COD Library Blog

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.

Get the Whole Scoop with CQ Researcher

cq.pngIt can be tricky to narrow down a broad subject when writing a paper or speech. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or you don’t know where to begin, head over to CQ Researcher. CQ Researcher provides an overview of hot topics like gun control, marijuana legalization, and LGBT rights. It also includes timelines, visual aids, and pro/con arguments to help you put things into perspective. Head over to the Current Events resources page to use CQ Researcher. You'll need a library card to use CQ Research when you aren't on campus.
Need more help with your topic? Ask a Librarian!

What Should I Read Next?

Are you craving a fresh book? You can always ask a librarian for a recommendation--or you can use one of our many online resources to find a story that suits you. We suggest checking out Novelist Plus, which can be accessed on our book review resources page

Novelist Plus is a book recommendation site that includes both fiction and non-fiction books. It allows you to search for books by genre, by reader's age, and even by your mood!. You can even search for audio books by running time if you’re planning a long car trip. Novelist Plus includes a "Read-Alike" tool if you’re looking to read something similar to your favorite books. Remember, you’ll need your library card number if you’re logging in from home.

A slice of the textbook pie: Textbook Arbitrage

noun: the simultaneous buying and selling of securities, currency, or commodities in different markets or in derivative forms in order to take advantage of differing prices for the same asset.
verb: buy and sell assets using arbitrage.

Have a listen to a fascinating (and quite annoying) NPR Planet Money episode about a little corner of the textbook marketplace. And learn something about economics & finance while you're at it.


Webinar: Faculty & Librarians Select High Quality OER

CCCOER.jpgLearn about how classroom faculty and librarians collaborate to select high-quality OER in this webinar recording from the CCCOER (Recorded Sept 27, 2017) Regina Gong's experience is particularly useful--Lansing Community College is a Guided Pathways school.

"I may have a Ph.D., but I’m not perfect" - Profs share their own cheating stories


"There’s definitely students that are lazy and are just cheating for the fun of it, but I think a huge part of it is how we’re teaching,"

Sam Hosington writes about three college professors who cheated as students and how those experiences have impacted their reactions to and understanding of cheating behaviors in their own students.

Read more online [no login necessary]

Hosington, S. (2017, October 10). They once cheated in class. Now they teach. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from


Maricopa CC's Saves Students More than $10 Million!

Maricopa.jpgThe Maricopa Community Colleges system has saved students more than $10 million dollars since launching the Maricopa Millions Open Educational Resources Project, according to a 2016-2017 year-end report. This amount is almost double the estimated projections when the program was first conceived five years ago. Amazing! (MCC Press Release)


Affordable College Textbook Act Reintroduced in Congress

The Affordable College Textbook Act was reintroduced in the U.S. House and Senate on September 26, 2017. This bill creates a grant program at the U.S. Department of Education for colleges and universities to develop pilot programs that use open educational resources (OER) to reduce the cost of textbooks for students. The legislation was introduced in the House by Representatives Polis (D-CO) and Sinema (D-AZ) and in the Senate by Senators Durbin (D-IL), Franken (D-MN), and King (I-ME). This bill sends an important signal that OER is a solution to the textbook cost crisis and we are thankful to these members for their support.
The final bill text is here.


Battling Cheating with Culture, Not Technology

stop-1207069_640.jpgHow do you define cheating in the classroom? Do your students share that definition?

Margaret Barthel's 2016 article in The Atlantic cites the dire statistics that show the prevalence of cheating across American colleges and universities. Experts, including the current director of the ICAI, argue that the answer isn't technological advances that can help us catch cheaters, but a shift in our culture that encourages open discussions about academic integrity and a community-wide commitment to honesty.

“There has to be space to fail. . . .There has to be an opportunity for [students] to attempt something, screw it up, and then to get feedback and correct it, without it being a semester-killing matter.”

Read more at How to Stop Cheating in College