databases

Learn a New Skill in 2018

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It's time to start thinking about your New Year's Resolutions! Why not learn a new skill in 2018? College of DuPage Library can give you a head start with our online databases.

Check out LearningExpress Library to brush up on reading, writing, and math skills. Prepare for certification tests or placement exams using their video guides and tutorials. There are also opportunities to take practice exams so you'll know what to expect on the day of the test. You'll need to create a free account to take the practice tests.

Add to your resume (or just impress your friends) using Lynda.com. Become an expert in thousands of topics like Photoshop or coding. Lynda allows you to design your own course of study and work at your own pace. Create a free account to keep track of your progress.

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

Keeping up with Culturegrams

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If you’re doing research about other countries or if you are preparing for the inevitable discussion about other cultures with your annoying old uncle this holiday season: Culturegrams can help! Use this tool to learn about socio-economic conditions, religions, and customs of other countries. There are options to use comparative country data to build your own graphs and charts. Also check out the video gallery to learn more about cultures around the world.

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

Are You Writing a Speech?

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We've been getting lots of interesting questions at the reference desk lately from students working on projects for speech classes. There were a few this week about upcoming trends in video games and we were able to find tons of relevant information! Here are a few of our favorite sources to use for speech writing:

CQ Researcher covers a variety of hot topics in the news, from gun control to climate change. This is a good place to start to learn about the background of your topic. Our favorite feature is the timeline which shows how your subject has changed throughout history.

Issues and Controversies is a great pick for persuasive speeches. Explore the video sections to find not just an overview, but debates among experts in the field. Don't forget to check out the bibliographies for more resources.

Statista is perfect for adding facts and figures to strengthen your speech. It includes visual aids and infographics to help get your point across.

As you're conducting your research, don't forget to cite your sources! If you're looking for additional help with your speech assignments, check out the Speech Research Guide.

Remember, you'll need a COD student or staff library card to access these materials from home.

Need more help? Ask a Librarian! We'd love to hear from you.

Stalking Our Ancestors: Biography Resources

2017-10-28_10-09-54.pngIt can be pretty difficult to facebook-stalk someone who died a hundred years ago. Next time you’re researching someone from the past, head over to our American National Biography resource. You can find it on the Biography databases page. You can perform a specific search for someone, or search by gender, nationality, occupation, place of birth, and more. Please note that this collection only features biographies of the deceased.

Not finding what you're looking for? We have other Biography resources on hand!

Academic Onefile has a special drop-down box in their advanced search, allowing you to search by Biography or Autobiography. Or, search for the person's name to find articles and mentions in the media.

Academic Search Complete allows you to search by document type. In addition to biographies, you can find obituaries, interviews, and reviews of the person's work.

Not in the mood to read? Check out Academic Video Online. Use the search box to find information about the person you're studying, or gain background knowledge in the field they were famous for.

All of our databases are accessible from on-campus computers. If you're working from home, you'll need your Library Card Number. Still stuck? You can Ask a Librarian! We'd love to hear from you.

What Should I Study?

There are many quality degrees and certifications offered here at College of DuPage. Deciding on a career path is a huge decision! If you’re undecided, or if you’re looking for more information about a particular career, take a look at our online resource, Career Cruising. Use it to search for a particular profession or use the "Career Selector" tool to choose aspects of a job that are important to you. You can use the "Assessments" tool to identify the type of career that suits your personality and interests. Career Cruising is a great place to start developing the resources you need to develop a plan for your future.

To access Career Cruising, use:
Username: cod
Password: careers

Take your career research to the College's awesome Counseling & Advising department for help exploring your options and make sure to visit the Career Services Center for even more information. We're here to help you succeed!

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 dupage.edu 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?

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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.

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 http://www.codlrc.org/databases/statistics

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Wealth Engine update

Wealth Engine logo_fixed.pngWealth Engine access had been discontinued as of June 3rd. We apologize for the short notice. At this time, the Library does not have an alternative database for doing individual prospect research. However, Forefront (formerly Donors Forum) offers on-site access to both NOZA and Research Point in their library. For more information about what NOZA is, please see Forefront's tutorial at http://guides.myforefront.org/databasetutorials/NOZAandRP

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