COD Library Blog

What IS cheating?

CollegeExam.pngStudents don't agree on what constitutes cheating behaviors - we've seen that here at COD after five semesters of surveying ALP English students on their perceptions of cheating. How can instructors ensure that everyone in their classrooms are on the same page when it comes to Googling answers, collaborating with friends, and recycling papers?

Take a look at this recent Faculty Focus post for ideas that range from discussion questions, quizzes and a cheating behavior survey that you can run in your own class:
Activities that Promote Awareness of What Is and Isn’t Cheating

"Exam" by Gerald Wildmosser is licensed under CC BY 3.0


Do the Time Warp with History Study Center

famousfunnies.pngWe all learn from our mistakes--why not avoid a foible and consult the History Study Center before making a blunder? The History Study Center includes primary and secondary history collections providing access to rare British, American and world history sources, full text articles and reference materials. It also includes multimedia sources. Study up for your next paper or speech. Or, blast yourself to the past and explore old maps and battles. If you're looking for more historical information, check out our History Research Guide.

Remember, you'll need a student or staff COD library card to access databases from off campus. If you'd like to learn more you can always Ask A Librarian!


National Library Week 2018

National Library Week

Monday, April 9th

Take Note of the Library!
Staff at all Library service desks will be handing out packs of index cards to students. Great for finals prep!
Time: All day

Tuesday, April 10th

In collaboration with Learning Commons, the Library will reach out to students at all campus locations. The Library will “Pop-Up” at both main campus Learning Commons locations and librarians will be at all four Centers sharing information about Library services with candy and giveaways at midday.
11:00am – 1:00pm: Learning Commons
12:00pm – 2:00pm: Westside Learning Commons
5:30pm – 6:30 pm: Learning Commons
Various times 11:00am -1:00pm: COD Centers

Critical Thinking Workshop: The Health Connection – with Debra Smith
Whether you are debating trying a new diet plan, taking a prescribed medication or wondering if the latest health & wellness research findings apply to you, critical thinking skills are essential. Questions are the answers to today’s convoluted health care system. Come to this session for tips on applying critical thinking principles to common health and wellness situations.
Time: 1:00pm - 1:45pm (SRC 3104)

Wednesday, April 11th

Lynda Demonstration
Visitors can see a running demonstration of content included in Lynda on a screen in the Lower Level Lobby. Lynda bookmarks and sign up instructions will be available as well.
Time: 7:30am – 10:00am (Library Lower Level)

Digital Media Petting Zoo
Visitors can stop by to see some of the great equipment available for check out in the Media Lab. Test drive the 360 camera, try out Google cardboard VR headsets, or jump into our green screen photo shoot!
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm (Library Lower Level)

Introduction to Virtual Reality Workshop - with Colin Koteles
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) have hit the mainstream--it's now easy and affordable to experience and use virtual environments for yourself. Attend this workshop to learn how virtual and augmented reality is being used in education, entertainment, and many other aspects of daily life; learn how to get started experiencing virtual reality environments, and even get some hands-on experience using simple VR devices.
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm (SRC 3114)

Thursday, April 12th

Coffee Service
Visitors can stop by the Refuel Station with coffee and tea service all morning and add their thoughts to our comment board.
Time: 9am - (Library Lower Level)

Pop Up Library and Cookies
The Library will be popping up at Campus Central and in honor of National Library Week and we’ll be bringing cookies! Yay libraries!
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm (SSC Atrium)

Friday, April 13th

Introduction to Infographics Workshop – with Colin Koteles
Visual representations of data--infographics--effectively communicate research, ideas, and stories.  As Killer Infographics CEO Amy Balliett writes, "a quality infographic packages a great story with great design, which leads to an enthralling piece of content worth sharing." In this workshop you'll get a brief introduction to different types of visual communication, how to use data to craft a message, and different types of tools you can use to create infographics.
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm (SRC 3114)

Introduction to Finding Grants for Nonprofits Workshop - with Carol Eisinger
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory workshop. You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including:

  • Who funds nonprofits and what their motivations are.
  • What funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding.
  • How you identify potential funders and make the first approach.
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm (SRC 3104)

Webinar on OER for Math April 4th!

