Kanopy Access Changes

January 7 2020, by Andrew Welch

Kanopy logoEffective February 1, 2020, Cowles Library will begin mediating requests for streaming films on the Kanopy platform, and priority will be given to films requested for course use. This is a change from the more direct click-and-play access model the library has used since adopting Kanopy in fall 2017.

The model will continue to allow click-and-play access to already-licensed films until their license expiration date, and will allow new licensing requests only for course-related films.

A Difficult Decision

Increasing costs of the service led to our decision to adopt this new model. Knowing how popular this service is with our faculty and students, we struggled with this decision. We understand that click-and-play access is more convenient than mediated requests, and we do not enjoy placing restrictions on popular resources. The service’s growing popularity, however, has nearly doubled our annual expenditure for Kanopy films in the last year.

Kanopy’s Pricing Model

Unlike familiar streaming video platforms like Netflix and Hulu, which use a flat-rate subscription fee, Kanopy’s business model is based on the number of views per title, and four views of any film results in a charge to Cowles Library of $150 for a one-year license. This model is, unfortunately, unsustainable for the library as Kanopy becomes more popular and annual costs become unpredictable.

Many other libraries that use Kanopy are struggling with this same issue, as this Film Quarterly article illustrates.

Requesting Films

  • If you have used a Kanopy film for a course and are concerned about the license expiration, contact the library at acquisitions@drake.edu.
  • If you find an unlicensed Kanopy film you would like to use for a course, complete the request form on the Kanopy website as early as possible. In the message area, please let us know when you intend to use the film. The request form looks like this:
Example of the Kanopy request form
  • If you intend to use a film for a course, but it does not need to be streamed (e.g., you’ll show it in class vs. having students watch it on their own), contact the library at acquisitions@drake.edu to see if we can find a DVD or Blu-ray version that may be less expensive.

Kanopy License Expirations

Here is a list of Kanopy films the library has licensed, as of December 15, 2019, and their expiration dates.

