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Visit the Library’s newest special collection!

ell.jpgThe English Language Collection (located on the upper level of the Library) is a focused mini-library of resources for learners at all levels.
Designed to support reluctant readers, English language learners, GED- and college-prep students, the collection offers a variety of books, multimedia, and workbooks including:

  • Grammar and mechanics
  • English for academic purposes
  • Speaking and pronunciation
  • College writing
  • Vocational English
  • Graded readers
  • Quick reads
  • Dover Classics
  • Abridged classics
  • High interest-low literacy graphic novels

Encourage your students to take advantage of this unique and growing collection!

Best in New Black Literature

books-1245690_640.jpgAt the end of last year, Hope Wabuke posted a Year in Review of the best books by Black authors on The Root. As we come up on Black History Month, it seemed only right to highlight some of those books and let you know which are in the COD Library's collection.

This list includes stories, novels, poetry, and nonfiction. You'll find many in print on the New Book shelves, but others are also available as e-books and audiobooks via Overdrive. And for those we don't yet have, you can use I-Share to request the title from one of our neighboring Illinois academic libraries.

Protect Your Work & Prevent Cheating with a DMCA Takedown Notice

You've found your course materials on Course Hero - now what?

courseherocopyright.pngSites like Course Hero make it easy for students to share study guides, class notes, practice problems and more, but are also platforms for distributing tests, worksheets and other course materials. Contending with Course Hero from an academic integrity perspective is challenging, but you do have recourse via the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Materials you create for your classes - tests, worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, study guides - are your intellectual property, which means that copyright laws grant you exclusive rights over this work. You alone have the right to copy and distribute your material: unless you publish your work under a Creative Commons license or grant permission otherwise, anyone sharing your work is violating your copyright.

If you find course materials that YOU created on websites that do not have your permission, request that they are taken down.

In order to avoid liability, websites must "act expeditiously to remove, or disable access to" any allegedly infringing materials upon being properly notified of the infringement. As a result, sites like Course Hero will generally make the takedown notice process fairly simple for you. In Course Hero's case, simply visit their Copyright Infringement Notification at and fill in the form they provide. For more information on Course Hero and its copyright policies, visit

For sites that do not provide a form, you may be asked to submit a formal DMCA takedown request via email. For more information, see our Sample Takedown Letter.

Additional questions? Contact COD's copyright liaison librarian, Jennifer Kelley at

What IS cheating?

CollegeExam.pngStudents don't agree on what constitutes cheating behaviors - we've seen that here at COD after five semesters of surveying ALP English students on their perceptions of cheating. How can instructors ensure that everyone in their classrooms are on the same page when it comes to Googling answers, collaborating with friends, and recycling papers?

Take a look at this recent Faculty Focus post for ideas that range from discussion questions, quizzes and a cheating behavior survey that you can run in your own class:
Activities that Promote Awareness of What Is and Isn’t Cheating

"Exam" by Gerald Wildmosser is licensed under CC BY 3.0

A semester's worth of research topics

Event.pngAt a loss for a research topic? Look no further than your calendar for ideas and inspiration.
Current event databases like Issues and Controversies and CQ Researcher offer timely topics in their extensive reports which feature compelling research questions, pro & con perspectives, and thorough bibliographies.


African American History Month:
Affirmative Action: Are affirmative action programs necessary to make up for past discrimination?
Slavery Reparations: Should the government provide reparations to the descendants of slaves?
Confederate Monuments: Is it appropriate for states to display monuments to the Confederacy?

National Entrepreneurship Week:
Manufacturing Jobs: Should the U.S. government bolster the manufacturing sector?
The Gig Economy: Is the trend toward non-staff employees good for workers?


Women's History Month:
Women's Rights and Sexual Harassment: Are Further Steps Necessary to Ensure Gender Equality?
Women in Leadership: Can women achieve true equality?
#MeToo: Will the latest charges lead to a shift in corporate culture?,

Dominican Baseball Academies: Do Dominican baseball academies provide young players a path out of poverty?


World Health Day (April 7):
Health Care Reform: Has the Affordable Care Act improved health care in the United States?
Heart Screening for High School Athletes: Should all high school athletes undergo heart screening?
Obesity: Is it a disease or a lifestyle problem?

