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Prosecuting Term Paper Mills in Ireland

Coupon_Fryer.jpgIn his 2013 Times Higher Education article "Essay Mills: University Course Work to Order," David Matthews attempted to pin down the extent of the custom term paper industry in the United Kingdom. While the impact of term paper mills is clear, the scope of the problem is hard to quantify. As one researcher of the industry explained, "Asking how many custom-written essays are being bought and sold in the UK is a bit like asking 'how long is a piece of string?'.”

The problem persists internationally. Recently the Irish Minister for Education drafted legislation that would crack down on essay mills by making it an offense to sell custom essays to students. Read more about this proposed legislation in thejounal.ie article New laws will prosecute firms that write essays for third level students

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Cheating Season

criminal-with-stolen-computers.png Final exams are in full swing and academic cheaters are making the headlines from London to West Virginia.

Here are a few stories that show the lengths to which students have gone to cheat on high stakes exams.

Instructors can avoid these mishaps and more by taking simple test proctoring precautions. For more information visit the Academic Honesty Instructor Toolbox.

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Extended Study Hours

Extended hoursTo help you prepare for the end of the semester, the Library will have extended hours from May 7 through May 18. Hours are as follow:

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

See the Library hours page for more details.

Good luck on your finals!

Silent Computer Lab Returns!

Silent computer labNeed a quiet space to finish thinking through a paper, presentation, or creation by the end of the semester? Head to our silent computer lab! Library classroom 2030 (the one just past the stairs to the 3rd floor of the SRC) is open Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm from now until the last day of finals. Stop on by to work in peace.

Need to get some questions answered to feel good about completing the project? Stop by one of our reference desks or schedule a reference appointment to talk with us.

Good luck with the end of the semester--summer awaits!

The COD Library Music Collection

Music display Did you know that the COD library has a varied and unique Music Collection? Did you know that COD is the only library with: “Diana Navarro, coleccion: 2005-2009” and “If this world could stop?” Our collection includes different musical styles from Classical to Hip Hop and Rap on streaming format, CD, DVDs and books. The music collection is located on the second floor of the library, and all items can be checked out for free! Yes, free!

To showcase our collection, library staff created a display on the first floor of the library, which includes CDs and DVDs in a variety of musical styles and artists including Prince, David Bowie, Chuck Berry, Adele, Yo-Yo Ma, Native American flute music, and DVDs about Classical, Rock, Hip Hop and Rap music.

Stop by the display to see this sample of the different types of music available in our library. And all items can be checked out.
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Check Out National Library Week

National Library Week is already half over--but we still have lots to offer. Stop by the Library to attend one of our free SOS Workshops on Thursday, April 12:

Research on a Ramen Noodle Budget
9:00am - 10:00am Thursday, April 13, 2017
Did you know that you can listen to a Bob Dylan tribute album, read a best-seller, watch a video on how to become a Java programmer, and read the latest articles from Sports Illustrated, for FREE? Come learn about the amazing range of electronic resources available through the COD library's website.

Lynda (You're the Expert?)
11:00am - 11:45am Thursday, April 13, 2017
Learn how to create a free account on Lynda.com and start exploring their vast collection of online instructional videos. This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in developing their skills in software like Photoshop and Illustrator.

OverDrive 101
12:00pm - 12:30pm Thursday, April 13, 2017
Visit this workshop to learn about our newest e-book resource, OverDrive. Use this free account to read and listen to your favorite popular fiction and non-fiction titles on-the-go.

Research on a Ramen Noodle Budget
2:00pm - 3:00pm Thursday, April 13, 2017

Ten Types of Plagiarism

Identifying plagiarism isn't as simple as "Yes it is" or "No it isn't" - according to Turnitin's research, there's a spectrum of plagiarism that encompasses everything from "submitting another's work, word-for-word, as one's own" to work that "includes proper citation, but relies too closely on the text's original wording and/or structure" (via).

The infographic Plagiarism Spectrum: Tagging 10 Types of Unoriginal Work shows which types of plagiarism are most problematic, which are most common and provides examples of what the plagiarism might look like in the wild.
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To view or download the infographic (PDF), visit http://turnitin.com/assets/en_us/media/plagiarism_spectrum.php

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2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner - The Underground Railroad

For distinguished fiction published in book form during the year by an American author, preferably dealing with American life, Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).
The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)
For a smart melding of realism and allegory that combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in a myth that speaks to contemporary America. - http://www.pulitzer.org/winners/colson-whitehead

Sample the book now!

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From the Archive: Our Library Through the Years

To celebrate National Library Week, here is a brief look at the evolution of the COD Library. The library opened along with the College of DuPage in 1967. In those 50 years, it has had three names: Instructional Resources Center – IRC (1967 – 1971), Learning Resource Center – LRC (1972 – 1996), and finally the Library (1997 – present). Since there was no permanent campus when the College opened its doors in 1967, the IRC was housed in the Glen Hill office complex in Glen Ellyn.

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Librarians Doris Dunnington and Roy Marks

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Creating order...

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In 1969, when the temporary buildings on the west side of campus were completed, the IRC moved to J Building where it would remain until 1983. After being in the cramped quarters off-campus, the new home in J Building seemed quite spacious.

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Circulation Desk

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The IRC had what students needed to succeed and became a popular place.

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Helpful materials reference consultants.

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Cutting edge technology

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16 mm film collection.

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Microfilm.

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And of course...

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A big change in the way the LRC operated took place in the 1980s. The card catalog, centerpiece of every library, was being replaced by a computer catalog.

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For a while, the new computer catalogs existed side by side with the card catalog to ease the transition.

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But eventually, the card catalog was dumped...

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...and the computer catalog became the tool for finding material in the LRC.

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In 1983, the Student Resource Center – SRC was built with space specifically designed for the LRC and another move was in store for the staff. This new space provided even more room and resources for students and faculty.

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Instructional Microcomputer Lab.

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Listening Stations.

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Group Study Rooms.

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CD-ROM Databases.

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Circulation Desk.

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The mid-1990s brought an expansion of the SRC building and the LRC as well.

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Circulation Desk.

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Reference Desk.

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Computer Resources.

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Study Areas.

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Updated classrooms.

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Recently, the college updated many of the existing spaces on campus, and the Library underwent a major renovation. When the dust cleared in 2014, new spaces were created for our patrons.

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The College of DuPage Library’s mission is to be an exemplary academic library that supports the educational goals and purposes of the college. Over the past 50 years, the college has grown both in enrollment and educational offerings. The Library has always responded to these changes by adding technology, materials, instruction, or spaces to support our students, faculty, and the community. Today, we remain strongly dedicated to continue serving our patrons with excellence in the future.

What I've Learned at the Library

How has the library helped you? Listen as five students describe something the library has taught them.

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Mohammad was able to become more focused
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Ethan became a better listener
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Danielle learned to navigate the databases
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Breanna researches more efficiently
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Taylor is a pro at navigating the stacks

If you're interested in learning more about how the library can help you, check out one of our SOS workshops!

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