Guide to the New Rod Library Homepage

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This video shows you how to navigate the new Rod Library homepage.

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Google Scholar Off-Campus and FindIt@UNI

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Setting preferences in Google Scholar allowing University of Northern Iowa students access to FindIt@UNI while working off-campus.

Google Scholar Introduction

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This video shows you how to access Google Scholar search engine and find full text via Find it @ UNI.

Google Uncle Sam: Quick tips 5 from Rod Library

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This video shows you how to find and use Google Uncle Sam search engine for government resources.

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New Library Database -

The electronic version of the Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory is now available through UNISTAR, the Library’s online catalog. Use this resource to obtain bibliographic and publisher information about more than 300,000 journals, determine journals in subject areas of interest, and identify refereed journals.

New Dictionaries on Stands

Dozens of new dictionaries have replaced older editions on the dictionary stands located around the library, and many of the stands themselves have been relocated, to provide library users with the most current and convenient information possible.

Sixty-five new unabridged and collegiate dictionaries were purchased with special funds. Altogether, 46 stands in the library hold 91 of these frequently used reference books. While the dictionaries can be used right at their stands, each stand also holds at least one smaller collegiate dictionary, which can easily be carried to a study table or desk for further use.

The stands were moved in order to place them in higher-traffic areas and closer to areas with the most study tables and desks, and also to spread them more evenly around the library. In addition, stands are often found in similar locations on each floor of the building, including near most stairways and elevators. A map of the stands can be found here.

New Account Option: My Reading History

Library staff members are often asked if we can give someone a list of the books they have checked out in the past. Our answer has always been, "No." The library takes seriously the privacy of your library records so we do not maintain a list of what you borrow after you return it. "My Reading History" is a new feature which allows you to track items you borrow. Some patrons have asked for this service as a means of recalling a book or author they liked or for keeping a list of what they have already read. Participation in the feature is entirely voluntary. You may start or stop using it, as well as delete any or all entries in "My Reading History”, at any time. If you choose to start using "My Reading History", you agree to allow our automated system to store this data.

To enable “My Reading History” go to My Library Account, choose My Reading History, and then choose “Start Saving My Reading History”. This begins the collection of titles you borrow from the Rod Library.

Atlas of Black Hawk County 1926

Rod Library has just added a copy of the "Atlas of Black Hawk County 1926" to its Digital Collections. This book provides a unique look at our county in a different era where the township assumed great importance in local government.

The ideal civil township was six miles square, and the township held elections, repaired roads, and gave relief to the poor. In addition to the detailed township maps in this volume you can find farmers' directories which detail the owner (or renter) of each parcel of land, his wife, children, and how many years he had lived in the county.

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Quick Tips 4: Call Numbers

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Update on the Rod Library Recurring Materials Budget

As you may be aware, the Rod Library recurring materials budget has been protected, and will not be reduced as part of the University's budget reduction measures being implemented in FY 09-10. This is good news for the entire University community. However, the materials budget has been static for the last seven years. This situation already has led us to substantially reduce periodical and other serial subscriptions as well as one-time expenditures for monographs and other resources, such as cds and DVDs.

In preparation for the coming year, bibliographers in the Library’s Collection Management and Special Services Department have begun to consider how they will balance ongoing commitments with one-time purchases. We have been able to stretch the budget to some degree through the use of Student Computer Fee allocations, Fines money, and gift and grant funds administered through Foundation accounts. However, given ongoing inflation, a static budget means that we will continue to be short of funds. Thus, we are reviewing existing periodical, serial, and electronic resource commitments to identify cancellations to implement in FY 09-10. In this process, we will do our best to minimize the impact on study, teaching, and research across the disciplines.

Later this semester, we will share with University administrators and faculty a list of anticipated cancellations, at least for electronic resources. We hope that doing so will better prepare the campus for the impact of these cuts. In some instances, given subscription periods, we will not lose access to canceled titles until the late winter or spring of academic year 2009-2010.

If you have questions about this process, please contact Katherine Martin, Head of Collection Management and Special Services in Rod Library via e-mail at Or, you may contact the appropriate subject bibliographer. A list of bibliographers' assignments is available at

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