Archive for October, 2015

Bibliography of Native North Americans

This is the seventh in a series of “Resources and Services” posts from the Faculty of Cowles Library, intended to increase awareness of the quality resources and services (many of them new!) available to Drake students, faculty, and staff. Earlier posts are listed at the bottom of this page.

Bibliography of Native North Americans (BNNA) is one of the Library’s key resources for researching the culture, history, and life of native North Americans. BNNA considers native North Americans to belong to one of the following broad groups:

  • Aleuts, which include Eskimos or Inuit of Greenland, northern Canada, Alaska, and eastern Siberia; and
  • other native peoples (i.e. “Indians”) of Alaska, Canada, the United States, and Mexico north of the northern boundary of Mesoamerica.


BNNA includes more than 188,000 citations from books, journals, essays and government documents. BNNA is not a primary source collection. For manuscripts, photographs, letters, and other primary sources related to native North Americans, Cowles Library offers Indigenous Peoples: North America.

More than 30,000 citations include direct links to full text, with thousands more available via “Check for Full Text @ Drake” links from Sabin Americana, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Early English Books Online, and others. In all, roughly half of the citations in BNNA will lead you to full text.

BNNA is an EBSCO collection, so all of the content in this collection can also be found when you search SuperSearch.

Date coverage: 1602 to the present, although most content was published after 1944.

Geographic coverage: Greenland, Canada, eastern Siberia, United States and Mexico north of the northern boundary of Mesoamerica.

Previous Resources and Services announcements:

1) New York Times Digital Subscription
2) Chronicle of Higher Education
3) Oxford Very Short Introductions
4) Vogue and Women’s Wear Daily
5) Business Expert Press
6) Statista – Statistics for the Rest of Us

New Series In Ambrose Digital Streaming Video

11 new series comprising 57 videos have just been added to the Ambrose Digital Streaming Video database available to Drake through Cowles Library.

Nine of the new series are from BioMEDIA ASSOCIATES LLC  which produces and distributes instructional life sciences multimedia that captures the diversity and intrigue of the living world.  Their programs engage viewers  with compelling images, revealing video sequences, concise narrations, and effective instructional design that supports learning.  BioMEDIA programs feature new techniques of microscopy, animation, and photography to reveal the structure, process, and behavior of living things.  The new series (and number of videos) are

The Biology Classics (1)
Branches on the Tree of Life (16)
The Domains of Life (1)
Hiddent Biodiversity (9)
Inside the Living Cell (5)
Life in Aquatic Environments (3)
Termites: The Secret Queens of the Woodlands (1)
Visualizing Cell Processes (5)
Visualizing Human Physiology (1)

In addition, two older series have also been added. They are:

Bill Moyer’s Healing and the Mind (5)
Ten Who Dared (10)

Jterm Opportunity: LIBR 042


Below is the course description for an Information Literacy (AOI) course for Jterm 2016.

The course is designed for first- and second-year (and transfer) students, and satisfies the Info Lit AOI. It is offered by Cowles Library Professor Bruce Gilbert, who must approve all student enrollment in this course; his contact information is at the bottom of this post.


Course description:

Modern students and modern learning are enmeshed in the various communities that give education its context. This course will explore the relevance of information literacy in the community-based environment and impart an understanding of how intelligent use of information resources can benefit both the student and the community.  Emphasis will also be placed on preparing students for experiential learning (both within the academic curriculum and as a lifelong perspective).  Students will be challenged to engage and research community-based resources, create at least one artifact of that involvement (such as an interview, oral history, or research project) and reflect upon the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to marshaling information, especially in the context of experiential learning and community engagement. NOTE: This course takes a “blended” approach to course delivery.  In this case, that means that most of the course is transacted online, but there are also mandatory in-class sessions at the beginning and end of the course.

Texts and Readings:

Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich. Other selected readings will supplement core texts.

Learning Objectives:

•       Gather relevant information to support and address a research topic
•       Demonstrate the use of critical thinking and information literacy skills
•       Analyze and interpret information relevant to his or her needs
•       Retrieve, evaluate, synthesize and cite appropriate information
•       Articulate the social and ethical implications of information use and misuse.
•       Select and employ the appropriate method and data for disciplinary research, problem-based learning, experiential-based research, and/or reflective/integrative coursework.

Projects and Assignments:

Students will visit one or more cultural organizations in their home community and gather background information about that organization.  The primary assignment will be to use the results of that information to create an informative artifact (such as an electronically-captured interview, oral history, or research project) that will further awareness of the organization. Finally, the students will write a brief reflection paper about the process of learning about their community through engagement; both of these projects will require proper attribution of information resources.

Please contact Professor Gilbert ( or x4821) if you would like to be added to the class and if you have any specific questions about the class.

University Archives & Special Collections Hours for October 15

University Archives & Special Collections will close at 3:00 p.m. today, Thursday, October 15.

JSTOR is experiencing widespread site issues

JSTOR is experiencing widespread intermittent site issues, causing pages to stop loading, access denials, and site crashes.  JSTOR technical support is aware of the problem and working on fixing it.  Currently, there is no time frame for when this will be resolved.

New Archives Web Site

The Drake University Archives & Special Collections at Cowles Library has a new web site:

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