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US PIRGs New Report on Textbook Costs

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The U.S. Public Interest Research Group has released a new report on textbook affordability in common college courses across the country. Press release here:
https://uspirg.org/news/usp/release-new-report-open-101

Main findings include:

"When publishers bundle a textbook with an access code, it eliminates most opportunities for students to cut costs with the used book market. Of the access code bundles in our sample, forty-five percent—nearly half—were unavailable from any other source we could find except the campus bookstore. This eliminated student’s ability to shop around and meant that they were forced to pay full price for these materials. For the classes using bundles, students would likely be stuck paying full price, whereas for the classes using a textbook only, students could cut costs up to fifty-eight percent by buying used online.

Schools that have invested in open educational resources (OER) generated significant savings for their students. OER are educational materials that can be downloaded or accessed for free online while carrying many other benefits for students and professors. For example, in Massachusetts, Greenfield Community College’s use of OER in three of the six courses in our study meant that students there could spend as little as $31 per course on materials, compared to a national average of $153 per course.

Switching the ten introductory classes in our study to OER nationwide would save students $1.5 billion per year in course materials costs."

Full report downloadable here: https://studentpirgs.org/reports/sp/open-101-action-plan-affordable-textbooks

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A semester's worth of research topics

Event.pngAt a loss for a research topic? Look no further than your calendar for ideas and inspiration.
Current event databases like Issues and Controversies and CQ Researcher offer timely topics in their extensive reports which feature compelling research questions, pro & con perspectives, and thorough bibliographies.

February

African American History Month:
Affirmative Action: Are affirmative action programs necessary to make up for past discrimination?
Slavery Reparations: Should the government provide reparations to the descendants of slaves?
Confederate Monuments: Is it appropriate for states to display monuments to the Confederacy?

National Entrepreneurship Week:
Manufacturing Jobs: Should the U.S. government bolster the manufacturing sector?
The Gig Economy: Is the trend toward non-staff employees good for workers?

March

Women's History Month:
Women's Rights and Sexual Harassment: Are Further Steps Necessary to Ensure Gender Equality?
Women in Leadership: Can women achieve true equality?
#MeToo: Will the latest charges lead to a shift in corporate culture?,

Baseball:
Dominican Baseball Academies: Do Dominican baseball academies provide young players a path out of poverty?

April

World Health Day (April 7):
Health Care Reform: Has the Affordable Care Act improved health care in the United States?
Heart Screening for High School Athletes: Should all high school athletes undergo heart screening?
Obesity: Is it a disease or a lifestyle problem?

Earth Day (April 22):
Climate Change: Should the U.S. government take aggressive steps to address climate change?
Climate Change and National Security: Will extreme weather lead to more global conflict?
Autism Awareness Month: Diagnosing Autism: Should autism be diagnosed in children under the age of three?

May

International Workers' Day (May 1):
Unions and Labor Law: Are labor unions still necessary safeguards against worker exploitation?
Federal Minimum Wage: Is the federal minimum wage good for the economy?

Choose Privacy Week:
High-Tech Policing: Are new surveillance technologies effective and legal?
Social Networking and Privacy: Should the U.S. government mandate privacy rules for social networking sites?
Privacy and the Internet: Should Americans have a “right to be forgotten”?

Keep Your Motor Running

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Icy roads and long commutes can make car maintenance a real challenge during Chicagoland winters. Perhaps you’re waiting for a call from the body shop--or, you’ve decided to fix it yourself. The College of DuPage Library has resources that can help you keep your car in working order.

Check out Motologic for car repair tips and tricks. This free database is available from on campus computers. MotoLogic is an online service information system designed for the professional automotive technician. Data is farmed directly from the OEM service sites. This site compliments the information found in AllData. Learn how to perform repairs on a variety of vehicles. Each procedure has a skill level rating, so you can decide if you’re ready to tackle trickier repairs on your own.

To access Motologic from on campus computers, click on the Sign In button. Motologic is not available off-campus at this time.

Questions? We'd love to hear from you. Ask a Librarian today.

