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Interlibrary Loan / Reserves Telephone Outage

January 23, 2020

The Interlibrary Loan telephone (271-4819) is not working due to a possible wiring problem. Drake ITS is currently working to resolve this. If you have questions about ILL, Reserves, or holds on Circulation accounts, please call 271-2111 and ask for Kris Mogle, email, or visit Kris’s office (104 Cowles Library).[/note]

Kanopy Access Changes

January 7, 2020

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
  • 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 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 Representation 2/1/2020
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
Moonlight 2/1/2020
Mother Tongue – A Mayan Community re-tells its History in Ixil 5/1/2020
Mr. Hublot 2/1/2020
Nameless Gangster 2/1/2020
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

Complete the Faculty Survey to help the library

October 25, 2018

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,

Thank you!

E-Book Survey

November 9, 2017
Cowles Library is partnering with several Iowa academic libraries to gather faculty and student feedback regarding their use of and attitudes toward academic e-books, and we’d like to hear from you!

  • The survey is anonymous and only takes about 5 minutes.
  • Responses will be accepted until December 8, 2017.
  • The results will help the library make better decisions about book and e-book purchases.
  • If you are a current Drake student, completing the survey makes you eligible to win one of six $25 prizes (that’s cash!).

Literature Resource Center and LitFinder (Gale)

September 29, 2017

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.

Problematic links to Springer ebooks

Update: This issue was fixed on 10/1/2017.

The problem and temporary workaround are described in this FAQ. We hope to have the issue resolved shortly.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)

April 13, 2017

This post is part of a series of “Resources and Services” posts from the Faculty of Cowles Library.

What You’ll Find in ECCODeclaration of Independence, 4 July 1776, by John Trumbull

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) includes primary source content from over 200,000 books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides, and other documents:

  • printed from 1701 to 1800;
  • printed in the British Isles, Colonial America, the United States of America (1776-1800), Canada, or British territories, in all languages;
  • printed in any other part of the world, wholly or partly in English or other British vernacular.

The foundation of ECCO comprises publications from the Eighteenth-Century Short Title Catalog (ESTC) project. In 1977, the British Library and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies began a joint project whose aim was “to create a machine-readable union catalogue of books, pamphlets and other ephemeral material printed in English-speaking countries from 1701 to 1800.” [1] The project was later expanded to digitize and include publications dating back to 1473 (and was renamed the English Short Title Catalog), but the ECCO database contains the ESTC content from 1701-1800.

ECCO presents content as images of original book pages. You can search the text of these pages and download up to 250 pages as PDF files. ECCO contains content supporting research in literature, history, music, religion, medicine, law, linguistics, fine arts, and more.

Searching ECCO

Like most databases, ECCO provides a Basic and Advanced search. The Basic Search allows you to search for terms in the Keyword, Title, Subject, and Author fields, or within the pages of the documents themselves. You can enter a date limit and choose from one or more subject areas.

The Advanced search allows you to do all of the above, as well as combine terms from different fields, specify additional search fields (e.g., Publisher, Place of Publication), limit by Language, limit by Illustration type, and apply a “Fuzzy Search” option. Fuzzy Search looks for near matches and variant spellings of your search terms. Because of the variant spellings often found in historical documents, as well as the possibility of scanning errors during digitization, we recommend setting Fuzzy Search to at least Low.

Research Tools in ECCO

Be sure to consult ECCO’s Research Tools to explore detailed and carefully crafted Historical Contexts. These documents are essentially entries from reference works on a topic (e.g., French Revolution, War of American Independence, Slavery and the Slave Trade, Enlightenment) that present an overview of the topic within the context of the eighteenth century.

The Key Documents section provides an overview of what you can expect to find on a given topic in ECCO, where the collection’s strengths lie, and a list of important works (including links) in that subject area. Here, for example, is an excerpt from the “History and Geography” Key Document overview:

The history and geography collection, although rich in titles on English life and history, spans the world as it was known to eighteenth-century historians and travelers. It is particularly strong in ancient history, including many editions of Edward Gibbon’s masterpiece, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. The user will also find numerous histories of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and the nations and states of Europe (with particular strength in histories of the Scandinavian countries), as well as histories of Russia. The collection is strong in titles on the French Revolution, particularly English responses to it.

If you have questions about how to use Eighteenth Century Collections Online, reach out to a librarian.

Library closed on Monday, Jan. 16

January 13, 2017

Due to the chance of hazardous weather conditions, Cowles Library will be closed on Monday, January 16. We will reopen at 7:30 am on Tuesday, January 17, weather permitting.

SuperSearch account login is working again

November 23, 2016

12/1/2016 – The problem with logging in to “My Account” in SuperSearch has been fixed. Thank you for your patience, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Cowles Library endorses ALA statement on inclusion and diversity

November 16, 2016

American Library Association president Julie Todaro recently issued a statement on libraries, diversity, and inclusion. Cowles Library fully endorses this statement, which reads:

“After a contentious campaign season filled with divisive rhetoric, we are now hearing from our members and in the news media about incidents of bigotry and harassment within our communities. From children acting out in schools to adults participating in violent acts, it is clear that our nation is struggling in the wake of this election.

During times like these, our nation’s 120,000 public, academic, school, and special libraries are invaluable allies inspiring understanding and community healing. Libraries provide a safe place for individuals of all ages and backgrounds and for difficult discussions on social issues. Our nation’s libraries serve all community members, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and the most vulnerable in our communities, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds, and promote inclusion and diversity.

As an association representing these libraries, librarians, and library workers, the American Library Association believes that the struggle against racism, prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination is central to our mission. As we have throughout our 140-year-long history, we will continue to support efforts to abolish intolerance and cultural invisibility, stand up for all the members of the communities we serve, and promote understanding and inclusion through our work.”

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