databases

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!

Pre-Semester Test Prep

young-woman-man-studying-test-exam-tutor-books-wi-friends-students-campus-helps-friend-catching-up-95381367.jpgDo you have an exam or important test coming up in the next semester? The Library's Career and College Information Collection has a variety of exam guides, practice tests, and study aides.

You can also get a jump-start on your studying without leaving the couch! LearningExpress Library 3.0 provides study materials for most major tests, like the ACTs and NCLEX-RN. There's also a section for preparing for the Work Keys certifications--something we get a lot of questions about here at the Reference Desk.

To access this database remotely, you'll need a COD student or staff library card. Questions? You can always ask a librarian. We'd love to hear from you!

Hoovers replaced by Mergent Intellect

mergent.pngEffective December 14, 2018: Hoovers was sunsetted by its parent company and was replaced by Mergent Intellect. Mergent Intellect is a direct replacement for Hoovers. Use Mergent Intellect to find comprehensive company, industry, and market intelligence. It offers information on 12 million companies and provides in-depth coverage of 25,000 of the world's top business enterprises. Mergent Intellect also includes tools for building and downloading reports.
For more information, contact the Electronic Resources Librarian at cotede@cod.edu or the Business librarian at kickels@cod.edu

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.

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