Archive for 2011

Welcome to the Cowles Newsletter!

The Cowles Newsletter and Cowles Briefing Series are intended to provide the Drake community with both general awareness and background information on library programs, services, and activities.

As with last year’s launch of SuperSearch, there’s a lot of more changes coming soon at the library. Additional knowledge access pilot projects are getting underway. Planning has also started for a series of multi-year renovations to the library building. And Cowles will also launch a brand new web site soon.

There’s a lot happening! Stay tuned and stay connected.


Rod Henshaw
Dean, Cowles Library

Carrie Dunham-LaGree
Librarian for Digital Literacy

Refworks Workshops

Cowles Library will offer a workshop this semester where you can learn more about RefWorks. RefWorks automates the tasks of citing information & creating bibliographies for research papers. It allows you to create your own citations or import citations from research databases. Users can automatically insert references from RefWorks into their papers and generate formatted bibliographies in seconds. This workshop will be offered twice this semester: Monday, November 28 at 3 p.m. and Wednesday, December 7 at 4 p.m.

This workshop will cover the basic functions of RefWorks, including the new features added this fall. You will learn how to import and export citations from library databases, how to create bibliographies in seconds, how to organize sources in folders and subfolders, and how to manually create references. RefWorks novices and current users are welcome. Holding this workshop in the electronic classroom will allow users to practice using RefWorks.

This workshop is open to students, faculty and staff. Because space is limited in each session, registration is required. You may register for the November 28th session or the December 7th session. If you have specific RefWorks questions or would like to work one-on-one with a librarian, please contact Carrie Dunham-LaGree at or (515) 271-2175. This workshop will also be offered during the spring semester. Look for more information on dates in January.

For more information on RefWorks, please take a look at our post on RefWorks 2.0.

Librarian for Digital Literacy and General Education

Carrie Dunham-LaGree Joins Faculty


Carrie Dunham-LaGree joined the Cowles Library Faculty in June 2011. She completed her Master’s of Science in Information Studies at The University at Albany (NY) in December 2010. Before coming to Drake, she worked as an Information Literacy and Reference Librarian at the University at Albany and taught Information Literacy courses there for three semesters. During graduate school, she interned at Siena College and at the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s A. Bartlett Giamatti Research Library in Cooperstown, New York.

Ms. Dunham-LaGree serves as an Assistant Professor of Librarianship as the Librarian for Digital Literacy and General Education.  This fall, she and Professor of Librarianship Bruce Gilbert will co-teach the First-Year Seminar “Digital People, Digital Lives,” which will explore concepts of citizenship and humanity through technology and information literacy.

Her research interests include the influence of technology culture on the information-seeking behavior of academic library users and the influence of popular culture in undergraduate library instruction.

RefWorks 2.0 – A Tool for Serious Research

RefWorks automates the tasks of citing information & creating bibliographies for research papers. Allows you to create your own citations or import from online databases. For remote access, call the Reference Desk at 271-2113 and ask to speak with the librarian on duty to obtain the site code.


RefWorks allows users to create personal databases and use them for a variety of research activities. References are quickly and easily imported from text files or online databases. The databases can then be used to manage, store, and share the information. Users can automatically insert references from their database into their papers and generate formatted bibliographies and manuscripts in seconds.

RefWorks allows you to…

  • Organize and create a personal database online – no more index cards to write out and organize. Everything is done automatically as you import the reference into RefWorks.
  • Format bibliographies and manuscripts in seconds – this saves hours of typing time and decreases the number of errors in creating tedious bibliographies. Easily make changes to your paper and reformat in seconds.
  • Import references from a variety of databases using the already created Import Filters.
  • Manage Alerts – RefWorks has incorporated a RSS feed reader to allow you to establish links to your favorite RSS feeds and import data from those feeds directly into RefWorks.
  • Searching your RefWorks database is fast and easy – RefWorks automatically creates author, descriptor and periodical indexes when importing so you just click on the word to perform the retrieval. Use Quick Search to search all fields for the most comprehensive results or Advanced Search to narrow your search to specific terms and fields.
Need help exporting from a particular database? Check out our information page featuring many of our databases.

New Resources for Fall 2011


DynaMed has undergone a significant transformation including new features and enhanced functionality.  We are pleased to announce that the transformation is complete and users will begin to notice some of these new features:

  •  Cleaner, more simple user interface
  •  Alerting feature allows users to be notified when topics are updated with new evidence
  • Updates can be filtered to view by specialty and if they are “practice changing”
  • Search results can be configured to include results from other EBSCO database subscriptions
  • Enhanced navigation functionality in both search results and topics allow users easily find information

Complete list of the new features.



Encyclopedia of Popular Music – 4th Edition

Logo of the Encyclopedia of Popular MusocNow Online!  This encyclopedia’s 30,000 entries cover all genres and periods of popular music from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music. The expanded Fourth Edition includes thousands of new entries on trends, styles, record labels, venues, and music festivals. Key dates, biographies, and further reading are provided for artists covered, along with complete discographies that include record labels, release dates, and a 5-star album rating system.

Access the Encyclopedia of Popular Music from on-campus.

New in the Drake Collections

The C. Pat Place Jazz Collection

Cowles Library has archived and cataloged an extensive collection of jazz materials collected by C. Pat Place and his brother, Robert “Bob” Place (Drake ’48).  The collection was gifted to Cowles Library by son and nephew, Richard Place, also a Drake University alum.

C. Pat Place Jazz CollectionSeveral binders of personal notes and commentaries resulting from years of researching the world of jazz reflect the Place’s passion for this original, American musical genre.  Accompanying the binders, are nearly 700 jazz-related items, including: books, CDs, cassettes, LPs & 78s, as well as movies.

Access the Finding Aid to the archived notes and commentaries.

Access the list of cataloged books and media.

The Dorman Hundling Silent Film Sheet Music Archive

Cowles Library has archived a unique and significant collection of music written or arranged to accompany silent film.  Founded in 1981 at Drake University, this archive contains over 6,000 titles with scores and parts, the nucleus of the collection coming from the Hundling family’s Capitol Theater in Newton, Iowa.

The scores (in folders) are in order by number assigned by the longtime curator of the collection, Drake University professor emeritus of music, Dr. James Luke, and taken from the collection’s digital database identifying title, composer, arranger, publisher, date of publication, place of publication, mood, and provenance.

Access the collection’s Finding Aid.


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