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Homecoming @ COD

Courier_article_17_Oct_1968-p1-sized.jpgHere at College of DuPage, our first homecoming weekend was October 25 - 26, 1968 – just one year after the inception of the school. Since there was no official campus at that point, the festivities were rather spread out: a pep-rally mixer at the DuPage County Fairgrounds where the homecoming queen and her court were crowned, the football game at the West Chicago High School field, and a dinner dance at the Arlington Carousel in Arlington Heights.

By the mid-1970s, a number of factors coalesced to cause interest in homecoming to decline. College of DuPage was, and continues to be, a commuter college. Also, at this time the physical campus was still very much in the “interim” state, home games were played in Naperville since there was no football field. Enrollment was over 12,000 and the average age of the students was 25 – an age when many were married with children. In 1974, a discussion about the relevancy of homecoming can be seen in editorials in the Courier. The last homecoming took place in fall 1975.

For those first eight years, homecoming consisted of pep-rallies, homecoming courts, parades, bonfires, dinner dances, marching bands, cheerleaders, and of course the big game. Fast forward nearly 40 years to 2014, and the tradition of homecoming has been recreated for the College as it is today. Traditional elements have been updated and new opportunities added to provide students, alumni, faculty, and staff a chance to connect and celebrate our College.


Homecoming Queen and the Court - 1969


Bonfire – 1968


Football team - 1968


Courier article - October 17, 1968


Marching band - 1971

College of DuPage President Dr. Rodney Berg and Mrs. Berg - 1971


Pre-game festivities – 1971


Homecoming parade – 1971


Hopeful football fans – 1971


Football action – 1971


Homecoming dance – 1969

It's not just simple - it's Library Simple

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“Well, that was easy!”

Sometimes, if you don’t know the trick, the easiest things can seem frustratingly impossible. In the Library, we not only make it look easy, we make it easy – by teaching you the techniques that save you time and trouble.

In our never-ending quest to simplify the work you do every day, we’ve created Library Simple – a series of short videos (2 minutes or less) that teach you tips and tricks to help you manage the information your use at work, school and home.

Wondering how to request a journal article from another library? Here’s how in 5 Library Simple steps. Did you know that you can use Google Scholar to identify materials available through the COD Library databases? This, too, only takes 5 Library Simple steps. There are two easy methods for creating a hanging indent in Microsoft Word – one method involves just 3 Library Simple steps!

Curious? Watch and learn from our growing collection of Library Simple videos on our YouTube channel - Library Simple videos can be embedded easily into Blackboard or shared via Facebook, Twitter and more – share the skills. It’s Library Simple.


What Do You Wish You Had Known?

Curious to know what what library info you might be missing out on so far this academic year? So were we! So we asked current students Seth Torralba, McKenzie Odman, Rachel Hochheimer, and Adrian Fulgencio what they wish they would have known in the first few weeks of class . Take a look-- the answers might surprise you!

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Funded by an IMLS grant.


Formatting or Fetishism? What do we want from source citing anyway?

“Has an element of fetishism perhaps crept into what was once a necessary academic practice?” This is the first sentence in the preface to the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook, published this past spring.

The new edition of the MLA Handbook acknowledges the confusion and futility associated with attempts to provide a definitive citation format for each and every source that could possibly be used in academic writing. In order to cite a book, one had to first identify what kind of book: Print book? Audiobook? E-book? E-book read on a Kindle? Downloaded as a PDF? Downloaded as a PDF and then printed and bound in collection?

Recognizing that no handbook can anticipate new formats and platforms for publishing information, the MLA has created a format-agnostic approach to documentation meant to replace the “forbidding level of detail” that had turned the Handbook into “a reference work… rather than a guide that taught the principles underlying documentation” (MLA Handbook, xi).

There are many stylistic changes between an MLA 7 citation and an MLA 8 citation, however, the role of the citation remains the same - “enabling readers to participate fully in the conversations between writers and their sources” (MLA Handbook, xii). With this in mind, we ask you to reflect for a moment on your own source citation requirements. When it comes to the rules that govern academic style, has as an element of fetishism crept into your own thinking about citations?

