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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.

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!

Photo credit: COD Newsroom

Jeeves Who? Ask Watson!

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!


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

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:; 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.

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


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 and our online video databases. Questions? Ask a librarian! We'd love to hear from you.

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

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.