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We're Over the Moon About Overdrive!

One of our favorite databases to show off is Overdrive. Students, staff, and community members with a COD library card have access to this collection of e-books and e-audiobooks. You'll find popular fiction and the latest non-fiction, via the Overdrive app.

This month we're showcasing our crafting titles. Learn to quilt, choose the right plants for your home, or unwind via Origami.

If you have questions about setting up Overdrive on your phone, tablet, or computer please ask a librarian! We'd love to work with you to find the title and format you're looking for.

What's Pew Got to Do With It?

As you begin your assignments for the upcoming semester, you'll find that often times, research is required. The COD Library has hundreds of databases for your information needs. A librarian will be happy to help you choose and navigate the right database for your project. Our Research Fundamentals Guide provides suggestions for databases, as well as outside websites like and the Pew Research Center.

If you're curious about learning more about the Pew Research Center, check out Pew Research Center: Decoded. This blog gives readers the "how and why" behind the numbers. Entries range from basic information about how to best use the data, to advanced instructions for gathering and interpreting the data yourself. If you're having a difficult time navigating the Pew Research Center website, or any of our databases, don't hesitate to ask a librarian!

Jump Start Your Searches with Our Databases

As the summer semester ends and we prepare for fall, it may be helpful to review some of our most popular databases. Knowing which databases to search--and how to search within them--will save you from stress when your next assignment rolls around.

Our general databases provide a variety of resources to help get you started. These are just a few of the databases available through the COD Library.

Academic Search Complete contains indexing and full text for 9100 journals. 7100 of these journals are peer-reviewed scholarly titles. This collection provides both popular and scholarly journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study - including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences and ethnic studies. Academic Search Complete is a great resource for general research.

CQ Researcher offers in-depth, non-biased coverage of today's most important issues. Each report is on a single topic more than 12,000 words in text and extensive bibliographies. Each weekly issue provides up-to-date information on controversial subjects reported by CQ's staff of experienced reporters.

To access databases from home, you'll need a COD student or staff library card. Not sure where to start? Ask a librarian, or check out our Research Fundamentals guide.

Won't You Be Our Neighbor?

The new Mister Rogers documentary is all over the news this week. If you're a fan of Fred, check out our collection of Mister Rogers materials. We have titles for both adults and children.

If your favorite part of the neighborhood was King Friday and friends, explore our puppetry resources. Learn about the history of Punch and Judy, or how to create a puppet of your very own.

Not finding what you're looking for? Ask a librarian!.

Psych Yourself Up with our Databases

In the last month, we've had students from a variety of classes looking for psychology articles. We helped someone writing a speech, someone writing a business paper, and a group of students in a science class--all using COD's Psychology databases.

PsycARTICLES, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a definitive source of full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. The database contains more than 122,000 articles from 60 journals.

PsycINFO contains more than one million citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations and technical reports, all in the field of psychology. It also includes information about the psychological aspects of related disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business and law. Journal coverage, which spans from 1887 to present, includes international material selected from more than 1,700 periodicals in over 35 languages.

To access these databases from home, you'll need a student or staff COD Library Card. Questions about our databases? Check out our guide or ask a librarian!

What's Bugging You?

Did anyone else spend their holiday weekend dodging bug bites and bee stings? If you're interested in learning more about bugs, take a look at Bug Squad, a blog dedicated to happenings in the insect world. This entomology resource is published by University of California Cooperative Extension's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) and authored by Kathy Keatley Garvey, who is also the communications specialist for the Department of Entomology and Nematology at UC Davis.

Bug Squad includes articles, studies, and educational events.

For more entomology resources, visit the COD Library catalog. Questions? Ask a librarian!

Celebrate the Fourth with the Historical Periodicals Collection

As you gear up for the Fourth of July this year, why not brush up on the nation's history? The American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection has gathered more than 6,500 historical periodical titles dating from 1693 to 1877. The collection is broken into five series, ranging from early colonization to the aftermath of the Civil War. If you're interested in historical research, browse our History Research Guide for databases, books, and media.

To access this database from home, you'll need a COD student or staff library card. Questions? Ask a librarian!

Find Your Next Read with NPR's Best Books

Are you searching for something to read this summer? College of DuPage Library has a variety of leads to get you started. If you're still stumped, check out NPR's Best Books of 2018. Many of the titles are available through the COD Library catalog.If you're on the go, consider Overdrive for e-book and audiobook options for your mobile device. If you have questions about e-books or you need a book recommendation, ask a librarian!

Start Your Job Search with O*Net

Are you in the market for a new job? Consult O*Net to find your next career. O*Net has a wealth of information for over 950 different occupations. Not sure where to start? You can search by industry, skills, interests, and qualifications. Try the Crosswalk search to add military credentials and degrees. If you're interested in learning more about career options, visit our Career and College Information collection (it's at the top of the Library stairs).

If you have questions about O*Net or library services, ask a librarian!

Listen Up, Fashion Fans

Fashion design students, history buffs, or anyone who has wondered why women's clothing never has pockets: we've discovered a podcast you may find intriguing. Articles of Interest is a series within 99% Invisible. Each episode covers a different aspect of fashion, including children's clothing and Hawaiian shirts.

If you're interested in fashion design, browse our research guide for additional resources. Visit the library to browse books and journals, and check out our online databases. Questions? Ask a librarian!


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