The introduction to the MLA Handbook recognizes the importance of rules in documenting sources, but suggests that our use of MLA be guided by three principles:

  1. Cite simple traits shared by most works.
  2. Remember that there is often more than one correct way to document a source.
  3. Make your documentation useful to readers.

As writing handbooks, citation management software, and Library databases make the transition from one version of MLA style to the next, we hope that COD instructors will keep these principles in mind when requiring students to cite their sources - whether MLA, APA, Chicago or another style. Depending on whether a student has access to MLA 7 or MLA 8, a citation may include a URL, or it may not. A citation may read “edited by” or “Ed.” A citation may indicate the day a source was last accessed, or it may not. Perhaps these differences shouldn’t matter much in the college classroom.

For, if we accept that the purpose of a citation is to be useful to readers, then we must accept that variations in citation formatting do not undermine that purpose.

So, how should we, as an academic community, help our students both comprehend the conventions of scholarly communication and manage the challenges of college writing and research?

The COD Librarians offer these suggestions:

  • Be explicit in both your style and source documentation expectations. Do you want students to include a URL for all online sources regardless of whether a DOI is available? Do you expect to see a “last accessed” date included in Web site citations? Tell your students this.
  • Consider grading your students on the utility of their citations rather than their exactitude. A number of studies have shown that an over-emphasis on proper citation may actually be hurting the quality of college writing. Students spend a disproportionate amount of time agonizing over the “correct” way to format a citation when compared to the actual time spent reading and understanding the same sources. We can help lessen student research anxiety by de-emphasizing our focus on “perfect” citations.
  • Address plagiarism concerns via alternative methods. Librarians and scholars believe that our fixation on citation rules stems from our fear of plagiarism. What strategies can you employ that might reduce intentional and unintentional plagiarism? Your liaison librarian can work with you to craft scaffolded assignments, authentic research experiences and other options.

COD Librarians are your partners in teaching and learning. Let us know how we can help you help your students succeed.

End Date for Old Print Cards

Still holding on to your old COD print cards?

Bring them in! As of Nov 1, we will no longer be refunding old print cards.

A couple of notes:

Know Your Library

Know Your Library VideoHave you been wondering what kinds of things people ask at the reference desk? Trying to figure out how to check out one of the group study rooms you've seen upstairs? Working on an assignment that will require graphic editing and not sure where to turn?

Get answers to all of these questions and more on our Library Introduction Video!

Have some lingering questions about the library and our resources? Come and talk with us either face to face in the library or via email or chat. We're excited to see you here as Fall 2016 begins.


Make an Appointment with a Librarian

LaptopSleep_Consult.jpgDon't spend hours on what a librarian can help you with in minutes!
Starting this semester, COD students, faculty and staff may schedule one-on-one appointments with librarians for help with research and using the Library's resources - just look for the sign-up button throughout the Library website.

For more information, visit

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Interim Hours & Closings, Aug. 5 - Aug. 21

ClockBetween the Summer and Fall semesters, the Library will be closed on weekends and have reduced hours during the week.

Here is a full listing of our hours and closings until the start of the Fall semester:

  • Friday, Aug. 5, Saturday, Aug. 6, and Sunday, Aug. 7: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 8 - Thursday, Aug. 11: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday, Aug. 12, Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 15 - Friday, Aug. 19: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 21: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 22: Normal hours resume

For more information, see the Library's Hours & Closings page.

Have a safe and restful break and get ready for the Fall!

NoodleBib/NoodleTools Unavailable July 14 - July 17

Noodle Tools logoNoodleTools developers are applying a new interface and launching a new support website for NoodleTools/NoodleBib this weekend. During this upgrade, NoodleTools will be offline. The outage will run from Thursday, July 15th, through Sunday evening, July 17th. Please plan accordingly if you use NoodleTools for citation formatting and management. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Questions? Call the Library Reference Desk at (630) 942-3364.