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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!

Read Up On Very Short Introductions

Librarians often turn to databases like Credo Reference and Gale Virtual Reference Library when helping students conduct background research. If you're looking for a resource that goes a step beyond that, take a look at Very Short Introductions.

Very Short Introductions began as a print series in 1995, offering brief informative introductions to a diverse range of subject areas in Arts and Humanities, Law, Medicine and Health, Science and Mathematics, and Social Sciences. Titles include The Renaissance, Science Fiction, World Music, Game Theory, and more. Many of these titles are also available in print in the COD Library.

To access these e-books from home, you'll need a COD student or staff library card. Questions? Ask a librarian!

Listen Up, Podcast Fans!

The popularity of podcasts has exploded over the last few years. If you're not following a specific host or show, it can be a little daunting to dive in and explore all the content currently streaming. If you're interested in listening to pieces about a certain topic, check out Listen Notes.

This free search engine connects listeners with exactly what they're looking for. The Listen Later feature allows you to curate a custom playlist. Not sure what you're in the mood to listen to? Listen Notes has also created helpful lists and trending themes that make it easy to explore what's available. After a bit of browsing, we found a variety of podcasts including The Dropout (about Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes) and The Sporkful (for people who like to eat).

Podcasts aren't just interviews--you can learn a new language, listen to beauty tips, or practice mindfulness. If you're interested in learning more about podcasts, check out the Library's collection of books and e-books. Questions? Ask a librarian!

Check Out Westlaw Next!

In the last week, we've gotten a lot of questions from both students and community members about looking up court cases. Check out our database, Westlaw Next, for legal resources and more.

Westlaw Next is a comprehensive collection of law-related information resources along with news and business information. It contains information on primary law, analytical materials, litigation insights, case law, core legal reference materials, and much more. Westlaw Next also includes news and business articles of interest to legal professionals. It's also where you can find Black's Law Dictionary (a resource that many instructors require the use of).

Questions about how to navigate Westlaw Next? Take a look at our Criminal Justice Research Guide and our Paralegal Research Guide. To access databases from off campus, you will need a student or staff COD library card. Questions? Ask a librarian!

You Are Here: Navigating Early London

Have you ever wondered what early London really looked like? Or wondered just how much walking people had to do during afternoon errands? Check out Map of Early Modern London to explore the streets of yesteryear.

Search the interactive map, or explore the gazetteer by location type. Primary documents and additional resources are linked to certain locations, allowing users to explore the area using additional historical and social context. The SCOUT report selected MoEML as one of the top ten picks of 2016. Since then, MoEML has continued to explore their mission to spatially map Shakespeare's city.

This is a helpful resource for both researchers and fans of historical literature. It's available to anyone with an internet connection. Questions about historical research, primary sources, or maps? Check out our research guides or ask a librarian.

Image Credit: MoEML

Be Prepared for Warmer Weather

As we put away our hats and gloves for (hopefully) the last time this season, the time has come to make sure our HVAC systems are up to par for the summer weather. Check out our HVAC databases before buying a whole new system. View streaming videos with Films on Demand--Technical & Trade Education Collection. Make sure your project is up to code using NFPA Codes .

Not sure where to start? Head over to the HVAC Research Guide for additional resources, search tips, and websites.

Remember, you'll need a COD student or staff library card to access the databases from home. Have questions? Ask a librarian!

Image credit: “Air Conditioning Elements.” FreePik,

Get Your Facts Straight with John Green

Untitled_5.pngWe've been getting a lot of questions about source evaluation at the reference desk. While we usually use the CRAAP Test to measure the quality of our resources, there are other guides out there that can be helpful (and more fun to use). Head over to Youtube to check out Navigating Digital Information, hosted by John Green.

MediaWise, The Poynter Institute, and The Stanford History Education Group have partnered up to create ten episodes dedicated to evaluating online sources. Each 15 minute episode covers a different aspect of the topic. If you're a fan of John Green, or you enjoy the video format, take a look at the Crash Course channel.

Questions about source evaluation? Want to know which John Green books we have at the Library? Ask a Librarian!

Soil Science with San Luis Horticulture Videos

Spring is finally here! If all the lawn and garden sale flyers have you scratching your head about how to create a thriving garden--or if you're a more serious student of horticulture, check out the San Luis Horticulture Videos available with your COD library card. This collection of videos covers major topics taught in the Horticulture program including Soil Science, Taxonomy, Pruning, Safety, and more.

These videos are sometimes used in COD classes, so the information may be familiar to you, or you may learn something new. Off campus access is available for COD students, faculty, and staff. If you're interested in learning more, check out our Horticulture Research Guide. Questions about accessing the videos? Ask a librarian! We'd love to hear from you.

Settle in for a Story with Longreads

Untitled_4.pngHey, we get it--sometimes you aren't in the mood to read an entire book. If you're looking to sink your teeth into something interesting without committing to a massive hunk of literature, check out Longreads. Browse the main page to discover essays, short stories and articles, or sign up for the newsletter to get a weekly dose of new content. Each entry begins with a preview of who the author is and where the work was originally published.

This is a great way sample a little bit of everything without subscribing to shelves full of magazines. There's a variety of subject matter and writing styles. This week we were able to read Ira Glass' commencement speech at Columbia Journalism School, as well as a detailed account of how it feels to wake up during surgery.

If you're unsure of where to start, try browsing the Best of 2018 collection. There's something for everyone--true crime sleuths, sports fans, and foodies will find something worth taking a second look at.


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