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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

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

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.

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.

Students: COD Wants Your Creative Ideas!

COD Academic Integrity Slogan Contest

Enter to win $$$
AIcontest.pngThis semester the Academic Integrity Implementation Committee is hosting a contest to name the Academic Integrity information campaign and want your creative ideas for a tagline or slogan that the College can use when communicating the importance of honesty in all academic endeavors. The caption selected for the campaign will be used in advertising, publicity and informational materials for the College’s Academic Integrity initiative, slated to start this fall.

The first prize is a $1500 award that can be used towards tuition as well as in our bookstore. There will also be two $500 prizes awarded.

For more information and to submit your entry, visit www.codlrc.org/AcademicHonesty/contest

Popup Picks - Your unlimited source for free e-books!

PopupPicks (1).jpgDo you live in Illinois? Well, you are now the lucky recipient of unlimited access to curations of the best e-books from around the world and around the corner with Popup Picks! Thanks to RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System), you can select from rotating collections of hand-curated award-winning SF, travel, humor, self-help, YA, graphic novels and more!
https://library.biblioboard.com/home

Current collections include:

  • Book Club Summer Reads
  • Girls Rule
  • On the Go
  • Recovering the Classics
  • Comics & Graphic Novels

Popup Picks is free and easy to use - no waitlists, no library card, no checkouts. Just head to Popup Picks , select a book, and start reading.

For more options (annotations, bookmarks, favorites list, access from outside IL) you can create a BiblioBoard Library profile or download the app from iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play.

For more information visit http://popuppicks.com/faq-readers/

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Summer Reading - Audiobooks (& eBooks!)

504x504_SummerReading.png COD Library Audiobooks and eBooks can be your best companion on any summer outing! Take them to the beach, the pool, on cross-country roadtrips, or international flights - you literally have nothing to lose! Check out books from OverDrive and you won't have to worry about damp pages, sand in the binding or a book left behind in a hotel.

OverDrive is easy to use! Learn more at http://www.codlrc.org/overdrive or try out one of our popular eBooks below.

2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner - The Underground Railroad

For distinguished fiction published in book form during the year by an American author, preferably dealing with American life, Fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).
The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)
For a smart melding of realism and allegory that combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in a myth that speaks to contemporary America. - http://www.pulitzer.org/winners/colson-whitehead

Sample the book now!

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