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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

Education Source

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


Education Source is a database Cowles Library subscribes to that includes materials on all levels of education to our users. From early childhood to higher education, this database provides full text of over 1,900 journals and citations for over 5.5 million articles.

 

If you’re interested in looking at more specialized scholarship, Education Source collects work on different specialties like health education and multilingual education. Whether you’re interested in looking at education explicitly or a topic that is adjacent to education, Education Source can provide you with a unique perspective.

 

This resource is partially included in SuperSearch so you can get an idea of what’s included there but to get access to all of its resources you’ll want to access Education Source directly through the article databases link on our website.


List of All Resources and Services announcements

Most popular:

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

Oxford African American Studies Center

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


Whether you’re looking to get started learning about a new topic or you need historical primary sources, the African American Studies Center can help you in your research. This multidiscipline database explores African American contributions to many different fields like business, education, science, medicine, and government.

The collection includes high quality reference works like biographies on over 6,500 important historical and contemporary figures as well as a large collection of primary sources. Use biographies, timelines, and charts to figure out the landscape of your topic or browse through maps, images (like the one below), film clips, and speeches to primary source. Try out the “at a glance” pages to consider multiple entries on the same topic.

To access this resource, go to “article databases” off of our library homepage. You can look by subject, under African American recourses or search for it by name. Since African American Studies Center isn’t included in SuperSearch you’ll have to go directly into the database to see everything it has to offer.

 


List of All Resources and Services announcements

Most popular:

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

Learn About: MathSciNet

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


Do you need to find resources related to mathematics? MathSciNet is your best source when searching the math realm. The database contains bibliographic information, abstracts, and reviews from across a wide array of publications in the field of mathematics. This database is frequently updated, with over 100,000 new resources added every year.

Screen Shot of MathSciNet Search Interface

MathSciNet Search Interface

 

In terms of authority, recent literature is reviewed by experts and professional mathematicians. 80,000 reviews are added every year. Plus there are over 550 journals within the MathSciNet collection.

 

Screen Shot of MathSciNet Search Results

MathSciNet Search Results

Search results are easy to navigate and full text is available for a variety of results. Items not available in full text can be found via the Full Text @ Drake option as well as interlibrary loan and the Get It Now option.

So the next time you’re doing research for anything related to mathematics, give MathSciNet a try.


List of All Resources and Services announcements

Most popular:

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

JoVE Biology (and JoVE Neurology) 2017

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


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Starting an experiment can be a confusing and frustrating task because sometimes we don’t know how to start it or how to build the steps. Thankfully JoVE Biology can help you replicate and build experiments with visual aids. JoVE Biology is an online, peer-reviewed resource focusing on general biological research presented using videos.

Along with over 1,500 peer-reviewed videos, JoVE Biology also provides you with a PDF of experimental techniques, references, and lists of materials used in the experiment. A bonus is that you can access this material using MEDLINE.

In terms of content, JoVE Biology provides you with general biology research methodologies, including cell, molecular, and organismal biology. It includes, but is not limited to, techniques in physical biology, cellular biochemistry, genetics, physiology, systems biology and a combination of eukaryotic and prokaryotic model systems.

In addition to the biology resources, Cowles Library also provides you with access to JoVE Neuroscience. You can differentiate between them by looking for a blue-colored “B” or a green-colored “N” in the upper-right corner of the page. You can use the search tools on the left side of the screen to search one at a time or both at once.

Here is an example of an article from the database:

http://dx.doi.org/10.3791/2169 


List of All Resources and Services announcements

Most popular:

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

CQ Press Voting and Elections

This is the twelfth 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.



Cowles Library has a subscription to CQ Press Voting and Elections Collection.  This database integrates a wealth of data, analyses, and historical material to provide a powerful research and reference tool on voters, political parties, campaigns and elections, historical and modern races for Congress, the presidency, and governorships.  It also includes the ability to generate customized data about candidates, voter turnout, party control, and more!

This research and reference website is organized into six categories:

  • Presidential Elections includes explanations of the presidential electoral process, analyses and data for historical and modern presidential elections, modern voting behavior, key events and issues, and biographies.
  • Congressional Elections provides explanations of the congressional electoral process, including reapportionment and redistricting; data for historical and modern congressional elections; analyses of modern congressional elections; modern voting behavior; modern district profiles; key events and issues; and biographies.
  • Gubernatorial Elections presents explanations of the gubernatorial electoral process and data for historical and modern gubernatorial elections.
  • Campaigns and Elections explores the American system of voting and elections, electoral process and reform, media, interest groups, and the impact of money.
  • Political Parties covers the party system in America, including party strength and control, and profiles Democratic, Republican, and third parties.
  • Voters and Demographics covers expansion of voting rights, voter turnout, voting behavior, modern county census data, and modern district profiles.

