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?

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


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!)

Resource Cancellations

The Library has stopped subscribing to the following resources, effective July 1, 2018:
American National Biography
ASHRAE Standards
Berg Fashion
Fashion in Video: The Videofashion Collection
Films on Demand: Business & Economics Collection
Sage State & Local Stats

If you have questions about these cancellations or would like to discuss alternative resources, please contact Denise Cote at

Are You Writing a Speech?


We've been getting lots of interesting questions at the reference desk lately from students working on projects for speech classes. There were a few this week about upcoming trends in video games and we were able to find tons of relevant information! Here are a few of our favorite sources to use for speech writing:

CQ Researcher covers a variety of hot topics in the news, from gun control to climate change. This is a good place to start to learn about the background of your topic. Our favorite feature is the timeline which shows how your subject has changed throughout history.

Issues and Controversies is a great pick for persuasive speeches. Explore the video sections to find not just an overview, but debates among experts in the field. Don't forget to check out the bibliographies for more resources.

Statista is perfect for adding facts and figures to strengthen your speech. It includes visual aids and infographics to help get your point across.

As you're conducting your research, don't forget to cite your sources! If you're looking for additional help with your speech assignments, check out the Speech Research Guide.

Remember, you'll need a COD student or staff library card to access these materials from home.

Need more help? Ask a Librarian! We'd love to hear from you.

What's the Story with Artstor?

collection-splash.pngToday we got several questions about paintings, pottery, and sculptures. After hitting the books, many students were surprised at how much they could learn from Artstor.

The Artstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides over 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. Collections are used for teaching and study in a wide range of subject areas, including art, architecture, music, religion, anthropology, literature, world history, American Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, and more.

Students were able to locate the information they needed, in addition to full color photos. Taking the summer off? We still suggest checking out Artstor. Nothing beats being able to browse the collections from famous museums around the country--without having to pay for tickets and parking!

Remember, You'll need a COD student or staff library card to access databases from off campus. Questions? Ask a Librarian--we'd love to hear from you!

Next Step? Test Prep!

test-986935_640_0.jpgSummer is a great time to prepare for upcoming tests. This week we've helped an adult student find study materials for the GED, a nursing student was able to practice for her upcoming CNA test, and a visiting high school student got a head start prepping for the upcoming ACTs.

So, what do these three library visitors have in common?

We used the same database to satisfy everyone's needs! Learning Express Library 3.0 is an excellent resource providing test information, tutorials, and ebooks for a variety of subjects. Features include individual accounts, immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of results.

Remember, you'll need a COD student or staff library card to access this database from off campus. Questions? Ask a Librarian--they would love to hear from you!

Your Inner Child Likes to Read, Too!

Summer is the season for beach reads, but that doesn't mean you should ignore your inner child! COD library boasts a fabulous Juvenile section full of classics, series, and newly published favorites.

Check out Novelist Plus for Harry Potter readalikes or the latest Goosebumps title. This week a student found a previously undiscovered sequel to his favorite childhood book--published nearly twenty years later! It's also a great database for kids hoping to complete local summer reading programs. Search by series, lexile range, subject, and more!

Check out our CLCD database for more search options. If we don't have the title you're looking for, we can often order it from another library through Interlibrary Loan or I-Share. Remember, you'll need a COD staff or student library card to access these databases from home. Questions? Ask a Librarian--we'd love to hear from you!


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