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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, w

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, Ne

Maquilapolis - Free Showing

Join us for a free showing of Maquilapolis – City of Factories at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23rd in Room 324 of Rod Library. This documentary explores globalization through the eyes of Mexican factory workers. The event, which is part of Women’s Studies Month programming, is sponsored by Rod Library and Women’s & Gender Studies.

The documentary is part of the Library’s collection, and is available for individual and classroom viewing. The Library also has acquired public performance rights for the title.

Banned Books Week at Rod Library

Banned Books Week “celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular.” It emphasizes the “importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them.” Banned Books Week is an annual event sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National A

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