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Celebrating CARLI!

If you’ve ever used I-Share (and if you haven’t, do it now) or searched our VuFind catalog for materials, you have CARLI to thank.

CARLI, which stands for Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois, is one of our most fantastic resources. Through CARLI, IWU faculty and students have access to incredible databases like EBSCO as well as many collections, digital and otherwise. CARLI also maintains a Last Copy program, meaning that they work to ensure access to monographs that exist in only a single copy across academic and research libraries in Illinois. Their diverse membership includes large libraries like the University of Illinois and small libraries like the Carl Sandburg Community College. Together, the libraries in this partnership advocate for you, the library user! As their new infographics demonstrate, CARLI served 800,000 students, faculty, and staff and delivered $43.1 million worth of materials and services to member libraries in the past fiscal year alone. It goes without saying that The Ames Library couldn’t be happier to be a member.

Films for Native American History Month

November is Native American History Month and Kanopy is streaming lots of related content, including PBS’s new four-part series, Native America: The World Created by America’s First Peoples. PBS’s description of the series reads:

Each hour of Native America explores Great Nations and reveals cities, sacred stories, and history that has long been hidden in plain sight. In America’s Southwest, First People emerge from the earth to build stone skyscrapers with untold spiritual power, and transform deserts to fertile fields. In New York, warriors renounce war and found America’s first democracy five hundred years before the Declaration of Independence – and later inspire a young Benjamin Franklin. On the banks of the Mississippi, rulers raise a metropolis of pyramids from swampland and draw thousands of pilgrims to their new city to worship the sky. And in the American West, nomads transform a weapon of conquest into a new way of life, turning the tables on European Invaders, and building an empire.

Kanopy is also offering a collection of over 250 films by and about native peoples. Some selections are derived from American Indian Film Festival winners, while others, like Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015), star native actors. You can browse the collection here and watch the new PBS series here.

HeinOnline: We Have It

Remember back in August when we were extolling the virtues of our new trial database HeinOnline? How it has “160 million pages and 200,000 titles of historical and government documents in a fully searchable, image-based format?” (Source.) How it contains over two dozen smaller databases, from the Pentagon Papers to Slavery in America to Women and the Law? Well, we now have a subscription, meaning that you can access it any time and anywhere if you are an Illinois Wesleyan student or faculty / staff member!

HeinOnline also regularly add new content. The most recent examples include two new databases, Gun Regulation and Legislation in America and the John F. Kennedy Assassination Collection. If you are doing any research in the areas of law, government, politics, and history, then we cannot recommend HeinOnline enough. Log on today and do a little bit of browsing. We promise you’ll find it valuable!


JSTOR makes Nobel Prize Laureate papers free until November 19th

In honor of this year’s Nobel Prize Laureates, JSTOR has made their papers free until November 19th! More below.

2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Awarded to Frances H. Arnold “for the directed evolution of enzymes” and to George P. Smith and Greg Winter “for the phage display of peptides and antibodies.”

Directed evolution of the tryptophan synthase β-subunit for stand-alone function recapitulates allosteric activation” (Andrew R. Buller, Sabine Brinkmann-Chen, David K. Romney, Michael Herger, Javier Murciano-Calles, Frances H. Arnold, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2015)

Kinase Interaction Domain of Kinase-Associated Protein Phosphatase, a Phosphoprotein-Binding Domain” (Jia Li, George P. Smith, John C. Walker, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 1999)

Mapping Epitopes and Antigenicity by Site-Directed Masking” (Didrik Paus, Greg Winter, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2006)

2018 Nobel Prize in economic sciences

Awarded to William Nordhaus and Paul Romer for designing “methods for addressing some of our time’s most basic and pressing questions about how we create long-term sustained and sustainable economic growth.”

Mathiness in the Theory of Economic Growth” (Paul M. Romer, The American Economic Review, 2015)

The Economics of Hurricanes and Implications of Global Warming” (William D. Nordhaus, Climate Change Economics, 2010)

Economic aspects of global warming in a post-Copenhagen environment” (William D. Nordhaus, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2010)

2018 Nobel Prize in Peace

Awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their “crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, war crimes.”

Congo: No Peace Without Women” (Denis Mukwege, Journal of International Affairs, 2013)

2018 Nobel Prize in Physics

Awarded to Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou, and Donna Strickland for inventions that “have revolutionized laser physics.”

Design for an Optical CW Atom Laser” (Arthur Ashkin, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2004)

Extreme Light” (Gérard A. Mourou and Donald Umstadter, Scientific American, 2002) *Note: Only available to licensed subscribers*

More Intense Shorter Pulses” (Gérard A. Mourou and Toshiki Tajima, Science, 2011) *Note: Only available to licensed subscribers*

2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Awarded to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo “for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation.”

APE1 is dispensable for S-region cleavage but required for its repair in class switch recombination” (Jianliang Xu, Afzal Husain, Wenjun Hu, Tasuku Honjo and Maki Kobayashi, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2014)

Recognition of a Ubiquitous Self Antigen by Prostate Cancer-Infiltrating CD8⁺ T Lymphocytes” (Peter A. Savage, Keith Vosseller, Chulho Kang, Kevin Larimore, Elyn Riedel, Kathleen Wojnoonski, Achim A. Jungbluth and James P. Allison, Science, 2008) *Note: Only available to licensed subscribers*




Top Five Hidden Resources at The Ames Library: #2. ILLiad

#2. ILLiad

At this stage in your IWU career, you’re probably aware that we have a ton of books, journals, and databases to help you out with all your assignments, and that if we don’t have a book at Ames, you can borrow it from I-Share. You might not know, though, that we have a service that allows you to access articles and books that aren’t in our collections or I-Share–for free.

ILLiad is an interlibrary loan service that lets you request the full text of articles that we don’t have access to and books that aren’t available via Ames or I-Share. Requesting the materials you need is easy, but requires a separate account from your regular library account. On average, articles requested through ILLiad arrive within 48 hours and books arrive within 8 days. However, in some cases articles can take up to a week to arrive and books can take up to two weeks, so don’t wait until the last minute!

Exploring Ames: Center for Resource Libraries

As a Titan, one of the many electronic resources that you have free access to is the Center for Research Libraries. This international consortium of libraries makes available “approximately five million newspapers, journals, books, pamphlets, dissertations, archives, government publications, and other resources” from areas which include “Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central, South and Southeast Asia, North America, and Europe.” (Source.) You also have access to physical CRL collections through interlibrary loan.

If you’re not quite sure where to start, CRL provides topic guides to give you a boost. For example, if your research area is South Asian studies, you can find complete runs of Indian, Sri Lankan, and Nepalese newspapers on microfilm. CRL’s digital resources include periodicals and pamphlets from the 1848 French Revolution and Chinese “street literature” from the earliest days of Mao Zedong’s newly formed republic.

Still feeling overwhelmed by this amazing resource? Ask a librarian! We’re always happy to help guide you to the materials that you need to get started on your research, whether you’re a first-year student or longstanding faculty member.