COD Library Blog

Climate Change in the Midwest

Often, reports on climate change focus on far away locations such as the Arctic or even the East Coast. Want to know how climate change is projected to impact local areas? Check out the following sources:

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System Downtime, Saturday, May 21

System downPlease note the Library catalog and database access will be unavailable on Saturday, May 21st from 4:00 am - 12 noon, while network maintenance is performed. We cannot predict if the outages will be brief interruptions or extended downtime during the 4 am - 12 noon period. All services should return to normal by 12 noon.

Spring/Summer Break Hours & Closings

COD graduationThe Library will have a number of closings and reduced hours between the Spring and Summer semesters. Our schedule between May 21 and May 31 is as follows:

  • Saturday, May 21: Closed
  • Sunday, May 22: Closed
  • Monday, May 23: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, May 24: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, May 25: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Thursday, May 26: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday, May 27: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 28: Closed
  • Sunday, May 29: Closed
  • Monday, May 30: Closed for Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, May 31: Regular summer hours begin

For more information, see the Library Hours & Closings page for more details.

Have a safe and restful break!

DOAJ to remove 3300 journals

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In response to quality and reliability concerns in open access journal publishing, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) required journal publishers to re-apply for inclusion in the Directory. As of this month, publishers of 3300 open access journals did not re-apply and their publications will be removed from DOAJ. What does this mean for researchers and librarians? The DOAJ is now a more reliable resource for quality open access journals. Although it is now a much smaller collection, the review process has become more stringent and its content can be used more confidently than in the past. Read more about this news from the DOAJ here.

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Extended Study Hours: May 8 - May 19

Extended hoursTo help you prepare for the end of the Spring semester, the Library will have extended hours from May 8 through May 19. The hours are as follows:

  • Sunday, May 8: Noon - 11 pm
  • Monday, May 9: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Tuesday, May 10: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Wednesday, May 11: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Thursday, May 12: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Friday, May 13: (Normal hours) 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 14: (Normal hours) 9 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sunday, May 15: Noon - 11 pm
  • Monday, May 16: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Tuesday, May 17: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Wednesday, May 18: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Thursday, May 19: 7:30 am - 11 pm

See the Library hours page for more details.

Good luck on your finals!

Silent Computer Lab Opens

Need a quiet space to work on a paper, or do research? The Library has opened room 2030 as a silent computer lab for the last two weeks of normal classes. The lab will be open Monday through Friday, from 9 am until 3 pm, from now until May 20.

To get to the computer lab, head to the second floor of the SRC. The lab is just behind the stairs to the third level. You'll be able to print to the normal library printers as well.

Struggling to find sources for your projects or to figure out how to narrow your topic, or just have a general question? Head to the library reference desks on each floor of the library, email us, or chat.

Good luck with your classes!

Jump-Start Your Research

Try Credo Reference topic pages! Credo is a huge online collection of encyclopedias and other reference materials. The Topic Pages gather together encyclopedia entries, images, videos (when available), and also include a cool interactive mind map of each topic. Some of the topic pages even include links to related materials in open access book and journal collections. Have your library card ready to use Credo Reference from home.

COD Photography Showcase, Tuesday, May 3

The COD Photography Program invites you to celebrate our advanced and graduating student photographers at the 2nd Annual Exposed Photography Showcase. Come and see our talented students and their portfolios on Tuesday, May 3rd in SRC 2000 from 6 to 9 p.m. Awards will ​be given that evening to the best college and high school portfolios.

We hope to see you there!

Game Development Portfolio Show, Monday, May 2

Video game joystickOn Monday, May 2, from 4pm-6pm in SSC2201, the COD Computer Information Systems department will be hosting their first annual Game Development Portfolio Show. In this show, student participants will show off games and game prototypes they have built throughout this school year. Students will describe their development process, and talk about game programming, game design, and game animation.

All are invited to attend. Students who are either first year gaming students, or are unsure what technology career path they would like to take may especially be interested in this show.

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What Does the Data Say?

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A recent study published in the British Medical Journal shows how misrepresented/misunderstood data from a scientific experiment can change our lives in fundamental ways. Titled "Re-evaluation of the traditional diet-heart hypothesis: Analysis of recovered data from Minnesota Coronary Experiment (1968-73)," the article details how the Minnesota Coronary Experiment shaped our understanding of the recommended diet for heart health. The authors of the study recommended a diet that swapped animal based-fats for vegetable oils, arguing that this would lead to improved heart health. Their recommendation is still part of the American Dietary Guidelines.

However, as the authors of the recent BMJ article chronicle, the full data from the Minnesota Coronary Experiment shows that the recommendation was not supported by the results of the experiment. In fact, while the cholesterol levels of those who ate the low fat and low cholesterol diet using vegetable oils did go down, there was an increase in mortality for those same patients rather than the expected reduction in mortality. "Re-evaluation of the traditional diet-heart hypothesis" therefore not only illustrates the importance of re-testing experiments to make sure that the conclusions are valid, but it proves the importance of critically evaluating every article, even scholarly ones, from research design down to the data set when available.

Read the full scholarly article "Re-evaluation of the traditional diet-heart hypothesis: analysis of recovered data from Minnesota Coronary Experiment (1968-73)" by Christopher E Ramsden, et al. in the British Medical Journal.

Read a popular summary "This study 40 years ago could have reshaped the American diet. But it was never fully published" by Peter Whoriskey in The Washington Post.

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