Check out CQ Press Voting and Elections!


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
7) Bibliography of Native North Americans
8) JoVE Biology (and JoVE Neuroscience)
9) Filmakers’ Library Online
10) Springer Books and Journals
11) NEW version of RefWorks

RefWorks – New Version!

This is the eleventh 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.


We here at Cowles Library encourage our users to check out the “new” version of Refworks. This bibliographic citation manager is already in use by many at Drake, so this new version offers a seamless transition and importing of your existing citations. There is an extensive YouTube site if you want to watch some short videos to understand the advantages of the new version.

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Refworks allows users to create, import and update bibliographic information in all required and standard academic styles in use at Drake. Create a personal account with your Drake email address on first use and use RefWorks to track citations and create bibliographies. This account remains active even after you leave Drake. More information and training can be found at http://proquest.libguides.com/newrefworks.


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
7) Bibliography of Native North Americans
8) JoVE Biology (and JoVE Neuroscience)
9) Filmakers’ Library Online
10) Springer Books and Journals

Springer books and journals available through Cowles

This is the tenth 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.


Cowles Library now offers direct access to ALL Springer journals and tens of thousand of Springer ebooks, with no special software required! Details follow:

I.  Springer ebooks

Access: https://library.drake.edu/find/article-databases/goto/springer-ebook-2010-2016-collections

  • Over 35,000 titles
  • 2010-2016 (with thousands more titles being added this year)
  • Many titles in Computer science, Biomedical, Life Sciences, Mathematics
  • New! Humanities, History, Social Science & Law content this year!
  • No DRM (digital rights management)
  • No software requirements; can be downloaded as a PDF
  • Unlimited printing/downloading
  • Can purchase a print copy for $24.95 for most books (if so desired)
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# of titles in Springer ebook collection 2010-16

To see the full list of titles go to this site: http://tinyurl.com/zgmzhus

  • The first worksheet shows ALL titles in the collection.
  • Subsequent worksheets show titles available in each collection, sorted by subject.
  • Interested in any particular title you see on the list?  Just copy & paste the url in “open url” column into your web browser!

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II. Springer journals

We’ve added online access to 2,000+ Springer journals from 1997 to present! https://library.drake.edu/find/article-databases/goto/springer-journals

See below for links to journals in specific disciplines:

Medicine

Internal Medicine

Biomedical Sciences

Public Health

Health Informatics

Psychology

Social Sciences

Life Sciences

Ecology

Plant Sciences

Biochemistry & Biophysics

Mathematics

Statistics

Computer Science

Physics

By joining a new library consortium we were able to provide access to these journals for less than $3 per title per year.  With a few exceptions, we now have access to ALL Springer journals.

In 2015 over 500 Drake users attempted to access 16 Springer journal titles (such as Journal of Insect Behavior, as well as Advances in Therapy) and were denied access.  These journals are all now directly available to Cowles patrons, wherever they have an Internet connection!


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
7) Bibliography of Native North Americans
8) JoVE Biology (and JoVE Neuroscience)
9) Filmakers’ Library Online

Filmaker’s Library Online

This is the ninth 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.


Cowles Library is pleased to offer access to the Filmaker’s Library Online by Alexander Street Press. Filmaker’s Library is a well-known and highly respected distributor of issues-based documentaries, and this collection provides award-winning documentaries with relevance across the curriculum. This collection presents points of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions world-wide. The collection includes 1800 titles, 75% of which are exclusive to the collection. Titles originate from independent filmakers and prominent producers alike. Select content partners include HBO, CBC Learning, BBC, the Dramatists Guild, Journeyman Pictures, and IFC Films/Sundance Selects. Newly added, exclusive titles from Oscilloscope Films, First Run Features, and Zeitgeist Films include award winners and film-festival favorites, all hand selected for their caliber and relevance to academic audiences. Users will find popular highlights like Oscar nominee Finding Vivian Maier, Through a Lens Darkly, and Dark Days. Students and faculty from a diverse group of disciplines, including anthropology, race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, environmental science, bioethics, health, politics, psychology, arts and literature, will find films of interest in this diverse collection.

Navigating the database is simple: users may browse by title, discipline, publisher, people and content type. Advanced searching allows users to search the transcripts of the films. By creating a free account and logging in, users may create their clips, download clips, create playlists, and bookmarks.
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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
7) Bibliography of Native North Americans
8) JoVE Biology (and JoVE Neuroscience)

 

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