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- Volume 7 Issue 1-
January, 2009

A Reader's Nightmare

The Friends of the Otterbein College Courtright Memorial Library present "A Reader's Nightmare" on

Sunday January 18
at 4 pm
in the Courtright Memorial Library (2nd floor).

"A Reader's Nightmare" is a comedy written by James Bailey, Professor Emeritus of English. The reader, played by Bailey, is haunted by writers such as Twain and Poe and characters including Jo March and Scarlett O'Hara. The other players include Candyce Canzoneri, Petie Dodrill, Pat Kessler, Mary Pat Knight, Jim Gorman, Stephen Grinch, and John Ludlum. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the door. A reception with refreshments will follow the performance. The play is a fund-raiser for the Friends of the Library.

New materials added in the past month. More...
Equipment Available

The Library offers a wide variety of equipment for a one day circulation for students, faculty and staff.


Do you need a digital camera or camcorder to complete an assignment? How about a laptop or data projector? Would a graphing calculator or digital audio recorder be useful?


To find out more information and to place a reservation go to: Equipment Reservations page or ask at the circulation desk. If you have questions or problems, please contact Becky Rollo at ext. 1799.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Hours

While classes are cancelled and other offices are closed on Monday, the library is open during the MLK holiday for the following hours.

Saturday Jan. 17            10am – 5pm
Sunday Jan. 18              12pm – 6pm
Monday Jan. 19             12pm – 2am



News About Research Databases

Global Road Warrior is a comprehensive business travel, telecommunications and business culture reference providing information to 175 countries. This database features high-resolution maps, and unique content includes business etiquette in a country; stereotypes of the country as accepted by foreigners and stereotypes as accepted by the country; information specific to women on the “global road”; information on street crime, organized crime, and social unrest; typical food within the country; religious practices; language; lifecycles; and much more.

OhioLINK Electronic Book Center rollout of its new interfaces. The new EBC design offers:

  • " One click basic searching for scholarly books only, American and English literature only, or all of OhioLINK's most popular e-book collections (using Quick Search/MetaLib)
  • " Quick links to OhioLINK's most popular individual e-book collections, which provide advanced searching options, including American & English Literature, Oxford Reference Online, NetLibrary, Safari Books Online, and the Scholarly & Reference Collection
  • " An updated look

Cochrane Databases Give Nursing Majors Access to More Evidence Based Research

The library now has access to the Cochrane Collection of Health Care databases through the Ebsco interface. Essentially, this is a collection of six different databases with a focus on evidence based medicine.

  • NHS Economic Evaluation Database (NHS EED) - This database looks at the cost of treatment. "Economic evaluations - the cost-benefit analysis of two or more different medical treatments - from around the world.."
  • Health Technology Assessments (HTA) - provides details of completed and ongoing health technology assessments (studies of the medical, social, ethical and economic implications of healthcare interventions). It contains systematic reviews, as well as ongoing and completed research based on trials, questionnaires and economic evaluations.
  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - These full text reviews are highly structured and systematic, with evidence included or excluded on the basis of explicit quality criteria.
  • Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE) - abstracts (not full text) of published systematic reviews on the effects of health care from around the world, which have been critically analyzed according to a high standard of criteria.
  • Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials - a bibliography of controlled trials identified as part of an international effort to hand search the world's journals and create an unbiased source of data for systematic reviews.
  • Cochrane Methodology Register - a bibliography of publications which report on methods used in the conduct of controlled trials.
Note that the last three databases listed do not include full text. However, if you come across a useful article and you can't find the full text, don't dispair. You can always use interlibrary loan and request it. The average time it takes to obtain an article, which is mailed as a pdf to your Otterbein email account, is five days.

Need more information? Have more questions? Visit the library home page at http://library.otterbein.edu. Instant Messaging a librarian (Screename:Otterbeinlibrary).
E-mail us at Library@otterbein.edu or call us at 823-1984