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Website Downtime, Thursday, March 30, 4-6 PM

Website downtime March 30Due to server maintenance and upgrades, parts of the Library website will be unavailable on Thursday, March 30, from 4 to 6 pm. Outages will be intermittent during this time. If you need help accessing materials during this time, please visit one of the LIbrary's reference desks. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Library Staff Picks Book Display

One thing the COD Library staff share is the love books. There are other common interests, such as good food, travel, and music. However, the variety in the current display of Library Staff Picks is remarkable. Browse this collection to find a new book in your area or interest, something brand new to explore, or an old favorite. Check it out in the Display Area on the Lower Level of the Library!

What Is The Most Helpful Resource In the Library?


Improve Your Stats Situation

Did you know that there were over 5,000 UFO sightings reported in 2016? I didn't, until I started exploring one of the library's most interesting online databases, Statista.

Are you in need of statistical data for a research project or paper? Strengthen your argument with easy-to-read charts and infographics on a range of topics. Or, just explore the topics for fun. Overviews of a variety of subjects provide a quick snapshot of fast facts, and an opportunity to explore further. The data sets can be downloaded into Excel and the basic graphs and charts representing each data set can be downloaded into PPT and PDF.

You can access Statista through our Databases page. Statista is also available remotely to COD students, faculty, and staff with a library card number. Explore more statistics databases at



Ask Your Health Science Librarian

HSC DaysNEW! HSC Librarian Days

Select Wednesdays in HSC 2141 from 10-11 am

Drop by with your research questions, queries about credible articles or to learn online search techniques. Need to find a journal article using CINAHL? Want to perform quick drug look-ups, learn how to run drug interactions with ease or quickly compare drugs? Have questions about a research assignment? Stop by!

  • February 8, 15, 22
  • March 8, 22, 29
  • April 5, 12, 26
  • May 3, 10

Attend a FREE, Library Health Science Research workshop on CINAHL Searching, Making the Most of Micromedex and Health Research the PICO Way plus more...see for all upcoming workshops!

What's a Filter Bubble and How Do You Get Out of It?

2816187638_1e213ea669_o.jpgThe term filter bubble was coined by Eli Pariser in his book of the same name in reference to the problem created when users rely on personalized searches and, as a result, become separated from information that disagrees with their viewpoints. Examples include Google Personalized Search and Facebook's news stream.

Here are just a few tools that can help you get outside of your filter bubble.

Escape Your Bubble
A Chrome extension that inserts "curated, positive posts" into your Facebook feed with the goal of helping you develop an understanding of the opposing party. Not on Facebook? Escape Your Bubble will send you articles via email, too.

Learn what it's like to view the world through someone else's Twitter feed. FlipFeed uses social network analysis to find a feed that leans differently from you own and provide you with allow you to navigate content with a radically different lens. Developed by MIT Media Lab's Laboratory for Social Machines.

Read Across the Aisle
"Just as your Fitbit reminds you to get up and walk around after an hour of inactivity, this app will notice when you’ve gotten a little too comfortable in your filter bubble—and it’ll remind you to go see what other folks are reading."

For more tools and more information about the filter bubble, visit

“. Bubbles .” by Denise Mayumiis licensed under CC BY 2.0

Replicability and Biology

In January, news broke that on another of the replicability trials. Researchers from the Center for Open Science and Science Exchange, won grant funding to replicate 50 important studies. They have just published the first results of the project, having picked 5 influential research studies that focused on cancer. Of the 5 studies, three of the replication trials had strikingly different results than the original published studies. The results are leaving scientists with many questions: for example, the researchers interested in replicability did not try to figure out why 3 of the studies had achieved different results: should that be a goal? An author of one of the original studies, Iriving Weissman, also argued that the people reproducing his experiment had focused on a peripheral finding from his study, rather than the main one. As an NPR article points out, this result has implications for cancer research, as the original articles have influenced the direction of research in the field, as well as research funding.

Curious? You can read (or listen to) the NPR report, or read the editorial, feature article, and review article describing the replication process, its goals and its results, published in the open access journal eLife.


How Do You Use the Library?

What about our library is important to you? Hear five current students talk about how they regularly use the library below:

Mohammad says that the library provides a good place to study quietly.
Danielle lets us know that the library model collection helped her to do well in her A&P class.
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Taylor tells us that having a space to do work (and convenient access to printing!) is why she uses the library.
Ethan tells us that group study rooms are a great place to study.
For Breanna, the library collection of books for her research projects are most helpful.
What would you say? You can tell us on our Facebook page or at the bottom of the library home page on the comments form.

Want to know more about any of these topics? Book a group study room to work with a group, check out the library models collection, make sure your SmartPrint account for printing is topped up, and enjoy our different study spaces!


Required Reading: Politics, Dystopias and More

Savage_Dystopian.jpgWe can't keep these books on the shelf!

via Esquire
image source: Jared Rodriguez/Truthout


Evaluating Sources in a ‘Post-Truth’ World

GIFT-blue.pngEvaluating Sources in a ‘Post-Truth’ World: Ideas for Teaching and Learning About Fake News
An updated New York Times Lesson Plan from Katherine Schulten and Amanda Christy Brown. The authors present problems that students grapple with when evaluating news and provide resources and activities around the following ideas:

  • Why Does This Matter? Framing the Problem for Students
  • Understanding Different Types of Unreliable News
  • Follow a Case Study in How Fake News Spreads
  • Consider the Effects of Fake News on Democracy