August 2010

Labor Day Weekend Hours

The Library will be open the following hours this weekend. Have a great Labor Day!

September 3 Friday    7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
September 4 Saturday    12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.
September 5 Sunday    12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.
September 6 Monday (Labor Day) 6:00 p.m. - 12:00 midnight


Cedar Valley Hunger Games II Information and Registration

For more information about the Cedar Valley Hunger Games II, click here.  You will find a flyer, the registration and rules, and a release form for the Hunger Games II.  You can also view a video from last year's Hunger Games.  The Hunger Games II will be held on Saturday, October 16th, 2010.  Registration and release forms are due October 1st, 2010. 

Rod Library & Hunger Games featured in Des Moines Register

Today's Des Moines Register featured Rod Library and the Cedar Valley Hunger Games that were held last fall. Click here to view the article.

University Archives and Special Collections Exhibits

Come and Visit University Archives and Special Collections located on the 3rd floor in Rod Library.

Study Abroad … See the World

Prepared by: Kim Nurre

Students started studying abroad on their own in 1896. John Kleinsorge and W. R. Patterson were two of the first students to Study Abroad.

President Seerley was on a board that recommended teachers to study abroad.
Education Travel Division was created in 1940 to assist students and faculty with studying abroad.

In 1952, other countries started giving grants to American students to study abroad. A year later the senate endorsed the first study tour to Europe.

In 2002, UNI was ranked by the Institute of International Education as fourth in the nation for number of students studying abroad for Master’s Degrees.

Student Arrival … Over the Years
Prepared by: David Glime

Transportation problems at the University today involve parking space. In 1876, when Iowa State Normal School first opened, the city of Cedar Falls was five miles from Campus. Students either had to walk on dirt of “mud” sidewalks or pay someone with a horse and buggy to get to campus. Sometimes students needed to hitch a ride.

An electric street car system was proposed to run between Waterloo, Cedar Falls, and Campus in 1892. It took until 1897 for operation to begin.

The advent of the automobile changed the way students arrive. Help from family was a necessity no matter what the time period. Families now pack student possessions in livestock trailers, grain trucks, pickups, U-Haul’s, and cars. No matter how you arrived on campus this fall…
Welcome Back!

Great Things Come in Small Packages
Prepared by: Amy Yates

Have you ever noticed how many small books are in the library? University Archives and Special Collections has many small books including the following:

  • Children’s Lyceum Manual: With Directions For Children’s Progressive Lyceums, Adapted to the bodies and minds of the Young; containing rules, marches, lessons, envocations, Silver-chain recitations, hymns, and songs. By: Andrew Jackson Davis. Printed in 1867.
  • The Complaint: or, Night Thoughts, by Edward Young, D. D. [printed in the 1800’s]
  • A Sketch of My Friend’s Family: suggesting hints on Religion and Domestic Manners, By: Mrs. Marshall. Printed in 1822.
  • Melodies, songs, sacred songs, and national airs: containing several never before published in America. By: Thomas Moore, esq. Printed in 1836

The following book is written in Russian translated into English and German:

  • Mtsyri = Der Mziri; By: Mikhail Lermontov (1814-1841). Printed in 1993.

Another Russian book:

  •  Epigrammy. By: Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin (1799-1837). Printed in 1984.

A little poetry book:

  • The Sky Stays Behind. By: Gary Hotham, copyright in 2000.

One small book on display contains one page between the front and back covers:

  • A Sunday in Monterey: Woodcuts. By: Antonio Frasconi. Printed in 1964.

An interesting book of Psalms from the Bible was printed by the heirs and successors of Andrew Anderson in 1698:

  • The Psalms of David in metre: Newly translated, and diligently compared with the original text, and former translations…/ Allowed by the authority of the General Assembly of the Kirk of Scotland, and appointed to be sung in congregations and families.

This blog entry is prepared by Amy Yates with assistance from Elaine Chen.

ScienceDirect down on Saturday, August 28

ScienceDirect will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance for approximately 9 hours on Saturday, August 28 from 6:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. CST.

Investext Removed from LexisNexis Academic

LexisNexis Academic has removed investment analyst reports distributed through Investext, due to licensing cost issues. LexisNexis Academic contains related titles such as Nelson's Company Research Reports, ProfitCents Analyst Reports, Weiss Stock Research Reports, and Zacks Equity Research. Other Rod Library databases with company analysis include Value Line, Morningstar, Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage, and Business & Company Resource Center. All are available from the Rod Library home page under Databases A-Z and from the Business Portal.

Where is the Google Scholar link?

Several people have asked how to get to Google Scholar, which is a popular resource for finding scholarly materials.  There are three ways to search Google Scholar from the Rod Library website. 

1) Click on Databases A-Z, scroll down to Google Scholar, and click on those words.  This method is an easy way to get to Google Scholar's Advanced Search features (to be able to specify title, author, etc.).  Click on the Advanced Scholar Search link to find the many search options available.

2) Google Scholar is listed in the dropdown menu in the Articles tab on the Library home page.  Select Google Scholar from the dropdown, type your search in the box, and click Go.

3) The Known Article/Journal Title Search page also has a box for searching Google Scholar, near the bottom of the page.

The benefit of entering Google Scholar from the library home page is that the results will often display a Find It@UNI link that may lead to full-text online content available to the UNI community.

If you have questions on how to use Google Scholar effectively, please click on the Ask Us! link to find many ways to contact reference librarians.

August Exhibits at Rod Library

For more information about exhibits at Rod Library see our exhibits web page.

Gale Virtual Reference Library Tutorial

View more Rod Library YouTube vdieos at Rod Library Video Playlist.

Wiley Interscience down this weekend

Wiley Online Library will launch this weekend (August 7-8), completely replacing Wiley Interscience.  

Wiley InterScience will no longer be available from Saturday 7 August at 3a.m. CST and should return as Wiley Online Library on Sunday, August 8 at 11 p.m. CST.  Users may go to to find additional information.

While Wiley has indicated they will transfer all content and access from Wiley InterScience to Wiley Online Library, they also state that they cannot guarantee that all redirects will work in the long-term.   If problems arise, the Library will work with Wiley to reinstate access as soon as possible.


Articles Tab Links Have Changed

We have unveiled a new look in the Articles tab on the Rod Library home page.  The names of several links have changed.  The link that was called "Advanced Search (Panther Prowler)" is now Subjects A-Z (Panther Prowler).  The link that formerly said "View a list of databases A-Z" has been shortened to Databases A-Z.  The link that said "Find a journal or locate a known article" is now Known Article/Journal Search.

Another big change with the Articles tab is that the default search box now has a dropdown menu rather than searching just one database.  The dropdown menu includes broad subject categories from Panther Prowler, and also two individual resources: Academic OneFile and Google Scholar.  Those two resources are both also listed in the Databases A-Z list.

We made these changes to make it easier to find a wider variety of searches to try when looking for information.  Anybody who has questions or needs assistance is invited to click the Ask Us! link and to contact reference librarians or staff through one of the methods listed.