COD Library Blog

Keeping up with Culturegrams

If you’re doing research about other countries or if you are preparing for the inevitable discussion about other cultures with your annoying old uncle this holiday season: Culturegrams can help! Use this tool to learn about socio-economic conditions, religions, and customs of other countries. There are options to use comparative country data to build your own graphs and charts. Also check out the video gallery to learn more about cultures around the world.

Remember, you'll need a COD staff or student library card to access databases from off campus. If you'd like to learn more you can always Ask A Librarian!


Thanksgiving Break Hours

Thanksgiving CranberriesThe Library will be closed from Thursday, Nov. 23 - Sunday, Nov. 26, for Thanksgiving Break. We will also close early at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Normal hours resume Monday, Nov. 27.

See the Library hours page for more details.

Have a safe and restful break!

December 13: CCCOER New Member Mixer

Although COD has been a member of CCCOER for a few years, this event will be a nice intro to the organization and will be an opportunity to hear about OER projects in Community Colleges, ask questions of project leaders, and to find out more about the organization's services.

After new member sharing, the newly released "OER Myth Busting" document by SPARC will be discussed. The 7 myths will be explored and everyone will be invited to share experiences with successfully countering these misperceptions about OER.

When: Wed, Dec 13, 12pm-2pm CST

Registration link:


Are You Writing a Speech?


We've been getting lots of interesting questions at the reference desk lately from students working on projects for speech classes. There were a few this week about upcoming trends in video games and we were able to find tons of relevant information! Here are a few of our favorite sources to use for speech writing:

CQ Researcher covers a variety of hot topics in the news, from gun control to climate change. This is a good place to start to learn about the background of your topic. Our favorite feature is the timeline which shows how your subject has changed throughout history.

Issues and Controversies is a great pick for persuasive speeches. Explore the video sections to find not just an overview, but debates among experts in the field. Don't forget to check out the bibliographies for more resources.

Statista is perfect for adding facts and figures to strengthen your speech. It includes visual aids and infographics to help get your point across.

As you're conducting your research, don't forget to cite your sources! If you're looking for additional help with your speech assignments, check out the Speech Research Guide.

Remember, you'll need a COD student or staff library card to access these materials from home.

Need more help? Ask a Librarian! We'd love to hear from you.


Nov 15 Webinar: OER and Equity/Diversity


Nov 15, 2017: How OER can Support Student Equity and Diversity

According to the Glossary of Education Reform, equity refers to the principle of fairness in education. Inequities occur when biased or unfair policies, programs, practices, or situations contribute to a lack of equality in educational performance, results, and outcomes. The development and use of open educational resources has the potential to create equitable learning experiences for all students. Open education is deeply rooted in the belief that teachers have the freedom to develop content that meets the needs of their students.

Join this webinar to hear the ways in which colleges can consider issues of equity when designing and delivering OER courses and degree programs. Presenters will share how open educational resources, policies, and practices can support equity and diversity through the development of culturally relevant learning experiences that emphasize inclusion and celebrate diversity.

When: Wed, Nov 15th, at 11am PT/ 2pm ET
Featured Speakers:
Francesca Carpenter: Associate Director, OER Degree Initiative, Achieving the Dream
W. Preston Davis, Ed.D.: Director of Instructional Services and Associate Professor, Northern Virginia Community College
Daphnie Sicre, Ph.D.: Asst. Professor, Department of Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts Borough of Manhattan Community College City University of New York

(Can't attend in person? Register anyway to receive a link to the webinar recording.)

Stalking Our Ancestors: Biography Resources

2017-10-28_10-09-54.pngIt can be pretty difficult to facebook-stalk someone who died a hundred years ago. Next time you’re researching someone from the past, head over to our American National Biography resource. You can find it on the Biography databases page. You can perform a specific search for someone, or search by gender, nationality, occupation, place of birth, and more. Please note that this collection only features biographies of the deceased.

Not finding what you're looking for? We have other Biography resources on hand!

Academic Onefile has a special drop-down box in their advanced search, allowing you to search by Biography or Autobiography. Or, search for the person's name to find articles and mentions in the media.

Academic Search Complete allows you to search by document type. In addition to biographies, you can find obituaries, interviews, and reviews of the person's work.

Not in the mood to read? Check out Academic Video Online. Use the search box to find information about the person you're studying, or gain background knowledge in the field they were famous for.

All of our databases are accessible from on-campus computers. If you're working from home, you'll need your Library Card Number. Still stuck? You can Ask a Librarian! We'd love to hear from you.

Internet Archive takes on the "Last 20."

The Internet Archive is taking advantage of a little known copyright law provision that allows for the digitization of books published between 1923-1941 that are still protected by copyright but are not being actively sold. The Internet Archive is being quite cheeky by naming the collection for Sonny Bono, who helped pass a law that extended copyright by an additional 20 years. Read about legal battle against the "Last 20" and the Internet Archive's brave project here.

E-Textbook Practices in Higher Education--New Study.

An exciting longitudinal study on E-textbook practices in higher education is now available in the latest issue of Educause Review.
Key Takeaways:

  • A four-year university-wide study of students' e-textbook practices found that e-textbook use has increased, particularly among younger students.
  • The major barriers--including a student preference for print and unfamiliarity with e-textbooks--show signs of being alleviated.
  • Other factors related to mobile device access and pedagogically effective e-textbooks show little change over the study period.
  • Instructor practices have improved, but there is still room for growth, with implications for focused professional development.

DeNoyelles, A., Raible, J., & Seilhamer, R. (2017). Exploring the use of e-textbooks in higher education: A multiyear study. Educause Review Online. Retrieved from


What Should I Study?

There are many quality degrees and certifications offered here at College of DuPage. Deciding on a career path is a huge decision! If you’re undecided, or if you’re looking for more information about a particular career, take a look at our online resource, Career Cruising. Use it to search for a particular profession or use the "Career Selector" tool to choose aspects of a job that are important to you. You can use the "Assessments" tool to identify the type of career that suits your personality and interests. Career Cruising is a great place to start developing the resources you need to develop a plan for your future.

To access Career Cruising, use:
Username: cod
Password: careers

Take your career research to the College's awesome Counseling & Advising department for help exploring your options and make sure to visit the Career Services Center for even more information. We're here to help you succeed!


Lifelong Learning with Lynda

lynda_logo3k-d_144x.pngDid you know that your Lynda account is free with a student, faculty, or staff library card? Sign up to brush up on your skills--whether it’s finally mastering Microsoft Excel or learning Photoshop to create the ultimate holiday card. Learn how to code or prepare for an IT certification. There are even videos on study skills and how to use BlackBoard! Lynda allows you to create a personal library of videos. You can start or stop a course at any time and come back to it when it’s convenient for you.

Go to our Lynda registration page to get started. You'll need your email address to register.