota Meyer and Bing West

Call Number: 959.704 V431b Title: Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 19878-1975 Author: George J. Veith

Call Number: 973.4 W319L Title: General George Washington: A Military Life Author: Edward G. Lengel

Call Number: 973.931 S721b Title: The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda Author: Ali H. Soufan

Summer Hours 2015 Coming Soon


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This week both branches of Kirkwood Library Services are on the between semester break schedule. Cedar Rapids is open 8 am – 5 pm M-F and Iowa City is open 8 am – 8 pm M-Th and 8 am -5 pm F. We will also be closed all three days of Memorial Day Weekend. Kirkwood Exterior Summer

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 both libraries will resume summer hours.

Normal Summer Hours for Cedar Rapids:

  • Mon. – Thurs. 7:30 am – 9:00 pm
  • Fri. 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday Closed

Normal Summer Hours for Iowa City:

  • Mon. – Thurs. 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Fri. 8:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday Closed

NOTE: Kirkwood Library Services will be closed at both branches on Saturday and Sunday until Fall Semester.


Searching University Press Books


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What’s A University Press?

University press book publishers are run in conjunction with a university. They often are in depth books about particular subjects. However, often these books don’t always reach the mainstream and often you won’t find them on the normal book search websites or even bookstores. So you are probably missing a lot of great books you’d be interested in on a whole range of topics.

The main way they are available is to tediously go in to check each individual press website. I was recently doing some searching and I found that there is actually a multiple press search you can use, but it’s kind of clunky. Still I wanted to share it because it’s much better than the alternative.

Are You Missing Out on Some Great Books? Search Here

The Association of American University Presses creates this search function. It’s across presses although it looks like it’s only member institutions. In other words it probably isn’t all university presses.

Go to this page:

Then click on a year. Within your chosen year you can:

  1. Search for a subject in the search box near the top of the page.
  2. Click on “Bibliography Contents” to bring up their clickable links to get to books related to a particular subject (by Dewey Number)
  3. Scroll to the very bottom of the Bibliography Contents list for each year and click on the list of Outstanding titles.

I’m going to be searching this more in the future and I hope you will too.

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: Odds and Ends 16



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: 225.95 N378f Title: The Food and Feasts of Jesus: The Original Mediterranean Diet with Menus and Recipes Authors: Douglas E. Neel and Joel A. Pugh
NOTE: Actual recipes from around 0 AD.

Call Number: 303.48 W517g Title: Going Mobile: How Wireless Technology Is Reshaping Our Lives Author: Darrell M. West

Call Number: 305.209 T245n Title: The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown Author: Paul Taylor

Call Number: 362.109 A257 Title: The Affordable Care Act Editor: Tamara Thompson

Call Number: 384.5 R524d Title: A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention Author: Matt Richtel

Call Number: 559.7 S536p Title: Planet of the Bugs: Evolution and the Rise of Insects Author: Scott Richard Shaw

Call Number: 658.3 H711a Title: The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age Authors: Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, and Chris Yeh

Call Number: 700.42 W899i Title: In Ruins Author: Christopher Woodward
NOTE: Stories and art images of ruins across a 1000 years of history.

Call Number: 741.5 Z784p Title: A People’s History of American Empire Authors: Howard Zinn and Mike Konopacki and Paul Buhle

Call Number: 791.309 S595g Title: The Greatest Shows on Earth Author: Linda Simon

Call Number: 791.43 R477h Title: Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, The Most Beautiful Woman in the World Author: Richard Rhodes

Call Number: 796.6 H823g Title: Goggles and Dust: Images from Cycling’s Glory Days Authors: Shelly and Brett Horton

Call Number: 808.5 J252w Title: The Well-Spoken Woman: Your Guide to Looking and Sounding Your Best Author: Christine K. Jahnke

Call Number: 823.8 S848b Title: The Black Arrow Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
“Justice must not only be done, it must be SEEN to be done.”

Call Number: 910.409 I584 Title: An Innocent Abroad:Life-Changing Trips from 35 Great Writers Editor: Don George

Call Number: 973.7 F673g Title: Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad Author: Eric Foner
NOTE: Also read specifically about Iowa’s role in Necessary Courage: Iowa’s Underground Railroad by Lowell J Soike (Call number: 326.809 S683n). Or find more about Iowa’s role here:

Feedback on Survey Spring 2015 Part 2


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Today’s post is directed specifically at Kirkwood faculty and staff.