Film Title Expires
8 1/2 5/1/2020
1910’s 3/1/2020
A Ghost Story 11/1/2020
A Man Called Ove – En Man Som Heter Ove 1/1/2020
À nos amours 6/1/2020
A Star Is Born 10/31/2020
A Thousand Midnights – The Great Migration 11/1/2020
Abortion: Stories Women Tell – A Thought-Provoking Look at the Issue of Abortion Today 11/1/2020
Abrazos – Children of Undocumented Parents 4/1/2020
abUSed: The Postville Raid 3/1/2020
Adlerian Play Therapy – With Terry Kottman 6/30/2020
Adlerian Therapy – With Jon Carlson 10/1/2020
Advertising at the Edge of the Apocalypse 7/31/2020
Aimee’s Crossing – Young Women in the Juvenile Justice System 4/1/2020
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch – How Humans Have Impacted the Planet 12/31/2020
ARTS: Possibilities, Disabilities & The Arts 10/31/2020
As You Like It 5/1/2020
Ash is Purest White – Jiang hu er nü 12/31/2020
Autism in America 10/31/2020
Awakening 3/1/2020
Babakiueria 4/1/2020
Becoming a Therapist 11/30/2020
Beyond The Lights 6/1/2020
Birth Of A Movement – The Fight to Ban a Controversial Film 10/1/2020
Boy 11/1/2020
Captain Fantastic 11/1/2020
Chico & Rita 3/1/2020
Chinese Take-Away – Un Cuento Chino 6/30/2020
City Lights 11/1/2020
Cleo From 5 to 7 7/31/2020
Color Adjustment – A History of African American Portrayal on Television 4/1/2020
Concerning Violence – Nine Scenes from the Anti-Imperialistic Self-Defense 3/1/2020
Connected by Coffee – Latin American Coffee Farmers 5/1/2020
Connecting Rooms 6/30/2020
Consuming Kids – The Commercialization of Childhood 3/1/2020
Delicate Balance – Three Stories Exploring Globalization 9/1/2020
Design is One – The Story of Lella and Massimo Vignelli 5/1/2020
Detainment 11/30/2020
Dial M for Murder 12/31/2020
Digital Disconnect – Fake News, Privacy and Democracy (playlist) 4/1/2020
Divided States of America: Part 1 6/1/2020
Dogtooth – Kynodontas 3/1/2020
Don’t Get Sick After June: American Indian Healthcare 4/1/2020
Donnie Darko 5/1/2020
Down Syndrome 3/1/2020
Echo In The Canyon 11/1/2020
Eighth Grade 7/31/2020
El Bola 6/1/2020
Ethnic Notions – African American Stereotypes and Prejudice 4/1/2020
Eye in the Sky 11/30/2020
F for Fake 11/1/2020
Factory Farms 3/1/2020
Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary – The Denial of Education and Health Care to Undocumented Immigrants 6/1/2020
February One – The 1960 Greensboro Lunch Counter Sit-ins 11/30/2020
First Person Plural 10/1/2020
Five Obstructions 11/30/2020
Gestalt Therapy with Children – With Violet Oaklander 6/30/2020
Giota’s Journey – Living with Cerebral Palsy 11/1/2020
Grey Gardens 3/1/2020
Guangzhou Dream Factory – The African Community in Guangzhou, China 11/30/2020
Hamilton: One Shot to Broadway 11/30/2020
Hannah Arendt 4/1/2020
Helium 4/1/2020
Helvetica – Typography, Graphic Design and Global Visual Culture 7/31/2020
Hereditary 9/1/2020
His Girl Friday 7/31/2020
Hoop Dreams 6/1/2020
How Difficult Can This Be? F.A.T. City – A Learning Disabilities Workshop 10/31/2020
I Am Big Bird – The Life and Career of Puppet Performer Caroll Spinney 10/1/2020
I Am Not Your Negro – James Baldwin and Race in America 6/30/2020
I Married a Witch 10/1/2020
Iceman – Der Mann aus dem Eis 10/31/2020
Including Samuel – Inclusion of Children with Disabilities (playlist) 10/1/2020
Invisible Persuaders 7/31/2020
Irvin Yalom: Live Case Consultation 11/1/2020
Ixcanul 5/1/2020
Julius Caesar 3/1/2020
Ken Burns: The Central Park Five 11/30/2020
La Jetée 9/1/2020
La Notte 1/1/2020
Lady Bird 1/1/2020
Latinos Beyond Reel – Challenging a Media Stereotype (playlist) 10/31/2020
L’avventura 1/1/2020
Leaving Neverland Part 1 6/1/2020
Leaving Neverland Part 2 6/1/2020
Machuca 5/1/2020
Mardi Gras: Made in China – Globalization Gone Wild 4/1/2020
Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present 4/1/2020
Mayan Renaissance – The Untold Story of the Maya (playlist) 4/1/2020
Memento 4/1/2020
Metropolis 11/30/2020
Mickey Mouse Monopoly – Disney, Childhood & Corporate Power 10/31/2020
Miss You Can Do It – A Pageant for Girls with Special Needs 10/31/2020
Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like – A Retrospective of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood 6/30/2020
Mother Tongue – A Mayan Community re-tells its History in Ixil 5/1/2020
Obit. – The New York Times Obituary Writers 11/1/2020
Obvious Child 11/30/2020
Oldboy 3/1/2020
Paris, Texas 3/1/2020
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies – Part I 11/1/2020
Persona 10/1/2020
Race – The Power of an Illusion (playlist) 1/1/2020
Rashomon 1/1/2020
Reel Injun – On the Trail of the Hollywood “Indian” 3/1/2020
Renacimiento de los Mayas (Spanish version of Mayan Renaissance) 3/1/2020
Room 5/1/2020
Sentenced Home – The Deportation of Cambodian Americans 11/30/2020
Seven Samurai (playlist) 6/1/2020
Show Me Democracy – Student Activism Amidst the Uprising in Ferguson 11/30/2020
Skin 10/31/2020
Solution-Focused Child Therapy – With John Murphy 7/31/2020
Speaking in Tongues – 4 Kids. 4 Languages. 1 City. 1 World. 10/1/2020
Spectrum – A Story of the Mind – The Rich Sensory Experience of Autism 10/31/2020
Stash Short Film Festival: Comedy (playlist) 11/30/2020
Super Size Me – The Fast-Food Industry in America 10/31/2020
Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! – Investigating the Fast-Food Industry 10/1/2020
Taking Root – The Vision of Environmentalist Wangari Maathai 5/1/2020
Tehran Taboo 6/1/2020
The 400 Blows – Les quatre cents coups 6/1/2020
The Battle of Algiers 10/31/2020
The Colors of The Mountain 5/1/2020
The Conformist 7/31/2020
The Disaster Artist 10/1/2020
The Exterminating Angel 1/1/2020
The Florida Project 3/1/2020
The Garden – Fighting for an LA Urban Garden 10/31/2020
The Girl Who Played with Fire 6/1/2020
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 6/1/2020
The Hole In the Ground 10/1/2020
The Inventor – Out for Blood in Silicon Valley 10/1/2020
The Killing of a Sacred Deer 6/1/2020
The Last Time I Saw Paris 7/31/2020
The Listening Project – Young Adults Living with Hearing Loss 11/1/2020
The Little Shop of Horrors 5/1/2020
The Mask You Live In 5/1/2020
The Mean World Syndrome – Media Violence & the Cultivation of Fear 4/1/2020
The Miseducation of Cameron Post 11/30/2020
The Prosecution 10/1/2020
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth  11/1/2020
The Roaring Twenties (playlist) 4/1/2020
The Seventh Seal 4/1/2020
The Spectacular Now 11/30/2020
The Third Murder – Sandome no satsujin 9/1/2020
The Way He Looks – Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho 11/30/2020
The Wild Pear Tree – Ahlat Agaci 11/1/2020
The Winter’s Tale 10/31/2020
Turn It Around – The Story of East Bay Punk 10/1/2020
Umbrellas of Cherbourg 6/1/2020
Un Coeur en Hiver (A Heart in Winter) 7/31/2020
Urban Roots – Urban Gardens in Detroit 10/31/2020
Urbanized – The Issues and Strategies Behind Urban Design 10/31/2020
Walking Into The Unknown – Native Americans and the US Healthcare System 4/1/2020
We Need to Talk About Kevin 6/30/2020
Welcome to the Sticks – Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis 6/1/2020
What Is Democracy? – A Philosophical Journey Exploring Government 10/1/2020
What We Do In the Shadows 5/1/2020
When the Mountains Tremble – War and Revolution in Guatemala 11/30/2020
Who Cares About Kelsey? – Helping Students with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges Succeed (playlist) 10/1/2020
Winter Sleep 3/1/2020

