Jump Start Your Searches with Our Databases

As the summer semester ends and we prepare for fall, it may be helpful to review some of our most popular databases. Knowing which databases to search--and how to search within them--will save you from stress when your next assignment rolls around.

Our general databases provide a variety of resources to help get you started. These are just a few of the databases available through the COD Library.

Academic Search Complete contains indexing and full text for 9100 journals. 7100 of these journals are peer-reviewed scholarly titles. This collection provides both popular and scholarly journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study - including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences and ethnic studies. Academic Search Complete is a great resource for general research.

CQ Researcher offers in-depth, non-biased coverage of today's most important issues. Each report is on a single topic more than 12,000 words in text and extensive bibliographies. Each weekly issue provides up-to-date information on controversial subjects reported by CQ's staff of experienced reporters.

To access databases from home, you'll need a COD student or staff library card. Not sure where to start? Ask a librarian, or check out our Research Fundamentals guide.

Psych Yourself Up with our Databases

In the last month, we've had students from a variety of classes looking for psychology articles. We helped someone writing a speech, someone writing a business paper, and a group of students in a science class--all using COD's Psychology databases.

PsycARTICLES, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a definitive source of full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. The database contains more than 122,000 articles from 60 journals.

PsycINFO contains more than one million citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations and technical reports, all in the field of psychology. It also includes information about the psychological aspects of related disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business and law. Journal coverage, which spans from 1887 to present, includes international material selected from more than 1,700 periodicals in over 35 languages.

To access these databases from home, you'll need a student or staff COD Library Card. Questions about our databases? Check out our guide or ask a librarian!

Celebrate the Fourth with the Historical Periodicals Collection

As you gear up for the Fourth of July this year, why not brush up on the nation's history? The American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection has gathered more than 6,500 historical periodical titles dating from 1693 to 1877. The collection is broken into five series, ranging from early colonization to the aftermath of the Civil War. If you're interested in historical research, browse our History Research Guide for databases, books, and media.

To access this database from home, you'll need a COD student or staff library card. Questions? Ask a librarian!

Resource Cancellations Effective June 30, 2019

Every year the library faculty conducts an multivariable analysis of our electronic resources to assure our subscriptions adequately support the curriculum and the information needs of our community. We have decided to cease subscriptions to the following resources effective June 30, 2019: Academic OneFile, Christian Science Monitor, Magill’s OnLiterature Plus, and Learning Express Library.

Academic OneFile (Gale)
The subject content found in Academic OneFile is adequately covered by other subscription resources such as Academic Search Complete, Associate Program Source, Business Source, Health Source Academic & Consumer, and National Newspapers Core.

Christian Science Monitor (Proquest)
We offer access to most of the U.S. major daily newspapers via National Newspapers Core and Newspaper Source.

Magill’s OnLiterature Plus (EBSCOhost)
Essays on core literary works, plot summaries, author biographies, and scholarly criticism are available in Literature Resource Center and in our Library’s Reference / General collections.

Learning Express Library (EBSCOhost)
This test preparation collection is no longer available from the vendor. The library faculty will closely monitor requests for online test prep and evaluate for alternative resources to address these needs.

Our full list of electronic materials is here:

Please contact the Electronic Resources Librarian with questions:

Start Your Job Search with O*Net

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

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!

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

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

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.


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