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The Knowledge Base

Librarian for Discovery Services & Technology: Andrew Welch

Andrew Welch
You may have seen his alter masked persona on the SuperSearch Posters. Since joining the Library Faculty in 2010 – Andrew Welch has been forging new connections for access to scholarly resources. He earned his Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science in 2003, and served as a Systems Librarian for the Aurora Public Library system in Aurora, Colorado.

Mr. Welch serves as an Assistant Professor of Librarianship as at Cowles Library. He is responsible for the Library’s integrated library system (ILS), a suite of software that manages the acquisition, circulation and display of the Library’s collections. In addition, he oversees the configuration of SuperSearch and is involved with a number of other systems projects involving on-demand book, e-book and article delivery.

His research interests include usability of online library resources and the integration of third-party services into the library discovery interface.

By JoVE! Library Partners with Pharmacy to bring a New Type of Journal to Drake

Are you a visual learner? Do you like science? Would you rather see the experiment than read about it? Then take time to look at JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, now available through Cowles Library!

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JoVe is the first scientific video journal, but it also two attributes of more traditional journals: it’s peer-reviewed and it’s indexed in PubMed. JoVE has been around for five years, and there is already an impressive backlog of visualized experiments. Its January 2012 issue marked the 59th issue. All of its videos are professionally produced. Unlike a traditional journal, however, JoVE also offers users the ability to interact. Users may leave comments and ask questions.

JoVE also separates its video articles into sections, including neuroscience, immunology and infection, clinical and translational medicine, bioengineering, and basic protocols. Funding for this resources is shared by the College of Pharmacy and Cowles Library.

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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