Drake Librarian Selected as SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow

October 22 2019, by Teri Koch

Drake Librarian Selected as SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow

Teri Koch, Collection Development Coordinator & Professor of Librarianship at Cowles Library, has been selected as a fellow in the SPARC Open Education Leadership Program, a two-semester intensive professional development program to build a comprehensive understanding of the open education space coupled with practical know-how to lead successful open education initiatives that benefit students, especially Open Educational Resources (OER). Teri is one of 27 fellows selected from a competitive application pool for the program’s 2019-2020 cohort.

Cowles Library Dean, Gillian Gremmels says: “Cowles Library is committed to supporting and expanding open education on campus. We are proud that Teri has been selected for this program, and believe that her work will benefit students at Drake.”

About her participation, Teri says: “My goal for participating in the SPARC Open Education Leadership Program is to enhance my own knowledge about OER practices and pedagogies so that I can become a more effective advocate for open education at Drake. I’d like to learn who is currently utilizing OER in their classes, who would like to do so, and what barriers they face. I am working to expand awareness and create training opportunities for those wishing to explore either the adoption or creation of OER.” To help her understand the current status of OER at Drake, Teri is asking faculty who are using or are considering using OER in their courses to fill out a short form

In recent years, librarians at Cowles Library have worked to make textbook access more affordable for students in the following ways: 

  • Presented about textbook alternatives at the 2014 & 2015 Drake Learning Symposium to encourage faculty to adopt materials already licensed via the library as textbook alternatives
  • Created a research guide to help provide information to faculty looking to adopt and/or create open access textbooks
  • Worked with individual faculty to find electronic versions of textbooks appropriate for use in their courses.
  • Worked with Drake Online Programs to provide unlimited-use electronic textbooks to online learners whenever they are available.. 
  • Over the past several years, purchased more than 70,000 eBooks on the SpringerLink platform. These eBooks can be downloaded in full as PDF files at no charge, and most titles offer the option to purchase a softcover printed version for $24.99.

“Academic libraries sit at the intersection of faculty, students, and high-quality resources, and therefore are essential partners in advancing open education on campus,” said Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education for SPARC. “A large part of what makes our program successful is the unique and valuable perspective each participant brings to it, and a vibrant community of practice develops amongst the cohort. We are proud to have Teri among our 2019-2020 class.”

