State Library Update

November 2005                                                                                      Vol. 3, no. 4


Here's what's new at the State Library:

*The new Online Resources page on the State Library's website brings on-line reference services to your fingertips.

*Free access to the Cochrane Databases supports evidence-based health care research for state employees.

*The State Library's Online Catalog is your information portal to our collections.  You can search for a title, place an item on hold, and request that an item be sent to you - all from your own desktop computer.

*The State Library has a range of management, motivational, and training videos on many topics of interest - check out a few listed below.

*Most State Library services are available to ALL state employees - regardless of where they are located.



The State Library announces a new way to access our many on-line services, available free of charge to State Library patrons with our Online Resources page. Go to for a convenient listing of our services.


From journal articles on medical issues to research papers on water quality, millions of full-text articles, reports, and links to quality websites are available to your from this page.


Some of the materials are password protected. For access use your State Library card number. To register for a library card online go to and click on the registration form or contact our reference desk at 800-248-4483, 515-281-4102.



The Cochrane Collection provides high quality health care data to inform those providing and receiving care, and those responsible for research, teaching, funding, and administration at all levels. These three databases are an excellent source of dependable information about the effects of health care:


The Cochrane Controlled Trials Register is a bibliography of controlled medical trials identified by contributors to the Cochrane Collaboration and others, as part of an international effort to search the world's journals and create an unbiased source of data for systematic reviews.


The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews contains full text articles, as well as protocols focusing on the effects of healthcare. Data is evidence-based and is often combined statistically (with meta-analysis) to increase the power of the findings of numerous studies, each too small to produce reliable results individually.


The Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness includes abstracts 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.


To search these databases go to the State Library's Online Resources page at


. For assistance contact the State Library's medical library at 515-281-5772 or e-mail



The State Library has books, journals, videos, and dvds covering topics selected to meet your information needs. Use our Online Catalog to search for materials by subject or for a specific title, then you can request that the materials be send directly to you.


Find the State Library's Online Catalog at or go to our website at  To request materials use your State Library card number.



The State Library has a range of management, motivational, and training videos which cover such topics as leadership, success in business, teamwork, customer services, and diversity in the workplace. Bring a virtual trainer to your workplace with the help of some of our most recent videos.


Check out the following videos or look for more on the State Library's online catalog at


As Simple As Respect: Diversity, Respect and Inclusion in the Workplace

Read about this video at:


The Bear Essentials of Business: Paws and Learn the Bear Essentials of Business

Read about this video at:


Brains: Harnessing the Power of Emotional Intelligence or


Leadership Pickles

Read about this video at: or


Nobody Moved Your Cheese

Read about this video at:


Teamspeak: How to Ask Positive Questions

Read about this video at:



OTHER SERVICES that the State Library offers state employees free of charge include:


The State Library's staff is ready to give training during staff meetings or at in-service training sessions on the following topics:

*Finding legal information on the internet

*Using the WEBSTLAW database

*Finding and utilizing population and demographic information

* Accessing full-text articles using the EBSCOHost and FirstSearch databases

*Searching the PubMed database

*Searching for evidence-based research using the Cochrane Databases

*Finding grant information at the State Library

*Improving your internet search skills

...and many more.


Contact us for more information at 800-248-4483, 515-281-4102, or e-mail at