Coming Soon: New and Improved "Issues & Controversies"

This fall, Issues & Controversies will be rolling out a completely revamped look for their popular current events database.
Here are just a few of the features you can look forward to:

  • New, easy-to-navigate format structured around today's most controversial issues
  • New, original videos and educator support materials enhancing select issues
  • New Issue Pages featuring current coverage with the latest news headlines
  • New interactive polls on every issue
  • New Featured Controversies on the home page
  • New and improved search options, including Search Assist
  • New Read Aloud feature
  • New Google Translate
  • New customizable Content Widgets
  • New searchable Support Center with live help chat.

Interested in getting a sneak peak? Take a look here and let us know what you think!

New E-Resources Available

The Library is proud to introduce you to the following new databases! Each is available on-campus and from off-campus with a valid COD Library Card. Explore and let us know what you think!

NEW! 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.

NEW! Culturegrams
Culturegrams is a core reference resource on understanding the world's peoples through the documentation of the unique details of their customs, traditions, and daily life.

NEW! Illinois Periodicals Online
The Illinois Periodicals Online collection includes: Illinois Country Living, Illinois Heritage, Illinois History : A Magazine for Young People, Illinois History Teacher, Illinois Issues, Illinois Libraries, Illinois Municipal Review, Illinois Parks & Recreation, and Outdoor Illinois. Date ranges vary as they are constantly being updated by the archivists at Northern Illinois University.

NEW! Videofashion Library
The Videofashion library is the online, streaming version of this popular video series that spans decades of fashion runway shows and showcases of fashion designers from the 1990's to the present. When the collection is complete sometime next year, it will include video materials from the 1960’s to the Present. The collection makes available video coverage of the major fashion weeks in Milan, Paris, New York, and London, as well as the Miami Swim and New York Bridal shows. Topical segments visit events like the Met's Costume Exhibits, CFDA Awards, and feature interviews with top designers, models, and celebrities of the fashion world.

Lynda Campus no longer available on our campus :(

The Library is sorry to report that we no longer subscribe to Lynda Campus. Although we believe Lynda is a quality learning tool for our students, the cost to provide this unlimited-access subscription was more than our Library could afford to pay.

Individuals can subscribe to for a pretty reasonable yearly fee. Please go to to learn more about their subscription plans.

Would you like to tell us what you think about this cancellation? We'd like to hear from you. Please write to Denise Cote, Electronic Resources Librarian, at

Learning Express Library 2.0

As of June 25, 2014, the old Learning Express Library (2.0) interface is no longer available. The new Learning Express Library vastly improves upon the old version. Users will need to create a new account in Learning Express. Unfortunately, your information from the old LEL will NOT be copied over into the new version.

Similar test prep and career materials are available in the Testing and Education Reference Center. Give it a try!

Need assistance? Contact the Library Reference Desk at 630-942-3364 or Denise Cote, Electronic Resources Librarian,

Database Cancellations

The Library has decided to cancel the following resources as of June 25, 2014:

Health Reference Center Academic: 98% of the content found in this database is available in Academic OneFile. Please see our Health Databases for a full listing of all of our online medical databases.

Standard & Poors NetAdvantage: Hoover's and our other Business databases can be used to find industry information. Please refer to our Business Databases for a full listing of all of our online business databases.

If you need assistance or would like more information, please contact Denise Cote at or call the Library Reference Desk at 630-942-3364

Electronic Resources Update

maintenance.pngThank you for your patience and understanding while we transition between systems. Some of our electronic resources, including databases, may be unavailable or available only from on-campus during this time.

We understand your frustration and are working hard to make sure that all COD Library patrons have access to the resources they need when they need them.

If you have questions about accessing COD Library's electronic resources, please contact the reference desk at 630-942-3364 or visit Ask A Librarian to send us an email.

Thank you again and have a great semester!

Electronic Resources are BACK!

Off-campus access to the Library's electronic resources has been restored. If you experience issues from off-campus, please call the Library reference desk 630-942-2092. You can also refer to this troubleshooting guide for help and information:

Thanks for your patience!

Denise Cote
Electronic Resources Librarian

Off-Campus Access to databases and ebooks

Saturday January 11, 2014

Some Library electronic resources (article databases, ebooks, and streaming videos) are currently available from On-Campus locations ONLY. We estimate that off-campus access will be restored by Wednesday January 15, 2014.

EBSCO, Gale, & Proquest databases are available. If you cannot access these resources, please follow these instructions to clear your browser's history/cache:

I apologize for the inconvenience.

Denise Cote
Electronic Resources Librarian

Electronic Resources: New Additions in July/August


New Database Additions

  • A to Z World Business: A comprehensive country-by-country resource for international business research. Info:
  • State Stats: Comprehensive data coverage of each state including health care, crime, education and more. You'll find reliable, easy-to-use data from more than 80 different sources covering more than 15 years. When you find data you're interested in explore it using the mapping and graphing tools, compare it with other data sets, or export it to Excel. Info:
  • Axis 360 A platform for downloadable POPULAR fiction and non-fiction e-books, and downloadable audiobooks. Please note that this platform is reserved for popular reading materials only.
  • Statistical Abstract of the U.S.: The online version of the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States.

New Streaming Video Collections from Alexander Street

New Multimedia Collections from Alexander Street.

  • Women and Social Movements in the US 1600-2000
  • Black Thought and Culture

New Features in Existing Databases

  • Reference USA: We have now a “data visualization” tool added to our subscription.
  • Standard & Poor’s: More detailed stock information feature.

Cancellations effective July:

  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index
  • Essay and General Literature Index

New Additions Coming Soon


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