Cowles Library is a member of SPARC, which is a global coalition dedicated to making Open the default in research and education.

Wall Street Journal – Now Available at Drake

July 9 2019, by Bruce Gilbert

The Wall Street Journal is now available to all students, staff, and faculty at Drake University! Once you’ve signed up, you can access it directly from their web page, and once you’ve logged in, you can access it from anywhere.

Signing up is easy! First, make sure you’re logged in to Drake web email or to my.drake.edu. Then use this link: https://library.drake.edu/find/article-databases/goto/wall-street-journal/ , using your Drake email as username and set up your password. That’s it! Once you have your account set up, you can also download and configure their app (see below).

Have an existing WSJ account? Look for a pop up directly under the email address box that says, “Already have an account? Sign in here.” That will enable you to reactivate your account under the Drake-sponsored membership.

This subscription gives you access to the last four years of WSJ content; if you want to access backfiles, you can search issues back to 1984 using this interface.

App authentication: Go to Profile > Log in, and enter your Drake credentials (email and password). After logging in, you have the choice to verify email or continue to WSJ (see below). It’s best to click “Send Verification” otherwise it will pester you each time you log in.

Having other issues? Call us at 271-2111 OR email: reference@drake.edu

Library Liaison meeting – Apr 2019

April 12 2019, by Bruce Gilbert

Below are some of the links (plus agenda and slides) from the April 11th, 2019 Library Liaison meeting.

Main takeaways

1) Please contact bruce.gilbert@drake.edu or teri.koch@drake.edu  if you’re interested in exploring “textbook alternatives” for one or more of your classes. See below for more details.

2) Journal Watchlist: The journals that are not highlighted will be canceled unless usage improves. (See link, below)

3) We discussed the University of California’s decision to drop their “Big Deal” package with Elsevier and push for Open Access (OA) alternatives with the support of their faculty. We need to continue to be aware of and push back against publishers who employ “super-inflationary” price increases each year, and the effect it has on our declining budget. Publishers such as Clarivate Analytics (Web of Science)  and McGraw Hill (Access Pharmacy) are two examples. Cowles Library is currently in a “Big Deal” with Elsevier, and we have negotiated favorable terms in that contract. http://bit.ly/2UPPYWN

Ithaka Survey:
Excellent response rate (49% of full-time faculty completed the survey), and we’re very thankful to those who took the time to complete it!

The library is analyzing the data to find opportunities to improve existing services and develop strategies and partnerships for new services.

The library will reach out to liaisons in the coming months as we develop more detailed proposals for these opportunities.

Links of general interest:

“Watchlist” of lesser-used journals and databases: http://researchguides.drake.edu/lreg

Cowles Library’s “Textbook alternative” website:

Where to find an “Open textbook”:

Open “learning object” repository (texts, syllabi, games, simulations, etc.): Merlot.org

Detailed meeting materials:

Issues in Scholarly Communication: Is Elsevier’s “Big Deal” a good deal for Drake?

April 11 2019, by Teri Koch

By Rod Henshaw, Teri Koch and Laura Krossner.

This is the first of several postings that will address the significant developments within scholarly publishing and communication.  Our purpose with these blog posts is threefold: 1) identity the major recent developments; 2) examine how do these relate to our collections and services, and 3) identify emerging scholarly publishing trends, especially emerging alternative constructs to the current system. We invite feedback and dialogue!

There are a couple of macro-factors to consider as we go forward.  First is the reality that the rate of change is speeding up.   In science fiction there is a term—the singularity—in which the pace of technological change rapidly accelerates (with both positive and negative consequences).  We are approaching, if we haven’t already entered into, an analogous situation with scholarly publishing. Second, within any fluid change environment, there will be a variety of factors to consider.  The number of players in the scholarly publishing environment is large, including, but not limited to: the research processes, faculty needs, publishers, scholarly societies, libraries, technology, governmental policy, open access, and the current financial climate for higher education.  These various players are going to be in different states of evolution, responding as needed with their individual service needs and business models. One of the primary challenges as this change goes forward is making the best decisions for service at any given time. 

For this first blog we want to address The Big Deal and why it’s getting to be an even bigger deal.  And what approach we are taking for the time being.