Earth Day (April 22):
Climate Change: Should the U.S. government take aggressive steps to address climate change?
Climate Change and National Security: Will extreme weather lead to more global conflict?
Autism Awareness Month: Diagnosing Autism: Should autism be diagnosed in children under the age of three?


International Workers' Day (May 1):
Unions and Labor Law: Are labor unions still necessary safeguards against worker exploitation?
Federal Minimum Wage: Is the federal minimum wage good for the economy?

Choose Privacy Week:
High-Tech Policing: Are new surveillance technologies effective and legal?
Social Networking and Privacy: Should the U.S. government mandate privacy rules for social networking sites?
Privacy and the Internet: Should Americans have a “right to be forgotten”?

Five Strategies That Will Make You a College Success

BOSSsuccess.jpgThe Learning Commons is offering a Beginning of Semester Success (BOSS) workshop called Control Your College Destiny. In this 50-minute session you will learn about:

  • Learning organization techniques
  • Studying like a pro
  • Maximizing benefits in interactions with peers and professors
  • Setting a positive mindset to success
  • Achieving your goals

Call or stop by now to register for this free workshop!
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2102, (630) 942-3941
Control Your College Destiny
Thursday, February 1, 2018
1-1:50 pm in the Learning Commons

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ For semester long assistance, bookmark the Library's guide to College Success Skills ! Here you'll find resources for managing the college experience, achieving academic success and understanding your personal learning style. And don't forget to check out the Library's Assignment Calculator - an indispensable tool for keeping you on track during research projects! AssignCalc.jpg

Cheat with a Tweet

File under: "Be Careful What You Wish For" - complaining about (or even mentioning) that upcoming paper on Twitter could set off an avalanche of responses offering to "help."

"It used to be that if students wanted someone to write an essay for them, they had to track someone down themselves. But these days an overwhelmed or desperate student can unintentionally summon legions of eager essay ghostwriters by merely venting frustration on Twitter."

via How Twitter Hooks Up Students With Ghostwriters


"I may have a Ph.D., but I’m not perfect" - Profs share their own cheating stories


"There’s definitely students that are lazy and are just cheating for the fun of it, but I think a huge part of it is how we’re teaching,"

Sam Hosington writes about three college professors who cheated as students and how those experiences have impacted their reactions to and understanding of cheating behaviors in their own students.

Read more online [no login necessary]

Hosington, S. (2017, October 10). They once cheated in class. Now they teach. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from

Battling Cheating with Culture, Not Technology

stop-1207069_640.jpgHow do you define cheating in the classroom? Do your students share that definition?

Margaret Barthel's 2016 article in The Atlantic cites the dire statistics that show the prevalence of cheating across American colleges and universities. Experts, including the current director of the ICAI, argue that the answer isn't technological advances that can help us catch cheaters, but a shift in our culture that encourages open discussions about academic integrity and a community-wide commitment to honesty.

“There has to be space to fail. . . .There has to be an opportunity for [students] to attempt something, screw it up, and then to get feedback and correct it, without it being a semester-killing matter.”

Read more at How to Stop Cheating in College

Contract Cheating in Higher Ed

stop-the-black-market.png"The recent explosion in contract cheating has given the international community of academic integrity scholars pause for thought. ‘Contract cheating’ is not the same as the less sinister and more widely accepted practice of ‘ghostwriting’ and has ramifications for individuals’ learning outcomes, institutional reputations, educational standards/credibility, professional practice and public safety, particularly if it is somehow normalised as an acceptable way for academic work to be accomplished."

Learn more about contract cheating from SpringerOpen's post "The rise of contract cheating in higher education: Academic fraud beyond plagiarism".
Also: check out the following case studies from the most recent issue of the International Journal for Educational Integrity:

  • Baird, M. and Clare, J. (2017). Removing the opportunity for contract cheating in business capstones: a crime prevention case study
  • Clare, J., Walker, S. and Hobson, J. (2017). Can we detect contract cheating using existing assessment data? Applying crime prevention theory to an academic integrity issue


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