delete_smartYour Kirkwood library is a smart place. We know that great information results in quality thinking, and quality thinking makes for great grades, satisfying lives, and well-served families, businesses, and societies. (PLUS nerds are fun to hang out with!)

Right now, we need your help in adding to our collection of great information. We are considering adding more online databases in the areas of English, Social Science, general Humanities, and general Science. From now until the end of June, 2014, we are trialling parts of the academic databases JSTOR and Project Muse. We are asking all Kirkwood faculty and other interested users to please let us know what you think of them. As you explore and play, you might want to consider things like:

  • What do my assignments ask students to find right now? Do these databases provide the kind of quality material I want my students reading, on the appropriate subjects?
  • Is the interface friendly for searching, finding, getting citations, downloading, printing, etc? Was it easy to use? Confusing?
  • Thinking about the kinds of assignments/papers I most recently graded, would this database have helped or improved student learning, writing, or thinking?
  • How, specifically, could having access to this content improve my students’ success? Could it improve my own success as a teacher, writer, or researcher?

To get started, simply follow the directions below, search around, read broadly, and when you’re done, fill out the survey indicated here. Thank you!

  1. Project Muse – Basic Research Collection
    To get into the Kirkwood trial of Project muse, use this link,. If you’re off campus, you’ll be prompted to log in with your k number and EagleNet password. Project Muse is a provider of humanities and social science content. We are considering purchasing the “Basic Research Collection,” which includes these titles (be sure to look only at titles in the appropriate column).  When you’re done investigating, please take the Kirkwood Project Muse survey here. Trial ends Monday, June 30, 2014.
  2. JSTOR’s Arts and Sciences III, V, VII, VIII, XI and XIII
    To get into the Kirkwood trial of JSTOR, use this link. You will be prompted to log in with your k number and EagleNet password if you’re off campus. The collections we’re trialling are III, V, VII, VIII, XI and XIII. See what titles are included in each database here. Please note that if you search within this database, you will see only material we would be purchasing; if you browse, you MAY be allowed to see content that is NOT part of our proposed package purchases.   If you have questions in this regard, please contact a librarian. When you’re done investigating, please take the Kirkwood JSTOR survey here. Trial ends Friday, June 27, 2014.

We will likely repeat popular trials in Fall of 2014 to reach more of our users. Please spread the word for us – share broadly!

As always, thank you, and happy reading!

–Nicole & the Kirkwood library crew