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Discover New Authors During Black History Month

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Were you inspired by yesterday’s annual African-American Read In here at the library? Black Thought and Culture is an excellent database for finding similar selections to keep you reading! Black Thought and Culture contains 1,297 sources with 1,098 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. Where possible the complete published non-fiction works are included, as well as interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamphlets, letters and other primary source material.

Still looking for more information? Check out the library's African-American History Research Guide.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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.

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