COD Library Blog

Are you a Knovel User?

The Knovel database is a cross-searchable collection of electronic books covering many subjects in technology, engineering, applied technology, science, chemistry and physics and much more. If you're a user of this great tool (or want to become one!), you'll be interested in this message from Knovel about their new look and features:

Have you tried Knovel's new platform?

We are delighted to announce the release of a new Knovel platform, providing major upgrades that incorporate user feedback. The new Knovel platform features smarter search functionality and an answer-centric user interface that reflects how users interact with Knovel.

What to expect:

  • An entirely new look and feel.
  • New search features that allow you to narrow results by type and refine your results with more precision.
  • New data search wizard with drag and drop query builder.
  • We know you have a job to do, New Knovel is faster and more powerful.

Ready to get started?

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Ask Us Anything

ask-me.pngWelcome to the Library and the new school year! We know the beginning of the Fall semester can be a little overwhelming and disorienting. So don't hesitate to ask Library staff just about anything. Whether you're looking for course reserves, how to find your classroom, or how to login to MyAccess, just look for a green "Ask Me" button, and the person wearing it will help you get answers.

If you're online and need help, just Ask A Librarian.

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Have you seen the Library's new website?

We've launched our brand-new website in anticipation of the Fall semester and are excited about the new design, features and organization.

Check out the home page, then explore for yourself.
If you have questions or can't find what you're looking for, give us a call at the Reference Desk: 630-942-3364

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2-Credit Research Course!

Promo for Education 1820ED 1820–a 2-credit Fall semester class–was developed by COD Librarians not only to strengthen your research skills, but to provide you with the information management tools you need to succeed academically and professionally.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Kelley ( [email protected] ) or register via MyAccess.

Enroll Now in ED 1820: Research and Information Skills

Promo for Education 1820ED 1820–a 2-credit Fall semester class–was developed by COD Librarians not only to strengthen your research skills, but to provide you with the information management tools you need to succeed academically and professionally.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Kelley ( [email protected] ) or register via MyAccess.

Library Renovation

entrance to the Librar's upper levelPhase 1 of the Library renovation is complete and our new space on the third floor of the SRC is open and operational. The lower level of the Library is now closed and undergoing renovation. For the time being, enter the Library on the third floor of the SRC building where the SRC connects with the BIC. The elevator outside of our third floor entrance is also now operational.

Our upper level is a beautiful new space with a variety of workspaces for students. All of our print collections and service areas (Reference, Circulation, and Computing Support) are temporarily on the the upper level of the Library and will remain there throughout the Fall semester. All Library classrooms are also on the upper level for the Fall.

We hope to have the Lower Level back open and be in our final configuration around the end of the Fall semester. Until then, come by and see our new space--we're ready and able to help you with all of your research needs.

New Library Materials for ESL students

The Oxford Illustrated Science Dictionary
PE1127.S3 O846 2012

ESL Beginner: English as a Second Language by Sherry Boguchwal
PE1128 .E85 2013

Writing Essays: From Paragraph to Essay by Dorothy E. Zemach & Lisa A. Ghulldu
PE1408 .Z462 2011

Study Skills for Speakers of English as a Second Language by Marilyn Lewis and Hayno Reinders
Based on interviews with international students and their teachers, this book offers straightforward advice on academic topics such as language use, as well as social topics and the culture of Western universities. It also contains a helpful mini-dictionary of university words, and so will be an ideal guide for any international student studying in an English-speaking university.
PE1127.E37 L485 2007

Writing Paragraphs: From Sentence to Paragraph by Dorothy E. Zemach & Carlos Islam
PE1408 .Z463 2011

Writing (Teacher's Guide) by Dorothy E. Zemach, Lisa A. Ghulldu, Carlos Islam, Robyn Brinks Lockwood
PE1408 .Z46 2011

ESL Writers: A Guide for Writing Center Tutors by Shanti Bruce & Ben Rafoth
PE1404 .E83 2009

Writing Research Papers: From Essay to Research Paper by Dorothy E. Zemach, Daniel Broudy, Chris Valvona
PE1406 .Z464 2011

Writing Sentences: The Basics of Writing by Dorothy E Zemach
Writing Sentences introduces students to the most common and useful structures in basic written English. Each unit introduces relevant vocabulary and culminates with an enjoyable writing activity that takes students through the steps of the writing process: brainstorming ideas, arranging ideas with the help of a graphic organiser, writing a short text, and sharing the finished product with classmates.
PE1408 .Z465 2011

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Electronic Resources: New Additions in July/August

Upgrades

New Database Additions

  • A to Z World Business: A comprehensive country-by-country resource for international business research. Info: http://www.atozworldbusiness.com/
  • State Stats: Comprehensive data coverage of each state including health care, crime, education and more. You'll find reliable, easy-to-use data from more than 80 different sources covering more than 15 years. When you find data you're interested in explore it using the mapping and graphing tools, compare it with other data sets, or export it to Excel. Info: http://library.cqpress.com/statestats/
  • Axis 360 A platform for downloadable POPULAR fiction and non-fiction e-books, and downloadable audiobooks. Please note that this platform is reserved for popular reading materials only.
  • Statistical Abstract of the U.S.: The online version of the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States.

New Streaming Video Collections from Alexander Street

New Multimedia Collections from Alexander Street.

  • Women and Social Movements in the US 1600-2000
  • Black Thought and Culture

New Features in Existing Databases

  • Reference USA: We have now a “data visualization” tool added to our subscription.
  • Standard & Poor’s: More detailed stock information feature.

Cancellations effective July:

  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index
  • Essay and General Literature Index

New Additions Coming Soon

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