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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

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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.

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Puddings of the Past, and more!

315299--187x300.jpgAre you sick of the same ole apple cider recipe that's been floating around Pinterest? Or maybe you're scrambling to find an "authentic" recipe for your grade-schooler's Harvest Festival. Or perhaps, you're just hungry!

Colonial Williamsburg Historic Foodways presents "History is Served", a website dedicated to sharing and replicating recipes from the 18th century. Check out the videos as food historians demonstrate proper techniques for whipping up a variety of menu items. Browse recipes and read comments from those who have tried them. The strawberry fritters look delicious, but we're not sure how to feel about chicken pudding!

Exterior Library Entrance Construction

The exterior entrance at the northeast corner of the SRC Building, outside of the 2nd floor entrance to the Library, will be closed for renovations from Thursday, October 18, 2018, through January 18, 2019.

For the duration of the construction project, the alternate entry to the north side of the SRC Building will be through SRC door #1. SRC door #1 is located west of SRC door #2, near the Bookstore entrance. You will then need to use the stairs or the elevator inside door #1 to access the second level.

As always, we thank you for your patience and cooperation during this construction.

Map of the second floor of the SRC building showing the alternate entrance to the Library

Have You Seen CINAHL?

eb14f930eb4ccbf3e1327e9769c45a60_healthcare-nursing-informatics-by-menaka-sachchi-on-prezi-confused-nurse-clipart_220-150.jpegThis week we've been getting a lot of questions about CINAHL. A librarian may have visited your class to tell you all about it--but just in case you can't find your notes, or you've forgotten a certain step in the search process, we're here to help.

The online version of Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature, CINAHL Complete, covers nursing, allied health, biomedical and consumer health journals, publications of the American Nursing Association, and the National League for Nursing. Our version now includes the CINAHL Thesaurus and full text of over 1300 important nursing and clinical journals.

Check out our CINAHL Research Tips page, which includes helpful directions, screen shots, and examples. You'll also find a handout outlining ten steps for searching CINAHL. Still stuck? You can always Ask A Librarian. Remember, to access CINAHL from off campus, you'll need a COD staff or student library card.

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Snuggle Up With a Scary Story

10-Horror-Books-Way-Scarier-Than-the-Films_0.jpgOctober: the month of cool breezes, falling leaves, warm drinks, pumpkins, Halloween and scary stories. Curl up with a good tale that makes you leave the bedroom light on. Watch a scary movie with friends.

The Library has selected a variety of books and films filled with frightening tales, terrifying creatures and bone chilling mysteries. Come see our Halloween display on the upper level of the Library near the Circulation Desk. All of the titles on display are available for checkout with a COD Library card. Looking for something specific? Check our catalog or Ask A Librarian!

Our Collection Extends Beyond the Shelves!

180999.jpgDid you know? There's more to our collection than the books you see on the shelf.

In addition to our databases, which contain journal articles, newspaper articles, and images, we also have several e-book collections. Explore popular fiction and non-fiction with Overdrive--you can download e-books or audiobooks directly to your phone or mobile device. Or, find resources for school assignments via Knovel Library and Safari Books Online.

Remember, you'll need a COD student or staff library card to access databases from off-campus. Overdrive is available off campus for community members as well.

Questions? Ask a Librarian. We'd love to hear from you. We can also help you navigate the different digital collections, and show you how to set up the Overdrive app on your device.

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New Database Alert: Check out Mintel!

Untitled_0.jpg Last week, we had several questions and research inquiries that we were able to answer using our newest database, Mintel.

Mintel provides market intelligence reports for a broad range of industries and consumer product categories.These market research reports cover such subjects as travel, food, and lifestyles. Data sources used are from Mintel’s own surveys, as well as Simmons, Infoscan’s IRI and trade research.

Even if you're not in a business class, you'll most likely need some of the information found on this database at some point. For example, cosmetology and horticulture students can use Mintel to find information needed to create business plans.

Next time you have a free moment, check it out! Once you accept the terms of service, you can create a free account and save market reports for future reference. Have questions about how you can use Mintel? Ask a librarian! Remember, you'll need a COD student or staff library card to access Mintel from off campus.

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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.

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