New Books: Biotechnology


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We recently had some students coming in looking for books on biotechnology. We really didn’t have much that was current so we’ve added some new books. Do you know of some books we should add on this or any other topic that would help your students complete assignments? If you do, please let us know.

Call Number: 303.183 V465L Title: Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life Author: J. Craig Venter

Call Number: 338.4 R225g Title: Gene Jockeys: Life Science and the Rise of Bioteach Enterprise Author: Nicolas Rasmussen

Call Number: 338.7 H894g Title: Genentech: The Beginnings of Biotech Author: Sally Smith Hughes

Call Number: 572.86 C561r Title: Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves Authors: George Church and Ed Regis

Call Number: 591.68 S529h Title: How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction Author: Beth Shapiro

Call Number: 615.7 B644m Title: Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues Author: Martin J. Blaser, MD

Call Number: 616.042 M687i Title: Inheritance: How Our Genes Change Our Lives and Our Lives Change Our Genes Author: Sharon Moalem

Call Number: 616.9 F527i Title: The Infectious Microbe Author: William Firshein

Call Number: 660.65 A627 Title: Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts Author: Emily Anthes

Call Number: 664 N562g Title: GMO Food Author: David E. Newton

Vital Statistics


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What it is and why to use it?

One of the mainstays of our reference collection is Vital Statistics of the United States: Births, Life Expectancy, Deaths, and Selected Health Data. A vital statistic is a record of birth, death, or marriage. Although in the genealogy world it is often used to reference information on a particular person, this source congregates and analyzes mass data for the entire country.

Want to know the rate of marriage in Iowa? The total number of divorces across the country in 2012? The current life expectancy in the US? (78.8 years FYI) The percent of babies born to non-married women? All of that and more is available for use in both informational and persuasive papers and speeches.

Where to find it

The last time we were going to re-order our paper version for reference we discovered that the Center for Disease Control had this information online for free. So if you are looking for charts of data of vital statistics (birth, death, and marriage, etc.) check out this link instead.


There is sometimes an expectation that the numbers will be up to the minute when they will often be two or three years behind. That is because the data the numbers are extracted from needs to be collected at the end of the year from state governments and other sources and then analyzed and imputed to the CDC’s various reports. This causes the delay, so don’t look for results from this year yourself or expect your students to find them.

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 17



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: 155.4 M423o Title: Ordinary Magic: Resilience in Development Author: Ann S. Masten NOTE: How humans overcome difficulties

Call Number: 201.661 O328b Title: Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine Author: Paul A. Offit

Call Number: 289.3 N425m Title: Moroni and the Swastika Author: David Conley Nelson

Call Number: 306.874 E667o Title: On Becoming a Teen Mom: Life Before Pregnancy Authors: Mary Patrice Erdmans and Timothy Black

Call Number: 330.977 D233h Title: Hard Living in America’s Heartland: Rural Poverty in the 21st Century Midwest Author: Paula vW Dail

Call Number: 370.1 E573e Title: The End of the Rainbow: How Educating for Happiness (Not Money) Would Transform Our Schools Author: Susan Engel

Call Number: 371.102 G624t Title: The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession Author: Dana Goldstein

Call Number: 394.12 M667s Title: Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History Author: Sidney W. Mintz

Call Number: 407 P644h 2013 Title: How to Learn a Foreign Language Author: Paul Pimsleur

Call Number: 418.007 W985f Title: Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It Author: Gabriel Wyner

Call Number: 510.92 T846c Title: Turing: Pioneer of the Information Age Author: Jack Copeland

Call Number: 551.463 T649t Title: Tsunami: Nature and Culture Author: Tsunami: Nature and Culture Author: Richard Hamblyn

Call Number: 599.9 H254s Title: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Call Number: 610.285 T675p Title: The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands Author: Eric Topol

Call Number: 613.2 G458s Title: Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever Author: Bill Gifford

Call Number: 614.5 G611r Title: The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis Author: Thomas Goetz

Call Number: 616.3 B786c Title: Celiac Disease: A Guide to Living With Gluten Intolerance (2nd ed.) Author: Sylvia Llewelyn Bower and Mary Kay Sharrett

Call Number: 616.9 B239L Title: Lyme Disease: Why It’s Spreading, How It Makes You Sick, and What to Do About it Author: Alan G. Barbour

Call Number: 617.89 D416i Title: I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey Through the Science of Sound and Language Author: Lydia Denworth

Call Number: 620.11 M669s Title: Stuff Matters Author: Mark Miodownik

Call Number: 629.133 R847d Title: Drone Author: Adam Rothstein

Call Number: 635 K189s Title: Straw Bale Gardens: The Breakthrough Method for Growing Vegetables Anywhere, Earlier and with No Weeding Author: Joel Karsten

