databases

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).

Rev Up Your Road Trip with Overdrive

Best-audio-books-app-for-Android-free-audiobook-player.jpgAre you traveling over Thanksgiving break? Whether you're driving across the state, or just along for the ride, we have resources to keep you entertained on your trek.

Overdrive provides e-books and electronic audiobooks via an easy-to-use app. Using your COD library card, you can download the latest popular fiction and non-fiction. You'll be able to pack light, and still hold a virtual library in your back pocket.

Questions about how to use the app? Check out our online guides, or ask a librarian!

WGSN is here!

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WGSN is a market intelligence tool. It examines current and future trends in a variety of design and creative industries. This rich resource includes trend forecasting reports, trade show reports, examinations of consumer behaviors, merchandising advice, and much more. WSGN's reports can be downloaded to your computer or saved to your WGSN account. Reports include data sources and cited images that can be downloaded individually, as well as templates and other tools for use in Photoshop & Illustrator. WGSN can also be used to get ideas for paper and presentation topics.

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 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.

How-to access WGSN: Enter through a link to WGSN on the Library's website. If you are not on campus, use your COD Library card information to enter.

Create an account.

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Use your COD email address.

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Go to your COD email to validate your account and set your password.

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When you login to WGSN for the first time, you'll be prompted to personalize your account. Skip this part for now so you can browse today's latest reports on the front page. You can personalize your WGSN home page later in your account details.

Questions? Contact Denise Cote at cotede@cod.edu / 630-942-2092

Take a Picture--It Will Last Longer!

A_Surgican_Operation.jpgIn the last few weeks, we've gotten several requests for help finding images for various assignments. Some students needed detailed medical images, while others required a clear shot of a famous sculpture.

If you're looking for a visual to punch up your presentation, check out the Library's digital image collections. The Saskia Digital Image Archive is an especially useful resource for those studying art and the humanities. The collection contains 30,000 digital images of paintings, sculpture and architecture, including images from many important collections: the Prado, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Uffizi, and the Louvre as well as archaeological sites in Greece, Italy, Turkey and Egypt. The images are displayed in both high resolution and thumbnail format. Additionally, the descriptive data about the images includes references to the occurrences of these images in 19 major art history texts, including Gardner’s Art Through the Ages, 12th edition; Understanding Art, 7th edition; Art and Ideas, 10th edition; Discovering Art History, 4th edition.

Please note that this particular database is only available on-campus. To access other databases from home, you'll need a COD staff or student library card. Once you've chosen your images, you'll need to cite them. Why not brush up on your image citation skills during our workshop, Get the Picture! How to Use and Cite Image Sources from COD Library Resources. Join us Wednesday, November 14th at 1PM, SRC 3104 to explore our image databases, and discuss how to give credit to the image source. Can't make it to the workshop? You can always ask a librarian.

Have You Seen CINAHL?

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The online version of Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature, CINAHL Complete, covers nursing, allied health, biomedical and consumer health journals, publications of the American Nursing Association, and the National League for Nursing. Our version now includes the CINAHL Thesaurus and full text of over 1300 important nursing and clinical journals.

Check out our CINAHL Research Tips page, which includes helpful directions, screen shots, and examples. You'll also find a handout outlining ten steps for searching CINAHL. Still stuck? You can always Ask A Librarian. Remember, to access CINAHL from off campus, you'll need a COD staff or student library card.

Our Collection Extends Beyond the Shelves!

180999.jpgDid you know? There's more to our collection than the books you see on the shelf.

In addition to our databases, which contain journal articles, newspaper articles, and images, we also have several e-book collections. Explore popular fiction and non-fiction with Overdrive--you can download e-books or audiobooks directly to your phone or mobile device. Or, find resources for school assignments via Knovel Library and Safari Books Online.

Remember, you'll need a COD student or staff library card to access databases from off-campus. Overdrive is available off campus for community members as well.

Questions? Ask a Librarian. We'd love to hear from you. We can also help you navigate the different digital collections, and show you how to set up the Overdrive app on your device.

New Database Alert: Check out Mintel!

Untitled_0.jpg Last week, we had several questions and research inquiries that we were able to answer using our newest database, Mintel.

Mintel provides market intelligence reports for a broad range of industries and consumer product categories.These market research reports cover such subjects as travel, food, and lifestyles. Data sources used are from Mintel’s own surveys, as well as Simmons, Infoscan’s IRI and trade research.

Even if you're not in a business class, you'll most likely need some of the information found on this database at some point. For example, cosmetology and horticulture students can use Mintel to find information needed to create business plans.

Next time you have a free moment, check it out! Once you accept the terms of service, you can create a free account and save market reports for future reference. Have questions about how you can use Mintel? Ask a librarian! Remember, you'll need a COD student or staff library card to access Mintel from off campus.

Ready for Research?

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We've seen lots of new faces around the Library this week, and we hope to keep seeing you! Right now we're getting lots of questions about textbooks, but before you know it, you'll be tackling your first research assignment of the semester.

Before you Google yourself crazy searching for resources, why not pay the Library a visit? We can demo the catalog and show you around the stacks if you're looking for books--but books are just the tip of the iceberg!

We have several databases available through the Library. You can access them on campus, or research from home using your COD student or staff library card. There are so many to choose from that it can be overwhelming at first. We've broken them down into different categories: General, Reference, Business, Health, Sciences, Humanities, Technology, and Social Sciences.

If you're unsure about which database to start with, ask a librarian. We're here to help, and we love to show off our tips and tricks for making research easier!

Keep Watching with Kanopy

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We’ve reached that frustrating point in the summer when we’ve exhausted our Netflix and Hulu queues. While you’re waiting for your favorite fall shows to come back, why not check out Kanopy?

Kanopy is an on-demand video streaming service available to COD faculty, students, and staff. The Kanopy collection includes a variety of subjects across many disciplines but its strength is feature films, indie titles, and documentaries. Kanopy tools allow you to create a personal watchlist, develop playlists for use in classes, edit videos to make clips, and more. See the user guides for help getting started with Kanopy.

Remember that you will need a library card to use Kanopy from off-campus locations.
Although you do not need an account to use Kanopy, you should register if you want to create a personal Watchlist and develop playlists.

Questions? You can always Ask a Librarian--we'd love to hear from you!

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!)

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