Archive for the ‘New Resources’ Category

New e-Reference Titles Added!

January 13, 2012

Ramaker has added a number of new electronic reference books to our collection:

These e-reference books are great places to start your research.  Check them first for a general overview of a topic, for key issues related to the topic, and for bibliographies of related works.

To see a more complete list of our e-reference books, visit the Reference Resources subject guide.

Resource: History in Dispute

January 9, 2012

When researching current issues, our NWC students have always appreciated the point-counterpoint structure of CQ Researcher and Opposing Viewpoints. That same discussion format is now available in the History in Dispute series.  This time, though, the topics are ones of historical importance, rather than contemporary ones.

History in Dispute allows you to look at differing perspectives on major historical issues. Coverage is broad, including issues from antiquity all the way through the late 20th century.  Some examples of essays are:

  • Were the Crusades Motivated Primarily by Economic Considerations?
  • Did Adolf Eichmann Receive a Fair Trial?
  • What was the Effect of Large Dams in the American West?

To use this tool, simply enter keywords for your search in the search box at the top of the page. You can also see all the titles in the series by mousing over the book covers; clicking on a specific title allows you to browse the topics covered in that volume.

Get Your Google On!

October 26, 2011

Everyone knows how to Google, right?  This new guide from Ramaker will show you other tricks you can do in Google, such as using it as a calculator, a dictionary, or a sports reporter.  The guide also covers some of Google’s special applications such as Google Documents and Google Sites.

Check it out at

Now Online: Chronicle of Higher Education

October 4, 2011

Ramaker Library now subscribes to the electronic version of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Everyone in the Northwestern community has access to the full online publication, including premium content that would have previously required a paid subscription.   The Chronicle is well-known for its current content, commentaries, and essays about all things related to colleges and universities.  Our subscription also provides you access to the searchable archives.

To get the most out of The Chronicle, consider signing up for one of their many newsletters, such as Academe Today, the Daily Report, or Wired Campus, among others. Visit for more.

The Chronicle is also available off-campus to Northwestern users through EZ Proxy; simply log in with your NWC username and password.

Northwestern’s New Business Database

September 12, 2011

Did you know that our Business students are learning about investing in Stocks and Bonds?   They are and they’re using our new business database – Morningstar Investment Research Center.   Morningstar provides the latest information on hundreds of stocks and mutual funds along with a system of ratings.   Students can practice building portfolios based on hundreds of criteria.  This is a top notch database so be sure and check it out.  Please close out of the database when you are done, we are limited to 1 concurrent user.

Encyclopaedia Judaica

September 10, 2011

This summer Ramaker Library added the Encyclopaedia Judaica to our online encyclopedia collection.  This encyclopedia is one of the best sources for information on the Jewish faith and people, and it contains over 20,000 entries.  In print, the encyclopedia is 22 volumes, which gives you an idea of just how extensive the coverage is.

The Encyclopaedia Judaica makes many “best of” reference lists, including Library Journal’s Best Reference Sources for 2007.  Some entries include maps and illustrations, and the research and scholarship is excellent.

Use this source when you need information on anything related to Jewish history, Jewish customs and traditions, contemporary Jewish life, and Israel.

MORE Multicultural DVDs

September 8, 2011

We’ve added several DVDs to our

Multicultural Media Collection.

These DVDs are available for 2-day check out.

Located across from the circulation desk.

New Encyclopedias Tab

September 6, 2011

We recently added a 4th tab — Encyclopedias — to the search box on the library home page.

This tab is a great place to begin research on any topic.  Just enter a term in the search box on the tab to search the majority of our electronic reference collection. While this tool does not search everything we have available, it does search a broad selection of titles in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

After you do a search, you’ll be directed to a page of results.  Simply click any title to read the full article.

You may notice how the results come from a variety of different encyclopedias.  The Gale Encyclopedia of Science will have a more general coverage of the topic, while Chemistry: Foundations and Applications will provide more in-depth insight into the chemical processes of global warming.

Also on the Encyclopedias tab is a link to Guide to Reference Resources by Subject:

This guide compiles the best print and electronic reference resources for each discipline.  Be sure to check out this guide when starting your research; it will show you some excellent reference sources.

We hope this new addition to our site helps you access our reference resources more easily and conveniently. If you have any questions, please ask a librarian

New Resource: AtoZ World Culture

January 28, 2011

The library just purchased a new electronic resource, AtoZ World Culture.  This reference source covers 175 countries, providing essays on their religion, folklore, holidays, cuisine (even recipes!), government, demographics, geography, sports, and more.  Users can also download images of maps and flags.

Students taking foreign language, political science, sociology, and world history courses will find this to be a great tool.

Want to Write Right?

November 19, 2010

What’s the difference between affect and effect?  When do you use a semi-colon rather than a comma?  Do the quotation marks go inside or outside of the final period?

We’ve got answers to these questions on our Ready Reference shelf, which is located near the reference desk on the main floor of the library.  These handy guides explain the nuances of English grammar, punctuation, and style.

Two recent additions are the following:

New Books on the Virtual Shelves

October 27, 2010

Online reference materials are wonderful; they provide the same well-researched information as traditional subject-specific encyclopedias, yet they are available to you at any time. We continue to add these resources to our collection.  Here are some of our latest additions:

Click on any of the links above to go directly to that encyclopedia.  To see a full list of our e-encyclopedias, visit our Online Reference Books page.

Seeing All Sides

October 21, 2010

If you are working on a project about current issues or contemporary ideas, the Opposing Viewpoints series is a great place to begin your research.  These books contain multiple essays that reflect a wide range of perspectives on one single topic.

We’ve recently added new titles in this series:

We have over 100 titles in this series; click here to see a complete list.

Time to Tickle the Digital Ivories

October 5, 2010

The library now has a digital piano for the Northwestern community to use.  I’m sure you’re thinking, “But isn’t the library supposed to be quiet?”  This piano comes equipped with headphones, so only the person playing can hear the noise.

The piano is located near the Kooiker Music Collection and is available to use anytime the library is open.

The Reveal: Part 5

September 16, 2010

Some students stop by Ramaker just to read the newspaper or flip through a magazine.  This summer, we reorganized these collections to make it easier for students to find these materials.

Newspapers are now located right inside the main doors.  We carry the Sunday editions of major newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, Des Moines Register, New York Times, and Omaha World Herald. We also have most area newspapers including the N’West Iowa Review, Rock Valley Bee, Sioux Center News, and Orange City Capital Democrat.

Popular magazines are located in the Periodicals area on the north side of the first floor, but we’ve grouped leisure materials together on a special shelf.  These include The Atlantic, Ebony, Forbes, National Geographic, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, and Time.

The Reveal: Part 2

September 8, 2010

In addition to great new chairs, we also added new technological equipment at Ramaker.  We now have a scanner available for student use.  Even better, two computer stations are equipped with the Adobe Creative Suite.  Adobe CS4 includes all the software needed to create and manipulate text, graphics and photos; the most notable applications included are Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat.

The scanner is located near the Kooiker Music Collection on the west side of the main floor.

If you have questions about how to use the scanner, please ask anyone at the library; we’d love to show you how easy it is.