Call Number: 636.7 B819m Title: A Matter of Breeding: A Biting History of Pedigree Dogs and How the Quest for Status Has Harmed Man’s Best Friend Author: Michael Brandow

Call Number: 636.7 H453p Title: Practical Canine Behavior: For Veterinary Nurses and Technicians Author: Stephanie Hedges

Call Number: 651.75 S378a Title: The AMA Handbook of Business Letters (4th ed.) Authors: Jeffrey L. Seglin and Edward Coleman

Call Number: 791.45 H645r Title: Reality TV Author: Annette Hill

Call Number: 995.1 R59s Title: Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest Author: Carl Hoffman

How to Get Word to Look Normal


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With Windows 8 and 8.1 Microsoft attempted to make one operating system and program suite that would be seamless across all platforms and devices. They made several major changes that they viewed as tablet friendly ignoring the inconvenience and headaches these changes would make to desktop and laptop users. They also made changes with that goal to Microsoft Office 2013. One of these changes was the introduction of a preliminary preview view to Word documents that you download.

When you are using Word 2013 and download a Word document instead of opening up to look like a normal Word document it automatically opens in a preview mode that looks like the screen capture below. This will only happen with files that have been sent as attachments. If you’re only using documents that you have saved on the computer, on flashdrives, etc. you won’t see this preview. It doesn’t matter what version of Word the document was created in.

Preview Word

This preview format really limits what you can do with the document. To get it to the normal fully opened version, in the left hand corner find three words – File – Tools – View.

Preview Word Close UpClick on View. This will open a drop down menu. The top option is Edit. Click on this and it will open the normal way.

Normal WordGood luck and if you have any further problems with opening an attached document in Word 2013, let us know.

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.

Little Golden Disney


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We recently had a selection of picture books donated to the library. This collection was of Little Golden Books re-telling the stories from popular Walt Disney movies. These books are available for anyone to check out, but are shelved in the English Language Acquisition (ELA) section.  So share them with your kids or remember your own childhood. Find them all at call number: ELS 813.54 W231

  • 101 Dalmatians
  • Bambi
  • Cinderella
  • The Jungle Book
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Little Mermaid
  • Pinocchio
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Read the Chronicle of Higher Education

Nearly a year ago, Sarah posted about Kirkwood access to the Chronicle of Higher Education. And it’s all still true – free access for all faculty, staff, and students! Your Librarians made this short video explaining how to access content, and the most confusing element – it may look like you can’t see “locked” articles, but you can. Sarah’s post has all the directions that are shared in the video.

Let us know how it goes, and read on!


Featured Database: Literature Resource Center


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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 Kirkwood provides. All of our databases can be accessed both directly on any Kirkwood computer or by logging in with your k number and password from anywhere off campus.


Literature Resource Center – What it Is, Why to use it

The Literature Resource Center (also known as Gale Literature Resource Center and as GLRC) provides access to Gale Literature products. Gale Publishing has long been known for its serialized literature reference books. In each series a few volumes came out a year extending the breadth of the series. These series are such familiar titles as Contemporary Authors, Short Story Criticism, and Something About the Author.

The Literature Resource Center provides online full text access to a majority of Gale content. This includes both essays that are specially written for Gale and articles that they’ve licensed to include. This database is a must for anyone doing research about an author or literary analysis of either an individual title or the body of work of an author.

In addition, it has nice biographical summaries of both authors and people who you might not first identify as an author but have been published. For example there is a nice, short biography on President John F. Kennedy. So if you’re looking for a basic summary of someone’s life it’s a good idea to run a search in GLRC.

Search Gale Literature Reference Center 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 L for Literature Resource Center. If you are accessing it from off campus you will have to log in with your K number and password at this point.

How to Use It

Put the name or title you are looking for in the search window and hit search. A results page will turn up with tabs for:

  • Literature Criticism
  • Biographies
  • Topic and Work Overviews
  • Reviews and News
  • Primary Sources and Literary Works
  • Multimedia

Be aware that results from the initial search will often include many false hits (returns that may only tangentially have to do with your subject). For example a search for Laura Ingalls Wilder will also bring up every hit of an author identified as a Laura Ingalls Wilder Award winner. You may also disagree under which tab each item was placed because it’s fairly subjective, so check all the tabs.

I’d encourage you to narrow down the results either by clicking on the subject headings listed in the left hand column (they are hyperlinks with a number of references found after them) or  by leaving the box before “search within results” checked and putting in a further search term.

Tech Tips

All articles indexed in Literature Research Center are available as clickable full text, but not all Gale material is – see note in research tips below.

Articles are available in html and so each is able to be read aloud by a computer generated voice, highlighting each word as it is read. If you want to listen on the go you can download the articles as standard MP3s which you can play anywhere.

