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Kanopy Access Changes

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 current list of Kanopy films the library has licensed, including the date the license expires. Click a column header to sort by that column.

Expanded Elsevier content available!

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

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

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)

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.

Health and Wellness Resource Center (Gale)

The Health and Wellness Resource Center by Gale is a consumer health resource with access to many full-text health science databases which contain more than 1,000 medical journals, periodicals, and articles from more than 2,200 general-interest publications, medical newspapers, newsletters and news feeds.  Additionally, this resource has streaming videos with transcripts from Healthology, Illumistream, NBC and ORLive.

Most importantly though, it has access to a variety of electronic full-text dictionaries and encyclopedias including:

  1. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine
  2. The Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests
  3. The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders
  4. The Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer
  5. The Medical and Health Information Directory
  6. Medical Health Information Directory
  7. Merriam-Webster’s Medical Desk Dictionary
  8. various Thomson Healthcare and Micromedex drug guides.

 

However, this database is partially searchable in SuperSearch.

New resource: Gale Academic OneFile

New to Drake University for the 2017/18 academic year, Gale Academic OneFile is a premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world’s leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive. Content includes millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions from over 13,000 journals. Content is updated daily, so you won’t have to wait for the information you’re looking for.

Cool features include the topic finder, which generates a visual search result by topic and subtopic based on an analysis of frequently occurring and related terms in your results. It’s a great way to quickly assess your topic, find relevant articles, and discover new connections between your topic and others. You’ll find Topic Finder at the top of Academic OneFile’s home page.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)

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.

Historical Abstracts

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


Historical Abstracts is one of the many databases the Drake community has access to through Cowles Library. If you are looking for research articles on non-American history, this should be one of your first stops.

Doing historical research of Canada or the United States? You should check out America: History and Life.

Looking for articles on the history of anywhere else in the world? You should use Historical Abstracts.  Historical Abstracts indexes and gives abstracts for over 2000 journals. It includes key historical journals from almost every major country as well as a great selection of journals in the social sciences and humanities that are of interest to researchers of history.

A few questions I’ve heard over the years from users of this resource:

Q: What is an Abstract?
A: An abstract is a summary of an article. Historical Abstracts gives summaries and index terms to the articles in its database. Users can read the abstracts to see if the article is something they are interested in.

Q: Why isn’t there full-text available for all of the articles I find in this database?
A: That’s a long story, mostly it’s because of expense. We can get you any article you find in the database. If there isn’t full text, click on Check for Full Text @ Drake . This may lead you to the full text article. If it does not, it will lead you to Interlibrary Loan.

Q: What is Interlibrary Loan?
A: We have another library send us a copy of the article for you. For more information go to Interlibrary Loan 

Any questions about using Historical Abstracts? Just ask!

ProQuest Black Studies Center

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


Are you interested in researching contemporary or historic topics related to African-Americans, the African Diaspora or Africa? Then take time to explore the Black Studies Center, a fully cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies that includes scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, reference books, and much more. This dynamic resources includes four collections:

  1. Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, which features Interdisciplinary essays written by leading scholars on the Black Experience, audiovisual resources, and a timeline of key events in a variety of themes that link to resources in this database.
  2. The International Index to Black periodicals, which covers scholarly and popular Black Studies journals, including full text for many titles. It also includes The Marshall Index,a guide to black periodicals for the years 1940-1946.
  3. Historic Black Newspapers, including the full digital files of The Chicago Defender (1910-1975) and The Daily Defender (1956-1975)
  4. Black Literature Index, which features over 70,000 bibliographic citations for fiction, poetry and literary reviews published in 110 black periodicals and newspapers between 1827-1940.

The Black Studies combines all four of these databases so users may choose to search all four at once or search a single one.

 


List of All Resources and Services announcements

Most popular:

1) New York Times Digital Subscription
2) Chronicle of Higher Education

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