COD Library Blog

Hoovers replaced by Mergent Intellect

mergent.pngEffective December 14, 2018: Hoovers was sunsetted by its parent company and was replaced by Mergent Intellect . 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. Intellect also includes tools for building and downloading reports.
For more information, contact the Electronic Resources Librarian at or the Business librarian at

Winter Break Hours & Closings

Winter in DuPage county sceneThe Library will have additional closings and reduced hours over COD's Winter Break between Dec. 15 and Jan. 18.

The full list of closings and reduced hours is as follows:

  • Saturday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16: Closed
  • Monday, Dec. 17 - Friday, Dec. 21: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 22, through Tuesday, Jan. 1: Closed
  • Wednesday, Jan. 2 - Friday, Jan. 4: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Jan. 5, and Sunday, Jan. 6: Closed
  • Monday, Jan. 7 - Friday, Jan. 11: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Jan. 12, and Sunday, Jan. 13: Closed
  • Monday, Jan. 14: Closed for Library In-Service Activities
  • Tuesday, Jan. 15 - Friday, Jan. 18: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Jan. 19: Regular Spring hours begin

Note the Library is also closed Monday, January 21, for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

For more details, see the Library's Hours & Closings page.

Have a safe and restful break!

Photo credit: Tom Gill (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Database Details You Can Use

study-hacks_0.jpgThe semester is almost over, and we're getting a lot of questions about how to access and search our databases from off-campus.

You'll need a COD student or staff library card to access databases from home. Don't have time to come in and turn your ID into a library card? You can fill out our online form (please keep in mind that this option has an estimated 24 hour turnaround time).

Struggling to log in? Check out our Database Access Help Page.

Looking for tips and tricks for an individual database? Many of our research guides include general search tips, as well as specific tools for certain databases like CINAHL and Science Direct.

Still have questions? You can ask a librarian via phone, email, or chat--or come visit us at the reference desk! (check our calendar to see when we're open).


Suspended Bologna, and Other Things to Freak Your Aunt Out

01ea911af9eb9384f66d46c114432419.jpgAre you looking for a recipe to wow your extended family? Or maybe you want to make sure you're never asked to bring a dish-to-pass again? Take a gander at Jell-O: America’s Most Famous Dessert: At Home Everywhere. Visit this site for amazing recipes, vintage art, and weird story submissions. The University Of Michigan has provided an extensive exhibit of all things Jello.

If this foray into culinary arts doesn't interest you, check out the COD Library catalog for cookbooks from every category. Ask a librarian for recommendations for your next meal!

Extended Study Hours: Dec. 2 - Dec. 13

extended study hourssTo help you prepare for the end of the Fall semester, the Library will have extended hours from Dec. 2 through Dec. 13. Here is a list of days with extended hours:

  • Sunday, Dec. 2: 12 noon - 11 pm
  • Monday, Dec. 3: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 4: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 5: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Thursday, Dec. 6: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Friday, Dec. 7: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm (Normal hours)
  • Saturday, Dec. 8: 9 am - 4:30 pm (Normal hours)
  • Sunday, Dec. 9:12 noon - 11 pm
  • Monday, Dec. 10: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 11: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 12: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Thursday, Dec. 13: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Friday, Dec. 14: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm (Normal hours)

See the Library hours page for more details.

Good luck on your finals!

Rev Up Your Road Trip with Overdrive

Best-audio-books-app-for-Android-free-audiobook-player.jpgAre you traveling over Thanksgiving break? Whether you're driving across the state, or just along for the ride, we have resources to keep you entertained on your trek.

Overdrive provides e-books and electronic audiobooks via an easy-to-use app. Using your COD library card, you can download the latest popular fiction and non-fiction. You'll be able to pack light, and still hold a virtual library in your back pocket.

Questions about how to use the app? Check out our online guides, or ask a librarian!


Thanksgiving Break Hours

ThanksgivingThe Library will be closed from Thursday, Nov. 22 - Sunday, Nov. 25, for Thanksgiving Break. We will also close early at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Normal hours resume Monday, Nov. 26.

See the Library hours page for more details.

Have a safe and restful break!

Check Out This Flood of Information on Natural Disasters

firefighter-fighting-a-raging-wildfire--silhouette.jpgHave you been keeping up with the latest wildfire out in California? We wanted to learn more about wildfires and other natural disasters, so we turned to National Geographic's Natural Disasters page.

Keep up with the latest news regarding current natural disasters, watch videos about everything from avalanches to tsunamis, and learn safety tips for if you're ever stuck near an erupting volcano.

If you're interested in learning more about natural disasters, or digging deeper with some scholarly research, take a peek at our Meteorology Guide!

WGSN is here!


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:; Faculty & Staff: ).

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.


Use your COD email address.


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


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 / 630-942-2092


Take a Picture--It Will Last Longer!

A_Surgican_Operation.jpgIn the last few weeks, we've gotten several requests for help finding images for various assignments. Some students needed detailed medical images, while others required a clear shot of a famous sculpture.

If you're looking for a visual to punch up your presentation, check out the Library's digital image collections. The Saskia Digital Image Archive is an especially useful resource for those studying art and the humanities. The collection contains 30,000 digital images of paintings, sculpture and architecture, including images from many important collections: the Prado, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Uffizi, and the Louvre as well as archaeological sites in Greece, Italy, Turkey and Egypt. The images are displayed in both high resolution and thumbnail format. Additionally, the descriptive data about the images includes references to the occurrences of these images in 19 major art history texts, including Gardner’s Art Through the Ages, 12th edition; Understanding Art, 7th edition; Art and Ideas, 10th edition; Discovering Art History, 4th edition.

Please note that this particular database is only available on-campus. To access other databases from home, you'll need a COD staff or student library card. Once you've chosen your images, you'll need to cite them. Why not brush up on your image citation skills during our workshop, Get the Picture! How to Use and Cite Image Sources from COD Library Resources. Join us Wednesday, November 14th at 1PM, SRC 3104 to explore our image databases, and discuss how to give credit to the image source. Can't make it to the workshop? You can always ask a librarian.