databases

Start Your Job Search with O*Net

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Are you in the market for a new job? Consult O*Net to find your next career. O*Net has a wealth of information for over 950 different occupations. Not sure where to start? You can search by industry, skills, interests, and qualifications. Try the Crosswalk search to add military credentials and degrees. If you're interested in learning more about career options, visit our Career and College Information collection (it's at the top of the Library stairs).

If you have questions about O*Net or library services, ask a librarian!

Read Up On Very Short Introductions

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Librarians often turn to databases like Credo Reference and Gale Virtual Reference Library when helping students conduct background research. If you're looking for a resource that goes a step beyond that, take a look at Very Short Introductions.

Very Short Introductions began as a print series in 1995, offering brief informative introductions to a diverse range of subject areas in Arts and Humanities, Law, Medicine and Health, Science and Mathematics, and Social Sciences. Titles include The Renaissance, Science Fiction, World Music, Game Theory, and more. Many of these titles are also available in print in the COD Library.

To access these e-books from home, you'll need a COD student or staff library card. Questions? Ask a librarian!

Check Out Westlaw Next!

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In the last week, we've gotten a lot of questions from both students and community members about looking up court cases. Check out our database, Westlaw Next, for legal resources and more.

Westlaw Next is a comprehensive collection of law-related information resources along with news and business information. It contains information on primary law, analytical materials, litigation insights, case law, core legal reference materials, and much more. Westlaw Next also includes news and business articles of interest to legal professionals. It's also where you can find Black's Law Dictionary (a resource that many instructors require the use of).

Questions about how to navigate Westlaw Next? Take a look at our Criminal Justice Research Guide and our Paralegal Research Guide. To access databases from off campus, you will need a student or staff COD library card. Questions? Ask a librarian!

Be Prepared for Warmer Weather

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As we put away our hats and gloves for (hopefully) the last time this season, the time has come to make sure our HVAC systems are up to par for the summer weather. Check out our HVAC databases before buying a whole new system. View streaming videos with Films on Demand--Technical & Trade Education Collection. Make sure your project is up to code using NFPA Codes .

Not sure where to start? Head over to the HVAC Research Guide for additional resources, search tips, and websites.

Remember, you'll need a COD student or staff library card to access the databases from home. Have questions? Ask a librarian!

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Soil Science with San Luis Horticulture Videos

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Spring is finally here! If all the lawn and garden sale flyers have you scratching your head about how to create a thriving garden--or if you're a more serious student of horticulture, check out the San Luis Horticulture Videos available with your COD library card. This collection of videos covers major topics taught in the Horticulture program including Soil Science, Taxonomy, Pruning, Safety, and more.

These videos are sometimes used in COD classes, so the information may be familiar to you, or you may learn something new. Off campus access is available for COD students, faculty, and staff. If you're interested in learning more, check out our Horticulture Research Guide. Questions about accessing the videos? Ask a librarian! We'd love to hear from you.

Jeeves Who? Ask Watson!

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Micromedex has a new feature on their database: Ask Watson. Health Sciences students will appreciate this addition to the regular search options.

Use this tool to find answers to basic drug questions. This is an excellent option for when you need to find the information quickly. Ask Watson for what you need using "everyday language"--you don't need to worry about Boolean operators or sneaky search tactics.

Interested in learned more about Micromedex? Check out our research guide, which covers Micromedex, mobileMicromedex, and CareNotes. The guide will even show you how to cite this database within your assignments.

Students and faculty with a COD library card are able to access this database from off-campus. Questions? Ask a librarian!

Check Out This Fashionably Fresh Database

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Have you seen the forecast? No, we're not talking about another snowstorm. We're talking about trend forecasts!

This spring, when it comes to swimwear, brown is the new black.

While it's hardly good swimming weather right now, that hasn't stopped us from exploring upcoming style trends on WGSN. This is an excellent resource for anyone studying fashion, beauty, textiles, and business. Access trend forecasts and insights into consumer behavior--or just browse the gorgeous photos.

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 your 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.

Questions about setting up your account? You can ask a librarian, or take a look at our guide.

What to Read When You're Out of Episodes

07-you-101.w700.h700_0.jpgWhile we love helping with research questions, it's always fun when we're asked for book recommendations. In the past few years, we've noticed an increase in queries about finding "readalikes" for TV shows and movies.

Novelist Plus makes it easy to find authors and titles with the same appeal as your newest media obsession. Fans of the Netflix hit, You, might enjoy Thirteen Steps Down by Ruth Rendell. Still thinking about The Hate U Give? Check out Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds.

Remember, you'll need a COD student or staff library card in order to access databases from off campus. Still have questions? Ask a librarian! We'd love to hear your recommendations.

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!

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