COD Library Blog

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 19 and May 28 is as follows:

  • Saturday, May 19: Closed
  • Sunday, May 20: Closed
  • Monday, May 21: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, May 22: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, May 23: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Thursday, May 24: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday, May 25: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 26: Closed
  • Sunday, May 27: Closed
  • Monday, May 28: Closed for Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, May 29: Regular summer hours begin
  • Also note the Library is open from 7:30 am - 4:30 pm on Friday, June 1.

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

Have a safe and restful break!

Our Students Need Stats!

statistic_id827009_us-college-students-that-had-felt-fatigued-as-of-fall-2017_0.pngThis week as students finished up their final projects, we had lots of questions about statistics. It was interesting to see how many different projects and classes required them! Statistics are a great way to prove a point, back up your claims, or evaluate the pros and cons of a major decision.

For business questions, students found Business Decision and Hoover’s to be helpful. History students found what they needed using Historical Statistics of the United States. Healthcare and criminal justice students turned to Sage Stats and Statista. We have several databases to choose from. If you’re interested in learning how to navigate them, Ask A Librarian!

Remember, you’ll need a staff or student COD Library card to access databases from off-campus.


Extended Study Hours

Extended Study HoursTo help you prepare for the end of the Spring semester, the Library will have extended hours from May 6 through May 17. Here is a list of daily hours:

  • Sunday, May 6: 12 noon - 11 pm
  • Monday, May 7: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Tuesday, May 8: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Wednesday, May 9: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Thursday, May 10: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Friday, May 11: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm (Normal hours)
  • Saturday, May 12: 9 am - 4:30 pm (Normal hours)
  • Sunday, May 13:12 noon - 11 pm
  • Monday, May 14: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Tuesday, May 15: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Wednesday, May 16: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Thursday, May 17: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Friday, May 18: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm (Normal hours)

See the Library hours page for more details.

Good luck on your finals!

Photo by Jens Kreuter on Unsplash

Take Care of Business with ReferenceUSA

libdev_db_ReferenceUSA_1024x1280_Vert-01_1.pngDo you have a great idea for a business? Perhaps you’re finishing up your studies and would like to take things a step further. Before you can be your own boss, you’ll probably need a business plan.

Check out ReferenceUSA to find information about businesses in the United States and Canada. You can search by zip code, industry code, name, or yellow page directory listing. This resource can give you a better idea of the competition. There are also video tutorials to help you get started.

Interested in learning more about business plans? Check out our Business Research Guide for more information.

Remember, you’ll need a COD staff or student library card to access databases from off campus. Questions? Ask a librarian. We’d love to hear from you!


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


Do the Time Warp with History Study Center

famousfunnies.pngWe all learn from our mistakes--why not avoid a foible and consult the History Study Center before making a blunder? The History Study Center includes primary and secondary history collections providing access to rare British, American and world history sources, full text articles and reference materials. It also includes multimedia sources. Study up for your next paper or speech. Or, blast yourself to the past and explore old maps and battles. If you're looking for more historical information, check out our History Research Guide.

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


National Library Week 2018

National Library Week

Monday, April 9th

Take Note of the Library!
Staff at all Library service desks will be handing out packs of index cards to students. Great for finals prep!
Time: All day

Tuesday, April 10th

In collaboration with Learning Commons, the Library will reach out to students at all campus locations. The Library will “Pop-Up” at both main campus Learning Commons locations and librarians will be at all four Centers sharing information about Library services with candy and giveaways at midday.
11:00am – 1:00pm: Learning Commons
12:00pm – 2:00pm: Westside Learning Commons
5:30pm – 6:30 pm: Learning Commons
Various times 11:00am -1:00pm: COD Centers

Critical Thinking Workshop: The Health Connection – with Debra Smith
Whether you are debating trying a new diet plan, taking a prescribed medication or wondering if the latest health & wellness research findings apply to you, critical thinking skills are essential. Questions are the answers to today’s convoluted health care system. Come to this session for tips on applying critical thinking principles to common health and wellness situations.
Time: 1:00pm - 1:45pm (SRC 3104)

Wednesday, April 11th

Lynda Demonstration
Visitors can see a running demonstration of content included in Lynda on a screen in the Lower Level Lobby. Lynda bookmarks and sign up instructions will be available as well.
Time: 7:30am – 10:00am (Library Lower Level)

Digital Media Petting Zoo
Visitors can stop by to see some of the great equipment available for check out in the Media Lab. Test drive the 360 camera, try out Google cardboard VR headsets, or jump into our green screen photo shoot!
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm (Library Lower Level)

Introduction to Virtual Reality Workshop - with Colin Koteles
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) have hit the mainstream--it's now easy and affordable to experience and use virtual environments for yourself. Attend this workshop to learn how virtual and augmented reality is being used in education, entertainment, and many other aspects of daily life; learn how to get started experiencing virtual reality environments, and even get some hands-on experience using simple VR devices.
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm (SRC 3114)

Thursday, April 12th

Coffee Service
Visitors can stop by the Refuel Station with coffee and tea service all morning and add their thoughts to our comment board.
Time: 9am - (Library Lower Level)

Pop Up Library and Cookies
The Library will be popping up at Campus Central and in honor of National Library Week and we’ll be bringing cookies! Yay libraries!
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm (SSC Atrium)

Friday, April 13th

Introduction to Infographics Workshop – with Colin Koteles
Visual representations of data--infographics--effectively communicate research, ideas, and stories.  As Killer Infographics CEO Amy Balliett writes, "a quality infographic packages a great story with great design, which leads to an enthralling piece of content worth sharing." In this workshop you'll get a brief introduction to different types of visual communication, how to use data to craft a message, and different types of tools you can use to create infographics.
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm (SRC 3114)

Introduction to Finding Grants for Nonprofits Workshop - with Carol Eisinger
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory workshop. You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including:

  • Who funds nonprofits and what their motivations are.
  • What funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding.
  • How you identify potential funders and make the first approach.
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm (SRC 3104)

Webinar on OER for Math April 4th!

Math instructors have unique needs, and there are two good open platforms available to meet those needs. WeBWorK and MyOpenMath enable instructors to automate practice problems that are accessible to a wide variety of learners. In this session, Alex Jordan, Portland Community College, will discuss the features of WeBWorK (example: and Carrie Kyser, Clackamas Community College, will discuss MyOpenMath (example:, username “guest,” no password).

This session is ideal for faculty who are ready to break up with their expensive copyrighted product but don’t want to lose functionality.

This webinar takes place from 12-1 Pacific time, April 4, 2018. The session will be recorded and captioned to share later. More info:
Join the session
Call-in number: 646 876 9923
Participant PIN: 796 538 589


Step Into Someone Else's Shoes with Vocational Biographies

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk in someone else’s shoes for a day? Or perhaps you’re contemplating a career change, but you’re unsure what a typical day in the field is like. Check out Vocational Biographies. This online database boasts a collection of "day in the life" stories of people in a variety of professions.

Search for specific occupations or explore career pathways. You’ll find information about what kind of education you’ll need, time commitments, and links to further your research. If you’re in the mood to browse, some notable (and very interesting) professions include Bat Remover, Dude Ranch Manager, and Jingle Writer.

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