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Business Decision Ceased

Business Decision is no longer available to COD students, staff, and faculty. The company is no longer offering the product. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Questions? Contact the Electronic Resources Librarian, Denise Cote, at cotede@cod.edu

Hoovers replaced by Mergent Intellect

mergent.pngEffective December 14, 2018: Hoovers was sunsetted by its parent company and was replaced by Mergent Intellect. Mergent Intellect is a direct replacement for Hoovers. Use Mergent Intellect to find comprehensive company, industry, and market intelligence. It offers information on 12 million companies and provides in-depth coverage of 25,000 of the world's top business enterprises. Mergent Intellect also includes tools for building and downloading reports.
For more information, contact the Electronic Resources Librarian at cotede@cod.edu or the Business librarian at kickels@cod.edu

WGSN is here!

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WGSN is a market intelligence tool. It examines current and future trends in a variety of design and creative industries. This rich resource includes trend forecasting reports, trade show reports, examinations of consumer behaviors, merchandising advice, and much more. WSGN's reports can be downloaded to your computer or saved to your WGSN account. Reports include data sources and cited images that can be downloaded individually, as well as templates and other tools for use in Photoshop & Illustrator. WGSN can also be used to get ideas for paper and presentation topics.

WGSN is available on and off-campus to students, faculty, and staff at the College of DuPage. Access WGSN by creating your personal account using College of DuPage email address. ( Students: @dupage.edu; Faculty & Staff: @cod.edu ).

WGSN accounts will become inactive after 90 days if you do not use it. If your account expires, just login again to reactivate your account.

How-to access WGSN: Enter through a link to WGSN on the Library's website. If you are not on campus, use your COD Library card information to enter.

Create an account.

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Use your COD email address.

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Go to your COD email to validate your account and set your password.

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When you login to WGSN for the first time, you'll be prompted to personalize your account. Skip this part for now so you can browse today's latest reports on the front page. You can personalize your WGSN home page later in your account details.

Questions? Contact Denise Cote at cotede@cod.edu / 630-942-2092

Electronic or Print textbooks?

Here's an article from the Chronicle that opens with a shocking description of the recent textbook debacle at UL:

The university and the publisher worked together to set the sky-high price for the online text in an effort to discourage students from purchasing it.... Many of the materials in the book were 'needed for homework and in-class assignments,' and they wanted students to buy the print version. They’ve since lowered the online price to match the hard-copy cost, according to Inside Higher Ed.

The article discusses the quandary that faculty face when selecting textbook formats for students. Faculty are very concerned about the cost of textbooks and digital versions are typically less expensive. However, digital texts are problematic because they are hard for students to use and reading comprehension is lowered in the online environment. Faculty are then required to take time out of a packed syllabus to teach students how to use digital texts effectively.

Open educational resources solve the problem of affordability but instructor's worries about using online texts are valid since their first concern is student learning--justifiably so! But we can adopt open texts AND find ways to create affordable print versions for students.

$999.00 Textbook? Nah, its only $313.00. Cold Comfort.

Read this crazy story from the University of Louisiana about students being kinda-sorta mistakenly charged $999.00 for a single textbook:
https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/08/28/unive...

And the UL Provost's response about the cost actually being "only" $313.00! What a savings!
https://www.klfy.com/news/local/university-of-louisiana-issues-statement...
Not to mention the typo in the title. Written with haste, obvs. :)

Want to know more about NO COST textbook options? Visit http://codlrc.org/OER

Safari is new and improved!

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Safari isn't just technical manuals anymore! Safari now includes books, videos, tutorials, and case studies from top publishers on a variety of subjects ranging from computer science to song writing. You can select a "learning path" to dig deep into your area of interest or just browse. With your Safari personal account, you can highlight books, save your video/tutorial progress, get recommendations for other materials in your field, and much more.

Safari is available on and off-campus to students, faculty, and staff at the College of DuPage. You can get temporary access to Safari by entering your College of DuPage email address. ( Students: @dupage.edu; Faculty & Staff: @cod.edu ).

To access Safari, first go to: https://www.safaribooksonline.com/library/view/temporary-access/

Enter your COD email address.

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You'll get temporary access to Safari for three days.

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After the temporary access period expires, you will have to register your account using the instructions sent to your email.

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Create your password, tell Safari when you think you'll be graduating, and choose your major--if you are undecided, just choose one that's closest to your interests or select "other."

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Now that your account is set up, you can go to http://www.safaribooksonline.com from anywhere and login to your account. You can also use the new Safari app!

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A printable user guide is available here. If you need help or have questions, please contact Denise Cote at cotede@cod.edu

Unable to access your I-Share account?

There have been some changes to our I-Share system that may cause log in issues for some Library users. If you receive an error when attempting to access your I-Share account, please reset your password. To do this, click on the “Forgot your Password?” link on the login screen and follow the instructions to reset the password.
If you need assistance, please contact the Library reference desk: https://www.codlrc.org/ask

Resource Cancellations

The Library has stopped subscribing to the following resources, effective July 1, 2018:
American National Biography
ASHRAE Standards
Berg Fashion
Fashion in Video: The Videofashion Collection
Films on Demand: Business & Economics Collection
Sage State & Local Stats

If you have questions about these cancellations or would like to discuss alternative resources, please contact Denise Cote at cotede@cod.edu

Webinar on OER for Math April 4th!

Math instructors have unique needs, and there are two good open platforms available to meet those needs. WeBWorK and MyOpenMath enable instructors to automate practice problems that are accessible to a wide variety of learners. In this session, Alex Jordan, Portland Community College, will discuss the features of WeBWorK (example: https://webwork.pcc.edu/webwork2/orcca-demonstration/) and Carrie Kyser, Clackamas Community College, will discuss MyOpenMath (example: https://www.myopenmath.com/, username “guest,” no password).

This session is ideal for faculty who are ready to break up with their expensive copyrighted product but don’t want to lose functionality.

This webinar takes place from 12-1 Pacific time, April 4, 2018. The session will be recorded and captioned to share later. More info: http://openoregon.org/events/event/open-math-platforms/
Join the session
Call-in number: 646 876 9923
Participant PIN: 796 538 589

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