COD Library Blog

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!)


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

Are You Writing a Speech?


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.


What's the Story with Artstor?

collection-splash.pngToday we got several questions about paintings, pottery, and sculptures. After hitting the books, many students were surprised at how much they could learn from Artstor.

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!


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 and fill in the form they provide. For more information on Course Hero and its copyright policies, visit

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


Next Step? Test Prep!

test-986935_640_0.jpgSummer is a great time to prepare for upcoming tests. This week we've helped an adult student find study materials for the GED, a nursing student was able to practice for her upcoming CNA test, and a visiting high school student got a head start prepping for the upcoming ACTs.

So, what do these three library visitors have in common?

We used the same database to satisfy everyone's needs! Learning Express Library 3.0 is an excellent resource providing test information, tutorials, and ebooks for a variety of subjects. Features include individual accounts, immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of results.

Remember, you'll need a COD student or staff library card to access this database from off campus. Questions? Ask a Librarian--they would love to hear from you!


Your Inner Child Likes to Read, Too!

Summer is the season for beach reads, but that doesn't mean you should ignore your inner child! COD library boasts a fabulous Juvenile section full of classics, series, and newly published favorites.

Check out Novelist Plus for Harry Potter readalikes or the latest Goosebumps title. This week a student found a previously undiscovered sequel to his favorite childhood book--published nearly twenty years later! It's also a great database for kids hoping to complete local summer reading programs. Search by series, lexile range, subject, and more!

Check out our CLCD database for more search options. If we don't have the title you're looking for, we can often order it from another library through Interlibrary Loan or I-Share. Remember, you'll need a COD staff or student library card to access these databases from home. Questions? Ask a Librarian--we'd love to hear from you!


Our Students Need Stats!

statistic_id827009_us-college-students-that-had-felt-fatigued-as-of-fall-2017_0.pngThis week as students finished up their final projects, we had lots of questions about statistics. It was interesting to see how many different projects and classes required them! Statistics are a great way to prove a point, back up your claims, or evaluate the pros and cons of a major decision.

For business questions, students found Business Decision and Hoover’s to be helpful. History students found what they needed using Historical Statistics of the United States. Healthcare and criminal justice students turned to Sage Stats and Statista. We have several databases to choose from. If you’re interested in learning how to navigate them, Ask A Librarian!

Remember, you’ll need a staff or student COD Library card to access databases from off-campus.


Take Care of Business with ReferenceUSA

libdev_db_ReferenceUSA_1024x1280_Vert-01_1.pngDo you have a great idea for a business? Perhaps you’re finishing up your studies and would like to take things a step further. Before you can be your own boss, you’ll probably need a business plan.

Check out ReferenceUSA to find information about businesses in the United States and Canada. You can search by zip code, industry code, name, or yellow page directory listing. This resource can give you a better idea of the competition. There are also video tutorials to help you get started.

Interested in learning more about business plans? Check out our Business Research Guide for more information.

Remember, you’ll need a COD staff or student library card to access databases from off campus. Questions? Ask a librarian. We’d love to hear from you!