Today is the second half of our feedback to the Spring 2015 faculty survey, if you haven’t yet read it find the first half here. Again, the Library Services faculty and staff would truly like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to our survey. We were pleased to have 84 responses and plan on sending out another survey during fall semester. We encourage you to fill out our next survey as well.

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

Requests for Documentaries and Films

In response to requests for more documentary films, Library Services is purchasing the Kanopy Streaming Service. More information to follow on that this summer. In the meantime checkout what we shared when we trialed this system.

We are still looking for suggestions on individual topics of documentaries that would of help in your classes. If you are interested in us adding more documentaries, please e-mail us with specifics of what you are interested in.

It was requested that we get the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Films of All Time. We checked the list for the ones the library already owned and decided to buy the remaining titles so our DVD collection has all the top 50 available. In addition we had 20 of the titles between #51 – #100 either on DVD in the library faculty collection or on Kirkwood’s Video On Demand (VOD)  or both.  Any title from the list that the library physically owns we’ve put on VOD so those titles will be available both ways. That means we have 70 titles of the top 100 list available to be viewed in class and/or linked into through your class Angel or Talon site. Contact Scott Stiffler for more information. Look for an upcoming post with a list of those we’ve added.

Journal and Database Additions

One of the requests we received was to get New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). We currently get the NEJM in paper at our Cedar Rapids location and keep the current issue plus the previous year. After pricing out the online version and consulting with the department the request came from, we decided that the paper version was sufficient at least at this time.

Another request was for the Journal of Pediatrics (JoP) online. We explored the options and compared prices and rather than purchase the JoP as a stand alone, Library Services has decided to purchase the Science Direct database, which includes the Journal of Pediatrics and 1000 additional titles. Access begins on July 1st 2015.

Finally, updated from our last feedback post, Communications Teacher is now available online.

Very Short Introduction

As we mentioned in part 1 of this feedback report, we’ve been adding titles from the A Very Short Introduction series from Oxford Press. Here’s a post about titles we’ve recently added and a little bit more information of what they are. Maybe they would be useful for an assignment in your class, too.


Overall we came away with a sense that we need to be  more aggressive in our communication with faculty, staff, and students. That’s going to be an on-going goal, but be sure to watch for our FAQ posts that we’ll be sharing through Tempo to keep you up to date on what’s going on in Library Services.

In the meantime, 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 in the fall.

Do You Know About Reserving Textbooks?


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The circulation section of both branches of the Kirkwood Library has material that has been placed on reserve by instructors for their students.  These books are held on special shelves behind the circulation desk. The majority of the materials are placed on closed reserve meaning that student may only check them out for use within in the library. Students may make copies or scans of the required pages or to read them within the library.

Reserve Section

Reserve Section

To place a textbook on hold the instructor needs to 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 completed form. (Please refer to Course Reserve Policy to determine type of material that is allowed).  Library materials may be put on reserve, but we do not currently collect textbooks. If the instructor or the department wants to loan us a copy of a textbook we will put it on reserve.

More information and the reserve form are available on the Library Services Website. To find this information from our 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.

While we are focusing on textbooks today, supplemental materials, such as non-text books, articles, etc., also may be placed on hold. Both books in the library’s collection or instructor or department owned books may be placed on reserve this way.

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

Our Special Display This Month

No special displays this month, but check out our display from last month Earth Day

Our Database of the Month

CQ Researcher


This month the library will have extra long hours in the run up to finals and then cut back for the between semester break.

We also had a very successful Exam Cram special event. Look for this stress reducer and student help again at the end fall semester.

Survey Feedback

Early in Spring Semester 2015, Library Services did a short survey for faculty. We did one post on feedback earlier this semester. Look for Part 2 next week.

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!

Receive “Amnesty” @ your Kirkwood Library


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Picture1 It’s the end of the semester and Kirkwood Library Services (Cedar Rapids and Iowa City locations) is celebrating by giving you a pass and offering you a pardon. Return all overdue materials from May 1st through May 15th and your library fines will be forgiven. So gather up all those forgotten books and visit us at the library. Items can be returned at the main campus or any branch to qualify.

Note: We cannot waive fines assessed for overdue items already returned. No fines previously paid will be refunded. Fees for lost items are not included.