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Five Strategies That Will Make You a College Success

BOSSsuccess.jpgThe Learning Commons is offering a Beginning of Semester Success (BOSS) workshop called Control Your College Destiny. In this 50-minute session you will learn about:

  • Learning organization techniques
  • Studying like a pro
  • Maximizing benefits in interactions with peers and professors
  • Setting a positive mindset to success
  • Achieving your goals

Call or stop by now to register for this free workshop!
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2102, (630) 942-3941
Control Your College Destiny
Thursday, February 1, 2018
1-1:50 pm in the Learning Commons

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ For semester long assistance, bookmark the Library's guide to College Success Skills ! Here you'll find resources for managing the college experience, achieving academic success and understanding your personal learning style. And don't forget to check out the Library's Assignment Calculator - an indispensable tool for keeping you on track during research projects! AssignCalc.jpg

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Cheat with a Tweet

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File under: "Be Careful What You Wish For" - complaining about (or even mentioning) that upcoming paper on Twitter could set off an avalanche of responses offering to "help."

"It used to be that if students wanted someone to write an essay for them, they had to track someone down themselves. But these days an overwhelmed or desperate student can unintentionally summon legions of eager essay ghostwriters by merely venting frustration on Twitter."

via How Twitter Hooks Up Students With Ghostwriters

Read more at https://www.chronicle.com/article/How-Twitter-Hooks-Up-Students/242299

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Welcome Back from the Library

library staff photoWelcome to spring semester 2018! The COD Library extends a warm welcome to our entire community.

We hope you had a refreshing break and we look forward to serving you this semester in a welcoming and supportive space. Wishing you a productive, engaging, and rewarding semester.

The Winter Watchathon is On!

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Has your Netflix queue been reduced to a short list after binge-watching your way through winter break? Check out some of our free online databases. Stream movies directly to your browser using your COD staff or student library card.

The Kanopy video collection includes a variety of subjects across many disciplines but its strength is feature films, indie titles, and documentaries.

The PBS Video Collection includes documentary films and series from the history of the Public Broadcasting Service covering many educational disciplines, including history, science and technology, diversity studies, business, and current events. It includes Frontline, NOVA, American Experience, Odyssey, and many films by Ken Burns and Michael Wood.

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

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Curl Up With a New E-Book

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Are you looking for something new to read over winter break? Our e-book collections make it easy to read or listen to a variety of popular books. OverDrive has the latest titles in popular fiction and non-fiction. The OverDrive app is available for Android, Chromebook, iOS, Kindle and more. OverDrive also has a desktop app for Windows and Mac. For more information, see the Getting Started guides on our website.

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

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Winter Break Hours & Closings

Winter in DuPage county sceneThe Library will be closed and have reduced hours over COD's Winter Break between Dec. 16 and Jan. 21.

The full list of closings and reduced hours is as follows:

  • Saturday, Dec. 16, and Sunday, Dec. 17: Closed
  • Monday, Dec. 18 - Friday, Dec. 22: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 23, through Tuesday, Jan. 2: Closed
  • Wednesday, Jan. 3 - Friday, Jan. 5: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Jan. 6, and Sunday, Jan. 7: Closed
  • Monday, Jan. 8 - Friday, Jan. 12: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Jan. 13, and Sunday, Jan. 14: Closed
  • Monday, Jan. 15: Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
  • Tuesday, Jan. 16: Closed for In-Service Activities
  • Wednesday, Jan. 17 - Friday, Jan. 19: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Jan. 20: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sunday, Jan. 21: 12 noon - 6:00 pm
  • Monday, Jan. 22: Regular Spring hours begin

In addition to the closings listed above, the Media Lab will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 3, through Friday, Jan. 5, and the Archives will be closed from Dec. 16 through Jan. 7.

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

Have a safe and restful break!

Photo credit: Tom Gill (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Silent Computer Lab

Need a quiet space to work on a paper, or do research? The Library has opened room 2030 as a silent computer lab for the last two weeks of normal classes. The lab will be open Monday through Friday, from 9 am until 3 pm, from now until Dec. 15.

To get to the computer lab, head to the second floor of the SRC. The lab is just behind the stairs to the third level. You'll be able to print to the normal Library printers as well.

Struggling to find sources for your projects or to figure out how to narrow your topic, or just have a general question? Head to the Library reference desks on each floor of the Library, email us, or chat.

Good luck with your finals!

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