COD Library Blog

Spring Break Hours

Flowers at CODThe Library will be open throughout spring break with reduced hours. Break hours are as follow:

Saturday, March 23: 9 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday, March 24: 12 noon - 6 pm
Monday, March 25 - Thursday, March 28: 7:30 am - 7:30 pm
Friday, March 29: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday, March 30: 9 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday, March 31: 12 noon - 6 pm

See the Library's Hours & Closings page for our complete hours and closings information.

Have a safe and restful break!

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Jeeves Who? Ask Watson!

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Micromedex has a new feature on their database: Ask Watson. Health Sciences students will appreciate this addition to the regular search options.

Use this tool to find answers to basic drug questions. This is an excellent option for when you need to find the information quickly. Ask Watson for what you need using "everyday language"--you don't need to worry about Boolean operators or sneaky search tactics.

Interested in learned more about Micromedex? Check out our research guide, which covers Micromedex, mobileMicromedex, and CareNotes. The guide will even show you how to cite this database within your assignments.

Students and faculty with a COD library card are able to access this database from off-campus. Questions? Ask a librarian!

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Celebrate Women's History Month

usa-rosieriveter__1.jpgCelebrate Women's History Month with Click: The Ongoing Feminist Revolution! This interactive website is dedicated to exploring women's history and gender studies. Explore the achievements and breakthroughs by women since the 1940's.

Browse by the timeline, which breaks major events and figures into "chapters". Or, pick a broader category such as Politics & Social Movements, Body & Health, Workplace & Family, or In the Classroom. Videos, original essays, and vintage ads round out the content, providing a broad focus and additional context to the progress made over the last 80 years.

This website serves as a great jumping off point for casual researchers, teachers building a lesson plan, or students seeking additional sources. Interested in learning more? Check out this post, which includes content from our databases. We also have a research guide you may find helpful.

Check Out This Fashionably Fresh Database

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Have you seen the forecast? No, we're not talking about another snowstorm. We're talking about trend forecasts!

This spring, when it comes to swimwear, brown is the new black.

While it's hardly good swimming weather right now, that hasn't stopped us from exploring upcoming style trends on WGSN. This is an excellent resource for anyone studying fashion, beauty, textiles, and business. Access trend forecasts and insights into consumer behavior--or just browse the gorgeous photos.

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 your 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.

Questions about setting up your account? You can ask a librarian, or take a look at our guide.

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STEM Videos We Suggest

Untitled_2.jpgWhile many of our databases include videos and tutorials, sometimes it's just easier to pop over to Youtube. If you're looking for easy-to-follow videos about STEM topics (especially math, science, and computer programming), check out Socratica's Youtube channel. Founded by Caltech grads, this user-friendly channel is broken up into playlists by subject and theme.

We learned something new about black holes, explored Python, and picked up studying tips like the Pomodoro technique.

If you're interested in more in-depth lessons, check out Lynda.com and our online video databases. Questions? Ask a librarian! We'd love to hear from you.

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Business Decision has been temporarily removed from the Library's website. This tool has been unavailable for several weeks because the provider has been unable to correct access problems for its customers. We apologize for this inconvenience. We will stay in touch with the company and return Business Decision to our offerings when it is repaired and stable. Questions? Contact the Electronic Resources Librarian, Denise Cote, at cotede@cod.edu

What to Read When You're Out of Episodes

07-you-101.w700.h700_0.jpgWhile we love helping with research questions, it's always fun when we're asked for book recommendations. In the past few years, we've noticed an increase in queries about finding "readalikes" for TV shows and movies.

Novelist Plus makes it easy to find authors and titles with the same appeal as your newest media obsession. Fans of the Netflix hit, You, might enjoy Thirteen Steps Down by Ruth Rendell. Still thinking about The Hate U Give? Check out Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds.

Remember, you'll need a COD student or staff library card in order to access databases from off campus. Still have questions? Ask a librarian! We'd love to hear your recommendations.

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Steam Powered Tooth Extraction, Anyone?

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Have you ever visited the Public Domain Review? Check out this site to find essays, public collections, and more. Our favorite stories this week were Filling in the Blanks: A Prehistory of the Adult Coloring Craze, and The Dancing Plague of 1518.

If you're a fan of artwork, take a look at Early Experiments with X-Rays (1896) or Steam-Powered Tooth Extraction on an Envelope (1894). If you're wondering what "Public Domain" is, or you want to learn more about copyrights, check out our guide. Still have questions? Ask a Librarian--we'd love to hear from you!

Record-Breaking Research Tools

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Over the last week, we've had several questions about record-breaking temperatures. While there are lots of great general websites to find that type of information, we'd like to highlight a few of our databases that helped us answer the latest reference queries:

The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. We were able to view tables of average snowfall for the last several years, issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Statista provided a bar graph detailing the rising interest in global warming's effects on "extreme weather" based on a survey by the Yale Program on Climate Change. Explore the ready-made infographics if you need a visual aid to prove that it was, in fact, too cold to walk the dog last week!

Using Credo Reference, we were able to learn more about health concerns during extreme cold. An article about frostbite from Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health served as a helpful reminder on what signs to watch out for.

Remember, to access databases from off-campus, you'll need a COD staff or student library card. If you're interested in learning more about COD's collection of databases, ask a librarian. We're always happy to hear from you!

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Best in New Black Literature

books-1245690_640.jpgAt the end of last year, Hope Wabuke posted a Year in Review of the best books by Black authors on The Root. As we come up on Black History Month, it seemed only right to highlight some of those books and let you know which are in the COD Library's collection.

This list includes stories, novels, poetry, and nonfiction. You'll find many in print on the New Book shelves, but others are also available as e-books and audiobooks via Overdrive. And for those we don't yet have, you can use I-Share to request the title from one of our neighboring Illinois academic libraries.

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