COD Library Blog

Silent Computer Lab

Need a quiet space to work on a paper, or do research? The Library has opened room 2030 as a silent computer lab for the last two weeks of normal classes. The lab will be open Monday through Friday, from 9 am until 3 pm, from now until Dec. 15.

To get to the computer lab, head to the second floor of the SRC. The lab is just behind the stairs to the third level. You'll be able to print to the normal Library printers as well.

Struggling to find sources for your projects or to figure out how to narrow your topic, or just have a general question? Head to the Library reference desks on each floor of the Library, email us, or chat.

Good luck with your finals!

Learn a New Skill in 2018

It's time to start thinking about your New Year's Resolutions! Why not learn a new skill in 2018? College of DuPage Library can give you a head start with our online databases.

Check out LearningExpress Library to brush up on reading, writing, and math skills. Prepare for certification tests or placement exams using their video guides and tutorials. There are also opportunities to take practice exams so you'll know what to expect on the day of the test. You'll need to create a free account to take the practice tests.

Add to your resume (or just impress your friends) using Become an expert in thousands of topics like Photoshop or coding. Lynda allows you to design your own course of study and work at your own pace. Create a free account to keep track of your progress.

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


Join us for Hour of Code!


Celebrate Computer Science Education Week by participating in an Hour of Code at the COD Library!

CSEdWeek (December 4-10, 2017) is an annual event dedicated to raise awareness about Computer Science education and the critical role of computing in all careers.

The Hour of Code is a global movement introducing millions of people worldwide to Computer Science, inspiring you to learn more, break stereotypes, and feel empowered.

Join us for an hour of hands-on coding. No experience needed! There will be two sessions this Friday, December 8th. The first session will be from 10:00AM to 11:00AM. The second session will run from 1:00PM to 2:00PM. We hope to see you there!

Webinar Recording: Adjunct Faculty & OER

Recorded Dec 6, 2017
Faculty involvement is critical to the sustainability of OER adoption and degree pathways. More than half of courses at community colleges taught by adjunct faculty and institutional reliance on this faculty pool growing. It is essential to devise scalable strategies for integrating adjuncts into this transformative work to improve student success. This webinar explored how adjunct faculty can participate and be acknowledged for the essential role that they are playing in developing OER degree pathways at many colleges. Findings and emerging strategies from the Achieving the Dream’s Engaging Adjunct Faculty program were discussed. The Dean of Information Technology and an adjunct faculty member at Broward College, an OER Degree Initiative grantee, shared how adjunct faculty have been involved in the development and teaching of their Business Administration OER degree pathway.

Featured Speakers:
Jon Iuzzini: Associate Director, Adjunct Faculty Initiative, Achieving the Dream
Tom Ayers: Dean of Information Technology, Broward College
Claudine Dulaney: Adjunct Business Faculty, Broward College


We'll See You at the Pop Up Library!

Are you looking for help dealing with anxiety and stress? College of DuPage Library's Pop Up Library will be available before and after tomorrow's workshop, Test Anxiety & Mindfulness. We'll be outside the Student Services Center, room 3247, between 8:30AM and 10:30AM tomorrow, Tuesday November 21st. We hope to see you there!

Keeping up with Culturegrams

If you’re doing research about other countries or if you are preparing for the inevitable discussion about other cultures with your annoying old uncle this holiday season: Culturegrams can help! Use this tool to learn about socio-economic conditions, religions, and customs of other countries. There are options to use comparative country data to build your own graphs and charts. Also check out the video gallery to learn more about cultures around the world.

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


December 13: CCCOER New Member Mixer

Although COD has been a member of CCCOER for a few years, this event will be a nice intro to the organization and will be an opportunity to hear about OER projects in Community Colleges, ask questions of project leaders, and to find out more about the organization's services.

After new member sharing, the newly released "OER Myth Busting" document by SPARC will be discussed. The 7 myths will be explored and everyone will be invited to share experiences with successfully countering these misperceptions about OER.

When: Wed, Dec 13, 12pm-2pm CST

Registration link:


OER and Equity/Diversity: Webinar Recording

Recorded Nov 15, 2017

How OER can Support Student Equity and Diversity

According to the Glossary of Education Reform, equity refers to the principle of fairness in education. Inequities occur when biased or unfair policies, programs, practices, or situations contribute to a lack of equality in educational performance, results, and outcomes. The development and use of open educational resources has the potential to create equitable learning experiences for all students. Open education is deeply rooted in the belief that teachers have the freedom to develop content that meets the needs of their students.
This webinar explored the ways in which colleges can consider issues of equity when designing and delivering OER courses and degree programs. Presenters will share how open educational resources, policies, and practices can support equity and diversity through the development of culturally relevant learning experiences that emphasize inclusion and celebrate diversity.

Stalking Our Ancestors: Biography Resources

2017-10-28_10-09-54.pngIt can be pretty difficult to facebook-stalk someone who died a hundred years ago. Next time you’re researching someone from the past, head over to our American National Biography resource. You can find it on the Biography databases page. You can perform a specific search for someone, or search by gender, nationality, occupation, place of birth, and more. Please note that this collection only features biographies of the deceased.

Not finding what you're looking for? We have other Biography resources on hand!

Academic Onefile has a special drop-down box in their advanced search, allowing you to search by Biography or Autobiography. Or, search for the person's name to find articles and mentions in the media.

Academic Search Complete allows you to search by document type. In addition to biographies, you can find obituaries, interviews, and reviews of the person's work.

Not in the mood to read? Check out Academic Video Online. Use the search box to find information about the person you're studying, or gain background knowledge in the field they were famous for.

All of our databases are accessible from on-campus computers. If you're working from home, you'll need your Library Card Number. Still stuck? You can Ask a Librarian! We'd love to hear from you.

Internet Archive takes on the "Last 20."

The Internet Archive is taking advantage of a little known copyright law provision that allows for the digitization of books published between 1923-1941 that are still protected by copyright but are not being actively sold. The Internet Archive is being quite cheeky by naming the collection for Sonny Bono, who helped pass a law that extended copyright by an additional 20 years. Read about legal battle against the "Last 20" and the Internet Archive's brave project here.