Most of you are aware that the University of California system recently declined to renew their big package deal with Elsevier.  https://www.chronicle.com/article/U-of-California-System/245798

This development has garnered a lot of press coverage beyond the library field and on into the academic and general press at large.  This UC decision has led to strong support – with support statements coming from other institutions – including Iowa State. https://www.insidehighered.com/print/news/2019/03/27/librarians-prepare-take-harder-line-publishers

Clearly, the UC action has emboldened other major systems and institutions to review their current deals, to take a harder line with negotiations, and to potentially not review package contracts.  Here is a summary from SPARC regarding Big Deal activities: https://sparcopen.org/our-work/big-deal-cancellation-tracking/

Below we review our current approach – especially with Elsevier, and why for the time being this approach makes the best sense for us – recognizing that this may change drastically when the contract is up for renewal.

First of all, you may ask what is a “Big Deal”? Why would a library subscribe to one? A Big Deal in the sense of libraries is where an institution subscribes to a large package of journals in a publisher’s collection, often at a substantial discount off the individual list price, rather than subscribing to only the titles the institution really wants/uses.  It is usually a better deal to get the whole package than it is to subscribe to needed titles individually. Libraries can offer access to more titles, and publishers can get their lesser-used titles into the subscription package in order to boost their subscription numbers.  Think of it like your cable package. You may only want CNN and ESPN, but you end up with a bunch of other channels that you may not really want or use.  

One of the most important functions of the library is to provide access to the learning resources needed by Drake students, faculty, and staff. Obviously, with budget constraints, we cannot provide subscription access to all needed and desired content. Therefore, we aim to try to provide access to the most used resources in the most cost-effective manner possible. In recent years, this has entailed the library “breaking-up” most of the Big Deal packages offered by vendors, and instead subscribing to the most-used journal titles on an individual basis. We then purchase individual articles on an “as needed” basis through a document delivery vendor, primarily GetItNow. The cost is usually in the vicinity of $24-48 per article. This model makes sense as long as the cost of articles purchased as needed does not exceed the cost of the subscription.

Up until recently, for the vendor Elsevier, this model made the most sense. We subscribed to approximately $24,000 of Elsevier journals, and we let users download additional content on an as-needed basis via GetItNow, which the library then pays for on a monthly basis. What has changed in recent years is the skyrocketing use of GetItNow, and the library’s associated costs.

Beginning FY18, our document delivery costs began to grow each month as more patrons were downloading Elsevier articles for their research.  This was problematic for numerous reasons: first, we had already budgeted a certain amount for expected document delivery costs, and suddenly we were in the red on that budget line.  We had to scramble to come up with the funds to pay for these invoices by cutting into the book budget and staff development budget.  Second, it also became impossible to predict the cost of the monthly GetItNow invoice. This lack of budget certainty was a huge problem.  Finally, it no longer made fiscal sense to rely on document delivery.  The yearly cost of Elsevier’s Big Deal package (called the Freedom Collection) ended up being less than what we were paying buying content per article via GetItNow.

Via careful contract negotiation, Cowles Library was able to obtain favorable contract terms for the Elsevier Freedom Collection.  We signed a 5-year contract with capped inflation rates, which also includes a “budget-out” clause.  This means if our budget situation becomes so dire we are unable to pay our contracted invoice amount, we can get out of the contract with no penalties.  We also managed to negotiate access to expanded backfiles: a standard Freedom Collection offers the current year of a journal’s content plus a 4-year rolling backfile (for instance, this year we’d have access to 2019 and the 4 previous years, 2015-2018; next year, we’d have access to 2020 and 2016-2019, etc.).  Our collection gives us 1995-present content, with no rolling backfile.  Each year that we continue to pay for Elsevier content, we maintain our holdings access back to 1995.

Finally, our contract ended up costing us less than had anticipated.  It is our most expensive single resource expense (north of $100,000), but the amount of content we get access to (over 2300 journals and 23,000 books), plus now having predictable budget lines and the ability to pay less for the same content we were getting before, makes this instance of a Big Deal a great value for Drake University.

Below are the most requested GetItNow journals now included in our Freedom Collection subscription:

  • Social Science & Medicine
  • Computers in Human Behavior
  • Research in Developmental Disabilities
  • The Leadership Quarterly
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  • Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
  • Psychiatry Research

In future posts we plan to address some of the other major developments in scholarly communication, and how they may impact us. Please feel free to provide feedback.

