COD Library Blog

Steam Powered Tooth Extraction, Anyone?

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!


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.


Explore Libraries around the World with Library Planet

Have you ever heard of library tourism? Library Planet explores libraries from around the world. Visit the site for amazing photos and stories--or to contribute photos of your own visit! This project is crowd-sourced and relies on content contribution from users.

You don't need to be a bookworm to appreciate Library Planet--the architecture alone is breathtaking. In addition to grand historic buildings, you can also peek inside smaller local libraries (This photo was taken at a library in Tanzania)

If you're interested in traveling beyond the world wide web, check out our general collection for up-to-date travel books for a variety of countries. We also have several Travel and Tourism databases. Need help locating a resource? You can always ask a librarian--we'd love to hear from you!

New & Improved Media Lab

Interior of the Media LabCheck out the major upgrades in the Library Media Lab!

Students now have access to:

  • an audio recording booth
  • a production studio with green screen and professional lighting
  • 10 creative workstations with all the software and tools needed to make quality digital content
  • photo quality printing
  • video and audio recording equipment for checkout
  • expert staff available over 80 hours a week to answer questions and provide guidance

Stop by and check out the new Media Lab today. Students can reserve equipment and workstations online at

Pre-Semester Test Prep

young-woman-man-studying-test-exam-tutor-books-wi-friends-students-campus-helps-friend-catching-up-95381367.jpgDo you have an exam or important test coming up in the next semester? The Library's Career and College Information Collection has a variety of exam guides, practice tests, and study aides.

You can also get a jump-start on your studying without leaving the couch! LearningExpress Library 3.0 provides study materials for most major tests, like the ACTs and NCLEX-RN. There's also a section for preparing for the Work Keys certifications--something we get a lot of questions about here at the Reference Desk.

To access this database remotely, you'll need a COD student or staff library card. Questions? You can always ask a librarian. We'd love to hear from you!


"Snail Mail" Still Matters!

Are you anxiously awaiting the last minute holiday gifts you ordered? Stop checking the mailbox and start checking out America's Mailing Industry website. This project is part of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, and provides a complete history of the United States Postal Service, along with videos, fun facts, and old photographs. Did you know that on this day in 1913, the first crossword puzzle was created? If you don't believe me, ask the commemorative stamp! You can also go on a virtual tour of the museum and visit virtual exhibits.

Still looking for ways to pass the time over winter break? Even though the Library is closed next week, all COD cardholders still have access to our Overdrive e-book collection. Or, page through some of our blog posts to catch media and database recommendations you may have missed during the semester.

Hoovers replaced by Mergent Intellect

mergent.pngEffective December 14, 2018: Hoovers was sunsetted by its parent company and was replaced by Mergent Intellect. Mergent 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. Mergent 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).