Featured Database: CQ Researcher


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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.


CQ Researcher – What it Is, Why to use it

The CQ in CQ Researcher stands for Congressional Quarterly and that’s how the company started out, doing simplified reports on in-depth research topics when they came up in Congress for the benefit of legislators. The company spread its target audience and began making those reports available to the public, first in a paper format and now as a database.

Their focus has remained on in-depth background research and it’s a great place to start a research project. Included in the reports are timelines, charts, and citations to where the information came from if you want to track it back and learn more. At the end of reports are suggested bibliographies for the subject in general and specific subtopics. Contacts for related organizations give you an idea of who to follow up with for more.

Also, many reports have a pro-con section that, unlike the set up in Opposing Viewpoints database, gives both a pro and a con essay that are linked to each other. So it’s also a great place to get ideas for topics on persuasive papers or speeches. They are very useful both to find arguments for your side and to figure out and counter points your opponent might cite.

Individual reports will vary and may not have all these sections, but normally within the report you will get:

  • Overview
  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Current Situation
  • Outlook
  • Short Features
  • Maps/Graphs
  • Chronology
  • Pro/Con
  • Bibliography
  • The Next Step
  • Organizations to Contact for more information
  • Footnotes
  • About the Author

Very short summary reports can be accessed from the Hot Topics column on the right hand side of the homepage. These reports have few of the features listed above and can only be printed clearly by using the 4th method described below under printing.

Search CQ Researcher by clicking here.

You can also find the link directly by clicking on the All Kirkwood Databases link on the Kirkwood Library Services home page and scroll to C for Congressional Quarterly. If you are accessing it from off campus you will have to log in with your K number and password at this point.

Tech tips

Find pros and cons 

One of the most useful features of CQ Researcher is the section where they offer dueling persuasive essays on a topic clearly paired with each other. To find them easily, hover your cursor over “Browse Reports” and click on “Pro/Con” at the bottom of the list. A list of topics will appear. Click on the one you are interested in.

Watch dates

Although they are constantly adding and updating reports, sometimes they do not come back to a subject for a long time or chose a slightly different tack than the previous report. In those cases older reports can remain on the system for some time, so make sure you check the date on anything you use. While even the older reports can provide excellent background, if you use an older report make sure to use other sources to bring your research information up to date.

Printing and Permalinks


Printing is probably the strangest part of CQ Researcher. You have four different ways to print.

  • At the top of the report, click “View PDF” by the PDF symbol. It will open and you can print like you normally print a PDF.
  • Go under the drop down menu that says “Print.” Then you can choose “Full Report” from the drop down menu and it will print the entire report.
  • Go under the drop down menu that is labeled “Print.” Then you can choose whichever individual section of the report you want from the drop down menu and it will print just that section.
  • Locate the band of colorful social media boxes in the upper right hand side of the page. Hover over the orange box with the plus sign. Click on print in the dropdown menu. NOTE: While you can print any report this way, it’s the ONLY option for printing if you are in one of the shorter Hot Topics reports.


To find a permalink (so you can always be directed back to the correct article):

  1. Open individual report
  2. Locate the band of colorful social media boxes in the upper right hand side of the page
  3. Click on the olive green box with an envelope on it for e-mail
  4. When the e-mail blank pops up copy the URL form the bottom of the e-mail form

More Information

All of the numbered footnotes in the report are clickable. They will bring you down to the bibliography at the end. Some of these resources will then let you access them immediately in full text, others you will have to find on your own. There is normally a section of recommended organizations to contact for more information.

Citations can be found by clicking “Cite Now” at the top or at the bottom of the report – it defaults to APA, but other formats can be chosen. Note: Database generated citations are often in error, double check before you trust your grade to one.

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.

Special Finals Hours May 2015



The Kirkwood Community College Library Services in Cedar Rapids will be adjusting their hours around Finals Week. Please find them listed below. The Iowa City Library will maintain their normal hours until they switch over to their summer schedule. Both libraries will be closed on Saturday, May 16th and 23rd.

Sun., May 3rd 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Mon., May 4th – Thurs., May 7th 7:30 am – Midnight
Fri., May 8th 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sat., May 9th 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Sun., May 10th 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mon., May 11th 7:30 am – 9:30 pm
Tues., May 12th – Fri., May 15th 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat, May 16th – Sun., May 17th CLOSED

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