Complete the Faculty Survey to help the library

October 25 2018, by Andrew Welch

Ithaka S+R logoOn Thursday, October 25th, all Drake faculty received an invitation from Provost Mattison to participate in Drake University’s version of the Ithaka Faculty Survey, an important study of the impact of digital technologies on research, teaching, and publishing. Survey responses will help to direct the initiatives of Cowles Library’s continuous improvement plan and inform campus planning and decision-making with respect to research and teaching resources.

The survey seeks faculty perspective on a range of topics, including how faculty engage with and perceive the library. In particular, this survey will help the library gain insight into how our faculty members teach and conduct research in a rapidly changing and increasingly digital environment.

We know you are very busy and probably suffering from survey fatigue, but please consider giving the library 20-25 minutes of your time to take this survey. You do not need to complete the survey in one sitting. Any progress is automatically saved, and you can pick up where you left off. You will need to refer to Provost Mattison’s October 25th email message for the survey link.

General information about the National Ithaka Faculty Survey can be found at the Ithaka S+R website. Please direct any questions to the Cowles Library Planning & Assessment Committee, cowles-assessment@drake.edu.

Thank you!

Expanded Elsevier content available!

September 14 2018, by Bruce Gilbert

Drake University’s Cowles Library is pleased to announce that we now provide access to the
majority of content on Elsesvier’s ScienceDirect platform. This includes journals, as well as
books. Elsevier offers high-quality, peer-reviewed and highly-cited content in the life sciences,
physical sciences, health sciences, and social sciences.

Access here: https://library.drake.edu/find/article-databases/goto/sciencedirect/

To make sure you see content to which we subscribe, click on the “Access type: Subscribed and
complimentary.” You can also limit your search to journals, books, handbooks, reference
works, and/or book series.

Drake University now has access from 1995-present for a majority of the journal titles hosted
on Elsevier’s ScienceDirect platform (called: Freedom Collection 2018).  The only titles that are
excluded from our agreement are the third-party titles they are not allowed to license (Lancet,
Neuron, American Journal of Medicine, etc.).  Many of the third-party titles will still be available
to patrons via Get-It-Now (Document Delivery).

In addition, we now have access to all book content on Elsevier’s ScienceDirect platform, called the “All-Access” collection.  This collection includes books, book series, encyclopedias, handbooks, and major reference works. See below.

APA Style Central

December 1 2017, by Teri Koch

Writing a term paper or even getting ready to submit for publication? APA Style Central assists all levels of researchers (undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and beyond) in the research and writing process. It offers many tools to help facilitate the writing and research process in compliance with the APA style.

Tools include:

  • quick e-guides
  • substantive video tutorials
  • self-quizzes
  • sample research papers
  • tables & figures
  • over 150 sample references
  • 19 full-text psychology related reference books
  • a writing and collaboration tool
  • a manuscript matcher to identify journal candidates for publication


New Resources for Foreign Language: Mango Languages / Transparent Language Online

November 3 2017, by Carrie Dunham-LaGree

Whether you want to learn a new foreign language or practice a familiar one, there are two new databases to help you: Mango Languages and Transparent Language Online.

Mango Languages is an interactive database that provides lesson plans for 72 different languages. To track your progress, create an account. Mango conveniently tracks your learning yours, the courses you studies, and the lessons you’ve completed. Each lesson begins with conversational goals and grammar goals.


Transparent Language Online is a language-learning service offering over 90 language options. Note: users must create a free account to use (click “Sign up” to create an account). To create an account, you must be on campus and connected to Drake Wifi.

Literature Resource Center and LitFinder (Gale)

September 29 2017, by Andrew Welch

Literature Resource Center (LRC) is one of several new literature databases Cowles Library has added to help support all types of literary research. These databases expand our online access to literary criticism, critical reviews, author biographies, along with thousands of poems, plays, and works of short fiction. LRC includes biographical information about authors and literary criticism of authors’ works from dozens of sources. LRC covers a wide range of literature–not just fiction–from all time periods and from around the world.

LRC also includes several tools that help you establish the context surrounding authors and their works.

  • Topic Finder is a graphical way of displaying the context of your term, which can lead to connections you may not have otherwise considered.
  • Term Frequency shows the trend of one or more terms over time.
  • Criticism Over Time (image, below) displays a timeline of literary criticism for a particular work and allows you to jump right to critical essays from a given year.

Criticism Over Time in Literature Resource Center

You can use LRC in conjunction with LitFinder, which provides access to the full text of thousands of poems and short stories. Visit our LRC Research Guide and LitFinder Research Guide for more information and video tutorials.

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