Research tips

One thing to watch for with GLRC is that it doesn’t have full or even partial runs of magazines. Instead of full issues they have selected articles which can confuse you if you’re looking for a particular article or issue. From the information they give it may suggest they have an article you’re looking for when they really don’t.

Another thing to watch for is that entire Gale series like the children’s literature focused Something About the Author aren’t included and some sections of the series that are included aren’t available. Sometimes the content of abridged versions series are referenced without explaining which longer work they were taken from. While if you are looking for a major author you ought to be able to find enough directly, if you’re having trouble finding more obscure material, check out their online index to their paper books which can cover more, many but not all of the paper books, are available at the Cedar Rapids location of the Kirkwood library.

Search the paper book index here. The link is also available on the All Kirkwood Database page under L, for Literary Index by Gale.

Printing and Permalinks

To print, open the full text of the article and then click on the printer icon in the box on the right. This is print preview and will open a printer friendly version in a separate window. Click anywhere on this box and then click on Control-P for it to print.

To get the permalink, open the full text of the article and scroll to the bottom under “Source Citation” This is the permalink to that article including Kirkwood’s proxy server information.

Also in the box is an icon with the word e-mail. This allows you to e-mail a full text article to yourself with the text in the body of the e-mail.

The floppy disc icon in the box by the word download will download the article into the download file of your computer in the print friendly format. A separate window will pop-up and ask you click on a button marked download and then it will download.

The sound icon in the box by the words Download MP3 will download the audio file of the computer generated voice. You have to click to agree to use it only non-commercially before it will download.

Despite its presence in the box, the highlighting feature is grayed out and is unavailable.

A final feature is the translate button which lets you pick what language to translate that file into. Please note that this a machine translation and so may not be a true translation of meaning as it would be with a human translator.

More Information

An automatic citation is available, but GLRC honestly notes on the same page:
“While the data elements for the following citations have been formatted to meet the latest citation standards set forth by the respective agencies, these citations provide the available publication data for the document cited and should only serve as a guide and not as a replacement for the latest guidebooks — or those required by your instructor. Please refer to the provided examples for proper formatting.”

In other words, their citations may or may not be right. If you have an instructor who carefully corrects citations, don’t trust your grade to the automatic citation in any database since they all draw from similar automatic programs.

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.

AFI 100 List


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Below find the titles that Library Services purchased in response to the request to get the copies of all the AFI Top 100 Films of All Time in our Spring faculty survey. Sometimes it was easier to get the films in a multipack rather than the single title alone. The other titles included in those multipacks are included in the list below. With the addition of these titles Kirkwood Library Services offers all of the top 50 titles and 70 of the top 100 titles.

These films are available in the faculty DVD collection and may be checked out by any faculty or staff member or by a student with a permission from any instructor. Permission may be given as either as a note or a phone call. Instructors can also access these titles to include them in both in person and online lessons through Kirkwood’s Video on Demand (VOD) system.

2001: A Space Odyssey

All About Eve

Annie Hall

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls


A Clockwork Orange

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

The Godfather (we actually bought the 3 movie series set)

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness

It Happened One Night

It’s A Wonderful Life

Lawrence of Arabia

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Midnight Cowboy

Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

On the Waterfront

Raging Bull

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Walt Disney)

Some Like It Hot

Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope (the 1st one to come out)

Valley of the Dolls

Wizard of Oz

Snack and Drink Machines



One of the common questions we get at Kirkwood Library Services in Cedar Rapids is some variation of where can I get something to drink or eat, where are the nearest vending machines? We haven’t had a very handy answer before, but now we do.

Both a pop machine and a snack machine were recently installed in the elevator room or elevator alcove just outside the library in the lobby. These machines are available anytime the building is unlocked, whether the library is open or not.


The pop machine features 20 oz bottles for $1.75 general Pepsi products plus Sierra Mist, Orange Crush, Brisk Lemonade, and Green Tea Citrus.

Pop MachineThe snacks include a variety of chips ($1.00), a selection of candy bars ($1.25), and a range of other vending machine food ranging from nuts to cookies to Pop Tarts to graham crackers (individual items from 75 cents to $1.25).

For a broader selection the next nearest machines are in Linn Hall and then there are more in Iowa Hall by the cafeteria. There is a slightly bigger selection of vending machines in the 1st floor hallway at the end of Linn Hall closet to the library, including energy drinks. For a broad variety though, check out the lobby area in the central part of Linn Hall. The machines aren’t grouped together, so be sure to do the complete circuit around the lobby to see if they have you want. The bigger selection includes more energy drinks, Coke, and more substantial snacks like sandwiches. There are also two microwaves there for student use and a branch Cafe is open during fixed hours during the week. But if you don’t want to walk that far or up to The Cafe these new machines next to the library should cover the basics.


Next time you need a break on this side of campus remember you can stop by the library.

NOTE: They don’t take dollar coins.

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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