Extended Building Hours

Beginning Wednesday, April 28, Rod Library will offer extended building hours to accomodate students preparing for end of the semester tests and projects.  Good luck everyone!

April 28 - 29 Wednesday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
April 30 Friday 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 midnight
May 1 Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 midnight
May 2 Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
May 3 - 5 Monday - Wednesday 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 midnight
May 6 Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
May 7 Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Opposing Viewpoints

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World Bank's Open Data Initiative

The World Bank announced on April 20 that "it will offer free access to more than 2,000 financial, business, health, economic and human development statistics that had mostly been available only to paying subscribers." Some 330 indicators are available for up to 209 countries. Some of the data go back 50 years. The statistics are available through a new web site. The World Bank has prepared this guide for working with the data. The statistics can be searched or browsed through categories such as Countries, Topics, Indicators, and the Data Catalog. Results can be downloaded in formats such as Excel.

Wheelchair for Public Use

If you need to request the use of a wheelchair while in the library, there is a wheelchair located at the Circulation Desk, to the left of the main entrance.  The Access Services staff on duty will make arrangements for use and provide assistance as needed.

Take Our Government Documents Survey

Calling all students, staff, faculty and community members!

Rod Library is currently evaluating the government documents collection, its usage, and how the collection might evolve in the future. In doing so, we request your input on this short survey. Your answers will be confidential and anonymous.

To take the survey, click here.

For more information about government documents, please see our "Documents and Maps" web page.


April Exhibits at Rod Library

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

Training on ISI Web of Knowledge - April 7th

Rod Library now provides access to the Web of Knowledge collection of databases. Training sessions for faculty with a representative from Thomson Reuters have been scheduled for Wednesday, April 7th, from 11:00 – 12:00 noon and 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Rod Library, Room 373. To sign up, please call Chris Neuhaus at 273-3718. 
What is the Web of Knowledge? - It’s a research platform that provides access to leading citation databases and a variety of content. However, Web of Knowledge is more than an aggregation of content and tools. It's a unified platform that enables you to conduct one search to find all relevant items. The content includes:
  • 23,000 journals (with cover-to-cover indexing)
  • 23 million patents
  • 110,000 conference proceedings 
  • 2 million chemical structures
  • 700 million cited references
Web of Knowledge indexes both cited and citing works, enabling the user to more easily identify links between current and historical research.  The searcher can use cited reference data to move backward and forward in time to track and determine research influence, and use citation analysis to find influential authors who are publishing high-impact research, discover important author and/or institutional research collaborations, and determine where the most significant research is being published.
The Rod Library Web of Knowledge package includes:
Web of Science (Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index, Arts & Humanities Citation Index), with backfile coverage from 1995
Biological Abstracts (with backfile for 1995 - 2008)
Zoological Record
EndNote Web (can also be utilized in conjunction with some other Library databases)
The Library also has initiated a subscription to Journal Citation Reports®, beginning with Science Edition 2009 and Social Science Edition 2009.
The Library was able to subscribe to the Web of Knowledge by redirecting funds previously dedicated to a print subscription to the Social Science Citation Index and a subscription to Biological Abstracts on a different vendor platform. Backfiles were acquired in part with non-recurring funds.

CQ Researcher

The CQ Researcher is a powerful research tool for finding original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues in the news. It offers an overview of a topic and provides resources and information for further study.

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Database Cancellations and Changes

Rod Library has canceled its subscriptions to the Testing & Education Reference Center, Wilson Art Abstracts, and Wilson Applied Science & Technology Full Text databases, and will lose access to them by mid April.  Many of the test preparation materials available through Testing & Education Reference Center are available in other formats in the Library collection.  Wilson Art Abstracts is being replaced with Wilson Art Full Text, which not only indexes over 500 periodicals but also provides access to the full text of nearly 200 journals, with content dating back to 1997.  The Library also has canceled its subscription to Wilson Applied Science & Technology Full Text.  It is exploring alternative resources.  In the interim, you may find the Engineering Village 2, Web of Science, and ScienceDirect databases useful.

Changes in Newspaper Databases

As of March 31st, NewsBank's America's Newspapers and Access World News will no longer be available.  In 2009, NewsBank lost the rights to provide access to Gannett publications, including the Des Moines Register, which had been accessible through America's Newspapers.  The Library has redirected funds to making the Register available on the ProQuest platform.  It appears on the Databases A - Z list as Des Moines Register.  Other databases with varied national and international news content to which the Library subscribes include Ethnic Newswatch, LexisNexis Academic, Newspaper Source, and PressDisplay.  The Library also subscribes to the New York Times (1851-2006):  ProQuest Historical Newspapers.

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