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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

Unable to access your I-Share account?

There have been some changes to our I-Share system that may cause log in issues for some Library users. If you receive an error when attempting to access your I-Share account, please reset your password. To do this, click on the “Forgot your Password?” link on the login screen and follow the instructions to reset the password.
If you need assistance, please contact the Library reference desk: https://www.codlrc.org/ask

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 cotede@cod.edu

Webinar on OER for Math April 4th!

Math instructors have unique needs, and there are two good open platforms available to meet those needs. WeBWorK and MyOpenMath enable instructors to automate practice problems that are accessible to a wide variety of learners. In this session, Alex Jordan, Portland Community College, will discuss the features of WeBWorK (example: https://webwork.pcc.edu/webwork2/orcca-demonstration/) and Carrie Kyser, Clackamas Community College, will discuss MyOpenMath (example: https://www.myopenmath.com/, username “guest,” no password).

This session is ideal for faculty who are ready to break up with their expensive copyrighted product but don’t want to lose functionality.

This webinar takes place from 12-1 Pacific time, April 4, 2018. The session will be recorded and captioned to share later. More info: http://openoregon.org/events/event/open-math-platforms/
Join the session
Call-in number: 646 876 9923
Participant PIN: 796 538 589

Woot! U.S. Congress Includes $5M for Open Textbooks in FY18 Omnibus Bill

The Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus bill just unveiled by Congress includes $5 million to support an open textbook grant program. This will be the first time Congress has invested directly in OER as a college affordability measure, and is a HUGE victory both for the OER movement and our students!
Description of the grant program:

Open Textbooks Pilot: The agreement includes $5,000,000 for a pilot, competitive grant program to support projects at institutions of higher education that create new open textbooks or expand their use in order to achieve savings for students while maintaining or improving instruction and student learning outcomes. The Secretary shall require that any open textbook created with program funds be licensed under a nonexclusive, irrevocable license to the public to exercise any of the rights under copyright conditioned only on the requirement that attribution be given as directed by the copyright owner. Further, the Secretary should give special consideration to projects at institutions of higher education that demonstrate the greatest potential to achieve the highest level of savings for students through sustainable, expanded use of open textbooks in postsecondary courses offered by the eligible entity and expand the use of open textbooks at institutions of higher education outside of the eligible entity.

Read more from SPARC and U.S. PIRG here:
https://sparcopen.org/news/2018/open-textbooks-fy18/
https://uspirg.org/blogs/blog/usp/fy18-open-textbooks-program-appropriat...

US PIRGs New Report on Textbook Costs

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The U.S. Public Interest Research Group has released a new report on textbook affordability in common college courses across the country. Press release here:
https://uspirg.org/news/usp/release-new-report-open-101

Main findings include:

"When publishers bundle a textbook with an access code, it eliminates most opportunities for students to cut costs with the used book market. Of the access code bundles in our sample, forty-five percent—nearly half—were unavailable from any other source we could find except the campus bookstore. This eliminated student’s ability to shop around and meant that they were forced to pay full price for these materials. For the classes using bundles, students would likely be stuck paying full price, whereas for the classes using a textbook only, students could cut costs up to fifty-eight percent by buying used online.

Schools that have invested in open educational resources (OER) generated significant savings for their students. OER are educational materials that can be downloaded or accessed for free online while carrying many other benefits for students and professors. For example, in Massachusetts, Greenfield Community College’s use of OER in three of the six courses in our study meant that students there could spend as little as $31 per course on materials, compared to a national average of $153 per course.

Switching the ten introductory classes in our study to OER nationwide would save students $1.5 billion per year in course materials costs."

Full report downloadable here: https://studentpirgs.org/reports/sp/open-101-action-plan-affordable-textbooks

Five Strategies That Will Make You a College Success

BOSSsuccess.jpgThe Learning Commons is offering a Beginning of Semester Success (BOSS) workshop called Control Your College Destiny. In this 50-minute session you will learn about:

  • Learning organization techniques
  • Studying like a pro
  • Maximizing benefits in interactions with peers and professors
  • Setting a positive mindset to success
  • Achieving your goals

Call or stop by now to register for this free workshop!
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2102, (630) 942-3941
Control Your College Destiny
Thursday, February 1, 2018
1-1:50 pm in the Learning Commons

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ For semester long assistance, bookmark the Library's guide to College Success Skills ! Here you'll find resources for managing the college experience, achieving academic success and understanding your personal learning style. And don't forget to check out the Library's Assignment Calculator - an indispensable tool for keeping you on track during research projects! AssignCalc.jpg

Stalking Our Ancestors: Biography Resources

2017-10-28_10-09-54.pngIt can be pretty difficult to facebook-stalk someone who died a hundred years ago. Next time you’re researching someone from the past, head over to our American National Biography resource. You can find it on the Biography databases page. You can perform a specific search for someone, or search by gender, nationality, occupation, place of birth, and more. Please note that this collection only features biographies of the deceased.

Not finding what you're looking for? We have other Biography resources on hand!

Academic Onefile has a special drop-down box in their advanced search, allowing you to search by Biography or Autobiography. Or, search for the person's name to find articles and mentions in the media.

Academic Search Complete allows you to search by document type. In addition to biographies, you can find obituaries, interviews, and reviews of the person's work.

Not in the mood to read? Check out Academic Video Online. Use the search box to find information about the person you're studying, or gain background knowledge in the field they were famous for.

All of our databases are accessible from on-campus computers. If you're working from home, you'll need your Library Card Number. Still stuck? You can Ask a Librarian! We'd love to hear from you.

Lifelong Learning with Lynda

lynda_logo3k-d_144x.pngDid you know that your Lynda account is free with a student, faculty, or staff library card? Sign up to brush up on your skills--whether it’s finally mastering Microsoft Excel or learning Photoshop to create the ultimate holiday card. Learn how to code or prepare for an IT certification. There are even videos on study skills and how to use BlackBoard! Lynda allows you to create a personal library of videos. You can start or stop a course at any time and come back to it when it’s convenient for you.

Go to our Lynda registration page to get started. You'll need your dupage.edu email address to register.

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