COD Library Blog

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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If you need help or have questions, please contact Denise Cote at [email protected]

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

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Student Library Jobs Available – Apply Now!

we are hiring

The Library is currently hiring students to begin in Fall semester. We love our student workers and want them to gain work experience AND be successful in the classroom. Having a part-time job while you are taking classes is an opportunity to earn money while learning time management, gaining work experience, and securing a reference for future employment.

Like helping people? Experience with computers? Got skills like photography, film production, or graphic design? Like working in an office setting? There are many different ways to work at the Library. Students work with the public and behind the scenes. Day and evening positions are available.

See what we have available right now. Click through the links to view the full description and apply.

Library Administration Office Assistant (1 position)
Administration, Library, SC1LIBADMIN (FA18)
20 hours/week. Greet visitors, answer phones, general clerical work.

Library Circulation Assistant (1 position)
Circulation Assistant, SC1CIRCULLRC (FA18)
15 hours/week. Deliver media and equipment throughout campus, shelve books in the library.

Library Computer and Print Assistant (1 position)
Library Computer - Print Assistant, SC1LCOMPSLRC (FA18)
8 hours/week. Assist library users with computers, software and peripherals.

Library Media Lab Assistant (3 positions)
Library Media Lab Assistant, SC1MEDIALABLRC (FA18)
10-20 hours/week. Greet visitors, check out and troubleshoot equipment and workstations, assist lab users with video and audio recording equipment and media design software and hardware.

Keep Watching with Kanopy

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We’ve reached that frustrating point in the summer when we’ve exhausted our Netflix and Hulu queues. While you’re waiting for your favorite fall shows to come back, why not check out Kanopy?

Kanopy is an on-demand video streaming service available to COD faculty, students, and staff. The Kanopy collection includes a variety of subjects across many disciplines but its strength is feature films, indie titles, and documentaries. Kanopy tools allow you to create a personal watchlist, develop playlists for use in classes, edit videos to make clips, and more. See the user guides for help getting started with Kanopy.

Remember that you will need a library card to use Kanopy from off-campus locations.
Although you do not need an account to use Kanopy, you should register if you want to create a personal Watchlist and develop playlists.

Questions? You can always Ask a Librarian--we'd love to hear from you!

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Interim Hours & Closings, Aug. 3 - Aug. 19

ClockBetween our Summer and Fall semesters, the Library is closed on weekends and has reduced hours during the week.

Here is a full list of our hours and closings until the start of the Fall semester:

  • Friday, Aug. 3, Saturday, Aug. 4, and Sunday, Aug. 5: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 6 - Thursday, Aug. 9: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday, Aug. 10, Saturday, Aug. 11, and Sunday, Aug. 12: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 13 - Friday, Aug. 17: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Aug. 18, and Sunday, Aug. 19: Closed
  • Monday, Aug. 20: Fall semester hours begin

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

Have a safe and restful break and get ready for the Fall!

Discover Local Authors with Indie Illinois

Untitled_1.pngSummer is halfway over, which means you've probably burned through the majority of your summer reading list. If you're looking for some local flavor, check out Biblioboard: Indie Illinois.

The Indie Illinois collection contains ebooks from Illinois authors that are independently published. Selections are from a variety of genres: non-fiction, romance, mystery, horror, and more. Interested in reading your ebook on a mobile device? The FAQ section will walk you through set-up (or you can always ask a librarian!)

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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 [email protected]

Are You Writing a Speech?

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We've been getting lots of interesting questions at the reference desk lately from students working on projects for speech classes. There were a few this week about upcoming trends in video games and we were able to find tons of relevant information! Here are a few of our favorite sources to use for speech writing:

CQ Researcher covers a variety of hot topics in the news, from gun control to climate change. This is a good place to start to learn about the background of your topic. Our favorite feature is the timeline which shows how your subject has changed throughout history.

Issues and Controversies is a great pick for persuasive speeches. Explore the video sections to find not just an overview, but debates among experts in the field. Don't forget to check out the bibliographies for more resources.

Statista is perfect for adding facts and figures to strengthen your speech. It includes visual aids and infographics to help get your point across.

As you're conducting your research, don't forget to cite your sources! If you're looking for additional help with your speech assignments, check out the Speech Research Guide.

Remember, you'll need a COD student or staff library card to access these materials from home.

Need more help? Ask a Librarian! We'd love to hear from you.

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What's the Story with Artstor?

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The Artstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides over 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. Collections are used for teaching and study in a wide range of subject areas, including art, architecture, music, religion, anthropology, literature, world history, American Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, and more.

Students were able to locate the information they needed, in addition to full color photos. Taking the summer off? We still suggest checking out Artstor. Nothing beats being able to browse the collections from famous museums around the country--without having to pay for tickets and parking!

Remember, You'll need a COD student or staff library card to access databases from off campus. Questions? Ask a Librarian--we'd love to hear from you!

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Protect Your Work & Prevent Cheating with a DMCA Takedown Notice

You've found your course materials on Course Hero - now what?

courseherocopyright.pngSites like Course Hero make it easy for students to share study guides, class notes, practice problems and more, but are also platforms for distributing tests, worksheets and other course materials. Contending with Course Hero from an academic integrity perspective is challenging, but you do have recourse via the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Materials you create for your classes - tests, worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, study guides - are your intellectual property, which means that copyright laws grant you exclusive rights over this work. You alone have the right to copy and distribute your material: unless you publish your work under a Creative Commons license or grant permission otherwise, anyone sharing your work is violating your copyright.

If you find course materials that YOU created on websites that do not have your permission, request that they are taken down.

In order to avoid liability, websites must "act expeditiously to remove, or disable access to" any allegedly infringing materials upon being properly notified of the infringement. As a result, sites like Course Hero will generally make the takedown notice process fairly simple for you. In Course Hero's case, simply visit their Copyright Infringement Notification at www.coursehero.com/copyright-infringement and fill in the form they provide. For more information on Course Hero and its copyright policies, visit www.coursehero.com/copyright/

For sites that do not provide a form, you may be asked to submit a formal DMCA takedown request via email. For more information, see our Sample Takedown Letter.

Additional questions? Contact COD's copyright liaison librarian, Jennifer Kelley at [email protected]

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