Math instructors have unique needs, and there are two good open platforms available to meet those needs. WeBWorK and MyOpenMath enable instructors to automate practice problems that are accessible to a wide variety of learners. In this session, Alex Jordan, Portland Community College, will discuss the features of WeBWorK (example: and Carrie Kyser, Clackamas Community College, will discuss MyOpenMath (example:, username “guest,” no password).

This session is ideal for faculty who are ready to break up with their expensive copyrighted product but don’t want to lose functionality.

This webinar takes place from 12-1 Pacific time, April 4, 2018. The session will be recorded and captioned to share later. More info:
Join the session
Call-in number: 646 876 9923
Participant PIN: 796 538 589


Step Into Someone Else's Shoes with Vocational Biographies

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk in someone else’s shoes for a day? Or perhaps you’re contemplating a career change, but you’re unsure what a typical day in the field is like. Check out Vocational Biographies. This online database boasts a collection of "day in the life" stories of people in a variety of professions.

Search for specific occupations or explore career pathways. You’ll find information about what kind of education you’ll need, time commitments, and links to further your research. If you’re in the mood to browse, some notable (and very interesting) professions include Bat Remover, Dude Ranch Manager, and Jingle Writer.

Remember, you'll need a student or staff COD library card to access databases from off campus. If you'd like to learn more you can always Ask A Librarian!


Woot! U.S. Congress Includes $5M for Open Textbooks in FY18 Omnibus Bill

The Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus bill just unveiled by Congress includes $5 million to support an open textbook grant program. This will be the first time Congress has invested directly in OER as a college affordability measure, and is a HUGE victory both for the OER movement and our students!
Description of the grant program:

Open Textbooks Pilot: The agreement includes $5,000,000 for a pilot, competitive grant program to support projects at institutions of higher education that create new open textbooks or expand their use in order to achieve savings for students while maintaining or improving instruction and student learning outcomes. The Secretary shall require that any open textbook created with program funds be licensed under a nonexclusive, irrevocable license to the public to exercise any of the rights under copyright conditioned only on the requirement that attribution be given as directed by the copyright owner. Further, the Secretary should give special consideration to projects at institutions of higher education that demonstrate the greatest potential to achieve the highest level of savings for students through sustainable, expanded use of open textbooks in postsecondary courses offered by the eligible entity and expand the use of open textbooks at institutions of higher education outside of the eligible entity.

Read more from SPARC and U.S. PIRG here:


Plan Spring Projects with Films on Demand

flowers-in-a-watering-can-1338831_1.jpgSpring is almost here, which means it's time to start project planning! Whether you've been dreaming about a new flower bed or planning an addition to the back deck, COD Library has resources to help you get started.

Find inspiration online through the Films on Demand--Technical & Trade Education Collection. This collection of online streaming videos includes a variety of subjects related to technology and trades, including: automotive technology, building/construction, cosmetology, computing technology, electronics, horticulture, manufacturing, technical communications, welding, and much more!

Remember, you'll need a COD student or staff library card to access databases from off campus. If you'd like to learn more you can always Ask A Librarian!


Extra! Extra! Read All About Proquest!

paper-clipart-boy-6.pngThis week we've had several requests for help finding old newspaper articles. While we still carry microfilm, gone are the days of searching page by page through old newspaper scans.

Proquest National Newspapers Core makes it easy to quickly find old articles, movie reviews, obituaries, and ads. You can search by subject, location, date range, document type, and more. Titles include the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post

On Monday, we were able to find an old recipe someone remembered seeing in 2004. On Thursday, we explored book reviews for old Stephen King novels. What will you be able to find?

Remember, you'll need a COD student or staff library card to access databases from off campus. If you'd like to learn more you can always Ask A Librarian!